MANILA, Philippines - With Barack Obama back on board for another four years as United States president, Time magazine is already looking beyond his term.
Here's something political junkies will enjoy: Time's Class of 2016, an elite group of US politicians who pundits (and would-be pundits) should keep an eye on in the next few years.
First on the list is US Secretary of State and former first lady Hillary Clinton, who Time said "has raised redemption and reinvention to an art form." The Clinton camp has said she is set to leave office despite Obama's re-election.
Leading the Republicans on the list is former Florida governor Jeb Bush, whose last name is familiar to many. He is, after all, the son of former President George H.W. Bush and the younger brother of former President George W. Bush. Time calls the Jeb Bush "the dream date of the moderate wing of the [Republican] party."
Also topping the list is San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who made headlines early this year after he became the first Latino to deliver a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Another familiar name is fourth on the list - Condoleezza Rice, who served as George W. Bush's Secretary of State during his second term. "Rice might bring centrist voters back to the GOP [the Republican party]," notes Time.
Completing the list are incumbent Vice President Joe Biden (Democrat), New York governor Andrew Cuomo (Democrat), New Jersey governor Chris Christie (Republican), Florida Senator Marco Rubio (Republican), Maryland governor Martin O'Malley (Democrat), Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal (Republican), New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (democrat), Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel (Democrat), and South Carolina governor Nikki Haley (Republican).
"This series was very exciting because the fact that one of these politicians could be the next president was always on my mind," photographer Marco Grob told Time.
The assignment - which took 48 hours to accomplish - saw Grob traveling across the US to meet the 13 "leaders to watch."
Are they or aren't they aspiring for the top seat in the US come 2016? Only time will tell.
Click here to see the full list. -Rappler.com
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