Wanted: Politician with populist power

populists

President Obama’s popularity numbers have soared and dipped but they haven’t helped him sell his message and Americans continue to reel from the nation’s economic woes. One of the strategies political leaders adopt to improve their standing and stir up wind for their sails is to hitch themselves to a rising populist star. Obama is now certainly casting his eyes across the political landscape but many of today’s best-known Democratic Party populists come with baggage. Who are the top five likely choices Obama will seek to promote in the coming months?

Click here to begin slideshow researched and written by Rachel Rose Hartman.

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