5:18 PM, Oct 21, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Longtime Mississippi senator Thad Cochran, who will be 76 at the end of this year, hasn't said whether he'll run for a seventh term in 2014. But late last week another Republican entered the primary race for Senate, and he's challenging Cochran from the right. Chris McDaniel, a state senator, lawyer, and radio host, has received endorsements from influential conservative groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund, the Madison Project, and the Club for Growth. On Monday, the Club released a new TV ad in Mississippi touting the 41-year-old McDaniel as a "constitutional conservative with backbone."
"Washington's a mess," says the voiceover in the 30-second spot. "Bailouts, record debts, government-run health care, career politicians bankrupting our country."
"Had enough?" the voiceover adds. Watch the ad below:
The ad doesn't mention or show Cochran, though it does flash images of Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Instead, it introduces McDaniel as a fighter against big spending and Obamacare. The voiceover concludes that McDaniel is the "new strong conservative leader Mississippi needs in the U.S. Senate."
McDaniel has said he "respects" and "admires" Cochran but has criticized his voting record, most recently Cochran's support of the congressional bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
12:29 PM, Aug 7, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The 2016 presidential primary season doesn't begin for another two and half years, and a new poll from Rasmussen shows there's no consensus among Republican primary voters about the preferred candidate. Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, leads the poll of 1000 likely primary voters with 21 percent support, while Florida senator Marco Rubio is in a close second with 18 percent support.
12:27 PM, Jul 24, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, the five-term Republican from Kentucky, has drawn a primary challenge for his reelection effort next year from businessman Matt Bevin. Bevin, who will likely self-finance part of his campaign, is out with his first ad Wednesday. The 30-second spot purports to introduce the first-time candidate to voters, though it spends just as much time criticizing the 71-year-old McConnell for his "30 years in Washington."
8:04 AM, Jun 14, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum spoke Thursday at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington about the failure of the Republican party and its presidential nominee to speak to the concerns of middle class and working people. Politico's James Hohmann reports:
The anti-war Republican may be getting a primary challenge.3:52 PM, May 1, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Rep. Walter B. Jones of North Carolina occupies a strange place on the spectrum of American politics. An 18-year House veteran from the conservative coast, Jones is a pro-life former Democrat, raised Baptist but a Catholic convert. The 70-year-old Republican’s biggest claim to fame may have come in 2003 when France decided not to participate in the American-led coalition invading Iraq. In a moment of patriotic pique, Jones, following the lead of a diner in his district, directed the House cafeterias to rename French fries as “freedom fries.”
1:08 PM, Mar 21, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Karen Handel, the former Georgia secretary of state, gubernatorial candidate, and vice president for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, is moving closer to running for the Senate next year to succeed Republican Saxby Chambliss. Georgia political blog Peach Pundit reports:
Previewing the coming GOP primary fight to succeed Saxby Chambliss.6:00 AM, Feb 18, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
“I have some discomfort with all Republican primaries because they’re all family squabbles,” said Tom Price, the 58-year-old Republican House member from north of Atlanta. “My brother and I used to fight almost daily,” Price, the middle child among five brothers and sisters, said. “My mom’s only prayer was, ‘Don’t hurt each other.’”
Maybe, maybe not.10:02 AM, Jan 30, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Is Mitch McConnell already losing his reelection campaign? That's what a new poll from the Louisville Courier-Journal released Tuesday suggests. According to the survey of 609 registered voters in Kentucky, just 17 percent say they would vote to reelect the Republican and Senate minority leader, with 34 percent saying they will vote against him. Forty-four percent, meanwhile, say they will "wait and see" who will challenge McConnell in 2014 before making a decision. The firm Survey USA conducted the poll for the newspaper.
"You can't get a yes or no."3:59 PM, Dec 4, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
House Republican Tom Price of Georgia refused to say whether he would challenge Senator Saxby Chambliss in the 2014 GOP primary. In a Tuesday afternoon appearance on CNN, Price was asked by host Brooke Baldwin if he would "mount a primary challenge" against Chambliss. He at first dodged the question.
"What we're trying to do right now is to solve the remarkable challenges that we have. Any discussion about 2014 is extremely premature," Price said.
12:21 PM, Nov 30, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Georgia-based blogger and radio host Erick Erickson will not be running for the U.S. Senate, Erickson writes at RedState.com:
In politics, self-awareness matters. It does. When I was a political consultant, I told my clients my first two rules. The first was to know when you were in the minority, even when you thought you were right. The second was to know yourself as others see you.