First, a disclaimer: Talking about presidential politics three years before election is a parlor game for only the most politically obsessed, so I understand if you cringe a bit whenever you see “2016” in a headline.
But former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and others are already talking about the potential field of presidential candidates for next cycle.
“It looks like its going to be a possible showdown between Hillary Clinton, who I think will be very formidable for the Democrats, and one of the often-mentioned names on the Republican side, people like Chris Christie or Marco Rubio or Scott Walker or Susana Martinez or others,” Pawlenty told the Wall Street Journal Wednesday.
Pawlenty also called Sen. Rand Paul the “leading vessel and voice … of what you’d call the libertarian wing of the conservative movement” and said he wasn’t concerned Republicans will nominate a candidate too conservative to be competitive in a general election.
While we’re down here in 2016 speculation mode, Politico did a write-up of potential Democratic candidates not named Hillary Clinton, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar was mentioned. Klobuchar speaks at a fundraiser for several Iowa Democratic county parties on Friday (called the “North Iowa Wing Ding”), but she has the smoothest of dodges when asked about what it means, as MPR did last week.
“It simply means I was invited to a wingding, and I think anything in Iowa makes a wingding out of a wingding, and that is all it is,” she said.
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