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Amidst the euphoria over the magnitude of President Barack Obama's reelection victory in November 2012, there is a growing number of moderate Democrats who are urging caution over the temptation to move the party's platform further to the left. Foremost in their minds is the fate of the Republicans, who, buoyed by their stunning performance in the 2010 midterms, took the result as a mandate to move the party to the extreme right - a decision which they are paying for now.

However, the liberal elements in the party is predicated on the idea that the election proves that the majority of Americans have mandated President Obama, and to a lesser extent, the Democratic Party, to embark on a structural sociopolitical realignment of the country, to correct the effect and influence of the almost three decades long conservative ideological indoctrination.

And yet, the Blue Dog Democrats, another significant element within the party, believes that the result of the election, achieved primarily through the support of the minorities (African Americans, Hispanic and women), belies the fact that the electorates voted for the candidate, and not the party - as illustrated in a study conducted by the NAACP which revealed that only 47% of African Americans are "very enthusiastic" about the Democratic Party after President Obama's presidency ends.

In light of this ideological strive, the choice of the next candidate for the party in the 2016 presidential election has taken an added significance, for not only will the person be expected to win, he or she will determine the direction of the Democratic Party.






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December 18-21, 2014
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Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
BBC's World Historic Figure in 2002 for Anti-GMO Activism
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Andy Caffrey

A strong environmentalist and advocate against genetically modified organisms, Andy Caffrey is the first Democratic candidate to run on a platform of truly green politics. He is an accomplished and passionate man with campaign experience, and has turned his focus to the White House.  

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Small-business owner, Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Willie Carter

This retired USAF member and father of nine definitely brings something different to the table. Carter is in his eighth consecutive run for the Presidency, which he entered because he was “commanded of the Lord to enter the race to become President of the United States of America”.  

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
CIA and U.S. Envoy with G4 Classification
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Doug Shreffler

Doug Shreffler is not a career politician but a man of optimism with a goal of cross-party unification. His distinctive perspective was born from his lifelong service to our country in foreign affairs with the CIA and as a US envoy with G4 Classification.  

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Attorney, Community Leader, Advocate for the Elderly and Disabled
Declared Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Steinberg

Michael Steinberg has built a career advocating for those left behind. He has entered the race for President to bring attention to the issues that are not being addressed and to advocate for those forgotten in Washington, especially the elderly, the disabled and our Veterans.  

Exploratory 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Veteran, author, former Senator from Virginia and bi-partisan lawmaker
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Jim Webb

Jim Webb is a decorated veteran, accomplished author and former Senator who often worked across party lines. Webb worked in the administration of Republican President Ronald Reagan, and served as a Democratic Senator after defeating incumbent GOP Senator George Allen of Virginia.  

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former college football coach and 2012 presidential candidate
Declared Democratic Presidential Candidate Robby Wells

The former football coach turned public servant is a moderate libertarian seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2016. Wells has made it clear that he isn’t afraid to call out politicians on both sides of the aisle. He finished third for the Constitution Party’s nomination in 2012.  




Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Actor, director, and activist
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Ben Affleck

Which of these doesn't belong here? Good Will Hunting. Armageddon. Argo. Founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative. That’s right - the award-winning actor, director and writer is now a respected human rights activist, and in the eyes of some, a political career is next on the cards.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S Senator from Indiana
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Evan Bayh

Senator Bayh all but severed his ties with Congressional Democrats in 2010 when he pulled out of the reelection race just a day before the filing deadline, an act that painted the mark of Judas on the man who almost became the running mate of a certain Senator Obama in 2008.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Senator from Colorado
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bennet

The former Superintendent of Denver Schools was involved in one of the most intriguing and expensive senatorial elections in American history. The $30 million contest eventually saw Senator Bennet triumphing over tea party favorite, Ken Buck, by a mere 0.9%.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Current Vice-President of the United States
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden

Prior to his election as VP, Mr. Biden was already one of the most influential men in Washington, chairing the powerful Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees for a record-breaking three terms each. The ex-Delaware Senator is also the 15th-longest serving Senator in history.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from California
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Barbara Boxer

The Brooklyn-born former journalist is a bullhorn for the liberal cause, with a long record of advocacy for the rights of minorities, women and children, and the environment. A Boxer presidential run would probably energize the liberal base in a way never seen before.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Ohio
Possible 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Sherrod Brown

The two-term Senator is one of the most prominent liberal figures today, which automatically makes his Senate seat a prized catch. It came as no surprise then when Senator Brown was outspent 5-to-1 by his rivals in his successful 2012 reelection campaign.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Washington
Possible Democratic 2016 Candidate Maria Cantwell

One of the stars of the liberal movement, Senator Cantwell is a noted supporter of union workers and the environment. The three-term Indianapolis-born Senator currently chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, as well as the Subcommittee on Energy and Aviation Operations.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
Possible 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Bob Casey

Senator Casey became an instant darling of the left after he steamrolled past Senator Rick Santorum, the incumbent, in the 2006 Pennsylvania Senate election. He also earned the distinction as one of the earliest endorsers of Senator Barack Obama’s bid for president.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady
Possible Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton

The dynamics of the 2016 presidential election will largely hinge on the former First Lady's opening gambit. Several Democratic candidates have already alluded that their decisions will be based on Mrs. Clinton's own, a decision that even the GOP will be paying a close attention to.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Possible Democratic Presidential Candidate Mo Cowan

The former chief of staff to Gov. Deval Patrick created a history of sorts following his appointment as interim Senator: this is the first time two African-Americans are serving in the Senate. Despite his reluctance to serve, he is seen as one of the rising stars of the party.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Current Governor of New York
Possible Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo, whose speaking style is at times eerily similar to Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone, was once described by Elliot Spitzer as a “tough guy” with “brass knuckles.” While some may take umbrage at the characterization, his supporters may well look at it as a badge of honor.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Vermont and DNC Chairman
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Howard Dean

Gov. Dean rose into national prominence during the summer of 2003 when he ran for the Democratic nomination. He pioneered the burgeoning power of the social media to propel his candidacy - a move that was later replicated and expanded upon by the Obama campaign four years later.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Mayor of Chicago and former White House Chief of Staff
Possible 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Rahm Emanuel

Rhambo, as Mayor Emanuel is sometimes referred to by his detractors, first gained national prominence while serving as a senior aide in former President Bill Clinton’s campaign. The former Congressman and ballet dancer (really!) was once a civilian volunteer for the Israel army.
 

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Minnesota
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Al Franken

The colorful Senator from Minnesota gained instant national attention in 2010 after making comical faces at Minority Leader Mitch McConnell while he was delivering a speech in the Senate. But the 61-year old is now better known for his strong advocacy of progressive issues.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from New York
Possible Democratic Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand

Described once as the “hottest member” of the Senate by Majority Leader Harry Reid, the conversationally fluent Mandarin-speaker was first selected to the Senate in 2009 by New York Gov. David Paterson to replace the outgoing Senator Hillary Clinton.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from Florida
Possible Democratic 2016 Candidate Alan Grayson

The former janitor, security guard, economist, lawyer, lecturer and now, member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Florida's 9th district, is one of the most articulate and aggressive liberal in Congress today.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Washington
Possible Democratic 2016 Candidate Christine Gregoire

Raised by a single mother, the story of Gov. Gregoire’s journey from a young clerk in the state corrections department to her election as Governor of the 18th largest state in the nation - alongside her battle with breast cancer - is the stuff of a perfect Hallmark movie.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of New Hampshire
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Maggie Hassan

The former attorney left the cushy world of private practice to serve in the New Hampshire state legislature in 2004. By the end of her third term, she was elected the Majority Leader of the state senate. Two years later, the moderate Democrat was elected Governor of the state.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Colorado
Possible Democratic Presidential Candidate John Hickenlooper

The eccentric former geologist has quite possibly the best campaign ad ever – one that featured him in a shower, fully dressed, talking about dirty politics. Gov. Hickenlooper, a Pennsylvanian by birth, previously served as the Mayor of Denver between 2003 and 2011.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Washington
Possible Democratic Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee

The Seattle-born father of three crowned an outstanding 24-year public service career – including a 12 year stint in the House of Representatives - by being elected Washington’s 23rd Governor in 2012. The fifth-generation Washingtonian is known as a strong advocate of green energy.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Oregon
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate John Kitzhaber

Gov. Kitzhaber grabbed national headlines in 2011 when he halted the scheduled execution of a convicted murderer, announcing that he will not permit any executions in the state during his term – his third, technically, following his previous stint as governor in 1995-2003.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Minnesota
Possible 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar is a two-term Senator from Minnesota, the first woman from the state elected to the Senate. The 52-year old mother-of-one is a former county prosecutor and was partner at two of the largest law firms in Minnesota.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Senator from Louisiana
Possible Democratic 2016 Candidate Mary Landrieu

The outspoken Virginia-born Senator is probably the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, and is frequently used as a legislative sounding board by her peers. Serving her third term in office, she currently chairs the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Connecticut
Possible Democratic 2016 Candidate Dan Malloy

As a child, Gov. Malloy grew up with dyslexia, and learning and physical disabilities. As an adult, he is a renowned champion of the middle class and sound fiscal policies. Not bad at all for someone who still has trouble writing or typing – albeit, one with an elephantine memory.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor and Current Senior U.S. Senator from West Virginia
Possible Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Manchin

A bit right-of-center for the taste of many of his Democratic colleagues, Senator Joe Manchin remains a seasoned politician with an impressive resume, and his prospects for a presidential run in 2016 are solid. Various political liabilities, however, make his way treacherous.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Delaware
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Jack Markell

After an eleven year stint as State Treasurer, the former corporate high flyer was elected Governor in 2009, and one of his first tasks was handling the state’s $800 million budget deficit. Two years later, Gov. Markell proudly signed a balanced budget for the state.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Missouri
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Claire McCaskill

Senator McCaskill’s fierce reelection battle against Republican Todd Akin is easily one of the most eventful in 2012. The 59-year old currently chairs the Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, tasked with examining wartime contracting.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from New Jersey
Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Bob Menendez

The son of Cuban immigrants is perhaps best remembered for wearing a bulletproof vest while testifying against former Union City Mayor William Musto in 1982. Despite recent allegations of impropriety, Senator Menendez remains a folk hero to many in the "Havana on the Hudson".  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Connecticut
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Chris Murphy

After serving three terms in the U.S. House of Rep., the affable Nutmegger made the leap to the Senate after emerging victorious from a bruising election against Linda McMahon. Senator Murphy is a noted champion of liberal causes, particularly for his support of LGBT rights.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Washington
Possible 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Patty Murray

As co-chair of the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the four-term Senator from Washington is a key player in the Congressional economic debate - a sharp change from her pre-politics social and environmental activism.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Janet Napolitano

Ranked as the world's ninth most powerful woman by Forbes in 2012, the breast cancer survivor issued a record-breaking 115 vetoes during her two terms as Governor of Arizona. Her tenure received wide bipartisan praise, with Times magazine ranking her as one of America's Five Best Governors.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Florida
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Bill Nelson

The former soldier, lawyer and astronaut was first elected to the Senate in 2000, and is currently serving his third term in office. Known for his moderate progressive views, Senator Nelson has been a major figure in the Sunshine State politics for over a generation.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Missouri
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Jay Nixon

After serving as Attorney General for four terms, Gov. Nixon became the state’s 55th Governor in 2009 after comfortably emerging victorious in a match up against Republican Kenny Hulshof – a remarkable turnaround after his record breaking defeat to Senator John Danforth in 1988.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Maryland
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Martin O'Malley

There’s probably only a handful of serving governors that could rival Gov. O’Malley’s success in Maryland. Aside from overseeing a 40% reduction in crime rate, his successful legislative agenda, most notably recognition for same-sex marriages, bears testament to the fact.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Illinois
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Pat Quinn

Despite the less than perfect circumstances surrounding his appointment as Governor, the former tax attorney managed to ride above the controversy and remarkably win the governorship on his own right in 2010 – the seventh closest gubernatorial election in history.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from New York
Possible Democratic Presidential Candidate Chuck Schumer

During a speech at a November 2013 fundraising dinner in Iowa, Schumer urged Hillary Clinton to get in the 2016 race and predicted that if she did so, she would win. This high-ranked, early endorsement for an undeclared Clinton may be the first positioning for a running mate.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Montana
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Brian Schweitzer

The self-professed redneck is a strong advocate of legal immigration, affordable prescription drugs and national energy dependency. Gov. Schweitzer, who has been described as both folksy and blunt, once famously stamped Republican bills he had vetoed with a red-hot branding iron!  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Vermont
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Peter Shumlin

A graduate of Wesleyan, Gov. Shumlin is a liberal’s liberal, with a long record of advocacy for progressive causes. A strong supporter of universal healthcare, he was one of the major figures behind Vermont’s trend busting introduction of civil unions for gay couples in 2000.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of West Virginia
Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Earl Ray Tomblin

After a distinguished 38-year legislative career, the former teacher was elected the state’s 35th Governor in 2011. Gov. Tomblin, well-known for his moderate approach to politics, surprised many in 2012 when he refused to endorse President Barack Obama’s reelection bid.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Virginia
Possible Democratic 2016 Candidate Mark Warner

Following his term as Governor from 2002 to 2006, Senator Warner was elected to the Senate in 2008 after a crushing victory over Republican Jim Gilmore. Senator Warner currently sits on six Senate Committees and is directly involved in the debt-reduction discussion in the capitol.  

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Possible 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren

Prior to 2012, Senator Warren was best known as the spearhead behind the creation of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. The former Harvard law professor, who currently sits in the Senate Banking Committee, was once named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.  




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