5:20 PM, Feb 27, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
By most accounts, former Florida governor Jeb Bush performed well (to some observers, “very, very” well) in his Friday appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington. The likely presidential candidate succeeded in defying expectations by receiving a warm reception at the right-wing confab, even as his unorthodoxies on a few important issues for conservatives were highlighted in the appearance.
Bush spent several minutes fielding questions from Fox News host Sean Hannity about a host of issues, including those like Common Core and immigration on which Bush differs from grassroots conservatives. Animated and funny (he preempted a lightning round question by blurting out “boxers!”), Bush looked comfortable onstage as he faced plenty of boos as well as ample applause from the large contingent of supporters filling the ballroom.
Surrounding Bush’s potential bid for the Republican nomination are questions not just about his conservative bona fides but the prospect of a third member of his family in as many decades occupying the White House. At CPAC, he confidently asserted he’d have the ability to make the case for himself in a presidential campaign. Bush encouraged conservatives to find new converts and suggested his candidacy might be one to do that. “If we share our enthusiasm and love for our country and belief in our philosophy, we will be able to get Latinos and young people and other people that we need to get to get 50 [percent],” he said.
How would Bush combat perceptions of a family dynasty?
“If I run for president, I have to show what’s in my heart,” he said. “I have to show that I care about people, about their future. It can’t be about the past.”
Nevertheless, Hannity pressed Bush on some of the former governor’s past statements and positions, particularly on immigration. Bush said that he didn’t regret his unsuccessful efforts as governor to allow drivers licenses for illegal immigrants or to provide in-state tuition rates for the children of illegal immigrants. He also reiterated his support for a path to legalization, arguing it’s the only way to deal with the current problem.
“There is no plan to deport 11 million illegal immigrants,” he said.
Bush was inarticulate, however, in his response to the question about what Congress should do in the current debate over funding the Department of Homeland Security. Conservatives in the House and Senate have sought to pass a bill that funds the department while prohibiting any federal dollars to implement President Obama’s executive order on immigration. Senate Democrats stymied efforts to pass such a bill via the filibuster, and Obama has said he would veto any funding block to his order. Other Republicans have pushed for passing a “clean” DHS funding bill, with nothing about blocking the funding. What, Hannity asked Bush, should Congress do?
“I think the Congress should pass a bill that does not allow him to use that authority,” said Bush, who had earlier stated he opposed the executive order. Hannity pushed the question: Should Congress pass a clean bill?
“Look, I don’t know,” said a slightly exasperated Bush. “I’m not an expert on the ways of Washington. It makes no sense to me that we’re not funding control of our border, which is the whole argument. I’m missing something. So I’m not an expert on that. The simple fact is, the president has gone way beyond his constitutional powers to do this, and the Congress has every right to reinstate their responsibility for what law’s about.”
7:05 PM, Feb 24, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Supporters of Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard CEO and Republican Senate candidate from California, have started a new political action committee ahead of a possible Fiorina presidential run. The PAC, called Carly for America, will be separate and distinct from Fiorina's Unlocking Potential PAC, which supports conservative women candidates.
9:23 AM, Feb 24, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey will announce in a speech in Trenton Tuesday that the New Jersey Education Association has endorsed the Republican's "roadmap" for pension reform. Christie, who made a national name for himself over his public battles with teachers unions in the Garden State, will be coming "full circle" by having the the state's largest teachers union "come to the table" to negotiate a proposal.
7:00 AM, Feb 18, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who is considering seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2016, will deliver a foreign policy address in Chicago Wednesday morning. Bush is expected to speak about his vision for how the United States can "regain its leadership in the world" and to "shape events and build alliances of free people."
Benefiting from Romney exit.8:22 AM, Feb 5, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker leads an early poll of New Hampshire Republican primary voters, NH1 reports:
According to an NH1 Pulse Poll released Wednesday, Walker has the backing of 21.2% of those who say they're likely to vote in next year's GOP presidential primary. The automated survey indicates Jeb Bush in second place, with 14.4% saying they'd support the former two-term Florida governor if the Feb. 9, 2016 primary was held now.
3:11 PM, Feb 4, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jeb Bush had fighting words at his Wednesday speech at the Detroit Economic Club. The former Florida governor, who is actively thinking of running for president, said he was down for a rumble—at least, if anyone tried to say a bad word about his father, George H.W. Bush.
"My dad is the greatest man alive, and if anybody disagrees, we'll go outside," Bush said with a smile. "Unless you're, like, six-five and two-fifty and much younger than me. Then we'll negotiate. I'm still not going to change my mind."
7:01 AM, Feb 4, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard and 2010 Republican candidate for Senate in California, is moving closer to a formal run for president. According to someone close to her, Fiorina will make an announcement about her candidacy in late April or early May, shortly before the release of her untitled book.
"Testing the waters" for 2016.11:44 AM, Jan 29, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham has launched a new political action committee for "testing the waters" for a presidential run in 2016. The Republican, in his third term, has started Security Through Strength, a PAC that bluntly describes itself as a group to "fund the infrastructure and operations allowing Graham to travel the country, listen to Americans, and gauge support for a potential presidential candidacy."
8:46 AM, Aug 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The boss was on the set of MSNBC's Morning Joe Friday to discuss Iraq, the Tea Party, and the midterm elections. Watch the videos below:
8:41 AM, Aug 7, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander is making his final pitch to primary voters with a radio ad in which the two-term Republican claims he has voted to "end amnesty" for illegal immigrants. Alexander has been hit hard on the issue of immigration by his chief GOP challenger, state representative Joe Carr, ahead of Thursday's primary.
"In the last few days of a campaign, don't believe anything new that you hear," Alexander says in the ad. "Last year, I voted to end amnesty. Last week I voted against President Obama's immigration bill." Listen to the ad below:
4:28 PM, Jul 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It's still a year and a half before the first presidential primaries of 2016, but Gallup has a new survey out asking Republicans and Democrats about the potential GOP candidates. Analyzing those candidates' familiarity and favorability among Republicans, Gallup has discovered the best known and best liked are former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, Wisconsin congressman and 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and Texas governor Rick Perry.
11:20 PM, Jun 24, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi edged out challenger Chris McDaniel in the Republican primary runoff Tuesday, ending a hard-fought, often bitter campaign for the party's nomination for the Senate. Cochran won the runoff by just around 4000 votes, and is a favorite to win the general election.
10:19 PM, Jun 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Tuesday, Eric Cantor, the Republican congressman from Virginia, became the first sitting House majority leader to lose a primary for reelection. The victor, political newcomer and college professor David Brat, won nearly 56 percent of the vote to win the GOP nomination for the Republican-heavy district around Richmond's northern suburbs and stretching toward Washington.
Because he seemed like the candidate of K Street & Wall Street.10:05 PM, Jun 10, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on Eric Cantor's surprise primary loss in Virginia's seventh congressional district.
4:32 PM, Jun 2, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Dave Brat, a college professor challenging House majority leader Eric Cantor in next week's Republican primary in Virginia, has a 60-second ad touting his conservative credentials.
"I will fight to defund and repeal Obamacare. I will fight to stop the reckless spending in Washington. I will fight to stop amnesty for illegal immigrants," says Brat, matter-of-factly. "Eric Cantor voted to fund Obamcare. He voted to give President Obama a clean debt ceiling increase in this past January, and he is pushing for amnesty for illegal immigrants." Watch the ad below: