Lyons: far too early to predict 2016 presidential election

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2014 file photo shows former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talking about education reform during a forum in Nashville, Tenn. While other Republicans mulling a run for president in 2016 are laying the foundations of their potential campaigns, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is focusing on his growing personal business empire. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

<span>Mid-term elections are coming up soon but many people are looking ahead to  2016 when a new U.S. President will be selected.</span>

<span>There are a lot of speculations about who that might be and on KVNU’s Crosstalk program </span><span><span>Thursday,</span></span><span> Utah State University Political Science Professor Mike Lyons was asked who he thinks it will be.</span>

<span>Lyons said the election is still a long ways off but if it were being held today he would bet on Jeb Bush, brother of George W. Bush and son of George Herbert Walker Bush.</span>

<span>”One thing we’ve learned in recent presidential election cycles is that almost any prediction made two years in advance is going to be wrong,” Lyons said. “Unlikely candidates emerge out of the woodwork, world events shape elections in ways we can’t foresee, and certainly the Democrats are likely to nominate Hillary Clinton as their candidate and she will be highly formidable.”</span>

<span>Lyons said Hillary Clinton’s biggest problem is Democrats have held the White House for two consecutive terms and it is very rare for a political party to hold it any longer. </span>

<span>In addition, he said Clinton is not novel anymore and the fact that she would be the first female president is interesting but it has become a lot less interesting because we have already had an African American president. Also, he said younger voters may see her as someone from another generation.</span>

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