Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says he may run for president in 2016, taking a dig at possible candidates Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.
“There’s a whole lot of America that looks at each other and says, 'Well, there are 340 million people living in America. Isn’t there somebody other than a Bush or a Clinton who can be president in these modern times?'" Schweitzer, a Democrat, said in an interview with Real Clear Politics.
"'Isn’t there hope for somebody who’s running a business or who has served overseas or comes from a different occupation to become president? Are we now in the era of royalty again? So I think there’s some level of frustration about that," he said.
Being an underdog in the race wouldn't hurt him, Schweitzer said.
"Who would’ve thunk [Barack] Obama would come out of this thing [in 2008] when you had, my God, [Chris] Dodd, [Joe] Biden, Billy Richardson, Hillary Clinton," he asked.
"So the nice thing about the people of Iowa is they ain’t going to let the rest of America make up their minds for them."
The early Iowa caucuses mark the first time that potential voters in a presidential election year weigh in on candidates.
Most Democratic voters, in Iowa and elsewhere, already put Clinton ahead of any other potential nominee, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll
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