Fourteen Candidates Running for President…and Counting
Four individuals officially declared their intention to
seek the presidency this week bringing the total number of announced candidates
to 14 – four Democrats and ten Republicans.
Over the weekend in Baltimore, Md., the state’s former
governor, Martin O’Malley (D), officially kicked off his presidential
campaign. Prior to his role as state chief executive, Mr. O’Malley served
on the Baltimore City Council and later as the city’s mayor. Despite former
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) outpolling him by 57.6 percent in the
latest RealClearPolitics average, Mr. O’Malley is heavily targeting Iowa as Ms.
Clinton performed poorly there in 2008, finishing third. O’Malley could
become a factor in the race if Ms. Clinton falters and Massachusetts Sen.
Elizabeth Warren (D) remains on the sidelines.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R) announced his candidacy
from his hometown in South Carolina on Monday. Mr. Graham’s speech focused
on his hawkish approach to foreign policy. Highlighting his foreign policy
approach may be the only way the Senator can distinguish himself in this field
of impressive candidates. The former Air Force lawyer and judge, as well
as member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is barely registering in
national polls – garnering just 1.3 percent in the latest RealClearPolitics
poll. Despite this, Mr. Graham boasts several major backers including
billionaires Ronald Perelman and Anita Zucker, and the CEOs of General Electric
and Oracle. At this time, it is unlikely he would win the South Carolina
primary (2nd in the nation), but certainly has the ability to win enough votes to
deny a win to one of the top-tier candidates.
Former Rhode Island Governor and U.S. Senator Lincoln
Chaffee (D) entered the presidential fray on Wednesday. Speaking to a
half-empty school classroom, Mr. Chaffee cast himself as the anti-war candidate
who embraces internationalism. He spoke about waging peace, reinvigorating
the United Nations, and switching to the metric system as a symbolic gesture to
the world community. Interestingly, Mr. Chaffee is the only candidate
running who used to be a Republican and Independent. Currently polling at
1.6 percent, the former Governor has even longer shot chance of winning the
nomination than Mr. O’Malley.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) hopes primary voters
give him another chance after his 2012 presidential campaign imploded following
a debate gaffe. Despite his background, which includes service as a Texas
state lawmaker, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, then-Governor George W.
Bush’s lieutenant governor, not to mention being the state CEO for 14 years,
Mr. Perry is finding it difficult to regain the traction he received in 2012 as
a presidential frontrunner. The former governor is struggling to make it
in the top 10 and only polls at 2.7 percent. After spending much of 2014
and the first half of the year boning up on policy, Mr. Perry hopes primary
voters give him a second look.
The presidential contest also includes Dr. Ben Carson
(R), former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D), U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
(R-Texas), businesswoman Carly Fiorina (R), former Governor Mike Huckabee
(R-Ark.), U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.),
and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
Considering a bid are former Governor Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) –
who is expected to announce on June 15, Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.), U.S.
Governor Bobby Jindal (R-La.) – who is expected to announce on June 24,
Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio), Governor Scott Walker (R-Wis.), and former U.S.
Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.).
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