The Best Official Democratic Candidates for 2016

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List Criteria: Officially declared candidates only. Vote for the most viable Democratic presidential candidates running for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

The race for the next President of the United States has begun and Democratic hopefuls have started announcing their official bids for the 2016 presidential election. Some Democratic presidential candidates, like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are veterans of the campaign trail, whereas others, like former Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley, are using their fresh ideas to attract voters.

Each candidate has their own set of challenges. While Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner out of all the democrats running for president, she has been in the public eye the longest and is open to the most criticism. The other candidates are tasked with quickly introducing themselves to voters who may know little about them.

Included on this list are all current candidates and the details about their announcements and political platforms, as well as links to their campaign websites. Vote for the best Democratic candidates for the 2016 Presidential election and for a look across the aisle, check out this list of Republican candidates.
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    Lincoln Chafee 
	is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Official Democratic Candidates for 2016
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    Ended campaign on October 23, 2015
     
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    Former Governor of Rhode Island
     
    Political Positions: Chafee opposed the Iraq invasion at the time of it's approval, and now states "aversion to foreign entanglements" as one of his main priorities. He also is pushing for the protection of civil liberties, including reproductive rights and an end to phone tapping.
     
    Announcement: During a foreign policy speech at George Mason University, Chafee formally announced his 2016 presidential bid, declaring that "if we as leaders show good judgement and make good decisions, we can fix much of what is ailing us." He also criticized fellow Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's recent scandal involvement, saying "Our State Department just has to be above all controversy, and it's regrettable now to me what's happening with emails [and] the foundation."
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    • Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    Bernie Sanders 
	is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Official Democratic Candidates for 2016
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    Current position: Junior United States Senator of Vermont
     

    Political Positions: Focused on ending the toxic nature of American partisan politics, Bernie Sanders is a strong opponent of income and wealth inequality enforced by the current economic system and big business sponsorship of political candidates. Sanders wants to lead opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and increase funding for reducing greenhouse emissions.
     
    Announcement: Sanders announced his bid for the presidency and outlined his campaign issues during a speech at Lake Champlain in Vermont. He said, "I have seen the promise of America in my own life. My parents would have never dreamed that their son would be a U.S. Senator, let alone run for president. But for too many of our fellow Americans, the dream of progress and opportunity is being denied by the grind of an economy that funnels all the wealth to the top."
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    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    Martin O'Malley 
	is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Official Democratic Candidates for 2016
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    Ended campaign on February 1, 2016

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    Former Governor of Maryland
     
    Political Positions: Seen as a progressive underdog with new ideas for a new time, O'Malley's platform pushes for higher wages, the accountability of big business, lower college tuition and debt, immigration rights, and women's rights. 
     
    Announcement: O'Malley announced his presidency in May through a speech assuring the resiliency and promise of the fading American Dream. He insisted, "It does not have to be this way. This generation of Americans still has time to become great. We must save our country now. And we will do that by rebuilding the dream."
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    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    Hillary Clinton 
	is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Official Democratic Candidates for 2016
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    Current position: Former Secretary of State
     

    Political PositionsHillary Clinton has built her campaign on the fight for the working class. She is pushing for a higher minimum wage, Obamacare support, small business and family tax relief, and affordable college tuition.
     

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    uncement: Hillary's announcement video emphasizes the everyday issues of Americans, and asks voters to join her in tackling these important causes.
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    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Party (if partisan): Democratic Party
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