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2016 campaign checklist: Who's doing what?

By Calvin Woodward

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14 2013 5:33 p.m. MDT

In this July 9, 2013 file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks in Bryn Mawr, Pa. This is the season of cultivation for people who might run for president in 2016. It’s a time to get to know donors, to get the public to know you on TV and social media, to visit big primary states, network with the activists and ideologues, produce a vanity book, polish a record, deflect personal baggage, take a stand, develop a world view and scout for advisers and political organizations that can power up a campaign team.

Matt Rourke, Associated Press

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This is the season of cultivation for people who might run for president in 2016.

It's a time to get to know donors, to get the public to know you on TV and social media, to visit big primary states, network with the activists and ideologues, produce a vanity book, polish a record, deflect personal baggage, take a stand, develop a world view and scout for advisers and political organizations that can power up a campaign team.

All this, for the season of harvest to come. And all while sounding coy about running.

The main players: For the Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley; and for the Republicans, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Here's a look at the hoops that people interested in the presidency must generally jump through to prepare for a campaign — whether they end up running or not — and who's doing what.

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