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See how they run: The 2016 presidential checklist

Monday - 7/14/2014, 4:48am  ET

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with the media at the National Governors Association convention Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

CALVIN WOODWARD
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For a year, The Associated Press has been tracking movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates. Here's the latest presidential prep checklist:

NONDENIAL DENIAL: Cagey words that cloak presidential ambitions, none too convincingly.

Democrats

Vice President Joe Biden: "If I decide to run, believe me, this would be the first guy I talk to. But that decision hasn't been made, for real. And there's plenty of time to make that."-- April, CBS, in joint interview with President Barack Obama.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton: "I just want to get through this year, travel around the country, sign books, help in the midterm elections in the fall and then take a deep breath and kind of go through my pluses and minuses." -- June, ABC. Said Republican criticism of her handling of the Benghazi episode gives her "more of a reason to run."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: "I'm sorry, I'm losing you. We have a technical difficulty. I'm running for governor of the state of New York." -- Seeming not to hear a question about his presidential intentions. February, Fox Business Network.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley: "No one ever goes down this road, I would hope, without giving it a lot of consideration and a lot of preparation and a lot of thought work, and so that's what I'm doing." -- February, speaking to reporters in Baltimore.

Republicans

Former Florida Gov. Bush: "I can honestly tell you that I don't know what I'm going to do." -- His standard disclaimer. Says he'll decide by year's end whether to run. One factor in his decision: Whether he can run an optimistic campaign and avoid the "mud fight" of politics.

New Jersey Gov. Christie: "I'm certainly thinking about it, but I won't make any decision until 2015, and I've got a job to do." -- End of May, to reporters in Tennessee. Also: "It's a lifetime away until 2016."

Texas Sen. Cruz: "My focus is entirely on working for Texans in the U.S. Senate." -- February. He said that not in Texas or in the Senate but in the important presidential primary state of South Carolina.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: "It's something that we're certainly thinking about and we're praying about. My wife and I, we won't make any decisions until after the November elections." -- May, after addressing Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul: "We're definitely talking about it, my family is talking about it. I truly won't make my mind up until after the 2014 elections. But I haven't been shy in saying we're thinking about it." -- March 9, Fox News.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry: "I'd be fibbing to you if I told you I knew what I'm going to be doing."-- May, in Iowa. Says he'll decide in January.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: "It's something I'll consider at the end of this year." -- May, on ABC. Does he feel ready to be president? "I do, but I think we have other people as well."

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan: "Janna and I are going to sit down in 2015 and give it the serious ... conversation, consideration that are required for keeping our options open. But right now I have responsibilities in the majority in the House of Representatives that I feel I ought to attend to, and then I'll worry about those things."-- March, CBS.

Former Pennsylvania Se. Rick Santorum: "I don't know if I can do this. It's just tough." -- April, AP interview. Timing of decision? "A year at least, probably."

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: "I'm really focused on 2014, not getting ahead of the game. ... You guys can predict all you want." -- January, CNN.

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WRITING A BOOK: The perfect stage-setter for a campaign season, just ask Barack Obama ("The Audacity of Hope," 2006; "Dreams from My Father," 2004)

Democrats

Biden: No, not since before 2008 election.

Clinton: Yes. Splashy tour for "Hard Choices," released in June, has taken her from Seattle to Paris.

Cuomo: Yes, coming in 2014.

O'Malley: No. "I'm not sure where I'd find the time for that." It's probably only a matter of time before he finds time.

Republicans

Bush: Yes, on immigration.

Christie: No.

Cruz: Yes, book deal disclosed by his agent in April.

Jindal: Not since before 2012 election.

Paul: No, not since just before the 2012 election.

Perry: Not since before 2012 election.

Rubio: Yes, coming in late 2014 from the publisher of his 2012 memoir.

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