Supporters of California Gov. Jerry Brown are pushing him to make a 2016 presidential bid. And though Brown hasn't confirmed the rumors, he hasn't explicitly denied them either.
When asked by The Huffington Post, Brown did not have a comment on the presidential rumors, but a representative did reference a statement he made at the California Chamber of Commerce host breakfast in May, during which Brown said "time is kind of running out on that." And polls show Brown could enjoy an easy reelection for governor in 2014.
But some argue that Brown's actions -- particularly his recent fundraising efforts -- suggest otherwise.
“Every move he’s making is the move of a presidential candidate,” said Ralph Nader, a five-time presidential candidate himself, to the Los Angeles Times. “It’s almost a blueprint.”
As KCAL9′s Dave Bryan noted, many political analysts believe a presidential run for Brown would be both unlikely and unsuccessful. But it's also not an impossibility.
"You call late December the holiday season; in the political world we call it the crazy season," he said. "That doesn't mean it can't happen."Reasons he won't do it:
- Outside California, very people know who he is.
- His previous presidential campaigns failed badly.
- He would be older when he assumed the presidency than Reagan was when he left it.
- California really isn't doing that great.
Reason he might do it: