Republicans Articles

Here's Who Gained, Faltered, and Remained Unaffected

GOP debate recap.
1:19 AM, Aug 07, 2015

Last night’s debate in Cleveland won’t change the course of the Republican presidential race. But it’s likely to affect individual candidates and how they’re viewed. Some gained, some faltered, some were unaffected.

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Rubio Wins the Main Event

Trump the big loser.
12:49 AM, Aug 07, 2015

In the first Republican debate of the 2016 presidential campaign, frontrunner Donald Trump spoke for two minutes more than anyone else on stage, a fact that provided a distinct advantage for the other nine candidates on stage. Trump’s performance here tonight was part populist bravado, part indignant defensiveness—and a whole lot of incoherence. Trump opened the debate by refusing to pledge his support for the Republican nominee.

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Trump Defiant at GOP Debate

12:35 AM, Aug 07, 2015

If anyone believed Donald Trump would be any different in Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, they were dead wrong. The Donald was his boastful, pugilistic, funny, and entertaining self, starting from the very first question of the night.

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Obama Responds to GOP Debate: Give Money to Democrats!

10:31 PM, Aug 06, 2015

President Obama is responding to the Republican presidential debate by asking Democrats to give his party money. 

"[I]t's more clear than ever that we need to make sure the next person who holds this office shares the values and vision that we believe in," Obama says in an email to Democrats.

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The Best, Classiest Debate Ever

10:04 PM, Aug 06, 2015

Best debate ever, right?

But entertainment value aside, there were a handful of foundational clarifications about the candidates, if not the race itself. Quickly:

Donald Trump: Mark Hemingway joked:


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Carly Wins Undercard Debate

5:55 PM, Aug 06, 2015

Carly Fiorina was the clear winner in a dull and relatively uneventful undercard debate Thursday evening. The former Hewlett Packard CEO was the most composed and effective of the seven candidates taking the stage in Cleveland, getting off a few memorable lines and detailed policy proposals.

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Carly Inspires: I Will Lead This Great Nation

5:22 PM, Aug 06, 2015

Carly Fiorina tried to inspire the nation with a rift about how America is "being crushed by the weight, the power, the cost, the complexity, the ineptitude, the corruption of the federal government." She promised to fix that:

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Did Carly Fiorina Leave Her Closing Statement on the Hotel Printer?

3:31 PM, Aug 06, 2015

On Thursday, Sergio Gor, the communications director for presidential candidate Rand Paul, tweeted a picture of what appears to be another presidential candidate's closing statements that he says were left in the hotel printer:


Someone left their closing statement for tonight's @FoxNews debate in the hotel printer.Can you guess who?@LaCivitaC

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The Trump Debate

6:15 AM, Aug 06, 2015

Tonight is fight night and it could be the first inflection point we've seen in the race since June, when Donald Trump began his rise. In 2012 not every debate mattered, but the ones that did mattered a lot: Gingrich's rise came through the debates and Perry's collapse began not with his memory flub, but with his "you don't have a heart" immigration line.

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Donald Dominates in Dixie

Beats Bush in Florida; holds massive leads in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.
4:27 PM, Aug 05, 2015

A new OpinionSavvy/InsiderAdvantage poll shows Donald Trump doing better in the South than he is nationally. In Georgia, The Donald’s 30 percent is nearly double his closest competitor, Jeb Bush (17 percent), Ben Carson’s at 10 percent, and the rest of the field is single digits—or zero, as in the case of southern boy Lindsey Graham.

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Obama Tars Iran Deal Skeptics

4:01 PM, Aug 05, 2015

In his speech today at American University on the Iran nuclear arms deal, President Obama asked for critics to evaluate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on its own merits.

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Obama: Iran Hardliners 'Making Common Cause With the Republican Caucus'

12:07 PM, Aug 05, 2015

President Obama said that Iranian hardliners are "making common cause with the Republican caucus" in a speech today in Washington, D.C.:

"In fact, it's those hardliners who are most comfortable with the status quo. It's those hardliners chanting 'Death to America' who have been most opposed to the deal. They're making common cause with the Republican caucus," said the president of the United States.

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Hillary, Jeb to Woo Same Crowd

7:32 AM, Jul 31, 2015

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, as well as Martin O'Malley and Ben Carson, will speak today at the National Urban League Conference in Florida. 

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George P. Bush Files Jeb's South Carolina Paperwork

7:12 AM, Jul 31, 2015

The Jeb Bush campaign announced today that the candidate's son, George P. Bush, will file his father's S.C. presidential paperwork.

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The Best of Times . . .

The remarkable success of Kentucky’s Republicans.
Jul 27, 2015

In many respects, 2015 represents a high-water mark for Republicans in Kentucky. But the GOP’s Bluegrass State successes bring new challenges.

Fresh off his landslide reelection last year, Mitch McConnell is majority leader and getting rave reviews for making the Senate function again. The state’s junior senator, Rand Paul, has a national following and is a credible candidate for president. No state can boast a more influential pair of senators.

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Trump: We Should 'Work Something Out' for Illegals With 'Merit'

7:10 AM, Jul 24, 2015

Donald Trump suggested that illegal immigrants with "merit" should be offered some sort of deal. "I'm a believer in the merit system," Trump said on a phone call this morning with MSNBC. "If somebody's been outstanding, we try and work something out."

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Robert Reich: Kasich 'Best of a Bad Lot'

11:38 AM, Jul 23, 2015

President Clinton's former labor secretary, Robert Reich, has some good things to say about Republican presidential candidate John Kasich. Some good things, but not many.

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Republicans Must Deal Wisely With Trump

6:08 AM, Jul 22, 2015

That Donald Trump was supported by 24 percent of Republican voters in the Washington Post/ABC News poll on presidential candidates isn’t the most worrisome number for the GOP.  Even scarier is the devastating role that Trump would play as an independent or third party candidate.

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Trump GOP Candidacy Blows Up

Refuses to Rule Out Third Party Bid
2:05 PM, Jul 18, 2015

Ames, Iowa
Donald Trump confirmed two things during a stop in this central Iowa town Saturday: He has no class and he may well run as an independent when he does not win the Republican nomination.

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Trump Attacks McCain for Being Prisoner of War: 'I Like People That Weren't Captured'

11:21 AM, Jul 18, 2015

Speaking today in Iowa, Donald Trump attacked John McCain for being a former prisoner of war. Watch here:

"He's not a war hero," Trump, a Republican running for president, said of McCain. "I like people that weren’t captured. "He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured."

McCain, of course, was the Republican nominee for president in 2008.

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Trump Is the Ghost of Ross Perot

9:17 AM, Jul 16, 2015

Before we begin discussion of Donald Trump, we must start with Kevin Williamson's epic burn from a few weeks ago, because it's the truest thing you've ever read:

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Fiorina: 'Hillary Clinton Has Blood on Her Hands'

9:18 PM, Jul 13, 2015

Carly Fiorina accused Hillary Clinton having "blood on her hands" for her handling of the Benghazi terror attack that killed four Americans:

"Megyn, I think we now have enough information to understand that Hillary Clinton as secretary of state was engaged in gross dereliction of duty, she has engaged in cover-up. She has blood on her hands," the Republican candidate told Megyn Kelly of Fox News.

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Walker's Agenda: 'Reform, Growth, Safety'

8:46 PM, Jul 13, 2015

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker entered the Republican presidential race Monday in a forward-looking announcement speech that touched upon conservative principles that have guided his work in the state. 

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Eager Scott Walker Ready for Presidential Race

Running as 'a fighter who can win' and implement 'commonsense conservative reforms.'
5:10 AM, Jul 13, 2015

Scott Walker isn’t big on self-reflection.

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Jeb: 'I'm Done' Talking About Donald Trump

6:42 PM, Jul 12, 2015

Jeb Bush will no longer be talking about Donald Trump. Bush made the comments to Fox News' Bret Baier, in comments that aired today on Fox News Sunday:

The Fox News host asked, "Donald Trump, is he bad for the GOP?"

"I've already stated my views about Donald Trump," said Bush.

"You're done?"

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Walker Readies Himself as the Candidate of the Mainstream Conservative Movement

11:01 PM, Jul 09, 2015

When Scott Walker formalizes his presidential run Monday with a long-anticipated announcement, he will have at his side a seasoned veteran of Republican politics and an architect of the modern conservative movement. THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that Walker is expected to name Michael Grebe as campaign chairman as early as Friday.

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Press Corps Confusion: Obamacare Is ‘Dismal’ for Democrats, yet Repeal Is ‘Untenable’

8:04 AM, Jul 09, 2015

The mainstream press corps and (at least privately) many Republicans officeholders have adopted two seemingly irreconcilable positions.  They claim Obamacare is politically toxic for Democrats yet is somehow immune to repeal by Republicans (even after President Obama leaves office).  A recent piece by National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar perfectly illustrates this confusion.  Kraushaar observes that “the polit

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‘Peak Leftism’?

Jul 06, 2015

It’s the summer of 2015, and the left is on the march. Or perhaps one should say—since the left presumably dislikes the militarist connotations of the term “march”—that the left is swarming. And in its mindless swarming and mob-like frenzy, nearly every hideous aspect of contemporary leftism is on display. 

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Video: Christie Announces Presidential Run

3:46 PM, Jun 30, 2015

Chris Christie announced he's running for president earlier today in New Jersey:

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Christie Launches With 'Telling It Like It Is' Video

7:09 PM, Jun 28, 2015

Chris Christie will officially announce he's running for president on Tuesday, but the New Jersey governor has released a video suggesting he's certain to make the bid. Watch the 2-minute spot titled, "Telling It Like It Is," here:

The video emphasizes Christie's bluntness and biography. It does not mention where he's from -- New Jersey -- or the political party whose nomination he's vying for -- the Republican party.

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