The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016.

The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonElection fears recede for House Republicans To woo black voters in Georgia, Dems need to change their course of action Trump lawyer touts petition to stop 'soft coup' against Trump MORE is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side.

Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42.

Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump: Police 'have every right' to protest Chicago mayor To woo black voters in Georgia, Dems need to change their course of action 2018 midterms: The blue wave or a red dawn? MORE (D-Ill.) said he wasn’t running.

The following is The Hill’s list of 65 people who might run for president in 2016.

Democrats 

Vice President Biden — Will he or won’t he? Polls show he is trailing Hillary Clinton badly. Last month, President Obama said Biden would be a “superb” commander in chief.

California Gov. Jerry Brown

Brown has run for president three times. He says a fourth is “not in the cards.” 

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock — Bullock is seen more as a vice presidential possibility.

Hillary Clinton — Will she run? Of course she will.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — He would be a top contender if Clinton wasn’t running. But the ongoing corruption probe in New York looms over Cuomo’s head.

Howard Dean  

The former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential candidate told CNN he hopes Clinton wins. But last year, he warned she wouldn’t get a pass in the Democratic primary.  

Russ Feingold — The liberal darling mulled a 2008 bid before losing his reelection race in 2010.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump to sign 'right to try' drug bill next week Senators near deal on sexual harassment policy change Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump hits federally funded clinics with new abortion restrictions MORE (N.Y.) — Gillibrand has made it clear she backs Clinton. But if the former first lady doesn’t run, Gillibrand might.

Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreKeith Olbermann signs new deal with ESPN Legendary speechwriter Richard N. Goodwin proved the power of words Can Trump beat the Nobel odds? MORE Few think he will run, but political analyst Mark Halperin sparked new speculation on “Morning Joe” last month, when he said the former vice president might challenge Clinton.

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan — She might opt to run for the Senate in 2016.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper — A popular governor who has indicated he won’t run.

John KerryJohn Forbes KerryJohn Kerry to NYU Abu Dhabi: We can't address world problems by 'going it alone' Juan Williams: Trump's dangerous lies on Iran Pompeo: US tried, failed to achieve side deal with European allies MORE    

The secretary of State absolutely ruled out a 2016 campaign earlier this year. But then again, so did Barack Obama before he ran in 2008.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate harassment bill runs into opposition from House Senate approves new sexual harassment policy for Congress Senators introduce bill to overhaul sexual harassment policy MORE (Minn.) — See Gillibrand. Klobuchar visited Iowa last year and will be back in the Hawkeye State this week to stump for Senate hopeful Rep. Bruce BraleyBruce Lowell BraleyOPINION | Tax reform, not Trump-McConnell feuds, will make 2018 a win for GOP Ten years later, House Dems reunite and look forward Trump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer MORE (D-Iowa).

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Finance: House sends Dodd-Frank rollbacks to Trump | What's in the bill | Trump says there is 'no deal' to help ZTE | Panel approves bill to toughen foreign investment reviews House votes to ease regulation of banks, sending bill to Trump Senators demand answers on Trump’s ZTE deal MORE (W.Va.) — There’s a Draft Joe Manchin effort out there, but the centrist is more likely to run for governor again should he leave the Senate.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley — Uphill climb for O’Malley. How tough? Three members of the Maryland delegation (Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee Robert Mueller's forgotten surveillance crime spree Clinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions MORE and Reps. Steny Hoyer and John Delaney) have already said they would back Clinton in the Democratic primary.

Janet Napolitano 
The Washington Post last year called the former governor and Cabinet official “a woman to watch in 2016.” 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon — The unrest in Ferguson is a huge test for Nixon, whose last name wouldn’t be an asset if he runs.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick — Will likely run for president at some point, but not in 2016.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump: ‘Clapper has now admitted there was spying on my campaign’ Overnight Defense: Trump decision on Korea summit coming 'next week' | China disinvited from major naval exercise | Senate sends VA reform bill to Trump Senate sends major VA reform bill to Trump's desk MORE The liberal Sanders, who is technically an independent, has said he would challenge Clinton if no one else from the left launches a bid.

Brian Schweitzer — The former governor of Montana has had a rough summer.

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal Giuliani: Trump asked White House lawyer to go to Russia briefings Top Intel Dems denounce presence of Trump lawyer at classified briefings MORE (Va.) — Warner stunned political observers, when he didn’t run for president in 2008. He instead ran for the Senate and is up for reelection against Ed Gillespie this fall.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFortune 500 CEOs: The professional athletes of corporate America The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal Rising star Abrams advances in Georgia governor race MORE (Mass.) — Unlike Clinton, Warren has been busy on the campaign trail for Senate candidates.

Jim Webb — The former senator is eyeing a long-shot bid.

 

 

Republicans

Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteThe Hill's Morning Report: Koch Network re-evaluating midterm strategy amid frustrations with GOP Audit finds US Defense Department wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars US sends A-10 squadron to Afghanistan for first time in three years MORE (N.H.) — Ayotte, who is up for reelection in 2016, is already being discussed as a vice presidential pick.

Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate Pawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota MORE (Minn.) — Tea Party favorite has said she might run again in 2016.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour — Barbour is well liked by the GOP establishment and was included in a Republican National Committee straw poll in January. 

Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnKoch-backed group to target some Republicans over spending vote in new ad campaign Trump to hold Nashville rally amid efforts to boost GOP Senate hopeful The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Tenn.) 

Blackburn denied a report she is mulling a bid.

John Bolton — The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is leaving the 2016 door open.

Scott Brown — Brown is the underdog in his race against Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenJudd Gregg: 'Medicare for all' means rationing for everyone The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by CVS Health - A pivotal day for House Republicans on immigration Overnight Defense: Senate confirms Haspel as CIA chief | Trump offers Kim 'protections' if he gives up nukes | Dem amendments target Trump military parade MORE (D-N.H.).

Jeb Bush — Bush fatigue would be a significant obstacle for the former Florida governor.

Herman Cain — Jon Stewart prayed on the air that Cain would run again.

Ben Carson 

Carson is a rising star in the GOP.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — Bridge-gate hasn’t deterred Christie, who sounds like he’s going to be a candidate.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Pro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform MORE (Texas) — Tea Party star must convince kingmakers that he can beat Clinton.

Mitch Daniels — The ex-governor of Indiana decided against running in 2012 because of family concerns.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin — The former House member is in the mix of speculation.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam — He says he’s not interested in running.

Newt Gingrich — The 2012 presidential candidate and ex-Speaker might run again. Asked by Fox News’s Greta van Susteren about throwing his hat in the ring, Gingrich responded, “Ask me that in January of 2015.”

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley — Haley is always mentioned as a possible candidate.

Mike Huckabee

Huckabee’s poll numbers are quite good.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal — The former House member knows policy inside and out, but he would have to stand out amid the many personalities that will be on the 2016 stage.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich — Will Kasich and Ohio Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanLongtime tax aide leaving Senate Finance Committee Ex-McConnell policy aide joining lobby firm WATCH: Sen. Flake: “More doubtful” North Korean summit will happen  MORE both run? Regardless, Ohio is a must win for the GOP in 2016.

Rep. Pete King (N.Y.) — A frequent critic of Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Pro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform MORE (Ky.).

Rep. Steve King (Iowa) — A kingmaker in Iowa and a hard-liner on immigration.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez 

The first female Hispanic governor is not expected to run for president. But she will be a leading vice presidential candidate.

Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersFreedom Caucus bruised but unbowed in GOP primary fights Millennial GOP lawmakers pleased with McMorris Rodgers meeting on party messaging The Hill's Morning Report: Trump’s Cabinet mess MORE (Wash.) — She has a bright future, though a presidential run in 2016 probably isn’t in the cards.

Sarah Palin — The RNC put her in its straw poll, but most think the former Alaska governor will remain on the sidelines.

Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) — Paul, who is up for reelection in 2016, looks like a sure bet to run for president. Of all the possible 2016 GOP hopefuls, Paul has arguably had the best 2014.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence — Pence is a dark horse who shouldn’t be overlooked. The former House member was Tea Party before the Tea Party existed and is well respected by social and fiscal conservatives.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry  

Comebacks are common in politics, but can Perry pull it off? He has two things going for him: The border crisis has put him front and center on the national stage, and the right has rallied behind him in the wake of his indictment in Texas.

Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) — Portman, who is up for reelection in 2016, is headed to New Hampshire next week.

Condoleezza Rice — The former secretary of State routinely comes up in this conversation, but the chances of a Rice bid are remote.

 Rep. Mike Rogers (Mich.) — The retiring House member and soon-to-be talk-radio host hasn’t ruled out a run.

Mitt Romney — The rumors of another Romney run continue to persist.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Hillicon Valley: Experts worry North Korea will retaliate with hacks over summit | FBI works to disrupt Russian botnet | Trump officials look to quell anger over ZTE | Obama makes case for tighter regs on tech Putting pressure on Trump, House passes bill barring government from doing business with ZTE MORE (Fla.) 

Rubio will have to decide whether to run for president or reelection in 2016. As he said, “you can’t be on the ballot for two different offices” in Florida. 

Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDon't let them fool you — Republicans love regulation, too Senate harassment bill runs into opposition from House The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal MORE (Wis.) — He seems more intent on becoming Ways and Means Committee chairman than running for president.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval — It’s more likely that Sandoval would challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell not yet ready to change rules for Trump nominees The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Trump to press GOP on changing Senate rules MORE (D-Nev.) in 2016.

Rick Santorum 

The former Pennsylvania senator is being overlooked in the 2016 race. He did, after all, win the Iowa caucus in 2012.

Joe Scarborough — The host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” is certainly eyeing a return to public office. Will it come sooner or later?

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSenate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA Fed nominees vow to rebuff pressure from Trump on interest rates The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (S.C.) — He probably won’t run but will be discussed as a possible No. 2 on the ticket.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder — He faces a challenging reelection race in November.

Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThunePoll: 8 in 10 people in key states concerned about driverless cars Hillicon Valley: Mnuchin urges antitrust review of tech | Progressives want to break up Facebook | Classified election security briefing set for Tuesday | Tech CEOs face pressure to appear before Congress Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA MORE (S.D.) — Thune nearly ran in 2012, and he has more than $9.5 million in his campaign war chest.

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump and Kim fight PR war as summit talks collapse Trump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Judge rejects Manafort's attempt to throw out some charges MORETrump might run, but don’t bet on it.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — Walker first has to win reelection this year.

Allen West — The former congressman from Florida is mulling a bid.

— Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia contributed.