The Never-Ending List Of 2016 Presidential Candidates
This month has marked the addition of three candidates to the long list presidential hopefuls.
Rick Santorum confirmed political whispers last Wednesday (May 27), when he officially announced his candidacy for the 2016 election. In an interview with ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, the 57-year-old says he’s ready for the second go-around after losing the GOP nomination to Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012.
Santorum, who is known for his strong Christian conservative views, made the announcement near his home in Cabot, Pennsylvania.
“It’s an exciting opportunity,” he told Stephanopoulos. “To come back home, to be at a manufacturing facility, to really reconnect to what I grew up with and understood to be an America that worked, that worked for middle-income families, that created stable neighborhoods and strong families — when you see all these reports coming out, one after another, from the far left and the far right talking about how the middle of America is hollowing out and the jobs just aren’t there for the 74 percent of Americans who don’t have a college degree, families are breaking down.”
In addition to former New York Governor George Pataki’s announcement on Thursday, Martin O’Malley followed suit on Saturday near his home in Baltimore. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham made his own announcement Monday morning, reminding many of his harsh views on foreign policy.
A senate official since 2002, Graham isn’t one to hold back when it comes to terrorism and international affairs. While speaking at the Lincoln Day dinner in April, Graham sprinkled his views of ISIS in with some humor on how he would handle Americans trying to join the Islamic State.
“If I’m president of the United States and you’re thinking about joining Al Qaeda or ISIL, I’m not going to call a judge,” he said. “I’m going to call a drone, and we will kill you.”
Since January, eight politicians have announced their intentions to snag a seat in the White House, with many more dropping hints every few days.
Will all the cooks in the kitchen vying for a chance to become president, take a look at the contenders and some fun facts about them below.
Hillary Clinton (D-NY)
Fun Fact: Hillary Clinton started selling promo tees that are a mockery of her infamous pantsuits.
Martin O’Malley (D-MD)
Fun Fact: David Simon, creator of The Wire, says the character Tommy Carcetti was loosely based on Malley’s likeness.
Fun Fact: Trump has a way to defeat ISIS, but isn’t telling you about it just yet.
Jim Gilmore (R-VA)
Status: Considering running.
Fun Fact: Gilmore is no relation to John Gilmore, the crafty Western culture artist of the same name.
Rick Perry (R-TX)
Status: Will announce his presidential plans June 4 in Texas.
Fun Fact: While his big “oops” moment still haunts him, the politician is looking forward to putting his past fumbles behind him.
Pete King (R-NY)
Fun Fact: The Republican isn’t a fan of terrorists, but has been known for his affiliation to the Irish Republican Army, who is reportedly involved in bombings and shootings in England and Northern Ireland.
John Kasich (R-OH)
Status: Plans to announce bid after June 30th.
Fun Fact: Kasich really cannot decide if he’s with Obamacare or not.
Bobby Jindal (R-LA)
Status: Plans to announce bid after state legislative session ends on June 11.