As the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency come to an end in 2016, the United States will began a transition into a new era. Already, possible candidates are preparing themselves for presidential bids, although some contenders have been more explicit than others about their intentions to run for the country’s highest office. Sure, more than two years separate U.S. voters from the next presidential election, but possible Republican and Democratic nominees are under the scrutiny of the American public. A number of potential candidates have perhaps damaged their chances at becoming the forty-fifth president of the United States through political scandals; a number of potential candidates face concerns that they do not have enough foreign policy experience to lead the country; some possible candidates may have to adjust their policy positions to appeal to enough voters to be elected; and some have been accused of unfairly benefiting from their political connections.
Possible 2016 candidates include former New York Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). While the main question for analysts and voters alike is who will run, it is a worthwhile pursuit to examine the number of challenges facing each potential candidate.
Here’s a look at the challenges facing the possible contenders.