"Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer suggests in a new interview he may seek the Democratic nomination in 2016, questioning whether "somebody other than a Bush or Clinton" can be president.
Schweitzer told Real Clear Politics' Scott Conroy that voters in the early presidential caucus and primary states would be open to his populist message and hungry for an outside-the-beltway candidate.
“I still hold the people of Iowa and New Hampshire in high regard,” Schweitzer said. “The people of Iowa are a whole lot like the people of Montana. And, of course, New Hampshire’s a lot like Montana. We don’t have a sales tax. ‘Live Free or Die’ — we understand that notion in Montana.”
Clinton is far and away the frontrunner to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, although she hasn’t said whether she’ll run.
The former Secretary of State benefits from near universal name recognition, but Schweitzer, who has a reputation for grabbing headlines for his straight-talk, argued that candidates have overcome that obstacle in the past."