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Apr 18, 2015

Paul, Graham clash on foreign-policy on U.S. campaign trail

By Andy Sullivan

NASHUA, N.H. (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopefuls Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham took their debate over America’s role in the world from the U.S. Senate floor to the campaign trail on Saturday in an early sign that foreign policy is likely to be a flash point in the 2016 election.

At a gathering of 18 potential and actual White House contenders, Paul accused fellow Republicans of being too willing to commit U.S. troops to foreign conflicts without a clear idea of how to get them out.

Apr 13, 2015

Clinton hits the road in ‘Scooby’ van as newly minted candidate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As a private citizen, Hillary Clinton flew on private jets to lucrative speaking engagements. As a Democratic presidential candidate, she is logging her first 1,000 miles in a GMC van.

Clinton’s decision to drive 16 hours to her first campaign appearance in Iowa in a van nicknamed “Scooby” is a statement of purpose for a candidate who has vowed to champion the concerns of regular Americans, even as she faces criticism for her opulent lifestyle.

Apr 8, 2015

Iran deal shadows Rand Paul’s presidential announcement

By Andy Sullivan

MILFORD, N.H. (Reuters) – When Kentucky Senator Rand Paul travels across the country this week as a newly minted presidential candidate, he will be greeted by $1 million worth of attack ads accusing him of being “wrong and dangerous” on Iran.

It is an early sign that the unorthodox Republican is likely to encounter fierce resistance within his party when he argues that its limited-government ideals should apply to foreign policy as well as within the United States.

Apr 8, 2015

Rand Paul criticizes fellow Republicans as he launches White House bid

By Andy Sullivan

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Rand Paul accused his fellow Republicans on Tuesday of contributing to Washington’s dysfunction, launching a 2016 White House bid with a vow to shatter the status quo and defend individual freedoms.

The first-term senator from Kentucky, a libertarian with a reputation for challenging party orthodoxy, criticized both Republicans and Democrats for helping to drive up the federal debt and reduce personal liberties.

Apr 7, 2015

Rand Paul promises to break up ‘Washington machine’ in 2016 White House bid

, April 7 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Rand Paul
promised to be a different kind of Republican on Tuesday,
launching a 2016 White House bid by saying he would stand up for
individual freedoms that are being trampled by “the Washington
machine.”

The first-term senator from Kentucky, a libertarian with a
reputation for challenging party orthodoxy, criticized
Republicans in Congress and the White House for helping to drive
up the federal debt and reducing personal liberties.

Apr 7, 2015

Republican candidate Rand Paul tries to broaden libertarian appeal

By Andy Sullivan

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) – Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky built a national reputation on his willingness to challenge Republican orthodoxies. Now as he launches a 2016 presidential bid, he’s reaching out to more traditional voters as well.

Paul announced his candidacy on Tuesday at what is described by his PAC as “a very special rally” scheduled for 11:30 a.m. (1530 GMT) at a hotel in Louisville, Kentucky’s largest city.

Apr 7, 2015

Rand Paul tries to broaden libertarian appeal

By Andy Sullivan

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) – Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky built a national reputation on his willingness to challenge Republican orthodoxies. Now as he launches a 2016 presidential bid, he’s reaching out to more traditional voters as well.

Paul is expected to announce his candidacy on Tuesday at what is described by his PAC as “a very special rally” scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at a hotel in Louisville, Kentucky’s largest city.

Apr 1, 2015

Exclusive: Republican White House hopefuls attack Obamacare but take money

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records.

Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, all staunch opponents of President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act, have collectively applied for and won at least $352 million through grant programs set up by the law, federal records show.

Mar 23, 2015

And they’re off: Ted Cruz to be first to announce 2016 bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a conservative firebrand who frequently clashes with leaders of his Republican Party, will become the first major figure from either party to jump into the 2016 U.S. presidential election race on Monday.

Cruz is expected to announce his candidacy at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia, according to an aide, giving the Tea Party favorite a head start on what is likely to be a crowded field of Republican White House contenders.

Mar 22, 2015

Texas Senator Ted Cruz to announce presidential bid on Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a conservative firebrand who has frequently clashed with leaders of his Republican Party, will announce on Monday that he plans to run for president, an aide told Reuters on Sunday.

Cruz will be the first major figure from either party to announce his candidacy for the 2016 election when he speaks at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia. Two other prominent Republican senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, are expected to reveal their plans in coming weeks.

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