(CNN) - We've still got seven weeks to go until Election Day 2012, but early moves for the 2016 presidential election seem to be underway.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a possible contender for the next Democratic presidential nomination, gave the keynote address at the 35th annual steak fry put on by Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa.
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The steak fry, hosted by Iowa's five-term senator, is a big annual fundraiser for the state's Democratic party, and is an important stage for Democrats thinking of making a run for the White House (then Sen. Barack Obama of neighboring Illinois gave they keynote address in 2006) in the state that traditionally holds the first contest in the presidential caucus and primary calendar.
"That's not what I'm doing here. I'm here because my friend Sen. Harkin asked me to come," O'Malley told reporters Sunday, downplaying presidential ambitions, before addressing Democratic activists gathered at the event.
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O'Malley, a two term governor and chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, is a frequent surrogate for President Obama's re-election campaign. O'Malley, along with Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, made appearances at a breakfast hosted by Iowa's convention delegation during the Democratic National Convention, held two weeks ago in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Iowa is also a crucial battleground state in the general election. Monday Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential nominee, make separate campaign appearances in Iowa.
anybody but crazy uncle joe....
2016 is Hilary. What are these guys talking about?
Introducing President Tommy Carcetti.
O'Malley is earning his bona fides by bankrupting Maryland now.....great experience for screwing up the whole country.
Klobuchar? Saw her in the SCOTUS hearings for Sotomayor and Kagan and was less than impressed.
Biden..no way. It's going to be either Hillary or Andrew Cuomo of NY. Both would mop the floor with the lying anchor baby from Florida or the obese BBQ king from NJ. Nimrata from SC or Prebush(?) from LA....forget it
Hopefully, by 2016- SCAMerica's revolution would have taken place and the outdated, ridiculous, corrupt 2 party system will be history.
I like this guy, but Hillary will be best!
lets get Barack elected first ok. Forward. Hillary next time. It's the ladies turn don't you think?
"he would support a path to residency – not citizenship"
Translation: "You can live here, but I'll be damned if your brown ass is going to be voting."
It's Hillary's if she wants it. Bill has shown what he can do for Obama, and only would do that much more for Hillary.
Do not let this man become president. His solution to everything is to raise taxes. Just look at how he's turned his state into a constant-budget-hole idiocracy like California.
2016 is too far–don't worry–it is Hillary in the line–we will convince her to lead the show.
I think it's pretty obvious who is going to run.
If he learns to master the fine art of lying, maybe even republicans will support him. As for raising taxes, President Obama lowered them to the lowest level in 50 years, and the right wingnuts were clueless, because Fox foreign owned media did not tell them the facts. Rupert's rummies said the president raised them.
All the pretenders to the Democratic nomination will fade away quickly if Hillary Clinton decides to run. Hillary will be our first woman US President!
Pretty funny. News flash: If Obama gets elected, the economy is going to be SO in the tank that Dems won't have a snowball's chance of winning. But keep on talking about it... :)
Perhaps he'd be Hilliary's running mate. But it would be something if Hilliary was to select a female as her running mate! That would be something! "Female-Power." Perhaps I'm getting carried away by all those Wonder Woman episodes I watched as a kid!
Run, Hillary! Run! Run, Hillary! :-)
I voted for Obama and will again. I would never vote for Hillary!
Behind the scenes at CNN:
"Hmmmm...no much news today...what shoudl we report on?"
"Well, there's a new study from the Conrgessional Research Service that analyzed the past 60+ years oftax policy and economic trends and concluded there is absolutely ZERO evidence that massive tax cuts for the wealthy actually spur economic growth."
"Wow...someone needs to spend more time reading his employee mannual. Someone fire him. Any other suggestions?"
"Well, we could do a fluff piece about baseless conjecture as to who might run for president in 2016?"
"Perfect. Now THAT is "news"."
There will probably never be another GOP president. America and Americans just can't afford such a waste of tax dollars.
run, run, run Hillary !
2016 – Hillary – one can only hope.
This is a ridiculous article....2016 will be Hillary if she wants it....Andrew Coumo if not....anyone who saw the convention saw that Omalley is a lightweight.