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Presidential field continues to grow as Walker files papers with FEC, Webb formally announces

by | Jul 2, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

candidatesgraphicDay by day we come closer to completing the field of candidates expected to announce they are running for president. (As a reference point, the first Republican presidential debate is just over one month away– August 6 in Cleveland.)

Today, on the GOP side, an aide to pro-life Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told reporters that Mr. Walker is planning to file the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) today and kick off his campaign July 13.

Also today, pro-abortion former Virginia Senator Jim Webb used social media to announce that he is running for president. A confirmed maverick, Webb is expected to run as a Democrat but in his announcement he did not specifically say that.

There are now 14 announced Republican candidates, all pro-life. In addition to Walker, that list includes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, retired surgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, and businessman Donald Trump. Ohio pro-life Gov. John Kasich is expected to formally announce later this month.

On the Democratic side, there are five announced candidates, all pro-abortion. In addition to Webb, they include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

For a comprehensive look at how all these candidates fare on the issue of late abortions, see

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