By Bob Cusack - 08/20/14 06:00 AM EDT
There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016.
The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump hits Clinton for 'bad judgment call on Brexit' Trump: ‘Overrated’ George Will ‘lost his way a long time ago' Dems find voice with disruption 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 ObamaCannabis conversation urged at North American Leaders Summit Obama: 'There's still work to do' for gay community Our most toxic export: American politick 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.
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.
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 GillibrandSanders shares star power with NY House hopeful Bernie Sanders’s awkward return to the Senate Protecting living organ donors' rights MORE (N.Y.) — Gillibrand has made it clear she backs Clinton. But if the former first lady doesn’t run, Gillibrand might.
Al GoreAl GoreMain Street to Washington: A train ride through division Clinton’s third-term dilemma Third-party candidates aim for Sanders loyalists 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 KerryDozens of Clinton meetings left off State schedule: report Overnight Cybersecurity: Sit-in disrupts cyber hearings | Trump tries to defend claim Clinton was hacked Kerry backs government access to encrypted data 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 KlobucharDozens of senators push EPA for higher ethanol mandate Brother may I? Congress must reform senseless drug regulation Caution: drug competition not allowed 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 BraleyVernon wins Iowa House Dem primary June primary fights set stage for Dems’ hopes to take over House GOP group enlists public with opposition research app MORE (D-Iowa).
Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinGun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA 14 dead in West Virginia flooding Bipartisan gun measure survives test vote 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 MikulskiOvernight Energy: Senate panel approves EPA spending, rules bill Senate panel breaks with House on cuts to IRS Dems propose to boost DOJ funding by M MORE and Reps. Steny Hoyer and John Delaney) have already said they would back Clinton in the Democratic primary.
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 SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: Next steps after Trump upheaval Bernie fights for relevance Sanders shares star power with NY House hopeful 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 WarnerDrone use growing in surprising ways Overnight Cybersecurity: Pentagon cyber operations in the spotlight Lawmakers sound alarm over decaying Memorial Bridge 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 WarrenBernie fights for relevance Kaine: Nobody should ever say they're ready to be president Al Franken says he would be Clinton's vice president if asked 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.
Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteMcConnell quashes Senate effort on guns Republicans blast latest Gitmo transfer Bipartisan gun measure survives test vote MORE (N.H.) — Ayotte, who is up for reelection in 2016, is already being discussed as a vice presidential pick.
Rep. Michele BachmannMichele BachmannFalwell faces flak for posing with Trump in front of Playboy The Trail 2016: On faith and the economy Michele Bachmann to advise Trump on evangelical issues 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 BlackburnWhy won’t Obama’s FCC leave Us alone? Calls for Lynch to resign over claim that ‘love’ is best response to terror GOP targets net neutrality despite court ruling 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 Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenGOP senators: Brexit vote a wake-up call Overnight Defense: Senate rejects new FBI surveillance powers | Brexit vote looms | Push for new military aid deal with Israel Senators push vote to condemn Russia's 'reckless actions' 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.
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 CruzTed CruzO'Malley gives Trump a nickname: 'Chicken Donald' Va. GOP delegate files lawsuit over bound convention votes Our most toxic export: American politick 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.
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 PortmanRob PortmanGun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns Poll: Burr narrowly leads Democrat in NC Senate race 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 PaulRand PaulRepublicans question Trump's trip to Scotland Hate TV customer service? So does your senator Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate narrowly rejects expanding FBI surveillance powers 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 RodgersGOP campaign chief: Turn up the heat on Clinton GOP rep: Ryan's agenda to restore representative government Restoring the VA's promise to veterans 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 RubioRubio: 'I didn't run for the Senate to run for president again' Sunday shows preview: Next steps after Trump upheaval O'Malley gives Trump a nickname: 'Chicken Donald' 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 RyanRangel: Trump puts Ryan in tough spot Dems find voice with disruption Democrats plan 'day of action' to keep spotlight on guns 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 ReidSay NO to PROMESA, say NO to Washington overreach Overnight Finance: Wall Street awaits Brexit result | Clinton touts biz support | New threat to Puerto Rico bill? | Dodd, Frank hit back McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns MORE (D-Nev.) in 2016.
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 ScottTim ScottTrump veepstakes in overdrive Police: 3 killed in Tel Aviv terrorist shooting GOP senators propose sending ISIS fighters to Gitmo 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 ThuneRepublicans question Trump's trip to Scotland Short-term FAA bill would likely extend into next year, GOP chairman says Civil liberties group mobilizes against surveillance amendment MORE (S.D.) — Thune nearly ran in 2012, and he has more than $9.5 million in his campaign war chest.
Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hits Clinton for 'bad judgment call on Brexit' Trump: ‘Overrated’ George Will ‘lost his way a long time ago' Maher warns Brexit might mean a President Trump MORE —Trump 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.