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'Underdog' Democratic Candidates For President

Updated on October 2, 2013
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Everybody has heard the rumors about Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden potentially running for president, but there are far more candidates out there, some of which have a better shot a winning than a Biden or Clinton. Here is a list of 'little-known' potential democratic candidates for president. A similar post about potential Republican candidates will be out soon.

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Potential Electoral Map For Deval Patrick. This is assuming he is up against a Republican candidate.
Potential Electoral Map For Deval Patrick. This is assuming he is up against a Republican candidate.

Deval Patrick - Governor of Massachusetts

Basic Background: Deval Patrick took office in 2007 as the Massachusetts Governor after previously working in business and law. Since taking office, Patrick has made significant improvements in the state's education system and renewable energy process. His speech at the Democratic National Convention gained him national fame. He announced that he would not be running for re-election in 2014, and has claimed that he will not run for president in 2016, but several past candidates have claimed the same thing only to grow their hats in the ring.

Why Should He Run? Deval Patrick is seen as a rising star in the Democratic party and is extremely popular with young Americans. This is seen as very attractive to the Democratic party.

On The Issues:

Same-Sex Marriage: Deval Patrick is a firm supporter of same-sex marraige

Abortion: Deval Patrick is a firm supporter of abortion being a woman's choice. He also supported stem cell research.

Business/Economy/Taxes: Emphasis on the importance of small businesses, supporting the idea of start-up capital and some tax breaks to small businesses. He supports reducing sales tax while increasing the income tax. Also, Governor Patrick wants to see the national minimum wage risen.

Gun Control: He is an advocate for stricter gun laws

Foreign Policy: He has not gone into detail about his views on foreign policy, but it is believed that he follows the views of most Democrats.

Crime: Wants comprehensive job/life training for prisoners before they are released. Is in favor of alternative sentencing and puts an emphasis of gun and gang violence.

Immigration: Supports drivers licenses and in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.

Potential Controversy: Deval Patrick's view on immigration has sparked outrage from conservatives along with moderate Democrats. His resistance on cracking down on illegal immigrants could cause problems for him in the long run. Obviously, he would also face opposition from gun-rights activists about his support for stricter gun laws.

Main Supporters: Deval Patrick would certainly carry a the Northeast, and he has a good following of young Americans, especially in the Mid-Atlantic.


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Potential Electoral Map For Barbara Boxer. This is assuming she is up against a Republican candidate.
Potential Electoral Map For Barbara Boxer. This is assuming she is up against a Republican candidate.

Barbara Boxer - Senator (California)

Basic Background: Senator Boxer entered the Senate in 1993 and remains there today. She was previously a US Representative for the ten years before her move to the Senate. She is the chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Select Committee on Ethics. She is up for re-election in 2016, sparking rumors that she could make a run for the White House instead.

Why Should She Run? She is seen as a Hillary alternative to many people, and has supporters in the Green Party along with the Democratic party.

On The Issues:

Same-Sex Marriage: She is a firm supporter of same-sex marriage with an 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign.

Abortion: Senator Boxer is a supporter of abortion being a woman's choice and of stem cell research.

Business/Economy/Taxes: She has been opponent of the major free trade propositions, voting no on free trade with Singapore, Chile and Peru. She has only a 22% rating from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which shows an anti-business stance, although she has an 86% rating from UFCW, showing her support for workers. Senator Boxer is in favor of a higher tax rate for those making over 1 million dollars, suggesting a minimum of 30%. She is strongly pro-worker and wants the minimum-wage to be risen.

Gun Control: Barbara Boxer has an F from the NRA, due to her support for stricter gun laws. He is an advocate for closing gun shows along with banning large-capacity ammunition.

Foreign Policy: She has is a supporter of a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. Senator Boxer also suggested allowing Eastern European nations to join NATO. She is in support of allowing travel between the US and Cuba.

Crime: Senator Boxer believes that DNA evidence should be a requirement for federal death sentences, and that hate crimes should receive longer sentences.

Immigration: She cosponsored the DREAM Act and is a supporter of giving citizenship to skilled workers.

Potential Controversy: Barbara Boxer's opinion on the Israel-Palestine situation has caused an uproar from pro-Israel supporters. Also, she has a poor record with the US Chamber of Commerce, which could prove costly during a election.

Main Supporters: Senator Boxer has strong support from Unions and from civil rights advocates.


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Potential Electoral Map For John Hickenlooper. This is assuming he is up against a Republican candidate. The tan states are states that could go either way.
Potential Electoral Map For John Hickenlooper. This is assuming he is up against a Republican candidate. The tan states are states that could go either way.

John Hickenlooper - Governor of Colorado

Basic Background: John Hickenlooper became the Governor of Colorado in 2011. He was previously the Mayor of Denver for 7 years. He is an activist to end homelessness and to put stricter gun control laws in place. He was a member of the committee to get Denver to host the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Governor Hickenlooper is also an avid supporter of renewable energy and improvement for education.

Why Should He Run? John Hickenlooper shares the same views as most Democrats, but also appeals to Republicans and some Libertarians. He is popular in the West and has a great track sheet as the Mayor of Denver and Governor of Colorado.

On The Issues:

Same-Sex Marriage: Hickenlooper is a supporter of civil unions.

Abortion: He has no official stance on abortion, but he is rumored to be in support of abortion being a woman's choice.

Business/Economy/Taxes: He believes in keeping taxes low and is a supporter of small business growth. He was in favor of giving tax breaks to small businesses.

Gun Control: John Hickenlooper was a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition group while he was a mayor, and passed a law creating a limit of 15 rounds in gun magazines.

Foreign Policy: Like Deval Patrick, John Hickenlooper has no official stance on foreign policy, it is believed that he shares the same views as the mainstream Democrats.

Crime: He is a strong supporter of increasing sentences for sexual assault and domestic violence crimes, along with providing long-term support to the victims. Hickenlooper is against the death penalty but has not outlawed it in Colorado.

Immigration: Again, like Deval Patrick (Maybe they should run together as president/vice-president) John Hickenlooper signed laws into place allowing in-state tuition and drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. He released a statement condemning the Arizona immigration law.

Potential Controversy: His decision to allow in-state tuition and drivers licenses to illegal immigrants has caused an outroar from Republicans along with moderate Democrats.

Main Supporters: He has a good sided following in the West and is popular with young Americans. He should appeal to a strong amount of mid-westerns too.


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      weavesandbraids 3 years ago from Africa

      Very interesting hub.

      I love the idea of a woman but Hilary is a bit long in the teeth and may opt not to run, so maybe Senator Boxer. Warren may be too divisive.

      I simply do not like the name Hickenlooper (totally subjective)

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      N. Lazar 3 years ago from USA

      The only scenario in which I can see her running is if Hillary Clinton doesn't run. At least one female Democrat will run, so if Hillary doesn't watch out for Senator Boxer. I could also see Hickenlooper has a smart vice president choice for Hillary Clinton, as he'll appeal to the Missouri/Iowa/Arizona/Carolinas crowd that I don't think that Hillary will be able to win.

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      Howard Schneider 3 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Very interesting Hub, Niazar. Patrick and Hickenlooper would be viable candidates for both 2016 and 2020. I don't think Boxer would have a chance and I doubt she would have any interest at this stage of her career. Hillary Clinton would probably keep Patrick out but Hickenlooper might run.