Republican presidential candidates, from left to right, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas participate in the sixth GOP debate on Jan. 14 in North Charleston, S.C. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican presidential candidates (from left) Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump interact onstage at the end of the Republican Presidential Debate on Dec. 15. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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It's An Election Year, So Get Excited! At Least I Will

NPR's Linda Wertheimer has covered decades of presidential elections. She reflects on what to expect from 2016.

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Republican presidential candidates Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry participate in a pre-debate forum Aug. 6 in Cleveland. The event gave airtime to seven candidates whose polling numbers were below a top-ten cutoff Fox News set to participate in the main debate. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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"I'm doing something. You know, people can complain about the government all they want, but you see very few people actually attempting to do anything," Ryan Shepard said of running for president. Sean McGinnis Scanlon/Courtesy of Shepard 2016 Campaign hide caption

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to members of the media during a two-day swing through Iowa that had all the trappings of a presidential campaign. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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