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All based on speculation.  Many of these people have said nothing about running or have denied it.   Denying you are running for President is like a GM of a bad team endorsing the coach/manager.  

The Obvious
Joe Biden  (Former Vice President)  - the favorite of this group
Elizabeth Warren  (Massachusetts Senator)
Bernie Sanders  (Vermont Senator)

The Senators
Michael Bennett  (Colorado)
Corey Booker (New  Jersey)  - the favorite 
Sherrod Brown (Ohio)
Kirsten Gillibrand (New York)
Kamala Harris (California)
Tim Kaine (Virginia)
Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)
Jeff Merkley (Oregon)
Chris Murphy (Connecticut)
Mark Warner (Virinia)

The Celebrities
Mark Cuban  (Entrepreneur)
Dwayne Johnson (wrestler and movie star) 
Howard Schultz (Former Starbucks CEO)
Oprah Winfrey   (Media Mogul)  the favorite
Mark Zuckerberg  (Facebook Founder)

The Governors
Steve Bullock (Montana)
Roy Cooper (North Carolina)
Andrew Cuomo (New York)  the favorite
John Hickenlooper (Colorado)
Terry McAuliffe (ex Virginia)
Deval Patrick (ex Massachusetts)
Brian Schweitzer (ex Montana)

The Outliers   (no favorite here, they are outliers)
John Delaney  - Maryland Congressman
Eric Garcetti - Los Angeles Mayor
Jason Kander - Former Missouri Secretary Of State
Mitch Landrieu -  New Orleans Mayor
Seth Moulton - Massachusetts Congressman
Gavin Newsom - California Lt. Governor
Tim Ryan - Ohio Congressman
Tom Steyer - Billionaire Philantrohropist

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What ever happened to the Castro brothers? I thought back in 2008 they were talked about the being the next ones up

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I don’t know why he’d want to step into that snake pit which is Presidential politics, but I’d love to see Michael Bloomberg.

But being realistic, and having this year be an eye opener as to the bigotry that is rampant in this country, I know that people would say “a NY liberal!!!???”, while really thinking “a JEW NY liberal???!!?”

However, this is a what a true self made man looks like, brilliant financial background, (brought Nyc back from the precipice), A-1 on security - no one does it better than nyc.

im also pretty certain that he wouldn’t try to pry the 40 oz. coca-cola from your cold hands.  ?. He’s smart enough to know he’d be working for the whole country.

oh, and he knows how to really turn over control of his company for the time he serves... he’d have done this already.

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24 minutes ago, smr-nj said:

I don’t know why he’d want to step into that snake pit which is Presidential politics, but I’d love to see Michael Bloomberg.

But being realistic, and having this year be an eye opener as to the bigotry that is rampant in this country, I know that people would say “a NY liberal!!!???”, while really thinking “a JEW NY liberal???!!?”

However, this is a what a true self made man looks like, brilliant financial background, (brought Nyc back from the precipice), A-1 on security - no one does it better than nyc.

im also pretty certain that he wouldn’t try to pry the 40 oz. coca-cola from your cold hands.  ?. He’s smart enough to know he’d be working for the whole country.

oh, and he knows how to really turn over control of his company for the time he serves... he’d have done this already.

but it's not a company.   it's not a business.     I know he has experience as a Mayor in a city bigger than most states but he was also a Republican 10 years ago and I don't think Democrats would really embrace that right now.      (I know, he's a LIBERAL Republican,  a Unicorn).  

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Cox: Bloomberg’s White House hurdle is Wall Street

From Reuters in 2016.

FTA:

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His biggest hurdle may not be Cruz or Donald Trump, until recently the Republican front-runner. Rather, it is the mogul’s financial-industry roots, which run far deeper than those of any other candidate. Unlike Clinton or Cruz, there is no running away from Wall Street for Bloomberg. After all, he presided over the place as mayor for 12 years and owes his billionaire status to it.

It’s not simply that Bloomberg started his career at Salomon Brothers back when it was the king of proprietary trading, a practice since banned at big banks by the Dodd-Frank Act. The source of Bloomberg’s vast fortune is the electronic terminal bearing his name. There are about 325,000 of them leasing for some $25,000 apiece annually – which would translate into $8.1 billion in annual revenue – to hedge funds and financial institutions like Goldman, as well as at bailed-out banks including Royal Bank of Scotland and Citigroup.

Assume Bloomberg LP converts a third of its sales into EBITDA, or about 20 percent more than does rival Thomson Reuters, the parent company of Breakingviews. On a multiple of 15, Bloomberg LP would be worth some $40 billion, with the founder’s 88 percent stake coming to a cool $35 billion. He also has other investments and assets.

Whatever the actual figure, it would make Bloomberg the wealthiest man ever to run for president. His ability to eschew political action committees might make him attractive to voters, who despise the influence donors try to exert over candidates. If Americans are willing to elect a plutocrat, it’s hard to imagine a better candidate than Bloomberg, whose moderate political positions distinguish him from Sanders, a socialist, and Cruz, a champion of Tea Party conservatism.

 

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It also means Bloomberg cannot denigrate his customers. Nor can he argue he just sells the informational equivalent of picks and shovels. Doing so would jeopardize the company he built. It would also come across as unprincipled and inauthentic given his record of defending the institutions of Wall Street.

In March 2012, for instance, he dropped into Goldman’s headquarters as a show of support following an op-ed written by a departing employee that called the firm’s culture “toxic and destructive.” At the time, Bloomberg said it was “my job to stand up and support companies that are here in this city that bring us a tax base and that employ our people.”

Months earlier, Bloomberg, then contending with Occupy Wall Street protests in a Manhattan park, argued that banks were not to blame for the subprime mortgage collapse that precipitated the financial crisis of 2008. Rather, it was “Congress who forced everybody to go and give mortgages to people who were on the cusp.”

Bloomberg is not entirely wrong on the point. The reasons for the crisis were many, shared and nuanced. So were Bloomberg’s for defending Goldman and Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein four years ago. In a race where ties to Wall Street are viewed especially negatively by the supporters of both parties, that leaves Bloomberg in a most difficult spot.

Should he run, his only choice is to own fully his lifelong bonds with Wall Street, and maybe even deliver a full-throated defense of them. Good luck with that.

 

JUST what we need; another bank *****.

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*shrugs*.  I understand he’ll have push backs from all sides, left and right. 

I just feel he’d be fantastic. 

I also think that a NYC mayor for 8 yrs is much more preparation for the job of president than a 1-2 term congressman or 1 term  senator.  

Actually, on the whole, I think governors and mayors are better prepared than senators or congressmen. ( male or female).

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50 minutes ago, Microline133 said:

He won't be ready for 2020, but don't sleep on Seth Moulton. I've been impressed with his early work.

Agreed. He's high on my list... an anti-TRUMP if there ever was one

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I think Dems should disabuse themselves of Biden thoughts.  That guy has more sexual harassment in his little finger than a mongol hoard. 

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2 hours ago, Microline133 said:

He won't be ready for 2020, but don't sleep on Seth Moulton. I've been impressed with his early work.

He has a lot of upside.  

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3 hours ago, Microline133 said:

He won't be ready for 2020, but don't sleep on Seth Moulton. I've been impressed with his early work.

There is no "won't be ready" anymore.    

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38 minutes ago, ROMAD1 said:

I think Dems should disabuse themselves of Biden thoughts.  That guy has more sexual harassment in his little finger than a mongol hoard. 

Not just that, but he's just too old.  So is Bernie.   I love Bernie.  To me he's the rare politico that pretty much is what he is, but I wish he was 55.     Jason Kander is supposed to be a lot like Bernie, but I think of him more as a VP type of candidate to woo the left, but they won't need much motivation in 2020.     I think even a center-leaning Democrat would be alright,  someone like Steve Bullock and Roy Cooper with a liberal running mate.   That can get the gooey center away from Trump, though I don't think the Democrats will need that nearly as much as in the past because Democratic turnout in 2018 and 2020 will shatter records.    Or a center-leaning lead candidate wtih a strong female running mate from a solidly blue state.     

 

I would not be shocked to see Susan Collins leave the Republican Party -  Probably to be an Independent like her fellow Senator Angus King.       

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9 hours ago, Motor City Sonics said:

All based on speculation.  Many of these people have said nothing about running or have denied it.   Denying you are running for President is like a GM of a bad team endorsing the coach/manager.  

The Obvious
Joe Biden  (Former Vice President)  - the favorite of this group
Elizabeth Warren  (Massachusetts Senator)
Bernie Sanders  (Vermont Senator)

The Senators
Michael Bennett  (Colorado)
Corey Booker (New  Jersey)  - the favorite 
Sherrod Brown (Ohio)
Kirsten Gillibrand (New York)
Kamala Harris (California)
Tim Kaine (Virginia)
Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)
Jeff Merkley (Oregon)
Chris Murphy (Connecticut)
Mark Warner (Virinia)

The Celebrities
Mark Cuban  (Entrepreneur)
Dwayne Johnson (wrestler and movie star) 
Howard Schultz (Former Starbucks CEO)
Oprah Winfrey   (Media Mogul)  the favorite
Mark Zuckerberg  (Facebook Founder)

The Governors
Steve Bullock (Montana)
Roy Cooper (North Carolina)
Andrew Cuomo (New York)  the favorite
John Hickenlooper (Colorado)
Terry McAuliffe (ex Virginia)
Deval Patrick (ex Massachusetts)
Brian Schweitzer (ex Montana)

The Outliers   (no favorite here, they are outliers)
John Delaney  - Maryland Congressman
Eric Garcetti - Los Angeles Mayor
Jason Kander - Former Missouri Secretary Of State
Mitch Landrieu -  New Orleans Mayor
Seth Moulton - Massachusetts Congressman
Gavin Newsom - California Lt. Governor
Tim Ryan - Ohio Congressman
Tom Steyer - Billionaire Philantrohropist

I'll put my money on the field.

The last three Democrats elected president all come out of nowhere, especially Carter and Clinton. No one was talking about any them as a serious contender for the Democratic nomination 34 months before the election. Even Barack Obama, the star of the 2004 convention, wasn't being discussed as a presidential possibility until at least 2012.

So, I'm going to assume that the 2020 Democratic Party nominee won't be any of the people on this list, but will instead be someone who star has not risen yet, or is perhaps just starting to now. Maybe someone like a Tammy Baldwin, who's a more likeable form of Elizabeth Sanders and the first openly gay senator ever; or maybe Mark Dayton, governor of Minnesota who's done a fantastic turnaround job up there. A Russ Feingold run is not out of the question.

The more I think of it, the more Mark Dayton makes sense. I think the Democrats probably want to run a straight white man of means, and of Christian origin, next time. Someone that conservative never-Trumpers could comfortably pull a lever for.

 

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13 minutes ago, screwball said:

Who is Elizabeth Sanders?

Bernie Warren's sister.  

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28 minutes ago, chasfh said:

I'll put my money on the field.

The last three Democrats elected president all come out of nowhere, especially Carter and Clinton. No one was talking about any them as a serious contender for the Democratic nomination 34 months before the election. Even Barack Obama, the star of the 2004 convention, wasn't being discussed as a presidential possibility until at least 2012.

So, I'm going to assume that the 2020 Democratic Party nominee won't be any of the people on this list, but will instead be someone who star has not risen yet, or is perhaps just starting to now. Maybe someone like a Tammy Baldwin, who's a more likeable form of Elizabeth Sanders and the first openly gay senator ever; or maybe Mark Dayton, governor of Minnesota who's done a fantastic turnaround job up there. A Russ Feingold run is not out of the question.

The more I think of it, the more Mark Dayton makes sense. I think the Democrats probably want to run a straight white man of means, and of Christian origin, next time. Someone that conservative never-Trumpers could comfortably pull a lever for.

 

Expect a loop of Mark Dayton fainting during a speech to be used.     

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If Dwayne Johnson does complete his flip from Republican to Democrat it would be somewhat surprising, although he will have to pick one or the other if he's serious about running for office 2024.

He would be leaving a ton of money on the table if he runs for office anytime over the next  six years, though.

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14 hours ago, screwball said:

Who is Elizabeth Sanders?

Isn't she the photogenic face of Charles Schwab?

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From the FWIW department.

I checked the above list to be sure, but didn't see the name Tulsi Gabbard.  Google will fill you in on the rest of her bio.

The side of this, I know someone who is a huge DNC supporter.  To put it simply, highly involved in said organization; you might even say "one of the resistance."

I asked them if their groups ever talked about her.  Nope, never.

I try to avoid this **** and I've heard about her; quite a few times actually.  How can that be?

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