Beyond Hillary Clinton: 7 other Democrats possibly (or definitely) running for president

Hillary Clinton is in, but that isn’t keeping other Democrats from running – or at least thinking about it. Here’s our list, updated July 2, 2015:

1. Bernie Sanders

Carolyn Kaster/AP
Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I) of Vermont smiles as he is asked about running for president during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 29, 2015.

Senator Sanders of Vermont, a self-proclaimed “democratic socialist,” officially announced on April 30 that he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. Throughout his political career, Sanders has been an Independent, though as a member of Congress, caucuses with the Democrats.

Now he’s jumping into the Democratic fray, so he can take part in primary debates. His three big issues will be income inequality, climate change, and campaign finance reform. In effect, he’s also a proxy for liberal darling Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) of Massachusetts, who isn’t running, despite a draft movement. But Sanders has his own fan base, and could play a critical role in keeping liberals energized.

Sanders has long said he believes the 2016 race needs a progressive voice. “The American people want real change, and I’ve been taking on the big money interests and the special interests all of my political life,” Sanders said on NBC's “Meet the Press” last Sept. 14.

Clintonites welcome his entry into the race, and see him as a “sparring partner” for Mrs. Clinton. Sanders was the mayor of Burlington, Vt., from 1981 to 1989. He was first elected to the US House of Representatives in 1990 and to the Senate in 2006. 

1 of 7

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.