In the spring of 2015, the New York Times Magazine runs an issue dedicated solely to discussing the 2016 candidates for president who have already announced intentions to run. President Obama, re-elected after a close win in 2012, stands at about 50% approval, 47% disapproval. The Democrats
Former Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton,
thought to be an early frontrunner, has consistently said that she will not be a contender in 2016. Clinton has held no fundraisers nor any campaign events, and, at this point, if she were to enter the race, it would be surprising to many in the political world, as the 2016 Democratic candidates have already raised millions of dollars and begun campaigning in crucial states like Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida.
Vice President Joe Biden
launched his exploratory committee for the presidency just last week, but he has already begun a vigorous campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire, and in his home state of Delaware, which will hold its primary in late January. Biden has already raised a large sum of money, but according to polls, Democrats are only mildly enthusiastic about Biden's candidacy.
President Barack Obama
calls Biden a "tremendously important" vice president, but indicates that he will not get involved in the primary contest. Despite Biden's larger-than-life fundraising operation, he has racked up few endorsements outside of his home state of Delaware.
New York City Mayor Christine Quinn
has generated a lot of buzz with the announcement last month that she has formed an exploratory committee looking to the highest office of the land. Recently, TIME Magazine published an article "From City Hall to the White House?" profiling Quinn's significant achievements since being elected New York's first openly gay and female mayor in 2013. Quinn,
like her rival Vice President Biden, is a leading contender in fundraising, and has also racked up important endorsements such as most of Greater NYC's congressional delegation, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who, according to reports begrudgingly decided to drop a bid for the presidency. LGBT elected officials such as Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) have endorsed Quinn in an attempt to solidify support within the LGBT community.
Virginia's Senior Senator Mark Warner
is running for president with much of President Obama's former campaign infrastructure. Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod are both work with Warner on his campaign, and, according to recent polling, Warner is a top-tier contender, appearing near or at the top of Democratic preference polls. Many Democrats consider him a solid choice in the primaries. Additionally, Senator Warner polls among the best against Republican candidates for the presidency. So far, Warner's efforts have focused mainly on younger and middle-class voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, and the African American community in South Carolina, in which Warner is aiming to make strong inroads.
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley
has been in the race the longest out of any of the candidates, slowly building up coalitions in early voting states. O'Malley's campaign wants Democrats to know that O'Malley is a solid progressive, pushing for the DREAM Act and marriage equality during his tenure, yet someone who can build bridges with Republicans in the Congress. O'Malley has hired several firms to reach out to the Latino population in Nevada, a caucus state where O'Malley has already opened several campaign offices. Will he or won't he?
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
was reelected with 68% of the vote in 2014, and remains strongly popular in the Empire State. But sources close to Cuomo say he won't pull the trigger on a run unless a clear path is paved for him to win the nomination.Black, Latino or Asian?
Prominent Black, Latino, and Asian Democrats are urging credible candidates of color to consider a run for the presidency. Some prospects include Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
of California or former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
Stay tuned for part 2, the Republican candidates...