Media attention and public comments in social media are slowly on the rise about one of the most anticipated political events in the United States – the 2016 presidential election. The event will see the historic exit of President Barack Obama from the American political scene – ending an interesting episode of rule of the first Black US president.
A huge crowd of candidates are likely to compete for the Democratic and Republican nominations and aim to be Obama's successor. At this stage there are a number of presidential hopefuls, some of whom have declared their intent to run the election while others have only hinted on doing so.
Vice President Joe Biden (Delaware): The current vice president of US, Joe Biden has hinted about his consideration to run for presidency in 2016 in many interviews. He has served as US senator from Delaware from 1973-2009 and had also run for presidency in 1988 and 2008.
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (New York): Clinton – who served as the Secretary of State of the US from 2009 till 2013 and as a senator from New York from 2001 to 2009 – had lost her Democratic presidential primary nomination to Barack Obama in 2008.
On 5 September 2014, Clinton said she would make her decision about her presidential candidacy by early 2015.
Former Governor Martin O'Malley (Maryland): In January 2014, when he was asked if he was interested for the presidential run in 2016, O'Malley had said: "Sure, I've said I'm thinking about it, but right now I'm primarily focused on what I need to do for the good of our state." He also served as the Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007 and was the co-chair of the Council of Governors.
US Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont): In 2014, Sanders said in various places that he was "prepared to run for President" although he has also been cited as saying that he does "not wake up every morning with a burning desire to be president of the United States. And I think anybody who does should be immediately suspected as probably totally crazy."
Campaign Site: Bernie.org
Government Site: Office of US Senator Bernie Sanders
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Former US Senator Jim Webb (Virginia): Webb announced the formation of an exploratory committee on November 2014 to see if he should run for the 2016 presidency. He later released a 14-minute video to explain his possible campaign in 2016.
Other Democrat Hopefuls:
Morrison Bonpasse (Maine)
Jeff Boss (New Jersey)
Philip Bralich (California)
President Emperor Caesar (Florida)
Andy Caffrey (California)
Willie Carter (Texas)
Brittany Clark (California)
Kristi Dutton (Arizona)
Ronald Emrit (Nevada)
Christin Noel Griskie (Florida)
Charles Hodge (California)
James "Titus The Great" Law ( California)
Ryan Lipner (Florida)
Lee Mercer Jr. (Tennessee)
Patrick McKart (Florida)
Loretta "Leah Lax" Miller (Pennsylvania)
Rome Murphy II (New Jersey)
James Ogle III (California)
Daniel Owens (Oregon)
Harry Pavilack (South Carolina)
Mary Aku Quartey (Maryland)
Doug Schreffler (California)
Angelo Scrigna (Hawaii)
Nicholas Sopkovich (California)
Michael Steinberg (Florida)
Robby Wells (North Carolina)
Elaine Williams (Florida)
Thomas Winterbottom (Pennsylvania)
John Worldpeace (New Mexico)
Former Governor Jeb Bush (Florida): Bush, in a Facebook post dated 15 December 2014, stated that he was "actively" exploring the possibility of a presidential run, adding that he would establish a leadership PAC in early 2015.
The younger brother of President George W Bush will be the first brother of a former president to run for the office since Robert Kennedy (brother of John F Kennedy) was assassinated in 1968 while campaigning. He is also one of the sons of former President George HW Bush.
Dr Ben Carson (Maryland): In 2014, when asked about his intentions, the neurosurgeon Ben Carson had said: "Unless the American people indicate in November that they like big government intervention in every part of their lives, I think the likelihood is strong," as reported by The Hill.
Governor Chris Christie (New Jersey): In 2014, when asked if he wanted to run for the next elections he said, "I'm thinking about it. It is an enormous decision to make not only for me, but my family."
"Probably by the end of this year or the beginning of next I'll decide," he said as reported by NJ.com.
US Senator Ted Cruz (Texas): There is debate on whether Cruz is eligible to run for the presidency as he was born in Canada though his mother is American. He has insisted that he is eligible though he has not openly stated whether he would be considering a run. Speculations, however, are rife that he is a presidential hopeful.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (Florida): When asked in 2013 about his intention for 2016, he had stated, "It would be, frankly, dishonest to say no." He is a familiar face in the US due to his talk show on Fox News and other activities.
Governor Bobby Jindal (Louisiana): The man who was recently caught up in a controversy after his comment that there are "no go zones" for non-Muslims in Europe and that Muslims were trying to "colonise" Europe, is quoted as saying the following about his 2016 plans: "I'm not going to be coy, I'm thinking about running for president and praying about it."
Other Important Republican Hopefuls:
US Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina)
Political Site: LindseyGraham.com
PAC Site: Security Through Strength PAC
Government Site: Office of US Senator Lindsey Graham
US Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky)
Campaign Site: RandPaul2016.com
PAC Site: Rand PAC
Government Site: Office of US Senator Rand Paul
US Senator Marco Rubio (Florida)
Campaign Site: MarcoRubio.com
PAC Site: Reclaim America PAC
Government Site: Office of US Senator Marco Rubio
Governor Scott Walker (Wisconsin)
Campaign Site: ScottWalker.org
PAC Site: Our American Revival PAC
Government Site: Office of Governor Scott Walker