2016 flirtations under way?
September 17th, 2012
09:52 AM ET
2 years ago

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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  1. Rick

    Completly agree with this comment: "O'Malley, 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" . and now he is giving into the Casino owners in the form of tax breaks....and my taxes went up this year because in Maryland "if you make over a 100K, you are rich...." : He would be a VERY bad choice the White House. Do not think he would make it on the National stage anyway once the Media starts digging they will find a lot more. The reporter he had an affair with that was transferred to NYC for example.....I need to move to Delaware....

    September 17, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
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    If you are agivernment dependent, how does that make you the master? Is this rightie "logic" at work?

    September 17, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
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    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?
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    So, you propse to give up, instead? Typical rightie, rolling over and whining instead of working at a problem. How the hell do you expect goods to get to market, or people to get to work if the roads are decaying from a lack of effort? My god, you actually want this country to have a deteriorating infratstructure and crappy schools so you can say you got a tax cut? What good is it if the country has fallen apart? The righties always scream that "investments" is somehow evil, yet do nothing to solve problems. They would rather see the country fulfill some wierd prophesy of decay than try to solve the problem. What a joke.

    September 17, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. truth hurts

    The Real Tom Paine – If you are agivernment dependent, how does that make you the master? Is this rightie "logic" at work?
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    it is called a vote clueless one.

    September 17, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. CBR

    How ridiculous is this! this is definitely not news.

    September 17, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. mb2010a

    Hillary is a shoe-in for President in 2016 & 2020...

    September 17, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. truth hurts

    The Real Tom Paine - So, you propse to give up, instead? Typical rightie, rolling over and whining instead of working at a problem.
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    No, I propose REAL economic growth IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR not make work government jobs for union contractors. I certainly don't propose trying the same stupid thing that didn't work the last 3 times!

    How the hell do you expect goods to get to market, or people to get to work if the roads are decaying from a lack of effort? My god, you actually want this country to have a deteriorating infratstructure and crappy schools so you can say you got a tax cut? What good is it if the country has fallen apart?
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    I don't know what back water town you live in but the roads and brdiges where I live are fine and not a priority right now especially given the fact that the money being spent is borrowed money my kids and grand kids will have to repay with interest.

    The righties always scream that "investments" is somehow evil, yet do nothing to solve problems. They would rather see the country fulfill some wierd prophesy of decay than try to solve the problem. What a joke.
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    The real joke is you and the left that think you can borrow and spend your way to financial soundness and prosperity. Ask the bankrupt European socialist countries how that is working out for them! trying to live large now at the expense of our kids future is the Democrats plan. How convenient that they get no vote in the matter while you destroy their future.

    September 17, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Mitt Romney

    Geez, "truth hurts," you are giving us a black eye here. With friends like you, who needs enemies? Hush before you scare away my last vote. I promise to do things and stuff that will cause 'everybody gets a job yay.' Don't ask me for specifics, I'll just do stuff. It will work, and if it doesn't, it will still have 'Jesus' written all over it.

    September 17, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    -truth hurts

    The Real Tom Paine – If you are agivernment dependent, how does that make you the master? Is this rightie "logic" at work?
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    it is called a vote clueless one.

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    This statement, coming from a supporter of the party who is engaging in voter suppression? You are are the one who is clueless.

    September 17, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    As I review the candidates selected by the Republican party - Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Rick (governor of Texas), Newt Gingrich, Paul Ryan, just to name a few, I do not see the caliber of potential statesmen that the GOP fielded in the past. Where are their Robert Doles their John Warners their Ronald Reagans, men who represented so effictively not only the Republican Party, but the country? Since the takerover of the GOP by the Tea Party, none of these former "giants" of politics would ever have a chance of winning any race and would probably never even win the nomination. Until the GOP separates itself from the Tea Party and the Religious Right, their status and membership will continue to decline and, eventually, they will become the minority party of rich, elderly men. It is important that our country have two strong political parties as this is what makes democracy work, but the Republican-think, which has produced the party of "No", is an one-way street to disaster.

    September 17, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. FactCheck

    If Obama wins in November, the country will be bankrupt and still at astronomical unemployment rates.
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    I think you misspelled "Bush". Oh but wait, at least he gave you a $600 check and protected the safety of America...well, except for that ONE time.

    September 17, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. truth hurts

    >The Real Tom Paine - This statement, coming from a supporter of the party who is engaging in voter suppression?

    The only voter suppression occurring is that done by Obama and his four years of failures. His supporters aren't sending in the money like they did in 2008 and many aren't motivated to vote for him in 2012. Smoke, mirrors and lies can take you only so far and that doesn't include a second term.

    September 17, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. DENNA

    Whoa, Nelly! Can we get through this cycle first. If Mittens/Munster wins, there probably won't be country worth worrying about. Four more years of Republican policies should neatly finish us off.

    September 17, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. DENNA

    @ judy – lets get Barack elected first ok. Forward. Hillary next time. It's the ladies turn don't you think?

    September 17, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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    You've got that right! We women have been watching the boys club long enough. It's time for new leadership altogether.

    September 17, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. DENNA

    @ – Mar – Clinton was impeached for lying to congress. Why do you still trust what he says?

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    Because he is still more trustworthy than Mittens/Munster. When are they going to tell us what they plan to do to us if they get in? Another "Contract With America" perhaps.

    September 17, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. PROUD FEMALE DEM IN NC

    RUN HILLARY RUN!!!!!!! But for now, Obama 2012!!! Mitt is an empty head and empty suit.

    September 17, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. FastEddie

    Hillary 2016. I'd pound the pavement for her.

    September 17, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Imvotingforobama

    I hope Hillary runs. I would vote for her.

    September 17, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Hillcrester

    I doubt that Sec. Clinton will want to run. The Dem nominee will probably be someone we aren't thinking about now but will readily recognize after (s)he announces an interest in seeking the nomination,

    September 17, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. abnguy

    lets see how Mitt does before we start talking 2016.

    September 17, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. OB

    I'm a die-hard Democrat but there is no way O'Malley will ever get my vote...did you all see how he was talking on his cell phone in a middle of an interview at the DNC? No class...

    September 17, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. hate from the left but mostly lies

    Makes sense that the libs are already talking about 2016. They need somthing to do after they are kicked out of DC by the seat of their pants for screwing up the country.

    September 17, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  23. Palin Power

    2016 will be Sarah Palin's time to be our next and greatest President. After 2 1 term EPIC FAILS from both Obozo and Mittens, Palin will come in and save the day.

    September 17, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  24. enuff

    Can't we get through this election first?

    September 17, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  25. Jay Schultz

    The way the Pukes are going, the Dems are guaranteed at least the next 2-3 election cycles.

    September 17, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
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