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What are Jeb Bush, Mark Cuban and Michael Waltrip resolving to do in the New Year?

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Every year as January 1 approaches, I ask an eclectic group of friends and colleagues what their resolutions are, with promises not to monitor their progress. As you resolve to lose weight, read more and travel this year, here's what some presidential candidates, athletes, politicos and entrepreneurs have planned:


--Jeb Bush, GOP presidential candidate: "Last year I started a diet AND working out 6 days a week. That's enough resolution for two years! If I can keep that up this year I'll be happy."

--Carly Fiorina, GOP presidential candidate: "Master the Emoji wars with my granddaughter Morgan."

--Mike Huckabee, GOP presidential candidate: "I resolve to keep bringing up the shameful treatment of our veterans every chance I get until we have an administration that treats them as the heroes they are!"

--Rick Santorum, GOP presidential candidate: "To give up (or cut back on) Iowa ice cream. Enjoying a little too much of it this go around."

--Reince Priebus, RNC chairman: "Stop Hillary. White House or bust."

--Judy Gold, comedian: "I am going to stop clicking on links that say things like Celebrities With Ugly Spouses or People You Didn't Know Are Dead."

--Sally Kohn, CNN commentator: "I resolve to do whatever I can to support the vast majority of moderate, peaceful Muslims who are not only our friends and neighbors here in the United States but are our best hope for fighting Islamic extremism here and abroad."

--Mary Katharine Ham, Fox commentator: "I'm going to run a ton of races and at least one marathon and climb some 14ers to honor my late husband and to set a good, active example for my daughters."

--Brian Stelter, host of "Reliable Sources:" "I resolve not to make any predictions during the primary season. If the summer, fall and winter of Trump have taught us anything, it's that TV talking heads don't know what's going to happen next in this one-of-a-kind campaign."


--Bill Geddie, television producer: "To gain weight (I'm taking a counter-intuitive approach), fix my golf slice, take my dogs' needs more seriously (while taking my needs less seriously), continue to make television that doesn't talk down to people, be less sarcastic, and write, write, write!"

--Jeffrey Lord, Donald Trump supporter and CNN contributor: "In the early part of 2015 I ordered a lovely clothes hanger, otherwise known as a treadmill. This year I will actually use it! Really. Honest. I swear. Then there's that almost-revised political novel sitting on the computer, and I am determined to finish it as I did a soon-to-appear book on Donald Trump. Did anybody else know typing on a computer is easier than using a treadmill?"

--Buster Olney, senior baseball writer for ESPN the Magazine: "My new year's resolution is a reporter's annual self-admonition: Strive to reflect the truth ... and do not overreact. Unless the Cubs actually win the World Series, that is."

--Van Jones, CNN contributor and founder of the Dream Corps: "My New Year's resolution is to get at least six hours of sleep a night. I bought this watch that tracks my sleep. Some weeks I was averaging only three hours a night. At first, I was kinda proud. Then a doctor friend warned me that long-term sleep deprivation is linked to early onset Alzheimer's! YIKES! So I will definitely be snoozing more in 2016. You know, I really need to thank that doctor friend of mine. I just can't seem to remember her name."


--Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist and CNN contributor: "Spend more time outdoors doing the things I enjoy, like gardening, and less time on the couch watching my favorite cable shows."

--Michael Waltrip, NASCAR driver/owner: "I resolve to clean out every cluttered drawer in my life. Some literal, some figurative but all cleaned. And I started yesterday. I also swear I will try not to use emojis ever again."

--Willie Robertson, "Duck Dynasty" star: "Make great TV, learn Spanish, help in the presidential election."

--Mark Cuban, entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner: "Enjoy every minute of every day."

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