It's long been a rite of passage for politicos to pen a book before launching a presidential campaign. For politicians imminently looking to join the primary fray, 2015 is the year to release their (probably) ghost-written tomes on how America needs fixing—and what their grand plan is to do that. From a hearty endorsement of bipartisan politics to a self-help guide for teens, affordable higher education to Honey Boo Boo, we take a look at the 2016ers who've made a book release their 2015 New Year's resolution.
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Release date: Jan. 15
This is the start of Marco Rubio's movement. At least, that's his goal. The Republican senator from Florida, elected in 2010 on a tea-party wave, has made economic opportunity a cornerstone of his budding—albeit unannounced—presidential campaign. In 2014, he introduced a series of policy proposals aimed at "reclaiming the 21st-century American dream," by combating poverty, making higher education more affordable and retirement more secure. This latest release is the culmination of a guiding message that he's likely to run on in 2016.
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Release date: Jan. 20
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's alliterative musings on modern-day America span everything from "the decline of patriotism" to the "eroding" Constitution to "Honey Boo Boo" (inexplicably, yes). With this latest release, the 2008 Iowa GOP caucuses winner attempts to firmly establish himself as the preeminent social conservative amid a "dangerous" breakdown of American culture (hence the Honey Boo Boo reference, one can only assume).
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Release date: Feb. 3
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson's anatomically accurate release is a self-help guide for the modern teen. With anecdotes and personal advice from his own childhood in inner-city Detroit, he applies his "T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G." doctrine (his personal "philosophy of living," which he debuted in a 1996 book) to teenagers: Talent, Honesty, Integrity, being Nice, Knowledge, Books, In-Depth learning, and God. Perhaps it's all a grand plan to reach out to teens who will be eligible to vote in 2016. Or maybe he's just trying to grab a slice of the wildly successful Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul franchise.
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Release date: May 5
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and unsuccessful California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina increasingly looks as if she's running for president. She's staffing up for a campaign, sources told National Journal, hunting for a political director and a communications point-person. Her second book (after 2006's familiar-sounding Tough Choices) chastises the Republican establishment for allowing conservative values to fall by the wayside, and contends that the country's ailments are "self-inflicted." And it promises not to beat around the bush about 2016: Its Amazon summary forecasts that it "will be an important blueprint for conservatives as we approach the critical elections of 2016."
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Release date: May 12
Someone told Ted Cruz that you need to write a book if you're going to run for president. He's making good on that—he just hasn't said what it's about yet.
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Release date: June 2
In this homage to Rand Paul's moments of bipartisanship, the libertarian-leaning senator from Kentucky and almost-certain 2016er offers "his vision for America." It's one he's tried to champion in the Senate, where he's worked to shed his isolationist image and collaborate with colleagues across the aisle. It's unclear what more this tome—or his wife Kelley's, due in April—will do for voters. But a move to do away with Washington's rancorous partisanship, however successful it ends up being, is always a good promise come election season.
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Just days after Jeb Bush's announcement that he would be releasing both an e-book and more than 200,000 emails from his time as governor of Florida, he dropped the news that he's planning to "actively explore the possibility of running for president." Although he hasn't given much information on what the e-book will cover, it will likely be a reflection back on his time in the governor's mansion, per an interview with Miami's WPLG-TV.
As for other possible 2016 contenders, sources told The Washington Post in February that outgoing Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley had done "preliminary work" on a book, although O'Malley declined to comment on the subject. And though New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hasn't announced a book yet, the state's Legislature is considering re-upping a bill that would allow him to profit from a book deal while in office. It wouldn't be a surprise if O'Malley, Christie, and other potential 2016ers release additional opuses before the election.