2016 flirtations under way?
September 17th, 2012
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2016 flirtations under way?

(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.


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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Ol' Lefty

    O'Malley could be a VP candidate, but w/ Cuomo, Warner, maybe Clinton running, I think he's a long shot at best. And I like the job he's done in Maryland, my state.

    September 17, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    I am all for women getting equal pay for equal work, but I would NEVER vote for ANY woman for president of the United States. We are too emotional and too vindictive (deny it all you want), but you women know it's true. Also, Hillary will be almost 70 years old in 2016 and there is no way ANY woman at that age would have enough energy to hold that position even IF her last name happens to be Clinton.
    Face reality and let's concentrate on THIS election first.

    September 17, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Mitt Romney

    Well, fudge. People are saying now that the GOP may never get the majority and win the White House again. My bad; I thought for sure that refusing to reveal my taxes would be the ultimate winning strategy. Oh well, we'll still have some Reps and Govs, maybe?

    September 17, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    I know I said I would never vote for Hilary, especially the way her faux democrats turned on President Obama and refused to support him in 08 and again this year. But she has proved herself to me. I will support her wholeheartedly if she runs in 2016.

    OBAMA 2012
    CLINTON 2016!

    September 17, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Tex71

    I am hoping for Obama in 2012, Clinton in 2016 & 2020, and then how about Julian Castro in 2024 & 2028? Maybe by then we can put this country back on the right track after the right-wing train wreck of Reaganomics and the Bushes.
    God bless America! Preferably in the same manner as our European friends whose lives are so much more secure than ours here in the USA.

    September 17, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Alex in NJ

    I'd be willing to bet for the GOP in 2016 you will have Chris Christie representing the establishment, Senator Rand Paul representing the Libertarian wing, and a Santorumesque candidate representing the Religious Right.
    My bet is actually on Paul finally beating out the establishment (also my hope).
    I think Cuomo has got it for the Dems.

    September 17, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Squigman

    People talking about 2016. Let's get through 2012, then think about 2016. This seems to be a logical sequence of events, so it will probably be ridiculed to no end.

    September 17, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. A Kickin` Donkey

    Far, FAR TOO EARLY to be limiting the Democratic field for 2016.

    We need to be developing our bench with 35 to 45 year olds so that we NEVER get caught like the republicans in 2008 and 2012. [like an out of touch and OLD McCain].

    Mr. President, win a 2nd term, and along the way, through 2016, develop new talent. Pull senators, mayors, governors, etc into your cabinent [State, Homeland Security, Commerce] so that the Democrats are best experienced.

    September 17, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. HowieInBrissie

    Hillary Clinton is my bet to get the nomination if she's interested. She still has a loyal following. Older women have served well as prime minister, chancellor and president elsewhere.

    September 17, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Patrick

    Mitt, unblievable. That you can question Obama on trade issues, while Bain out sourced majority of all it jobs oversea's. However, if you pledge to bring those jobs back, just may be then you will become credible.

    September 17, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. John

    It will be Christie Vs Clinton in 2016 but Christie will have to back out after a heart attack on the campaign trail and the GOP will have to scamble and put up some other nitwit who will be slaughtered in the election.

    September 17, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    why flirt with 2016, because if obama is reelected there will be no more America, Land of the FREE or land of the BRAVE. There will be no more American Dream, all in all, if obama wins reelection American will be reduced to a 3rd world country ran by dictators who will take all you have and there will be revolution in every corner of this country, time will tell but the worst is coming if obama is reelected.

    September 17, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. truth hurts

    If Obama wins in November, the country will be bankrupt and still at astronomical unemployment rates. The American people won't put a Democrat within 100 miles of the Whitehouse.

    If Romney wins in November, the country will be doing very well and unemployment will be way down. The American people won't put a Democrat within 100 miles of the Whitehouse for fear they'll bring back Obama's failed policies.

    I hope this helps clear things up for you delusional lefties.

    September 17, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Karrie

    O'Malley, probably the only governor to still raise taxes in a state with a surplus. That's because he's raised taxes (or fees) on everything else already. Trust me, you don't him.

    September 17, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. peacenik

    Am I the only one to find repubs utterly braindead?? here's a little tidbit for all you Faux snooze bubble dwellers: 8 of 10 poorest US states are red. 8 of 10 wealthiest states are blue(One is Alaska which gets billions forced upon them by the evil Federal govt.) oh yeah California sends more to the fed than they recieve...unlike Mississippi, Wyoming and Minnesota. Hey I know! let's treat govt like a business and shut down those poor performing states.

    September 17, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain: If you like GW Bush's economic, military and foreign policies, vote for Mittens

    Let's not put the cart before the horse. Don't get complacent, American voters!

    The GOP is doing everything they can to suppress the vote, from changing voter registration deadlines to exclude college students, to demanding photo ID where none were required in the past. It is absolutely necessary for every Independent, Democrat and thinking Republican to GET OUT AND VOTE FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA in November 2012.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 17, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. truth hurts

    Karrie - O'Malley, probably the only governor to still raise taxes in a state with a surplus. That's because he's raised taxes (or fees) on everything else already. Trust me, you don't him.
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    That's because the Democrats believe there is nothing that you can do for yourself, that the government can't do better, if they just had enough of your money to do it. And of course their masters must be fed a constant stream of your money: the unons, government dependents, illegals.

    September 17, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain: If you liked GW Bush's economic, military and foreign policies, vote for Mittens

    @TruthHurts: 'If Romney wins in November, the country will be doing very well and unemployment will be way down."

    Really? The CBO predicts 9.6 million jobs will be created in the next four years, regardless of who is in office. However, unlike Mittens who wants to give more tax cuts to the rich, even though history has PROVEN that it DOES NOT result in job creation, President Obama wants to make long-term investments in our country that will result in greater economic prosperity and stability.

    Keep lying to yourself, "Truth," it's a free country, but don't expect us to be the fool you so obviously are.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 17, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain: If you liked GW Bush's economic, military and foreign policies, vote for Mittens

    @obama is Out Of Touch with reality: What do you have against 30 straight months of private sector job growth, GM on top (and the 1+ million jobs saved), Osama bin Laden dead, responsibly out of Iraq and winding down in Afghanstan, the Dow over 13,000 and housing markets improving across the country (according to the National Association of Homebuilders), and real health care reform that doesn't let a company drop you when you get sick or give birth to a special-needs child?

    Because all of this has happened since President Obama was elected. Seems pretty good to me – and I'M VOTING FOR FOUR MORE YEARS!

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 17, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. truth hurts

    ThinkAgain: If you liked GW Bush's economic, military and foreign policies, vote for Mittens
    Really? The CBO predicts 9.6 million jobs will be created in the next four years, regardless of who is in office.
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    Really??? What did they predict 4 years ago??? I doubt it was that we'd still be experiencing record unemployment. Do you know why? Because they are not allowed to challenge the bogus asumptions they have been given by the Obama administration. I can guarantee twice that many jobs with a fairytale of bogus assumptions, none of which will come true.

    President Obama wants to make long-term investments in our country that will result in greater economic prosperity and stability.
    ===========================================================================================
    OK, just what the heck does this mean? I know the left code word for spending money is "investment". What long term spending are you proposing that has not already been done? Are we to expect that repaving every road in the country will lead to full employment?! Or are we going to "invest"/spend more on education to get even dumber kids from the union controlled failed school systems?

    September 17, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Ferret

    Clinton 2016!

    September 17, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    O'Malley as president, This man has single handly destroyed the State of Maryland!! Wow!! We must be trying to see if we can string a bunch of blithering idiots together and completely take down the United States. Obama absolutely as worthless as they come!! O'Malley, equally as worthless. Won't get into details, won't be long winded. I'll finish up by merely saying, What a revolting, nauseating thought

    September 17, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Martha in CF

    Please–Please–Please... Let us get 2012 done with first.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 17, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. Russ in Md

    O'Malley is an even bigger idiot than Obama is, right up there with Jerry Brown in California. Gov. Bob Ehrlich left O'Malley with a $2.3 billion surplus and a healthy "rainy day fund. He blew through that in 3 months and on top of that O'Malley raised sales tax from 4% to 6%. I guess he's a good candidate if you are a progressive "I deserve my fair share" liberal like Obama is but for the real Unite States of America, we can't survive another one.

    September 17, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    -truth hurts

    If Obama wins in November, the country will be bankrupt and still at astronomical unemployment rates. The American people won't put a Democrat within 100 miles of the Whitehouse.

    If Romney wins in November, the country will be doing very well and unemployment will be way down. The American people won't put a Democrat within 100 miles of the Whitehouse for fear they'll bring back Obama's failed policies.

    I hope this helps clear things up for you delusional lefties.
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    It would, if you could provide any specifics, which you never seem to be able to do. FACT: the claims that Romney has made regarding getting the unemployment rate down are, interestingly enough, the same figures that the government has been projecting, leading one to believe that Romney could not imporve the unemployment picture merely by hsi vaccuous presence. FACT: Romney's proposals, the few he has submitted, have been found to blow an even bigger hole in the debt than what he claims Obama will do, since there is not enough cutting available that will close the budget gap on its own. Romney will do nothing to improve employment or the debt, since his "plan" ( I use the word loosely) does not add up. Its the GOP that will be expelled from Washington, back in the abyss from whence it came, since they refuse the deal with reality and pay the bill they generated. Get it, righties?

    September 17, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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