November 4th, 2013
08:23 AM ET

Early Endorsements for 2016

There was no presidential contender at Saturday night’s Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson dinner in Iowa, but that doesn't mean 2016 news wasn't made.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, used his keynote address in Des Moines to urge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to enter the race, offering his full endorsement for her candidacy, proclaiming "2016 is Hillary’s time."

"Run, Hillary, run", Schumer told the dinner, "If you run, you’ll win and we’ll all win."

Schumer was an early supporter of Clinton during her 2008 campaign, becoming the first U.S. senator to endorse her bid. With his Saturday remarks he becomes of the highest officials to publicly push her to run again.

“The republican field is a little more crowded,” CNN’s Brianna Keilar reports.

Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are among the favorites of voters on the right.

“But it's the New Jersey Governor, just one day out from his likely re-election, getting all the buzz.”

Mitt Romney has  come out behind him saying, “Chris could easily become our nominee and save our party and help get this nation on the right track again. They don't come better than Chris Christie.”

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