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Some 2016 hopefuls have little use for coyness

Coyness has gone out the window for a few potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Here's Chris Christie this weekend: "Yeah, you’re damn right I’d be more ready" in 2016. 

And Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.): "We are going to have to have somebody a little bit different than we’ve had in the past. Someone who can appeal to people in New England and on the West Coast. Someone who has a little more of a libertarian-Republican approach, I think, would have a better chance with independents and moderates.” (Worth noting: Paul is one of very few Republicans in Congress who identify with the L-word.)

And, of course, Vice President Biden takes the cake for forthcoming-ness, saying on Election Day that he didn't think he was voting for himself for the final time: "No, I don’t think so."

Christie and Biden, in particular, have suggested multiple times that they are very interested in running in 2016. Then again, both are among the more plainspoken politicians in America.

The question from here is whether either would be better-served to play things a little closer to the vest, as most contenders do. After all, as much as people like straight talk, we're also wired to want what we can't have.

And the more you draw out the deliberation process, the more coverage you tend to get.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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