Republican Primary Articles


Kristol: GOP Candidates Risk Looking 'Pale' Next to Trump

7:23 AM, Jul 09, 2015

Bill Kristol joined Anderson Cooper on CNN Wednesday night to discuss the newsman's interview with real-estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The boss argued Trump is a force for good in the GOP presidential primary. Kristol debated Democratic operative and Hillary Clinton-supporter Paul Begala as well as Republican strategist and Jeb Bush-supporter Ana Navarro.

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Ad: 'John Kasich's For Us'

12:55 PM, Jul 08, 2015

The political action committee headed by Ohio governor John Kasich has a new advertisement as the Republican prepares to run for president. The 60-second ad features Kasich speaking directly to the camera about his experience both as governor and as a longtime member of the House of Representatives. Beginning with a quick montage through photos of all the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates, a female voiceover cuts in. "Hey, what about us?"

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Kristol: Don't Dump on the Donald

9:37 AM, Jul 08, 2015

Bill Kristol appeared with Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV Tuesday to discuss Donald Trump's influence on the Republican presidential field. The boss argued that despite Trump's inappropriate comments about illegal immigrants, Republicans should not be so quick to disregard the issues the real-estate mogul has raised, including illegal immigration and the threat of China.

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Authenticity Trumps

The Donald's appeal, explained.
1:30 PM, Jul 07, 2015

If you’re searching for an explanation for Donald Trump’s relatively modest surge in the crowded Republican presidential field, look no further than this story from the Washington Post’s Philip Rucker:

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PGA Pulls Grand Slam Tourney From Trump Course

11:01 AM, Jul 07, 2015

The Professional Golfers' Association of America will move its annual Grand Slam of Golf tournament from a Los Angeles-area golf course owned by New York businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The tournament, which features the winners of the four major championships, was scheduled to be held at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes this October.

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Christie Announces Run, Bashes Hillary as Obama's 'Second Mate'

11:50 AM, Jun 30, 2015

On Tuesday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie became the fourteenth Republican to join the presidential race, promising in a rambling announcement in his hometown of Livingston that he would bring “strong leadership” to Washington. Christie also argued the country should not turn control over to President Obama’s “second mate, Hillary Clinton.” 

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Among the Faithful Conservatives, Cruz Shines

"2016 will be the religious liberty election."
2:16 PM, Jun 18, 2015

It’s no accident that Texas senator Ted Cruz sounds like a minister on the stump. His father, Rafael, is an evangelical pastor, after all. And as the Republican presidential candidate displayed before the faith-focused crowd at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in Washington this week, his pastoral pedigree may be paying off.

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Rand Joins Tax Debate With Flat-Rate Proposal

"Blow up the tax code."
11:08 AM, Jun 18, 2015

Kentucky senator Rand Paul has introduced a tax reform proposal that promises to "blow up the tax code" and replace it with a flat tax on individual and business income. Here's Paul introducing his proposal in the Wall Street Journal:

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Poll: Jeb, Rubio Lead Among Florida Republicans

A two-man race in the Sunshine State.
6:45 AM, Jun 18, 2015

Both Florida Republicans running for president are tied for first among registered voters in their party, according to a new poll of the Sunshine State from Quinnipiac.

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A Confident Jeb Jumps In

"It's wide open."
4:05 PM, Jun 15, 2015

Jeb Bush looked relieved to say it. “I’ve decided I’m a candidate for president of the United States of America,” said the former Florida governor Monday afternoon. Standing on a stage at Miami Dade College, Bush let out an audible sigh immediately after the announcement as the crowd around him cheered.

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Carly PAC Takes on Hillary Over Pantsuit 'Hard Choices'

2:27 PM, Jun 10, 2015

On Wednesday, Democrat Hillary Clinton posted her first photo to Instagram, the photo-based social network, with a joke referencing her memoir Hard Choices. Here's the photo, which shows several red, white, and blue pantsuits hanging on a rack:

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Florida Poll: Rubio Gaining on Jeb

10:38 AM, Jun 10, 2015

A new poll of Florida Republican primary voters finds a tightening race between the Sunshine State's two favorite sons in the 2016 GOP presidential primary. According to St. Leo University's Polling Institute, former governor Jeb Bush has 30 percent support among likely Republican primary voters in Florida, while Marco Rubio, the state's sitting junior senator, has 24 percent support. That's a surge of eight points for Rubio since St.

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New Hampshire Republicans to Fox, RNC: Open Up the Debates

9:09 AM, Jun 10, 2015

More than 50 Republican activists and officeholders in New Hampshire have signed an open letter to the heads of Fox News and the Republican National Committee to "urge" those leaders to "reconsider the criteria and to design a debate that will allow voters to hear from a more diverse and inclusive group of candidates who have filed to run for president."

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Perry Electrifies in Announcement Speech

12:37 PM, Jun 04, 2015

Rick Perry, the former Texas governor, announced Thursday afternoon he is running for president in 2016. Introduced by his wife Anita and flanked by retired U.S. Navy SEALs Marcus and Morgan Luttrell, Perry spoke about his upbringing in West Texas, touted his job-creation record during his 14 years as governor, and spoke about the nation's "power to make things new again."

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Perry's In For President

"A show-me-don't-tell-me election."
7:56 AM, Jun 04, 2015

Former Texas governor Rick Perry is running for president, releasing a video focusing on his record and background. The Republican will formally announce the campaign Thursday during an event outside of Dallas.

"2016 will not be an election about lofty rhetoric," says Perry in the video. "It's going to be about a record of leadership. It's going to be a show-me-don't-tell-me election, where voters will look past what you say to what you've done." Watch the video below:

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Carly on Offense on ISIS

2:04 PM, May 28, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says the United States is "not making progress" in its fight against ISIS. In a recent interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Fiorina said President Obama "understates the significance of the situation" with the terrorist group that has taken over large swaths of land in Syria and Iraq.

"It's more than a tactical setback," she said of Ramadi, a critical town in Iraq's Anbar province that fell to ISIS forces last week. "It demonstrates that we're not making enough progress in degrading and defeating ISIS."

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Santorum Running for President

10:01 AM, May 27, 2015

Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and runner-up for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, will run for president again in 2016. The Associated Press reports:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Spokesman: Republican former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum is running for president.

— Dan Hirschhorn (@DanH_TIME) May 27, 2015

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Rand Says Republicans 'Created' ISIS

6:52 AM, May 27, 2015

Kentucky senator Rand Paul says the "hawks" in the Republican party helped create and grow the Islamic State terrorist group. Paul, who is running for president, appeared Wednesday morning on MSNBC, where host Joe Scarborough asked him about fellow senator Lindsey Graham's own likely White House bid.

"Graham would say ISIS exists because of people like Rand Paul who said, 'Let's not go into Syria.' What do you say to Lindsey?" said Scarborough.

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Hillary, Carly to Face Off in South Carolina

Sort of.
8:35 PM, May 26, 2015

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Carly Fiorina will both be campaigning in Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday, and the Fiorina campaign is making sure reporters know its candidate will be answering questions. Fiorina will be available to speak to the press, says deputy campaign manager Sarah Isgur Flores, shortly before speaking with Republican state legislators at the state capitol. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO will also travel to Spartanburg later in the day for another event.

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Perry to Senate Presidential Candidates: Go Home and Run for Governor

3:05 PM, May 26, 2015

Former Texas governor Rick Perry has a message for three of the current Republican White House hopefuls: Run for governor before you run for president. Speaking about Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, all three U.S. senators, Perry said in an interview last week with THE WEEKLY STANDARD that he's hearing from GOP voters that they want executive experience.

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Christie, Jeb Defend NSA Against Rand Protest

1:05 PM, May 22, 2015

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Two likely Republican presidential candidates defended the PATRIOT Act and its terrorist surveillance provisions at a gathering of Republicans Friday morning. Both New Jersey governor Chris Christie and former Florida governor Jeb Bush were emphatic in their support for the National Security Agency’s metadata collection program.

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Rand Paul Begins Filibuster of PATRIOT Act Renewal

12:43 PM, May 20, 2015

On Wednesday afternoon Kentucky senator Rand Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, began what he's calling a filibuster of the Senate's renewal of the PATRIOT Act. Here's a tweet from Paul announcing the speech:

I've just taken the senate floor to begin a filibuster of the Patriot Act renewal. It's time to end the NSA spying!

— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 20, 2015

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Walker: Obama-Clinton Pullout 'Destabilized' Iraq

10:29 AM, May 18, 2015

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker said America should focus on the current challenges and problems faced in Iraq. Speaking on CBS's Face the Nation, Walker responded to a question from Bob Schieffer about potential 2016 rival Jeb Bush's difficult time answering questions about the 2003 invasion of Iraq that his brother, George W. Bush, argued for as president. Another Republican candidate, Marco Rubio, has also said apparently conflicting things about the wisdom of the invasion.

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Dems Spooked By Rubio

10:02 AM, May 18, 2015

Since announcing his candidacy for the president last month, Florida senator Marco Rubio has surged in the polls for the Republican nomination. He's now tied with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and trails former Florida governor Jeb Bush by two points in the Real Clear Politics average of polls. National Democrats are taking note in a new fundraising campaign that takes on the Miami Republican.

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Finally, A Substantive Answer From Jeb on Iraq (Updated)

But did the media notice?
12:16 PM, May 14, 2015

For Jeb Bush and the issue of the Iraq War, the third time was the charm—but you wouldn’t know that from reading the headlines. Bush, the former Florida governor and brother of the president who took American troops into Iraq in 2003, had a difficult time explaining his position on the war this week, first in an interview with Fox News’s Megyn Kelly and later with radio host and Fox News personality Sean Hannity. 

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Christie: Iraq Invasion Wasn't Right Decision

6:45 AM, May 13, 2015

New Jersey governor Chris Christie told CNN's Jake Tapper Tuesday that it "wasn't" the right decision to go to war in Iraq, given what we know now about the intelligence failures leading up to the invasion in 2003.

"Now, I think President Bush made the best decision he could at the time, given that his intelligence community was telling him that there was WMD and there were other threats right there in Iraq," said Christie. "But I don't think you can honestly say that if we knew then that there was no WMD, that the country should have gone to war. So my answer would be 'no.'"

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Toomey Up in Early Pennsylvania Poll

3:39 PM, May 11, 2015

Pat Toomey is considered one of the more vulnerable senators up for reelection in 2016, but one new poll finds the Pennsylvania Republican leading possible Democratic challengers. A new survey from Harper Polling, a GOP firm, finds Toomey ahead by double-digits against three Democrats considering a bid against him. In addition, a total of 54 percent of likely voters say they have a favorable or somewhat favorable view of the first-term senator.

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Fiorina's First Week 'Media Blitz'

Has it done her any good?
1:26 PM, May 11, 2015

In her first week as a candidate for president, Carly Fiorina’s TV schedule alone has been dizzyingly prolific. Since announcing her run on May 4th, Fiorina has done the following: two interviews on ABC’s Good Morning America; two Fox News interviews, one in the morning and another in primetime; a primetime CNN appearance; NBC’s the Today Show, the Late Show, and Meet the Press; a hit on all three cable business networks, CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg; and a live interview on Yahoo with Katie Couric.

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Quinnipiac: Walker Leading in Iowa

Jeb drops to 5% in latest Iowa poll.
6:31 AM, May 06, 2015

A new Quinnipiac poll of likely Iowa Republican presidential caucusgoers finds Wisconsin's Scott Walker in front of the GOP pack with 21 percent support and a 9-point advantage over his closest primary opponents.

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Carly Buys 'SethMeyers.Org'

5:57 AM, May 06, 2015

Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and new Republican presidential candidate, appeared on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers Tuesday to talk about her candidacy. Host Seth Meyers brought up the fact that Fiorina had failed to purchase the internet domain carlyfiorina.org before launching her campaign this week. Someone else purchased the domain instead, publishing on the site a short message about Fiorina's layoffs at HP and representing all 30,000 of them with a frowning face emoticon.

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