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2016 Presidential Election (A Normal One ) & (No Trump/Hillary Drops Out Early in Primary Scenario?)

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I am starting work on a scenario (I have been practicing/playing with it since we could make our own.) I would love feedback, collaboration, ideas, any events, advice on candidates/VP candidates.

2016 Presidential Election (A Normal One)

Once again, Americans will go to the polls. In 2016, parties are facing both contested primaries. The polls show most want something in addition to a campaign on the issues. Will a dark horse candidate emerge sending a message to the dynasties on both sides? With the ending of the Obama years’ fast approaching will it be a Republican to occupy the Oval Office for the next four years or will the Democrats’ protect the Obama legacy. 

Factors: 

No Donald Trump (Headline: Trump Announces AGAIN he will not seek Presidency.) He will continue to make headlines from time to time.

THIS IS JUST A THOUGHT to make things more unpredictable. What if Sec. Hillary Clinton dropped out right after Christmas, after another 'health scare' needing to spend time with her family. She drops out and then field is open. Biden and Sanders will lead. But could give others like O'Malley, Warner, and Hickenlooper, or others to jump in and come through the middle in some primary states.

Beau Biden lives, and is running for Governor of Delaware. (Joe is proud.) Decides with Jill as a family to run for the White House one last time.

Gov. Mitt Romney picked Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell as his running mate (the Romney-McDonnell ticket carried the state of Virginia in this scenario)

Ted Cruz lost by less than a percent in the 2012 TX Senate Primary runoff, went into private sector. (David Dewhurst is the junior Senator from Texas) so he is of no relevance.

The scandal that ruined the bright future of McDonnell never occurred in this alternate scenario. He wrote a NYT best-selling book after leaving office in 2013 and opted out of the urge to jump into the 2014 U.S. Senate race, even after the backing of friends and old running mates Ann and Mitt Romney.  

My thought is to make it as the electorate (in both primaries as well) would like a fresh face (FOR BOTH PARTIES, but still the Clinton-Bush's have the upper hand. This would mean challenging the frontrunners of Bob McDonnell (as former and popular VP nominee) and Fmr. Gov. Jeb Bush against a field of quality candidates.

Candidates:

Republican Candidates: (much smaller field than original)

Fmr. Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell (Have Bio)

The frontrunner, easy to say, after all he was Mitt Romney’s running mate last election instantly becoming national figure in the country. Passing on a challenge to Senator Warner in 2014, he has stayed relevant. Can he learn from his mistakes of the past, or will he just not be able to connect with the American people?

 Fmr. Governor of Florida Jeb Bush

U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Governor of Ohio John Kasich

Fmr. Governor of Texas Rick Perry

Democratic Candidates: (much larger field than original)

Fmr. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (may drop out early/timed event announcing she must focus on her health for herself and her family)

Vice President of the United States Joe Biden (may a report/leak come out that Biden was for the Bin Laden Raid come out)

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont  

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley

U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia 

Fmr. U.S. Senator Jim Webb of Virginia

Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper

Just needing ideas and polling ideas. Any alternative event that sways things. Should I remove candidates, add candidates? It would be interesting. Feedback for a newbie on here please?

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6 minutes ago, Ishan said:

Bob McDonnell had been indicted in 2014

Fun fact. Being indicted, on trial, under detention, having a permanent criminal record, being incarcerated, or being even on death row is NOT a legal impediment, in a pure Constitutional sense, to running for U.S. President. Doesn't that give you a LOT more comfort and confidence in U.S. Presidential candidates and their requirements for office other than the pitiful lack that is already present and you probably knew about? :S

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Just now, Patine said:

Fun fact. Being indicted, on trial, under detention, having a permanent criminal record, being incarcerated, or being even on death row is NOT a legal impediment, in a pure Constitutional sense, to running for U.S. President. Doesn't that give you a LOT more comfort and confidence in U.S. Presidential candidates and their requirements for office other than the pitiful lack that is already present and you probably knew about? :S

Nope, but since we have attack ads and stuff like that, the person with the record would be screwed unless if it is last minute.

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22 minutes ago, VoiceofReason said:

It says in what I laid out that the scandal that led to the indictment never occurred.

What was the scandal, anyways? I can't remember. Virginia politicians are always having scandals, all the way back to Thomas Jefferson screwing around and having children with his slaves... :P

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On 1/31/2019 at 12:40 AM, VoiceofReason said:

 

THIS IS JUST A THOUGHT to make things more unpredictable. What if Sec. Hillary Clinton dropped out right after Christmas, after another 'health scare' needing to spend time with her family. She drops out and then field is open. Biden and Sanders will lead. But could give others like O'Malley, Warner, and Hickenlooper, or others to jump in and come through the middle in some primary states.

 

 

Sounds like a fun scenario, though to be clear -- which Christmas are you referring to?  If it's just one month until Iowa, that's literally not enough time to get on the ballot.

Back in the real 2016, Joe Biden announced in October of 2015 that he would not be running for President as he realized he had run out of time to get everything in place while grieving the death of his son.  

I understand that his son survives in your scenario, but I provide this as a frame of reference that any politician hoping to have a chance at all has to declare by September 2015 just to have time to put together the logistics of a campaign and meet filing deadlines to get on the ballots.

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5 minutes ago, Alexak1209 said:

Miss some  more female candidates you could like go with Gillibrand in the democratic primary and maybe Hayley or Palin in the republican.

Yes, I just noticed that. There's not a single female candidate whose not scripted to drop out.

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Elizabeth Warren, who urged Clinton to run but ended up sitting out endorsing her because Sanders was closer to her positions, may have run if Clinton didn't. She might have taken Sanders' mantle as the progressive standard-bearer as Sanders remained a Vermont fringe novelty.

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