1. Ben Carson
Dr. Ben Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins Hospital, has announced that he will run in 2016 despite having no experience in politics or in a leadership position. While he has never held a political position, he is no stranger to speaking up about political issues. At the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013, he was the keynote speaker and gave a speech that in its essence attacked a large amount of President Obama’s policies. This made him very popular among other republican speakers, and made it clear that he was not afraid to speak up about political issues. However, his lack of experience and lack of a strong base of support makes his path a hard one.
2. Carly Fiorina
She too comes from a non-political background, as she has never held a political position. However, she did win the republican primary for Senate in California but lost the general election. Her background lies in corporate management, having spent time as an executive at AT&T, and six years as the C.E.O. of Hewlett-Packard. She has leadership experience, but her road is also a hard one. She has lately been Hillary Clinton’s most outspoken critic.
3. Mike Huckabee
The last two candidates both have political backgrounds, which mean it is easier to view their past stances on many of the issues this election will focus upon. The first of these candidates is former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. He ran for president back in 2008, and came in third during the republican primaries. He was a very strong candidate in 2008, but his time away from the political sector has made people skeptical. He has recently hosted a show on FOX news. His past stances on immigration have been rather forward thinking for a republican candidate, and this could help him in the long run.
4. George Pataki
The final candidate is George Pataki, the former governor of New York. One of the biggest problems that Pataki will have to face is that he was governor when the 9/11 attacks occurred, and many people have criticized his leadership in the years that followed these attacks. Many people have said that he was unable to properly execute distribution of funding which can greatly impact his chances of receiving the presidential nomination.
All of these candidates have a long way to go if they hope to beat out any of the front-runners, but it can be done. The republican primary is truly wide open.
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