Best 2016 Candidates for US President

The Top Ten
1 Bernie Sanders Bernard "Bernie" Sanders is an independent American Senator from Vermont and was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 and 2020 elections.

I am a Hillary supporter but would support Bernie if he gets the nomination. That said, there was a time I would have done so enthusiastically but that ship has sailed. I am writing this on April 7, 2016, and Bernie said last night in Philadelphia that Clinton is not qualified to be president because of her vote on the Iraq war fourteen years ago. I wonder if he feels the same way about everyone who voted that way. Does he feel John Kerry is qualified to be Secretary of State? Does he think John Edwards was qualified to run for president? Does he think Joe Biden is qualified to be vice-president? Frankly, the Republicans are criticizing Clinton less than Sanders lately while I do remember Sanders saying he would never run a dirty campaign. He is doing the Republicans' work for them. Also, he is doing nothing to raise money for other Democratic candidates while Clinton has contributed time and energy to other Democratic congressional candidates. His campaign is all about him. Still, he ...more

It looks like it's going to be Hillary as I'm writing this on 4/27/16, and frankly if you were a Sanders supporter you have every reason to get behind Hillary and absolutely none to get behind any of the Republicans. I took the "I side with" test where you are asked about thirty questions on income equality, climate change, same-sex issues, and other issues of the day. Then you are shown which candidate you agree with most often. I agreed with Bernie on 95 percent of the issues. I agreed with Hillary on 95 percent of the issues, and Jill Stein on 87 percent. After that, it was like I fell off a cliff. Next was Trump with 31 percent. That is the difference we're looking at, folks. I talked to a friend of mine who is a Bernie supporter and she said she had the same results. You want Citizens United overturned? Trump isn't going to appoint anyone to the Supreme Court who feels that way. Will Hillary? Well, of the four people who voted against it in the first place, two were appointed by ...more

Sorry, I have to respectfully disagree with the person who says Hillary could be called a Republican. The fact remains that Republicans spend far more time criticizing Hillary than Bernie. Have you listened to any of the Republican debates? The ones they totally bash are Hillary and Obama, they hardly ever mention Bernie. The reason? Of course, they are trying to start a fight on the Democratic side similar to the free for all they have on their side. Either Bernie or Hillary would be better on their worst day than any of the Republicans on their best day. Those aren't my words, those are the words of--you guessed it--Bernie Sanders. My first choice is Hillary, but I would gladly support Bernie if he is the nominee. They are both good enough that we don't have to criticize one to promote the other. Neither one is the enemy, and they will eventually be campaigning together.

Some people are scared he will spend too much. They are wrong to be honest, and not looking at things logically. Many of the nation's top economists have endorsed the Bern because they consider his plan to be most beneficial to the American people. He does not want to give out free money to the lazy as some say. Senator Sanders has said that he wants every person who works hard for their country, even if it is only a job at a fast food chain, to have a high standard of living...this is not revolutionary, this is just logic.

He is not going to raise taxes on the poor and middle class as well, most likely. His plan calls for larger taxes if you make millions or more per year. The millionaires and billionaires will still be wealthy, but their tax money will go to pay for education and jobs.

About the free college thing: not a big deal. What had been going on in America since the beginning is that the poor stay poor. Much of this is due to not being able to pay for college, ...more

2 Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, more.

Was railing against Obama on Wednesday morning because ten U.S. Sailors were being detained by the Iranian government after accidentally sailing into their waters. Was saying Obama is weak on leadership and no one respects us. As Trump was speaking, the sailors were on their way back to the United States, since Secretary of State Kerry had called the Iranians and secured the sailors' release. So, in this case, Trump not only had weird orange hair but also egg on his face.

This election was doomed since the moment when Hillary got elected to represent the democrats. From that point it was a pick your poison tipe of election. It was either this racist woman-hating man or someone who literally wanted to go to war with Russia and who got invertigeted by the FBI twice. Americans apparently prefered this guy, and I honestly did too, but he will still be a horrible president. Good luck USA!

The US is building the wall, and Mexico is helping to fund it! He wants to stop illegal immigration!

There will obviously be a gate for legal immigration, but seriously, in all aspects, Donald Trump is at least funny, and he's honest.

Why should this guy, sorry, this RACIST IDIOT become president? He states that he will 'build a wall' and have the Mexicans pay for it. That's plain cruel. To watch as many of these stupid quotes as possible, look up 'Donald Death Punch'.

See you in World War 3

3 John Kasich John Richard Kasich is an American politician who served as the 69th Governor of Ohio from 2011 to 2019.

Besides being an actually sane choice for president, he's the only current candidate in the Republican G.O.P. who isn't completely out of his mind. It doesn't hurt that he has a good sense of humor, and doesn't viciously attack the opposition of Republican values. I'd vote for Bernie, but his plans are too expensive, and he hasn't really mentioned any concrete way of fixing the national debt.

If anyone still doesn't know, John Kasich unfortunately dropped out. What a bummer. I'm a liberal and I actually would have thought John Kasich would have been a much better presidential candidate than Donald Trump.

Kasich is easily the most diverse of all the candidates; being able to understand both republicans and democrats alike. His plan to better health care is a stroke of genius, and he has a remarkable resume.

Kasich has managed something no other candidate has, balancing the budget at a federal level. He's run Ohio brilliantly, it's time for him to run Washington the same way.

4 Hillary Clinton Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician who was a Democratic presidential candidate in the 2008 and 2016 elections.

Apparently no one on this website watches the debates, or she would certainly be rated ahead of Biden, who isn't even running, or Trump, who is an utter loose cannon. I would rate her ahead of Sanders as well because while I hear all the right things from Bernie what I don't hear are solutions. His solution to solve the Flint, Michigan, water crisis is for the governor of Michigan to resign. I agree that governor Snyder should resign, but then your governor is his lieutenant governor who is probably just as conservative and unlikely to help. Bernie is a very likable and honest man with great ideas, and I would surely vote him over anyone in the Republican clown car, but Hillary gets things done and is my first choice.

By far the best candidate, and here she sits at number eight. Oy ve. Yes, being First Lady is a qualification for president, it gave her incredible insight on how the country was run. Oh by the way, she was also Secretary of State and a U.S. Senator for eight years but we're apparently not counting that. She was a senator from New York which may explain part of the reason she made speeches on Wall Street. What our Bernie Bros can't point to are any instances where the money from those speeches influenced her vote, and in fact much of the money went to help charities. She's easily the smartest candidate in the field, she's tough as nails, and she is a Republican's worst nightmare. She is the best candidate, and judging from all the money Republicans are spending to try and get Bernie the nomination, I would have to say that Republicans agree.

What all of her haters and frankly, her own campaign, aren't pointing out often enough is that her speeches and fundraising are usually to raise money for someone else. Her recent fundraiser at George Clooney's house raised 15 million dollars, but most of that is going toward electing a Democratic senate. Clooney's said so himself on Meet the Press, and his statements were rated as true by Politifact. Hillary, unlike Bernie, realizes you need other people in place to get things done. To get Citizens United overturned, you need a liberal Supreme Court. To get a liberal Supreme Court, you need a Senate willing to confirm a liberal justice. Meanwhile, Bernie is supporting only three congressional candidates, all with marginal chances of winning their elections. Sometimes I wonder just who he is working for.

I am voting for her because she is the toughest and most qualified candidate, not because she is a woman. Frankly, she is the only candidate on either side I am comfortable with as commander-in-chief of our Armed Forces. I think all the other candidates kind of have one or two things they are good at, and they run on that. To me, Hillary is the only one who is running to do the WHOLE job. I do think it is about time the United States had a woman president, but Hillary is the best candidate of either gender and really it's not even close.

5 Rand Paul Randal Howard "Rand" Paul is an American politician and physician. Since 2011, Paul has served in the United States Senate as a member of the Republican Party representing Kentucky.

Threw a hissy fit when he was relegated to the kids' table for the Republican candidates' debate. Does not possess the temperament to lead this country.

He will: balance the budget, cut taxes for every American, repeal obamacare 100%, stop nsa spying on Americans, end common core, and more! YOU can help America by voting for him on here and in real life.

Libertarian Republican. A guy that cares about us Americans' rights. Not like that lying Hilary Clinton.

Make a side note besides I liked this guy. Half these folks never ran for president in 2016 and some even at all

6 Ted Cruz Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz is an American politician and attorney serving as the junior United States Senator from Texas since 2013. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

How could anyone want to vote for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton? Bernie Sanders believes in socialism, which will completely destroy our economy, and Hillary Clinton will literally be the next Barack Obama. I really like Donald Trump and Marco Rubio, but most of my political views match up with Ted Cruz's policies. People say he's way too extreme, but they probably haven't even met Bernie or Hillary. Ted Cruz 2016!

I would just like to clarify that when I made my comment about the number two candidate having no chance of getting the nomination, Carson was rated second. I think Trump will be the Republican nominee, I don't see how they can avoid it, much as they'd like to.

You're right about one thing. This is obviously not an accurate reflection of public opinion since your number two candidate is given virtually no chance of getting the Republican nomination and your number three candidate isn't even running.

This man frightened me more than any other candidate that was running. I didn't like Romney, I think Trump is an idiot, but this man actually FRIGHTENED me. Him dropping out was an extremely happy day for me.

7 Marco Rubio Marco Antonio Rubio is an American politician and attorney, and the junior United States Senator from Florida.

Here is the best description of a conservative.

Conservatives love their country. The believe in self responsibility and the philosophy that hard work will benefit you in life. They believe in a strong national defense and will remain loyal to their country whether it was right or wrong. They stick to what the Constitution says, and they support morality and simple traditional American values.

And here is the best description of a liberal

Liberals too love their country, but they believe that a strong central government is beneficial to one's life. They believe that foreigners are good for the economy and they support equality and civil rights. Fairness is one of the most important issues to liberals. They support ethics and they support change, progress, and moving forward.

So, what did ya' think of my descriptions of a liberal and a conservative?.

I would personally prefer the Democratic candidates over any of the Republicans, but if I were forced to support the right-wing...well, I think Rubio has more self-control than Trump or Cruz, and is less likely to do something reprehensible. Trump wouldn't hesitate to launch nuclear weapons at the wrong country. I don't agree with Rubio's policies at all, but he's not a danger to our country's survival like Trump.

Even the dems would vote for him. But ignore political parties, candidates are more important. If hitler ran for the democratic party and jesus or something ran for republican, don't vote for the democrats.

I was always a Bernie supporter, but if I had to vote for a Republican, I'd vote for Rubio. I think the only problem I have with him is that he's Republican.

8 Joe Biden Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (born November 20, 1942) is an American politician who is the 46th President of the United States. He was the 47th Vice President of the United States, jointly elected twice with President Barack Obama, and in office from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, more.

Thankfully Obama's health is pretty good, this clown as president for even part of a term would be a terrible thing.

His record as a Senator & VP prove that he was full of accomplishment and great ideas--not malarkey.

I feel like he might not be the best president BUT if you invited him to the party... He'd be the bomb

He didn't even run for president, but if he did, he'd win by a landslide.

9 Gary Johnson Gary Earl Johnson is an American businessman, author and politician who served as the 29th Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003 as a member of the Republican Party.

The smartest choice right now, even though the majority of Americans don't know him or his party.

Anyone's better than Hitlery. And Gary seems to be the best choice right now.

10 Jill Stein Jill Ellen Stein is an American physician, activist, and politician. She was the Green Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 and 2016 elections and candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010.

Huh who is this guy

The Contenders
11 Carly Fiorina Cara Carleton "Carly" Fiorina is an American businessperson and political candidate, known primarily for her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

Also an incredibly bad business person and has no qualifications for the job she is seeking.

Her shoes looked very nice at the Republican debate, until that house fell on her.

Lasted like 4 seconds

12 Martin O'Malley Martin Joseph O'Malley is an American politician who was the 61st Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015. Prior to being elected as governor, he served as the Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007 and was a Baltimore City Councilor from 1991 to 1999.

He was better than Hillary, but not Bernie. I would've supported him if Bernie didn't run.

I liked him while he was in. I hope we hear from him in the future.

13 Chris Cristie Christopher James "Chris" Christie is an American attorney, politician and member of the Republican Party who has been the 55th Governor of New Jersey since January 2010. His term ends January 23, 2018.

You know somebody is a good choice when the other side tries extra hard to make him look bad.

I'm from New Jersey. And I can tell you this. He's a bully and an idiot.

No, actually we're not even trying.

He also dropped out

14 Dr. Benjamin Carson

If you think he's so intelligent, search up some of his quotes. Come on. He compares abortion and Obamacare to slavery and his tax plans to the Bible. And don't even get me started on the pyramid thing. Ben Carson is just as big of a liar, homophobic, Islamaphobic, rude, and ignorant candidate as Donald Trump is. Just because he may happen to be an extraordinarily gifted neurosurgeon doesn't mean that he's an open-minded, wise person who has the ability and talent to lead and do what's best for one of the most powerful countries in the world.

One of the best neurosurgeons in the world, and would be by far the most intelligent US President ever.

He has no experience whatsoever. Even TRUMP is better than him. Getting him out of the race was a good idea.

He's a good guy but says a lot of stupid stuff. His heart is in the right place but I would not vote for him.

15 Ben Carson Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson, Sr. is a retired American neurosurgeon and former candidate for President of the United States.

He's already on this list as Dr. Benjamin Carson. However I don't like him.

He barely deserves one mention in this survey, let alone two.

16 Al Gore Albert Arnold "Al" Gore Jr. is an American politician and environmentalist who served as the 45th Vice President of the United States from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.

Actually won in 2000. He would save this country, most intelligent politician!

Yes, that's true, we do actually owe him at least one term, don't we?

17 Condoleezza Rice

All polls indicate she would win easily if she ran in the upcoming race for Governor of California, but she has categorically stated she will not run for that office.
Holding out for an even bigger prize?

Of all the candidates, she would know the most and have the best ideas about foreign policy.

The fact that she ignored warnings about 9/11 would and should haunt her...

It would be awesome if she was President!

18 Bobby Jindal Piyush "Bobby" Jindal is an American politician who served as the 55th Governor of Louisiana from 2008 to 2016, a former US Congressman, and former vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

I live in Louisiana where this guy was governer. Trust me! You do NOT want him in office. He managed to destroy a very good college plan that we had down here for students to go to school without being hassled by loans and it worked for a long time. But Jindal screwed it up by poorly managing stats money and forcing universities to cut majors, sometimes even entire DEPARTMENTS as a result of his lack of fiscal responsibility. American, please do not ever let this man become a major player in a presidential race.

A lot of Democrats have accidentally allowed their covert racism to slip out into view when discussing Bobby Jindal.

Doing a great job as a governor, and it would be excellent to have an American of Indian descent as President.

Democrats have allowed their racism to slip out? Oh, did Trump switch parties again?

19 John McCain John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) was an American politician and military officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from January 1987 until his death. He previously served two terms in the United States House of Representatives and was the Republican nominee more.

You have to question his judgment after last time's vice-presidential choice. Unlike Trump, though, I'm not going to diminish his military service.

20 Mitt Romney Willard Mitt Romney is an American businessman and politician who served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.

Not running for the presidency yet, but there are rumors...

21 Al Franken Alan Stuart Franken is an American comedian, politician, media personality, and author who served as a United States Senator from Minnesota from 2009 to 2018. He became well known in the 1970s and 1980s as a staff writer and performer on the television comedy show Saturday Night Live.

He's got a good situation where he is. And we want him here, too. Ain't gonna happen. Amy Klobuchar may run, eventually.

Better not, or the entire country would be like an episode of Saturday Night Live.

22 Scott Walker

His problems don't end with his face. Champions cutting education and busting unions, but such actions do have consequences. For several years, Wisconsin has ranked second in SAT testing scores. Last year's tests would be the first fully affected by the cuts Walker made to education and Wisconsin's score fell to ninth---from the bottom! That's right, their scores fell all the way from 2nd to 41st! Walker has also been badly outdone by Minnesota governor Mark Dayton as far as attracting jobs. It's no wonder that while he was the darling of the Koch brothers and all he had to do was make the lay-up, Walker never caught on and eventually had to drop out of the presidential race.

A governor with a fatal case of stupid face. It's really sad to see someone suffer so much. I think that's why the Koch Bros. Give him so much money, they're not trying to buy him, they just really feel bad for him.

Another good governor, often a good indicator of being able to handle the same kind of task on a much bigger stage.

23 Allen West

There are people who live on my block that have a better chance of becoming president than he does...

A very competent knowledgeable caring individual who served his country bravely and who understands how to be an effective and fair leader of all the people in America by uniting rather than dividing them. Donald M. Nemcik

He is not running.

24 George Pataki
25 Mike Huckabee

He's in it for two reasons; possible vice-presidency and speaking fees. Noticed he's at the kiddies table now for the debates. Fewer and fewer people are taking him seriously.

Don't vote for him if you don't want an evangelical Christian theocracy where teaching science is illegal and gays are treated like crap!

He's better than Clinton

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