(RealClearPolitics) Add another name to the short list of Democrats seriously considering a run for president in 2016.
In an interview with RealClearPolitics, former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer indicated that he may launch a White House bid, even if front-runner Hillary Clinton also enters the race.
"I still hold the people of Iowa and New Hampshire in high regard," Schweitzer said of the nation's first caucus and primary states. "The people of Iowa are a whole lot like the people of Montana. And, of course, New Hampshire's a lot like Montana. We don't have a sales tax. ‘Live Free or Die' -- we understand that notion in Montana."
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A popular two-term governor who once used a red-hot branding iron to veto several bills passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature, Schweitzer would offer a hefty dose of rural folksiness against the East Coast urbanites in the potential Democratic field, including Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.