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Walker to announce the week of July 13 | The GOP hopefuls — who’s in, about to act

There are only a few serious declared candidates for the Democratic nomination for president — Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Lincoln Chafee and Martin O’Malley. 

But the Republicans have more — enough to field a softball team. A look at the Republican presidential field: who’s in and who’s waiting for the right moment. 


SCOTT WALKER: The Wisconsin governor has said he will announce his decision the week of July 13. Walker has already created a nonprofit group, Our American Revival, to help promote his expected candidacy, and a super PAC led by his close advisers is up and running.

JOHN KASICH: The Ohio governor and former congressman is hinting to donors and voters he’s likely to get into the race. His June travels took him to New Hampshire and South Carolina, with Iowa ahead.


TED CRUZ: The first major Republican to get into the race, the Texas senator kicked off his campaign on March 23 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. “I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to re-ignite the promise of America,” he said.

RAND PAUL: The Kentucky senator launched his campaign on April 7 in Louisville, where he told supporters, “I have a message, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We have come to take our country back.”

MARCO RUBIO: In a speech on April 13 in Miami, the senator from Florida called his candidacy for president a way for the country to break free of ideas “stuck in the 20th century.” He said, “This election is not just about what laws we are going to pass. It is a generational choice about what kind of country we will be.”

CARLY FIORINA: The former tech executive chose social media and a nationally broadcast morning TV network show to launch her campaign on May 4, and she quickly went after Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. “I have a lot of admiration for Hillary Clinton, but she clearly is not trustworthy,” she said.

BEN CARSON: The retired pediatric neurosurgeon got into the race the same day as Fiorina with an announcement speech Detroit. “It’s time for people to rise up and take the government back. The political class won’t like me saying things like that. The political class comes from both parties.”

MIKE HUCKABEE: The former Arkansas governor and runner-up in the 2008 GOP presidential primaries kicked off his second White House campaign on May 5 in the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton — Hope, Arkansas. “Power, money and political influence have left a lot of Americans behind,” he said.

RICK SANTORUM: The runner-up to Mitt Romney in 2012, Santorum began his return engagement to presidential politics on May 27 in the Pennsylvania town of Cabot. “The last race, we changed the debate. This race, with your help and God’s grace, we can change this nation,” he said.

GEORGE PATAKI: A former three-term governor of New York who considered presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012, Pataki got his campaign started on May 28 in Exeter, New Hampshire. “While I saw the horrors of Sept. 11 firsthand, in the days, weeks and months that followed, I also saw the strength of America on display. … I completely reject the idea that we can only come together in adversity.”

LINDSEY GRAHAM: The senior senator from South Carolina made it official on June 1 with a speech in his hometown of Central, South Carolina, that cast the foreign threats to America in dark terms. “Simply put, radical Islam is running wild. They have more safe havens, more money, more weapons and more capability to strike our homeland than any time since 9/11. They are large, they are rich and they’re entrenched.”

RICK PERRY: The former Texas governor announced his 2016 bid June 4 at an airfield outside Dallas, surrounded by prominent veterans and the widow of American Sniper subject Chris Kyle. “I have been tested. I have led the most successful state in America.”

JEB BUSH: The former Florida governor declared his candidacy on June 15 in Miami after spending months raising money, touring early-voting states and building a political organization to prepare for the campaign. The son and brother of presidents said no candidate “deserves the job by right of resume, party, seniority, family, or family narrative. It’s nobody’s turn. It’s everybody’s test, and it’s wide open — exactly as a contest for president should be.”

DONALD TRUMP: The real estate mogul and reality television star opened his campaign on June 16 in the Manhattan tower that bears his name. “Sadly, the American dream is dead,” Trump said. “But if I get elected president, I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before, and we will make America great again.”

BOBBY JINDAL: The governor of Louisiana made his “major announcement” on the 2016 race on June 24 in New Orleans. “Economic collapse is much closer to the door than people realize, our culture is decaying at a rapid rate and our standing in a dangerous world is at an all-time low,” Jindal had said in May.

CHRIS CHRISTIE: The New Jersey governor announced on June 30. Capitalizing on his reputation as a tough talker, he declared, “We must tell each other the truth about the problems we have and the difficulty of the solutions.

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