One year ago: The 23 people we thought were most likely to run for president in 2016


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  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    Jan. 11, 2016 1:52 a.m.

    From what's trending currently, this upcoming election is going to be between Hillary and either Cruz or Trump, unless if the powerful RNC deletes Trump from becoming the nominee. It's going to be interesting to see who is really running the country.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    March 4, 2015 4:06 p.m.

    There are many people running for the GOP leadership. Sad to say this discussion is about as close to electing them as anyone in this state will come. It is all about dollars and not about the ideals or history. Who can we swing by the majority of voters and have them believe in that person?

    Our country is hanging in a delicate balance. One congresswoman stepped up and called out Congress about getting in or staying in bed with the banks and there was a cry nationwide for her to run for the top whitehouse office. She dared express something that is common sense and the population was in love with her and her ideals.

    Unfortunately for our country she will not run nor will Mitt. The majority of this list is like a pack of jackals looking for a weakness so they can dart in and be the cause more bloodloss and more press.

    There will be nobody left standing that is up to the task of dethroning Hillary if Mitt does not run

  • Edgar Samaria, ID
    Jan. 30, 2015 6:05 a.m.

    MNmamaof4 - Interesting comments about Ben Carson. You forgot to mention his most famous (or infamous) comment to date

    "You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery." That opinion flies in the face of today's editorial in the Deseret News. Would you call his statement a "healthy dose of common sense"?

  • shrl Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2015 9:58 p.m.

    Don't run, Mitt! You would be the best but I doubt you could beat Hillary, unfortunately.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2015 8:48 a.m.

    As an unapologetic Democrat, nothing would please me more than to see _any_ of the listed Republicans, especially Mitt, get the GOP nomination. Each of them are ridiculous on multiple levels.

    And to my Utah neighbors - stop kidding yourselves about Mitt. His hints about running are intended to slow down Jeb's fundraising and prevent the GOP nomination from being locked-up before the primaries - nothing more.

  • Zerathustra Seattle/USA, WA
    Jan. 16, 2015 11:38 a.m.


  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    Jan. 15, 2015 10:51 p.m.

    I look at people like Jeb Bush and a thought comes to mind, "oh no I think two Bushes was more than enough as former residents of the Whitehouse."

  • Pianoman Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 15, 2015 10:42 p.m.


    Ronald Regan lost twice before winning on the third term. Romney's problem is not that he couldn't beat Obama, he could have, it was people's ignorance that kept them from electing him. Misconceptions about his religion and speculation of whether he pays taxes and his "47%" comment nipped him in the bud. Out of everybody, he has the best chance of beating Hilary. Hopefully the problems that plagued his 2012 election will have subsided. Jeb Bush has a chance, yes, but he has two things hurting him: his brother and the fact that he lacks the looks of a president. Believe it or not, looks matter when it comes to running for the president of the USA.

  • Zerathustra Seattle/USA, WA
    Jan. 15, 2015 10:38 p.m.

    @ P Bundy

    It's a bit confusing. Despite the fact that Cruz was born in Canada, his mother, held US citizenship for long enough for any of her children born out of the country to be considered US nationals (10 years). So he is an American citizen. In fact, it was discovered last year (maybe in 2013) that he held dual-citizenship for both the US and Canada. He formally renounced his citizenship to Canada and is now only an American city.

    It's a bit complicated, but he is 100% legal to run for POTUS, unfortunately.

  • MNmamaof4 Lakeville, MN
    Jan. 15, 2015 7:48 p.m.

    Take a look at Ben Carson!

    He was the director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins who started off life as a failing student in a bad neighborhood and rose above his circumstances. He has written several books including "America the Beautiful" and "One Nation" about his beliefs in regards to our constitution and his plan to turn our country in a better direction. He's got integrity, compassion, a strong work ethic and a healthy dose of common sense. Don't give up on finding a good candidate before the race has even started.

  • Mr_Normal utah, UT
    Jan. 15, 2015 7:33 p.m.

    There are only two people I want to see on this eternal click list:
    Mitt Romney and whomever he beats.

  • Moracle Blackshear, GA
    Jan. 15, 2015 6:26 p.m.

    It would be great to have someone in charge who knows how to turn around failing organizations (like our U.S. economy--and don't forget the Olympics); who understands foreign policy (Romney was right about Russia and others laughed) and not be an international embarrassment; who would increase national defense; whose past isn't hidden nor shameful; who isn't ashamed of the USA and loves this country; who will support and defend our U.S. Constitution. Topping it off--who is a genuinely decent, caring, nice guy.
    If you're just looking for a great orator and debater, you have that now("How's that workin' for you?"--H.Cain). Don't we need more than that?
    It would help if the Republican Party gets behind their candidate next time, since they didn't for Romney last time. They could have done so much MORE to help him get elected. Their silence was ringing in all ears!
    The third time has been a charm for past Presidential Republican candidates.
    And there's the Big bonus--he has been leading in the polls (even when he said he wasn't running) and still is--leading in the polls!

    Jan. 15, 2015 4:51 p.m.

    Biden, Huckabee, Santorum, Perry, Christie all don't stand a chance. If they do run they will drop like flies early.

    Jan. 15, 2015 4:48 p.m.

    So many bad options. Basically every republican sends chills down my spine. The dems aren't much better. I really would have liked to see Brian Schweitzer run. He was the Governor of Montana and I think fit the bill perfectly for what America needs, I see him as kind of a Teddy Roosevelt figure who could appeal to both sides of the aisle as he was a moderate. A democrat in Montana is a Republican anywhere else.

    But somehow he lost footing last year and hasn't been mentioned much anymore. Shame. I thought he had real potential.

  • P Bundy Albuquerque, NM
    Jan. 15, 2015 4:44 p.m.

    I don't know why anyone continues to include Ted Cruz on these lists, he can't run. You have to be born in the United States to be President and the junior senator from Texas was born in Canada.

  • sanpaco Sandy, UT
    Jan. 15, 2015 4:19 p.m.

    Why are there like 20 republicans on here? You really think all of them are gonna run?

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    Jan. 15, 2015 11:24 a.m.

    i haven't heard of 1/2 these people. The Rest are pretty much a joke. Mitt Romney?? He has already lost twice. ANYBODY should of been able to prevent obamas second term. please don't choose him, and give us 4 more years of a democrat in the white house. this country can't afford more debt.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Jan. 15, 2015 7:08 a.m.

    "This is about the burning ambition of a guy who believes he would be a great president. He believes he is the right guy for the job. Period. It's not complicated."

    I believe that a majority of voters will agree with this. Our future is at stake. No time for pettiness.

  • Itsjstmeagain Merritt Island, Fl
    Jan. 15, 2015 6:43 a.m.

    I am a registered Republican who can not see any of these Republicans working for all of the American people. Can't we find someone who is more center than off the cliff to the right? Does this war between right and left need so much fratricide and blindly following some pseudo law or covenants that is destructive to the middle class?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 15, 2015 6:05 a.m.

    Another click-23-times-to-see-the-list.
    No thanks.
    Just tell us already!