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2016 Republican Party Presidential Candidates List

Nate Cohn: “The Republican primary battle has been called a wide-open contest — the ‘deepest’ and ‘strongest’ field in many cycles. It is full of the party’s rising stars and hopefuls, like Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal, alongside the most formidable name in Republican politics: Bush.”

Here's a list of Candidates who have announced their running for Republican Primary! Who do you think will represent the Republicans in the 2016 Presidential elections?

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Carly Fiorina

Mrs. Clinton "has not been transparent about a whole set of things that matter."

Carly Fiorina became the second woman and the first former chief executive to enter the 2016 presidential campaign when she announced on Monday that her private-sector background and conservative credentials make her best positioned to capture the Republican nomination and take on Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Ben Carson

“I'm probably never going to be politically correct because I'm not a politician."

Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon turned conservative star, has confirmed that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Carson, who has never run for public office, is expected to be the only high-profile African-American to enter the GOP's presidential primary as he tries to parlay his success as an author and speaker into a competitive campaign against established politicians.

Check out the 5 things you should know about Dr. Carson here

Marco Rubio

“The time has come for our generation to lead the way towards a new American century.”

Florida GOP Senator Marco Rubio on Monday announced his 2016 presidential candidacy. At 43, he is the youngest candidate in the rapidly growing 2016 presidential field, Mr. Rubio cast himself as a forward-looking, next-generation leader.
Check out his Biography and his announcement speech

John Kasich

“We are going to take the lessons of the heartland and straighten out Washington, D.C., and fix our country.”

John Richard Kasich is the 69th governor of Ohio, elected to the office in 2010 and reelected in the 2014 election. He served nine terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio's 12th congressional district from 1983 to 2001. On July 21, 2015, he announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2016 at an event in Columbus, Ohio.

George Pataki

"I can lead this country and win this election. And the need to change Washington has never been greater.”

George Elmer Pataki is an American lawyer and politician who served as the 53rd Governor of New York. A member of the Republican Party, Pataki was a lawyer who was elected Mayor of his home town of Peekskill, later going on to be elected to State Assembly, then State Senate. Pataki, succeeding a three-term Governor, would himself be elected to three consecutive terms, and was one of only three Republican governors of New York elected since 1923, the others being Thomas Dewey and Nelson Rockefeller. In early 2015, Pataki began exploring a candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2016, and announced his candidacy on May 28, 2015

Ted Cruz

“The power of the American people as we stand up and fight for liberty knows no bounds.”

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) formally announces his intention to seek the Republican presidential nomination in remarks at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Rand Paul

“It’s time for a new way, a way predicated on justice, opportunity and freedom."

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announces his run for president in 2016.

Mike Huckabee

"I know that there is a difference between making a speech and making government accountable to the people who pay for it."

Huckabee cast himself as the hometown boy from Hope, Arkansas. The setting just so happens to be the shared birthplace of Huckabee and former President Bill Clinton -- an ideal backdrop for Huckabee to draw a contrast with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

Jeb Bush

“I will take nothing and no one for granted. I will run with heart. I will run to win."

John Ellis "Jeb" Bush is an American businessman and politician who served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. During his eight years as governor, Bush was credited with initiating environmental improvements, such as conservation in the Everglades, supporting caps for medical malpractice litigation, moving Medicaid recipients to private systems, and instituting reforms to the state education system, including the issuance of vouchers and promoting school choice.

Chris Christie

“I am now ready to fight for the people of the United States of America.”

Christopher James "Chris" Christie (born September 6, 1962) is the 55th Governor of New Jersey and a candidate for U.S. President. A Republican, he has been governor since January 2010 and was re-elected for a second term in the 2013 election. Christie is a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.

Jim Gilmore

“I'm a candidate for president because our current Washington leadership is guiding America on a path to decline, and I can reverse that decline.”

James Stuart "Jim" Gilmore III is an American politician who was the 68th Governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002. A native Virginian, Gilmore received a Bachelor's of Arts and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, and then served in the U.S. Army as a counterintelligence agent. He later was elected to public office as a county prosecutor, as the Attorney General of Virginia, and as Governor of Virginia. On July 30, 2015, Gilmore announced his candidacy for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

Lindsey Graham

“I want to be president to protect our nation that we all love so much from all threats foreign and domestic.”

Lindsey Olin Graham is an American politician and member of the Republican Party, who has served as a United States Senator from South Carolina since 2003, and has been the senior Senator from South Carolina since 2005.

Bobby Jindal

“We’ve had enough of talkers. It is time for a doer.”

Piyush "Bobby" Jindal is an American politician who is the 55th and current governor of Louisiana and the former vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association. On June 24, 2015, Jindal announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.

Rick Perry

“Leadership is not a speech on the Senate floor. It’s not what you say. It’s what you have done."

James Richard "Rick" Perry is an American politician who served as the 47th Governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015. A Republican, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed the governorship in December 2000 when then-governor George W. Bush resigned to become President of the United States. On June 4, 2015, Perry launched his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Rick Santorum

“Working families don’t need another president tied to big government or big money.”

Richard John "Rick" Santorum is an American attorney and Republican Party politician. He served as a United States Senator representing Pennsylvania (1995–2007) and was the Senate's third-ranking Republican (2001–07). He ran as a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination, finishing second to the eventual Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Donald Trump

“Ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States.”

Donald John Trump is an American real estate magnate, television personality, politician, and author. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Trump's branding efforts, business career, outspoken manner, media appearances, as well as his books, have made him an American celebrity. He hosted The Apprentice, a U.S. television program on NBC. On June 16, 2015, Trump formally announced his candidacy for President of the United States in the 2016 election, seeking the nomination of the Republican Party. Trump's early campaigning has seen him catapult to high levels of popular support to the consternation of the Republican party leadership.

Scott Walker

“I’m running for president to fight and win for the American people.”

Scott Kevin Walker is the 45th Governor of Wisconsin, serving since 2011, and a candidate for the Republican Party's nomination to the 2016 presidential election. Walker served in the Wisconsin State Assembly and as the Milwaukee County Executive before his election as governor in 2010. He survived a 2012 recall election and was reelected governor in 2014, defeating Democrat Mary Burke.