Share 61 shares Carson, 64, pushed back against the criticism on Friday, saying he was being subjected to unfair scrutiny. The field includes two women, an African-American and two Latinos. All but one in that group — Hillary Clinton — are Republicans. At 15 candidates, the GOP field is without two early dropouts but still deeper than ever after one current and one former governor bowed out.
A much smaller group of three Democrats includes a former secretary of state, a former governor and a current senator. Former Florida governor and secretary of state.
University of Texas at Austin. Married to Columba Bush , with three adult children. Noelle Bush has made news with her struggle with drug addiction, and related arrests. Bush was elected Texas land commissioner in Jeb's father George H.
Bush was number Jeb was an immensely popular governor with strong economic and jobs credentials. He is also one of just two GOP candidates who is fluent in Spanish. Bush has angered conservatives with his permissive positions on illegal immigration saying some border-crossing is 'an act of love and common-core education standards. His last name could also be a liability with voters who fear establishing a family dynasty in the White House.
Governor of New Jersey. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. Former Morris County freeholder and lobbyist. Former Morris County freeholder. University of Delaware, Newark, J. Married to Mary Pat Foster with four children. Pugnacious and unapologetic, Christie once told a heckler to 'sit down and shut up' and brings a brash style to everything he does.
Christie is often accused of embracing an ego-driven and needlessly abrasive style. His administration continues to operate under a 'Bridgegate' cloud: At least two aides have been indicted in an alleged scheme to shut down lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge as political retribution for a mayor who refused to endorse the governor's re-election. Former group president of Lucent Technologies.
Senate candidate in California. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Married to Frank Fiorina , with one adult step-daughter and another who is deceased. She has two step-grandchildren. Divorced from Todd Bartlem Fiorina was the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, something that could provide ammunition against the Democratic Party's drive to make Hillary Clinton the first female president.
She is also the only woman in the GOP field, making her the one Republican who can't be accused of sexism. Fiorina's unceremonious firing by HP's board has led to questions about her management and leadership styles.
And her only political experience has been a failed Senate bid in against Barbara Boxer. Retired Air Force Reserves colonel. Former South Carolina state representative. University of South Carolina.
University of South Carolina Law School. Raised his sister Darline after their parents died while he was a college student and she was Graham is a hawk's hawk, arguing consistently for greater intervention in the Middle East, once arguing in favor of pre-emptive military strikes against Iran. His influence was credited for pushing President George W.
Bush to institute the military 'surge' in Iraq. Some of his critics have taken to call him 'Grahamnesty,' citing his participating in a 'gang of eight' strategy to approve an Obama-favored immigration bill.
He has also aroused the ire of conservative Republicans by supporting global warming legislation and voting for some of the president's judicial nominees. New College at Oxford University Family: Married to Supriya Jolly , with three children, each of whom has an Indian first name and an American middle name. Bobby Jindal's given name is Piyush. Jindal's main source of national attention has been his strident opposition to federal-level 'Common Core' education standards, which included a federal lawsuit that a judge dismissed in late March.
He is also outspoken on the religious-freedom issues involved in mainstreaming gay marriage into the lives of American Christians. During his first term as governor, Jindal signed a science education law that requires schools to present alternatives to the theory of evolution, including religious creationism.
His staunch defense of businesses that want to steer clear of providing services to same-sex couples at their weddings will win points among evangelicals but alienate others.
Former governor of New York. Former New York state senator and state assemblyman. Former mayor of Peekskill, NY. Married to Libby Rowland , with four adult children. Pataki was just the third Republican governor in New York's history, winning an improbable victory over three-term incumbent Mario Cuomo in While Pataki's liberal-leaning social agenda plays well in the Empire State, it won't win him any fans among the GOP's conservative base.
He supports abortion rights and gay rights, and has advocated strongly in favor of government intervention to stop global warming, which right-wingers believe is overblown as a global threat. University of Miami School of Law.
Married to Jeanette Dousdebes , with two sons and two daughters. Rubio's personal story as the son of Cuban emigres is a powerful narrative, and helped him win his Senate seat in against a well-funded governor whom he initially trailed by 20 points. Rubio was part of a bipartisan 'gang of eight' senators who crafted an Obama-approved immigration reform bill in which never became law — a move that angered conservative Republicans.
And he was criticized in for publicly telling a version of his parents' flight from Cuba that turned out to appear embellished. Chairman of The Trump Organization. Fixture on the Forbes list of the world's richest people. Star of 'Celebrity Apprentice. Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Family: Married to Melania Trump Because he can self-fund an entire presidential campaign, he is seen as less beholden to donors than other candidates. He has grabbed the attention of reporters and commentators by unapologetically staking out controversial positions and refusing to budge in the face of criticism.
Trump is a political neophyte who has toyed with running for president and for governor of New York, but shied away from taking the plunge until now. His billions also have the potential to alienate large swaths of the electorate. And his Republican rivals have labeled him an ego-driven celeb and an electoral sideshow because of his all-over-the-map policy history — much of which agrees with today's Democrats — and his past enthusiasm for anti-Obama 'birtherism.
Famous pediatric neurosurgeon, youngest person to head a major Johns Hopkins Hospital division. Founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which awards scholarships to children of good character. University of Michigan Medical School. Married to Candy Carson , with three adult sons. The Carsons live in Maryland with Ben's elderly mother Sonya, who was a seminal influence on his life and development.
Carson spoke at a National Prayer Breakfast in , railing against political correctness and condemned Obamacare — with President Obama sitting just a few feet away. Carson is inflexibly conservative, opposing gay marriage and once saying gay attachments formed in prison provided evidence that sexual orientation is a choice. Former Texas solicitor general. Former associate deputy attorney general under President George W. Married to Heidi Nelson Cruz , with two young daughters.
His father is a preacher and he has two half-sisters. Cruz spoke on the Senate floor for more than 21 hours in September to protest the inclusion of funding for Obamacare in a federal budget bill. The bill moved forward as written. He has called for the complete repeal of the medical insurance overhaul law, and also for a dismantling of the Internal Revenue Service.
Cruz is also outspoken about border security. Cruz's father Rafael, a Texas preacher, is a tea party firebrand who has said gay marriage is a government conspiracy and called President Barack Obama a Marxist who should 'go back to Kenya. Former governor and attorney general of Virginia. Former chairman of the Republican National Committee. Board member of the National Rifle Association Education: Married to Roxane Gatling Gilmore , with two adult children. GIlmore is a survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma Claim to fame: He is nest known in Virginia for eliminating most of a much-maligned personal property tax on automobiles, working with a Democratic-controlled state legislature to get it passed and enacted.
Gilmore is the only GOP or Democratic candidate for president who has been the chairman of his political party, giving him a rap as an 'establishment' candidate. A social-conservative crusader, he is loathed by the left for championing the state law that established hour waiting periods for abortions.