Declared Republican Candidates
Potential Republican Candidates



Over the past two decades, devotees of the Republican party and the advancement of its principles have been well served by a strong stomach. Indeed, one could scarcely blame them for feeling as if they were riding on a roller coaster, with one important difference: At least if they were on a carnival ride, they could theoretically have asked that it be stopped so they could get off.

As far back as 1994, the GOP enjoyed a political windfall when midterm election results awarded them control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Termed then the “Republican Revolution”, some optimistic fellows on the right even dared to declare that a permanent majority had begun, with the US congress becoming red for the foreseeable future. They suffered under a Democratic President at the time, but had high hopes of changing that in two short years.

Frustration in the presidential election of 1996, however, resulting in the reelection of President Bill Clinton, meant that the Republicans would have to wait a total of six years after their landslide to take the White House and dominate American government. Unfortunately, this was when the roller coaster began to dip, as President George W Bush would prove to be one of the least popular commanders in chief in the nation's history, provoking a backlash against Republican rule that began in the 2006 midterms – ending the supposed “permanent majority” in the Senate - and culminated in 2008 with the election of current President Barack Obama. The Revolution was over.

Or was it? While unmistakably starting strong, President Obama's current approval ratings place him just slightly above his abysmally regarded predecessor. Between a sluggish economy – whose “recovery” has yet to be felt by many Americans still desperately seeking work – and popular wariness over Obama's much-trumpeted healthcare plan, the Democratic party has paid for its President's poor image during the 2014 midterm elections: An 8-seat loss in the Senate has cost them their so recently won control of that chamber of congress, while a net loss of 15 seats in the House has forced them to cede a stronger majority in that chamber of congress, to a Republican party otherwise smarting from '06 and '08.

Considering their current position, the Republican party's prospects for the 2016 presidential election seem strong. History, of course, teaches them – or should teach them – not to carry forward too much cockiness from a successful midterm. Barring some tumultuous upheaval, the Republcan presidential candidate in 2016 will most likely be facing Hillary Clinton at the polls; no easy rival. But the wind is at their backs, with congress under their control and the opposition's President on the ropes. Everything depends on who gets blessed with the GOP nomination in 2016.





 Declared and Exploratory Republican Candidates 

 
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Army child and business owner
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Skip Andrews
 
“Skip” Andrews is a diverse candidate who probably has at least one opinion to please anyone. Few politicians are able to satisfy both a pro-legalization marijuana advocate and a staunch pro-lifer. Of course, this also means most would object to a majority of his platform.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Veteran and volunteer spokesperson with Americans For Fair Taxation (AFFT)
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Kerry Bowers
 
A former military man with a long career in the United States Air Force, Kerry Bowers has experience not only in the armed forces but as a police dispatcher, businessman, and in many other fields.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Florida
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush
 
Florida's only Republican two-term Governor, Jeb Bush is a heavyweight political contender who comes from a family of presidents. His left-leaning ideologies make him too liberal for the taste of some in his party, however, and his lineage could be hindrance rather than help.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Physician, Author and Citizen Politician
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson
 
Ben Carson is a highly accomplished physician who is seen as a breath of fresh air in the world of politics. He has left his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and is in pursuit of the U.S. presidency in 2016.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
International entrepreneur and business professor
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Dale Christensen
 
With experience in business management around the world, Dale Christensen is a self-described “first and foremost” family man who advocates a variety of conservative principles.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of New Jersey
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Chris Christie
 
Assurances given to a number of his biggest campaign contributors held Gov. Christie back from running in 2012, despite pleas from party luminaries such as former president George H.W. Bush. However, Gov. Christie has been slowly but surely positioning himself for a 2016 run.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Texas
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz
 
The Harvard and Princeton-educated attorney once served as the Domestic Policy Advisor to former president George W. Bush. Noted for his formidable oratory skill, Senator Cruz is viewed by some as one of the intellectual leaders of the tea party movement.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Constitutional Republican and strong conservative
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate John Dummett, Jr.
 
Hailing from the state of California, John Dummet, Jr is a Constitutional Republican who has become disenfranchised with both the Republican and Democratic parties.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman and former IRS Commissioner
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Mark Everson
 
A strong conservative with an extremely dim view of large banks, Mark Everson calls the integrity of mainstream politicians into question and accuses them of catering to monied special interests. He strongly believes a President should serve only a single term.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businesswoman and Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Carly Fiorina
 
The only well-known woman to be considering a run for the Republican nomination in 2016, Carly Fiorina is a unique political figure. Her business experience and conservative principles make her attractive to the right, but past difficulties and failures could haunt her moving forward.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from South Carolina
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Lindsey Graham
 
The former Colonel with the USAF JAG unit has been one of the most recognized Republican faces in the post-2012 election era. However, his reputation as a compromise broker in Congress has taken a hit over his recent conversion into a foreign policy hawk.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former combat pilot and current airline captain
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Chris Hill
 
Chris Hill is a combat veteran who served as a pilot during Desert Storm. Although he is running on the Republican ticket, some of his leanings are at odds with those of the GOP, including his “Living Wage” plan and his support for labor unions and recognition of gay marriages.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Arkansas, Man of Faith and TV Personality
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee
 
Mike Huckabee is an Evangelical Christian who never shies away from his faith. In January, 2015, he bid farewell as host of his popular talk show on the Fox News Channel to consider another presidential bid. He will announce that bid on Tuesday, May 5th.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Current Governor of Louisiana
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Bobby Jindal
 
Gov. Jindal created history in 2008 when he became the first Indian American to be elected a state Governor. At the grand old age of 24, the Rhodes Scholar was appointed by Gov. Murphy Foster to manage the Health and Human Services Dept., the largest department in the state.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Conservative and Tea Party supporter
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Michael Kinlaw
 
Michael Kinlaw is a conservative Republican who has strong opinions on a number of issues. His views put him right in line with a number of other conservatives likely to run in 2016. Kinlaw has no political background and has launched his campaign in his hometown of Houston.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Successful entrepreneur and media personality
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Dennis Michael Lynch
 
Affectionately known as “DML”, Lynch boasts a quarter-century of experience in building and managing successful businesses. He has also worked as a film producer, made public speeches and provided political commentary. He has appeared copiously on television and radio.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of New York
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate George Pataki
 
A three-term Governor of New York State with an impressive political career besides, George Pataki is a red Republican who has found success in blue country. His fiscal policies are pleasing enough to the GOP base, but his stance on social issues may leave something to be desired.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Kentucky
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Rand Paul
 
Sen. Paul finally emerged from the huge shadow of his larger than life father, maverick Republican Ron Paul, when he was selected to deliver the tea party response to President Obama’s SOTU address in 2013, and in the process, cementing his de facto leadership of the movement.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Texas and 2012 presidential candidate
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Perry
 
After his ultimately underwhelming performance in 2012, Gov. Perry, the longest serving Texas governor in history, will surely be looking forward to 2016 and launch probably his final attempt at securing the Republican presidential nomination.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman and veteran
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Michael Petyo
 
A “business first” fiscal conservative with a very optimistic view of the role played by corporations in generating wealth, Michael Petyo is himself a business owner who feels the United States has lost its way economically and that relaxed regulation on the private sector is the solution.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Florida
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio
 
Marco Rubio is definitely on the short list of names for Republican frontrunner. Being himself of Cuban heritage, he enjoys strong support among the important Latino demographic, in addition to holding solid conservative principles that make him eminently likeable to the Republican constituency.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur, innovator, limited government advocate
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Brian Russell
 
Brian Russell is a successful entrepreneur who believes that implementing sound economic policy should be the government’s top priority. He also supports a strong military and foreign policy that presents the USA as the true leader in the free world.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former US Senator from Pennsylvania
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Rick Santorum
 
The former two-term Senator from Pennsylvania is widely expected to make another bid to be the party’s nominee for president in 2016. With a small but loyal base behind him, Senator Santorum would be looking to expand his demographic appeal over the next three years.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman and perennial exploratory presidential candidate
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump
 
A wealthy business tycoon and well-known American personality, Donald Trump brings a dour attitude that never fails to entertain. He has channeled his notoriety into a number of outlets, including a successful reality show and a public feud with rival celebrity Rosie O'Donnell.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Wisconsin
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Scott Walker
 
Gov. Walker’s proposed Wisconsin Act 10 triggered a wave of controversy that forced a recall election in his second year in office. However, Gov. Walker prevailed and achieved the distinction of becoming the country’s first governor to survive a recall election.


 Potential Republican Candidates 

 
Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Maryland
Possible Republican 2016 Candidate Bob Ehrlich
 

Bob Ehrlich is a Republican who generally keeps to the middle, as necessitated by his success as a politician in the mostly liberal state of Maryland. His unapologetically pro-business stance, however, promises dividends from conservatives and difficulties from most others.

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Ohio
Possible Republican 2016 Candidate John Kasich
 

After his unsuccessful presidential bid in 2000, the nine-term member of the House took a break from politics and joined the private sector, most notably serving as the Managing Director of the now defunct Lehman Bros. His 2010 comeback saw him elected the 69th Governor of Ohio.

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from New York
Potential Republican 2016 Candidate Peter King
 

Representing New York's 2nd Congressional District, King has had a long and extremely successful political career. He is a former city councilman and comptroller, before being elected to congress in 1992. He represents the establishment wing of the Republican Party.

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Michigan
Possible Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Snyder
 

The former professor, venture capitalist, accountant and IT executive emerged from out of the blue to win the 2010 gubernatorial election. Running on a social conservative platform and gun rights, Gov. Snyder defeated his Democratic rival Virg Bernero by an impressive 18 percent.






 
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