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Five obscure potential candidates for the Republican nomination in 2016

Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada.
Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada.
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Among the list of possible 2016 Republican Presidential candidates, the following five are some of the lesser well-known.

Joe Scarborough

Earlier this week, Joe Scarborough toyed with the idea of a 2016 Presidential run. This may leave many Republicans scratching their heads, wondering who Scarborough is, and those who do know him laughing at the idea of him running for President. He is the host of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. Before this, he served in the United States House of Representatives, from Florida’s first congressional district. His tenure ran from 1995 to 2001, and he had a conservative, pro-life record, and supported cuts to federal spending.

Mary Fallin

Republican women getting the most 2016 Presidential speculation includes 2008 Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma, is also a potential candidate, but hasn’t received quite the attention of the others. She served half a decade in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, twelve years as Lieutenant Governor of the state, two terms in the United States House of Representatives, and finally, beginning 2011, Governor of Oklahoma. Throughout much of her time in public office, she has sought to reduce health care costs, which would surely be an issue in any 2016 race.

Mike Pence

Elected last year as Governor of Indiana, Pence is best known, perhaps, for his name often coming up as a possible Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate in each the 2008 and 2012 elections. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013, when he left to be Governor, due to incumbent governor Mitch Daniels exiting office due to term limits. Since Pence is so relatively new to the governorship, it may be too early for him to make a White House run, but he will probably be discussed, yet again, as a possible running mate for the eventual nominee.

Brian Sandoval

A former judge, Brian Sandoval is the first Hispanic to win statewide office in Nevada. While Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Susana Martinez are receiving the most attention as Republicans seek to turn around their weak standing among Hispanics, Sandoval is definitely flying under the radar. He spent four years in the Nevada assembly, and four years as a member of the Gaming Commission of Nevada, three of them as chairman. He then served three years as Attorney General of the state, four years as a district court judge, for which the United States Senate unanimously approved his nomination, and, since 2011, Governor of the state. He won the governorship against the son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In the first budget under his tenure, all state workers had to take a 5% pay cut. Rather than taking an $8,000 raise, Sandoval opted to have his salary cut 5% as well, to match the cuts to state workers. Even if he doesn’t make a White House run, he will probably be at least considered for the running mate position.

Rick Snyder

The governor of Michigan since 2011, Snyder is more or less another Mitt Romney. Both were born in Michigan. By age twenty-three, he’d attained a Bachelor of General Studies, Master of Business Administration, and a Juris Doctor. He then worked for a venture capital company, and held a number of executive positions. In his gubernatorial bid, Snyder stressed his pro-life and pro-second amendment stance, and flaunted his experience in creating jobs in the private sector. As Governor, he traveled to Afghanistan and Israel, seen by many as a requisite for a Presidential run. Unlike Romney, however, Snyder is a Presbyterian. He is up for re-election this year, so his status could increase or diminish based on whether he can win re-election.