Democratics that have publicly expressed interest in becoming a presidential candidate:
- Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States since 2009; U.S. Senator from Delaware 1973–2009; presidential candidate in 1988 and 2008
- Hillary Rodham Clinton, United States Secretary of State 2009–2013; U.S. Senator from New York 2001–2009; presidential candidate in 2008; former First Lady (1993-2001)
- Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, 2005–2009; Governor of Vermont, 1991–2003; presidential candidate in 2004
- Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland since 2007; Mayor of Baltimore 1999–2007
- Joe Manchin, U.S. Senator from West Virginia since 2010; Governor of West Virginia 2005–2010; Secretary of State of West Virginia 2001–2005
- Bernie Sanders, Independent U.S. Senator from Vermont since 2007; Independent U.S. Representative from Vermont, 1991–2007
- Brian Schweitzer, Governor of Montana 2005–2013
- Jim Webb, U.S. Senator from Virginia 2007–2013; U.S. Secretary of the Navy 1987–1988
Are You Ready for Hillary?
Inside the super PAC that’s already paving the way for the next Clinton White House.
4/1/13 By David Weigel – slate
It was the thrilling-est busywork of Adam Parkhomenko’s young life. Hillary Clinton, still in the Senate, would meet some well-wisher. She’d grab his business card and deliver it to her Friends of Hillary PAC, specifically to Parkhomenko, with “three sentences of notes” about the possible ally/voter/donor.
“She wanted us to save all that information,” says Parkhomenko, breaking between meetings for coffee in downtown D.C. “She wanted to follow up with them. I’d get that all the time. President Clinton did the same thing. They’d hear from people who wanted to be in our world, and they’d take the names. They’d call, they’d ask ‘How’s the database doing?’ Eventually that got shortened. ‘How’s the DBS?’ ”
Talking about data entry makes Parkhomenko wistful. This summer will mark the 10th year of his campaign to elect President Hillary Clinton, a campaign that began when he was in high school. For four of those years, Clinton was secretary of state, barred from the grubby world of politics, Jefferson-Jackson dinners, and databases. The expert prepper lost precious time to prep.
Enter the Ready for Hillary PAC, founded in January, ramping up its activities “in the next two weeks.” It’s a shadow campaign set up at least two years before Clinton will actually decide whether or not to run for president.
Ready for Warren? Backers launch site
7/15/14 6:09 PM EDT By KATIE GLUECK – Politico
A group encouraging Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president is ramping up, launching a website this week just ahead of the liberal Netroots Nation conference.
Some progressives have long hoped that Warren, with her populist, anti-Wall Street credentials, might jump into the 2016 race, something the Massachusetts senator has said she’s ruled out.
We aren’t wealthy or well-connected,” reads a post on the group’s site. “We don’t have any lobbyists. What we are is a movement of individuals working together who believe that folks like us should have a greater say in the direction of our country. We Are Ready for Elizabeth Warren to run for President in 2016. Warren is the backbone that the Democratic Party too often forgets it needs.”
The Ready for Warren site includes a petition urging Warren to run, and, according to the Globe and other news organizations, there are plans to generate momentum for the organization at the Netroots gathering later this week in Detroit.