12:05 PM, May 5, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and a 2008 Republican candidate for president, announced Tuesday he is running for the GOP nomination again in 2016. At an event in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas, Huckabee hit on populist and social conservative themes, repeatedly entreating voters to join him on a "journey from hope to higher ground."
Huckabee's announcement was heavy on policy prescriptions. As president, Huckabee said, he would fight for veterans' health care, protect Social Security and Medicare from cuts, and "conquer" jihadism. On Iran, he said, "Hell will freeze over before they get a nuclear weapon." With regard to immigration, Huckabee said reform should start not with "amnesty" but "by taking control of our own borders." And he criticized those who would "tinker" with the tax code.
"As president, I'll work to pass the Fair Tax, which would no longer penalize people's work," Huckabee said. "We would finally rid ourselves of the biggest bully in America, the IRS."
Huckabee, who left office in 2007 and won the Iowa caucuses a year later, also focused on his 10-year tenure in Little Rock that he says helped "working-class" Arkansans, and his pitch at time seemed directed at blue-collar workers. "We need to be promoting the maximum wage," he said. "We will never break the cycle of poverty by pushing people to their minimum wage."
The former Fox News host also pointed to his outsider status. "I will never be the favored candidate of those in the Washington to Wall Street corridor," Huckabee said.
11:22 AM, May 4, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former neurosurgen Ben Carson says he's "in" the presidential race. Carson announced his run in a TV interview Sunday evening, with a more formal announcement Monday in Detroit, his hometown. Here's Carson announcing the run on Twitter:
7:58 AM, May 4, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The first person to appear in Carly Fiorina's video announcing she is officially running for president is Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The 60-second launch video begins with the former first lady and secretary of state's own announcement from last month playing on a TV, before Fiorina uses a remote to turn it off. The former Hewlett-Packard chief then addresses the camera.
Rubio: "A bad deal almost guarantees war."12:25 PM, May 1, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Is there anything separating Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush on the question of what to do about the Iran deal? As with many issues, the distinction between the two Florida Republicans falls more in the realm of tone and emphasis than on policy.
Accuses Obama of using issue to "scare the Hispanic community."5:13 PM, Apr 29, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican senator Ted Cruz said Wednesday afternoon he is “long-term optimistic and short-term pessimistic” on the question of passing any immigration reform legislation. Speaking with Javier Palomarez, the president of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Texan presidential candidate said he considers himself a “proponent of immigration reform.” But, Cruz added, political leaders should focus on those aspects that have “bipartisan support.”
2:52 PM, Apr 28, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of likely Iowa Republican presidential caucus goers finds a wide-open field with three candidates vying for the top spot and a plurality undecided. Scott Walker, the governor of neighboring Wisconsin, leads the latest poll from Loras College, earning 12.6 percent support. Florida senator Marco Rubio, who declared his candidacy earlier this month, is close behind with 10 percent, while former Florida governor Jeb Bush has 9.6 percent.
Both Walker and Rubio have doubled their support from the January Loras poll, according to a press release from the college.
10:59 AM, Apr 20, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A wave of discomfort moved through the ballroom at the Crowne Plaza hotel when Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator running for president, proclaimed, “The terrorist could be you.”
7:49 PM, Apr 18, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
There’s a palpable eagerness among Republicans here to like Marco Rubio, but questions about his views on immigration remain, even among those voters who come out to see the Florida senator on a weekday afternoon.
11:14 AM, Apr 18, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Marco Rubio told a crowd of Republicans in New Hampshire Friday that President Obama should "never have entered into these negotiations" with Iran over nuclear weapons. The Florida Republican who is running for president told the conference, sponsored by the New Hampshire GOP, that a nuclear armed Iran is "unacceptable."
1:27 PM, Apr 17, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Rick Perry knows how to make small talk. The former Texas governor’s gift of gab was on display at a country store and gas station in southern New Hampshire Friday, where Perry spent an hour shaking hands, trading stories, and talking policy. The shop’s proprietor told Perry his brother had been an Army Ranger during the Vietnam War. “He’s probably been in the back of a C-130,” said Perry, who flew the transport plane for the Air Force in the 1970’s.
4:04 PM, Apr 15, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
While Hillary Clinton was meeting with voters in Iowa on her second full day as a presidential candidate, Marco Rubio spent part of his discussing a tax policy white paper at a Washington think tank. The newly declared candidate joined with Utah Republican Mike Lee at the Heritage Foundation to talk about their proposal to reform the tax code, which has already become a point of contention in Rubio's nascent presidential campaign.
4:01 PM, Apr 13, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Marco Rubio told ABC News's George Stephanopoulos that the United States is at a "generational moment"—a further sign the 43-year-old Republican senator will make his youth a focus of his presidential campaign against older candidates in both the primary and general election.
4:30 PM, Apr 10, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Marco Rubio, the Florida senator who is expected to announce he is running for president next week, has released a video titled "A New American Century." The five-and-a-half-minute video stitches together several speeches Rubio has given since his 2010 run for the U.S. Senate. The patchwork speech focuses heavily on the Florida Republican's biography as well as critiques of the current administration's foreign and domestic policies.
8:01 AM, Apr 8, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A front-page story in Tuesday’s Washington Post examines former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s record on ending affirmative action for college admissions. Through a 2000 executive order, Bush banned racial preferences in Florida’s public universities and colleges. The move was controversial at the time and prompted massive protests in Tallahassee.