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If Hillary Runs, We Need Specifics, Not Platitudes

Eugene Robinson: She must lay out her vision

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's appearance in Iowa last weekend—"I'm baaaaack," she told the crowd—brings us closer to the political reality everybody expects: She's running in 2016. But then what? wonders Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post . Electing a female president might be a "great... More »

Mitt Romney in 2016?

Matt Lewis writes that he is poised for a comeback

(Newser) - In the usual lists of possible Republican candidates for 2016, one familiar name is generally off-limits: the 0-for-2 Mitt Romney. But not so fast, writes Matt Lewis at The Week . "There is reason to believe that a third try wouldn't be an absurd venture." For one thing,... More »

Jesse Ventura Might Run for President

It's 'an opportune time' for an independent, says former governor

(Newser) - Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is back from his part-time home in Mexico and eagerly spreading the idea he could run for the US presidency in 2016. Ventura volunteered the possibility while at Minnesota's Capitol today, and he pushed back against skepticism that he would re-enter the fray after... More »

Gillibrand for President?

New York senator appeals to center, left: Maggie Haberman

(Newser) - Everyone's talking about Hillary Clinton in 2016—but the next time the Dems are choosing a candidate, Clinton's Senate successor might be their best bet. Kirsten Gillibrand has a reputation as a moderate, but as a senator since 2009, she's managed to win over skeptical lefties, too,... More »

Is Rubio the Elusive 'Electable Conservative'?

Nate Silver: He'll need great political instincts a la Reagan to win in 2016

(Newser) - Hydration issues notwithstanding, Marco Rubio is in a strong position in terms of the 2016 presidential race, writes Nate Silver in the New York Times . Rubio is "reliably conservative," which would help him in the primaries, and his favorability ratings are solid, which would help him in... More »

Rahm Emanuel in 2016?

Daily Beast says he's been talking to donors

(Newser) - Political rumor of the day: Rahm Emanuel might run for president in 2016, reports Lloyd Grove of the Daily Beast . The Chicago mayor has talked to Democratic donors and fundraisers more than once about the subject, Grove's sources tell him, adding that Emanuel would only run if Hillary Clinton... More »

The Inevitable: 2016 Speculation Begins

Clinton? Biden? Ryan? A look at the current possibilities

(Newser) - And so it begins: Speculation about Election 2016 is already running rampant, mere hours after President Obama was re-elected. Some of the frontrunners for a presidential run next time around, courtesy of ABC News and US News & World Report :
  • Hillary Clinton: Not surprisingly, she's at the forefront of
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George McGovern Dead at 90

Family confirms death of former presidential candidate

(Newser) - Sen. George McGovern, the Democrat who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide, has died this morning at the age of 90. A family spokesman said that McGovern died at 5:15am today at a hospice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, surrounded by family and friends.... More »

McGovern No Longer Responsive in Hospice

Family says end is near for Democratic icon

(Newser) - The family of George McGovern says the former US senator who ran against President Nixon in 1972 is "no longer responsive" in hospice care. The 90-year-old's family issued a statement through Avera McKennan Hospital in South Dakota. His daughter, Ann McGovern, earlier told the AP that her father... More »

Obama to Romney: Open Up Your Finances

Obama: Romney should be 'open book' like father

(Newser) - President Obama kept up the Democrat attacks on Mitt Romney's personal finances yesterday, calling on Romney to release more details about his offshore bank accounts, reports Politico . "What's important is if you are running for president is that the American people know who you are and what... More »

Biden 2016? It's Actually Possible

He'll be 73 that year, but don't assume that's too old: Glenn Thrush

(Newser) - The idea of Joe Biden as a 2016 candidate for president has largely been a non-starter, thanks to the fact that he will be 73 that year. Many assumed that ripe old age "would snuff the last embers" of any presidential ambition he may have, Glenn Thrush explains for... More »

Roseanne Files Papers to Run for President

She wants to be Green Party's candidate

(Newser) - Roseanne is in. The comedian has filed papers to seek the Green Party's nomination for president, reports TMZ , which says she'll be pushing hard to legalize marijuana. Barr says the run is no joke, and she's looking to capitalize on the Occupy Wall Street sentiment, notes AP... More »

Also Surging: Santorum's Sweater Vests

Vests get their own Twitter feed, Facebook page, music video

(Newser) - As Rick Santorum surges in the Iowa polls, his collection of sweater vests is also winning popularity. Santorum has taken to wearing the sleeveless V-necks while campaigning in Iowa; the sartorial choice apparently first garnered attention at a Des Moines forum a few weeks ago during which most other candidates... More »

It's Obama-Clinton in 2012

Year's 'most admired' man and woman could run together: Robert Reich

(Newser) - Robert Reich may have "absolutely no inside information," but the former labor secretary is making an educated guess as to the 2012 Democratic ticket: It'll be President Obama and Hillary Clinton, Reich writes on his blog . "Obama needs to stir the passions and enthusiasms of a... More »

New Hampshire Full of Weird Candidates

Meet a few of the 44 people running in the state's primary

(Newser) - Meet Vernim Supreme. He’s running in the New Hampshire presidential primary—as he does every four years—on a platform of zombie readiness, obligatory tooth brushing, and a pony for every American. He often wears a rubber boot for a hat and likes to confront his, er, more established... More »

Is This the Return of 'Bad Newt'?

Gingrich's comeback is threatening to unleash his ego

(Newser) - Flushed with pride over his unlikely comeback, Newt Gingrich is letting his ego out again, and with it we're beginning to see the return of the unlikable blowhard Gingrich from the mid-1990s, reports Politico . In the past week, Gingrich has boasted of his role in defeating communism, said he... More »

So What Did the Cain Campaign Mean?

The economy, simplicity, limits of outsiders, say pundits

(Newser) - So, after a fleeting moment at the top of the polls , Herman Cain's run for the Oval Office is over. Now comes the political dissection, as analysts ask what his unconventional campaign meant:
  • The root of Cain's popularity was his campaign's "simplicity and unconventionality," says
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Candidates Thank Big Donors With ... Fancy Titles

Give Rick Perry $50K and you're officially a "Pilot"

(Newser) - Consider yourself a Patriot? Not until you’ve given Rick Perry $500,000. If you’re a little less flush, you can be an Entrepreneur for $250,000, an Explorer for $100,000, or a Pilot for $50,000. Perry’s not the only one handing his donors special titles... More »

Rick Perry to Announce Run in SC

May not be formal launch, but will make intentions clear

(Newser) - Fresh off his weekend prayer rally, Rick Perry will head to South Carolina on Saturday to make clear he's going to toss his hat into the 2012 presidential race, reports Politico. In so doing, the Texas governor will upend the current field of Republicans seeking the nomination, as well... More »

Wallace Apologizes for 'Flake' Question to Bachmann

'I didn't mean any disrespect,' says Fox host

(Newser) - Chris Wallace's interview with Michele Bachmann on Fox News Sunday is resonating in part because he asked her, "Are you a flake?" The host has since apologized. "I messed up. I'm sorry," he says in a post-show video, notes the Hot Air blog . "I... More »

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