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Hillary Clinton vs Chris Christie to see Who is President in 2016?

Updated on June 19, 2013

Only one day removed from President Obama taking his oath of office for the second time, the media is already looking to 2016 to see who could take the White House. This is a very preliminary list, but includes most who are rumored to be thinking about running (read: Hillary). I will also give my opinion on what I think they're odds of winning are and what they would bring to their respective ticket.

The Democrats: Continuing Obama's Legacy

The Democrats have a very important reason for maintaining the White House: They must preserve and extend what Obama has laid out in his (will be) two terms. If a Republican were to win, it's quite possible they would try to undo as much of what Obama has done as is legally possible. If they want to continue the progressive movement in this country, they will have to nominate someone who could carry the legacy of Obama forward and expand upon it.

The current Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is the preeminent nominee for the Democratic nomination in 2016, if she chooses to accept it.
The current Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is the preeminent nominee for the Democratic nomination in 2016, if she chooses to accept it. | Source

Hillary Clinton: The Juggernaut

This pick is obvious. In Democratic circles, she is the favorite and people are practically begging her to run. She may be apprehensive because of her failed bid and eventual loss to then Senator Barack Obama. But, she would most likely have the field cleared for her to get the nomination.

The odds: The chance of her winning is great. Almost guaranteed. Even Newt Gingrich admitted the Republicans do not have a candidate in the same league as her. In terms of polling, a recent Washington Post / ABC News poll found that 57% of all Americans would support her candidacy. The percentage of people who view her favorably is currently sitting at 66% and her unfavorable percentage is at 28%. These are amazing numbers for anyone who is eyeing a run for office.

Of course, polling this early is close to meaningless, as they have the potential to change, but seeing as she is stepping down from her Secretary of State roll, it seems unlikely that her unfavorable rating would suddenly rise.

The current Vice President of the United States, who's likable charm plays well with working-class Americans.
The current Vice President of the United States, who's likable charm plays well with working-class Americans. | Source

Joe Biden: The Lovable Underdog

Most people in the media are still scoffing at the idea of Joe Biden running for President. They think he is too gaffe-prone to achieve the highest office in the land. But, they underestimate his serious side. He is arguably one of the most powerful Vice Presidents this nation has ever had. He would definitely have to contend with Dick Cheney for that title, but I think a good case can be made.

The odds: America allows him to get away with saying a lot of pretty embarrassing and funny things. But, he has the ultimate strength of coming off as genuine. He has a great connection with working class Americans and in general, he has a very touching personal story. So, people shouldn't underestimate him.

The current Governor of New York and one who has a rich political family history.
The current Governor of New York and one who has a rich political family history. | Source

Andrew Cuomo: The Relatively Unknown Threat

While he is the Governor of New York, he doesn't have the name recognition that you would expect out of a future candidate for President. But, he has plenty of time to increase the public's awareness of him. He is the son of Mario Cuomo, who was also Governor of New York at one point. He was also a potential Presidential candidate in his time.

The odds: So, Andrew Cuomo has the family name behind him, but he also needs the support of the Democratic base. If he were to go up against the likes of Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton, he would have to convince voters as to why he would be a better choice. I don't see it as very likely if Hillary Clinton runs because most Democrats do not want to oppose her, as she would be the first female President, but is also the most well-known (and most liked) potential candidate.

The Republicans: Taking Back the White House

The Republicans have only won the popular vote in one of the last five elections, so they have a lot to prove. If they want to emerge once again, they will need to win a Presidential election by a good margin. They lost by five million votes in 2012 because of the demographic realities that now favor the Democrats. They will have to find a way to appeal to minority and young voters, otherwise they will be marginalized further in upcoming elections.

The current Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie is one of the most popular Republicans in the nation.
The current Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie is one of the most popular Republicans in the nation. | Source

Chris Christie: The Moderates Strike Back

The massively popular Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie is seen as a major contender for the Republican nomination for President. He has great appeal with most demographics because of his no-nonsense persona. He is willing to take on his own party and is not afraid to say what he thinks, no matter who it will offend. This is very attractive for voters because they just want honesty out of their elected officials. He's also known for how he compromises and is known as a major force for the more moderate side of the Republican party.

The odds: Quite good, I'd say. He is the Governor of a very liberal state, so he has great appeal with independents and even some Democrats. He has rubbed some establishment Republicans the wrong way, but if he were to get the nomination, it would all be washed away. If he were to run, he might just win New Jersey in the general election, which would shift the electoral map a bit. He is a major threat to any Democrat who would run against him.

The current U.S Senator from Florida and up and coming star in the Republican party.
The current U.S Senator from Florida and up and coming star in the Republican party. | Source

Marco Rubio: The Key to Increased Latino Support?

It really is a shame to devolve a conversation around a man to simply the color of his skin, but it is inescapable to note that Marco Rubio might have an advantage with the Latino community. But, there is a larger reason for that and a more substantive one as well. He actually has an immigration reform plan, unlike a lot of Republicans, or if they do, it's highly unpopular (read: Romney's "self-deport" plan).

The odds: He's young, charismatic, and not particularly bad-looking at all. Sadly, that will probably help him. But, he is also a smart and determined man who abides by his convictions, but also doesn't deny science like his older companions. So, he potentially shores up two demographics for the GOP: the young and the Latino communities. This would be a giant step forward for the GOP, but they also must craft their policies to actually benefit the young and Latino communities, otherwise it will just be empty words. But, he is certainly a threat.

The former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush is seen as a moderate Shepard for the future of the Republican party.
The former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush is seen as a moderate Shepard for the future of the Republican party. | Source

Jeb Bush: The Return of the Bush Dynasty?

Jeb Bush is obviously the son of George H. W. Bush and the brother of George W. Bush, who preceded Barack Obama as President. His last name gives him a lot of name recognition, but that's also not a great thing. His brother is a largely unpopular former President and even within Republican circles is not talked about much. But, he was and is very popular in Florida and has been an icon for the more moderate form of the Republican party.

The odds: If he can overcome the stigma that surrounds his last name, he could have a shot. He will have an easier time winning Florida, but he must also shore up other demographics. His wife is a Latina, so that could help sway the Latino vote, but that largely depends on his immigration stance. If he were to get the nomination, I think he would have a good shot, but ultimately, it would be tough to beat Hillary Clinton if she is nominated for the Democrats.

Final Thoughts

This is by no means a full list of potential candidates for 2016. There's still at least three years before the campaign really gets into gear, so who knows who will be in the spotlight then. But, as it stands now, these six people are highly rumored to be vying for the Presidency in 2016. I'll continually update this post if conditions change and other major candidates pop up.

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      laurathegentleman 4 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      You definitely did a great summary of some of the great candidates for the next election. I really like that you gave unbiased opinions - you didn't make it obvious which party you align with, and I give you major props for that!

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      Steven Dison 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Illinois

      Thanks! I really appreciate that. I do have my personal political leanings (as I'm sure you can see in my other hubs), but I just love politics in general.

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      Edward 4 years ago from O'Fallon

      Your opinions were indeed very objective and in a sea of mysterious backstabbing and dual-speaking politicians, it is refreshing to have an author who is willing to put away his own political notions and speak honestly and from the heart.

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      Howard Schneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Great analysis, Steven. My money is on a Clinton v Christie matchup in 2016. Anything could happen between then and now though.

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      Steven Dison 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Illinois

      Thanks! I could see a Clinton vs Christie happening. That would be tough, as I wouldn't mind if either won. One one hand, I love Christie's no-none sense decision making, but on the other hand, Clinton would be the first female President and I also like her. Decisions...decisions. Hmm...

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      Edward 4 years ago from O'Fallon

      Clinton would be the safer opinion to me, as Christie would have the dilemma of having to fight his own party every step of the way, whereas Clinton would go into the presidency and gaining the nomination with Democrats firmly behind her, and with clear plans to deal with the Republican peeps. Christie would have three enemies (himself, the portion of the Republican base that doesn't agree with him, and Democrats that are pro-Clinton), whereas Hilary only has one. It's just like a terrain disadvantage during a battle. Whoever has the high ground may not always win, but the strong possibility is there.

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      Steven Dison 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Illinois

      Oh, Clinton would certainly have the upper hand. The democrats are actually begging her to run. Christie would definitely have to destroy his GOP opponents in the primaries and it would probably be a dirty process like 2012. Buuuut...I just like the cut of his jib. Plus, he would have a good chance at winning New Jersey, a democratic stronghold. But, with his current 73% approval ratings, he'd have a shot, I think.

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      Rob 4 years ago

      All these people are not fit to run this country, they will destroy it. No more rebloodlicans and Democrips or any parties. We need a independent.

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      Steven Dison 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Illinois

      I actually like the idea of no more parties. But, I have to ask. How would either party destroy America? Just curious.

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      I also think that Clinton and Christie will be the most likely of the contenders in 2016. However, I would also say Rubio could very well overtake Christie.

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      Steven Dison 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Illinois

      Yeah, it certainly possible. If Rubio stays in the spotlight and gets credited with a win on immigration reform, then it's certainly possible. Christie just has that no nonsense demeanor that I think voters would eat up. So, I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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      Alexander Okelo 3 years ago

      I think Hillary would be a good choice if she wasn't caught up on all those scandals. Great post, voted up and useful as well.

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