Who Is Running for President (and Who’s Not)? – The New York Times

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THE DEMOCRATS
Running: Chafee, Clinton, O’Malley, Sanders, Webb

Probably not: Biden

Not running: Warren

THE REPUBLICANS
Running:  Bush, Carson,  Christie. Cruz, Fiorina, Graham, Huckabee, Jindal, Pataki, Paul, Perry, Rubio, Santorum, Trump

Probably:  Kasich, Walker

Not running:  Romney

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Running:  Lincoln Chafee
Former Rhode Island governor
“Today, I am formally entering the race for the Democratic nomination for president.”

Iraq takes center stageA former Republican senator who cast the party’s only vote against the Iraq war, Mr. Chafee argues that Ms. Clinton’s vote to authorize the war should disqualify her from the presidency.
What Chafee would need to do to win

Running:  Hillary Rodham Clinton
Former Secretary of State
“I’m running for president,” Mrs. Clinton said in a video.

Setting up shopLeased two floors of office space in Brooklyn for her headquarters.

Staffing UpMs. Clinton has built the largest campaign operation of any potential candidate so far, with Robby Mook, a veteran of her 2008 campaign, the leading contender for campaign manager.

Cutting tiesStepped down from the board of the Clinton Foundation in order to run for president.
What Clinton would need to do to win

Running:  Martin O’Malley
Former Maryland governor
“We must save our country now. And we will do that by rebuilding the dream.”

Clinton jabMr. O’Malley derided the “politics of triangulation,” echoing Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign in a veiled jab at Mrs. Clinton’s ostensibly poll-driven politics.

Staffing UpHired Bill Hyers, who most recently managed Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign in New York, as a senior adviser to his PAC, “O’Say Can You See.”
What O’Malley would need to do to win

Running:  Bernie Sanders
United States Senator
“After a year of travel, discussion and dialogue, I have decided to be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president.”

Party alignmentThe independent senator, who calls himself a socialist, plans to run for president as a Democrat.

Recent appearancesHas visited early primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina to help him learn if he has the support to run.
What Sanders would need to do to win

Running:  Jim Webb
Former United States Senator
“We need a President who understands leadership, who has a proven record of actual accomplishments, who can bring about bipartisan solutions, who can bring people from both sides to the table to get things done.”

Testing the WatersIn November, became the first candidate in either party to announce a presidential exploratory committee.
What Webb would need to do to win

Probably not:  Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Vice President
“Honest to God, I haven’t made up my mind.”

Taking his timeWhile Mr. Biden said that “there is a chance” that he would take on Hillary Clinton, he will likely wait until summer to decide.

Visiting key statesPromoted the White House’s economic policies in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa and South Carolina.

Not running:  Elizabeth Warren
United States Senator
“I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?”

New book”A Fighting Chance” came out in April 2014.

Running:  Jeb Bush
Former Florida governor
“I will take nothing and no one for granted. I will run with heart. I will run to win.”

Early moneyMr. Bush appears to have an early lead in fundraising, using his “Right to Rise” super PAC to raise money at high-dollar events.

Staffing UpDavid Kochel, a Republican strategist based in Iowa, joined Mr. Bush’s PAC as a senior strategist and is in line to serve as national campaign manager.

Cutting TiesResigned from outside corporate and nonprofit board positions and sold stakes in his remaining businesses.
What Bush would need to do to win

Running:  Ben Carson
Retired Neurosurgeon
“I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”

Recent appearancesSpoke to a groggy crowd in a not-so-prime-time speech at CPAC.

Campaign ContributionsThe National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee had raised some $12 million as of mid-January, enough to show there is interest in his candidacy.
What Carson would need to do to win

Running:  Chris Christie
New Jersey governor
“I am now ready to fight for the people of the United States of America.”

Visiting key statesAccording to his own count, Mr. Christie has made more than a dozen trips to Iowa since 2010, including one in January to speak at the Iowa Freedom Summit, a grass-roots gathering of the party’s more conservative base.

Foreign credentialsWent on a three-day trade mission to Britain, just months after similar visits to Mexico and to Canada.
What Christie would need to do to win

Running:  Ted Cruz
United States Senator
Mr. Cruz posted on Twitter, “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!”

Getting an early startBegan his candidacy with a round of TV appearances and swings through New Hampshire and Iowa.

Setting up shopOpened his presidential campaign headquarters in Houston.
What Cruz would need to do to win

Running:  Carly Fiorina
Former Business Executive
“I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works.”

Recent appearancesMs. Fiorina was politely received at CPAC, where she defended the Israeli prime minister and attacked Hillary Clinton.

Staffing UpHired Sarah Isgur Flores, the former deputy communications director for the Republican National Committee, to work for her super PAC, “Unlocking Potential.”
What Fiorina would need to do to win

Running:  Lindsey Graham
United States Senator
“I want to be president to protect our nation that we all love so much from all threats foreign and domestic.”

New committeeSet up a political committee called “Security Through Strength” to pay for expenses while exploring a run.

Visiting key statesSpent two days in Iowa in February and returned in March for an agricultural policy forum attended by several fellow potential candidates.
What Graham would need to do to win

Running:  Mike Huckabee
Former Arkansas governor
“I announce that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America.”

New committeeIowa operative Nick Ryan has started a super PAC supporting Mr. Huckabee, called “Pursuing America’s Greatness.”

Severing tiesHe said leaving his show at Fox News was “a pretty good indication” that he had a presidential run in mind.
What Huckabee would need to do to win

Running:  Bobby Jindal
Louisiana governor
Mr. Jindal announced on Wednesday that he is running for president.

Courting conservativesSpoke at the CPAC conferene, to a room noticeably less enthusiastic than it was moments earlier, during Gov. Scott Walker’s speech.

Outside supportBackers of the governor have set up “Believe Again,” a super PAC to support a 2016 run.
What Jindal would need to do to win

Running:  George Pataki
Former New York governor
“I am a candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States.”

New committeeLaunched a super PAC called “We the People, Not Washington” to prepare the way for a presidential run.
What Pataki would need to do to win

Running:  Rand Paul
United States Senator
“I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” Mr. Paul wrote on his website.

Straw poll winner againMr. Paul won the straw poll at CPAC for the third straight year, and his speech was greeted with shouts of “President Paul!”.

Staffing UpHired Chip Englander, who managed Bruce Rauner’s successful campaign for governor of Illinois, as his campaign manager.
What Paul would need to do to win

Running:  Rick Perry
Former Texas governor
“I am running for the presidency of the United States of America.”

Staffing upTurning to Austin Barbour, a Mississippi-based lobbyist and political operative, to head a “super PAC” to support his campaign.

Boosting His RecordAs his 14-year run as governor of Texas came to end, he has traveled the country, including Iowa, to promote his accomplishments.
What Perry would need to do to win

Running:  Marco Rubio
United States Senator
Mr. Rubio announced his candidacy in a call to donors on April 13.

Drawing a contrastIn his announcement speech, Mr. Rubio cast himself as a forward-looking, next-generation leader. “Too many of our leaders and our ideas are stuck in the 20th century,” he said.

Staffing UpHired Jim Merrill, who previously ran Mitt Romney’s primary campaigns in New Hampshire. J. Warren Tompkins, a former business partner of of Terry Sullivan, an adviser to Mr. Rubio, is expected to oversee a “super PAC” supporting his candidacy.
What Rubio would need to do to win

Running:  Rick Santorum
Former United States Senator
Mr. Santorum wrote in a tweet, “Today I announce my candidacy for President of the United States!”

Recent appearancesMr. Santorum had the spot after Rand Paul at the CPAC convention, and his tough-talking foreign-policy speech was delivered as Mr. Paul’s followers exited.

Criticizing RivalsReferring to potential contenders Senator Rand Paul and Senator Ted Cruz, Mr. Santorum said, “Do we really want somebody who’s a bomb thrower, with no track record of any accomplishments?”
What Santorum would need to do to win

Running:  Donald Trump
Real estate mogul
“Ladies and gentleman, I am officially running for president of the United States.”

A place on stageMr. Trump’s position in the polls will likely earn him a spot in the Republican debates, which are to be limited to 10 participants.
What Trump would need to do to win

Probably:  John Kasich
Ohio governor
“I’m pretty qualified for this kind of a job.”

New committeeLaunched “New Day for America”, a tax-exempt nonprofit committee, to raise money and gauge support for a run.

Visiting key statesHas made recent trips to the early primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Probably:  Scott Walker
Wisconsin governor
“My personal process is I have to feel like it’s a calling, particularly for the time and the effort and the impact it has on family and friends.”

Building infrastructureBecame the first candidate to open a campaign office in Iowa. Mr. Walker has brought on Rick Wiley, a former Republican National Committee political director, to build a political operation.

New committeeStarted “Our American Revival,” a 527 group that can accept unlimited contributions, to pay for campaign-related activities in advance of an official announcement.

Not running:  Mitt Romney
2012 Republican presidential nominee
“I did not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming the president.”

Initial OutreachAfter announcing to a group of New York-based donors that he wanted to explore another presidential campaign, Mr. Romney reached out to former staff, supporters and top Republicans and decided against a run.

Who Is Running for President (and Who’s Not)? – The New York Times.