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Apr 19, 2015

Republican hopefuls target middle-class insecurity as economy improves

NASHUA (Reuters) – Facing a recovering economy and a tumbling jobless rate, Republican presidential candidates honing their economic message are trying tap into a lingering sense of insecurity among Americans seven years after the global financial crisis.

And some are striking a sympathetic tone with lower-income workers in a way that contrasts with four years ago when Mitt Romney struggled to overcome perceptions that he was largely the candidate of the wealthiest Americans. Then, Republican nominee Romney had the luxury of being able to hammer President Barack Obama with an unemployment rate of more than 8 percent.

Apr 18, 2015

Here’s one White House hopeful who wants to get big money out of politics

By Andy Sullivan

NASHUA, N.H. (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham has an unusual message for a potential Republican presidential candidate: He wants to stem the flow of unregulated money in politics.

That puts him at odds with much of his party, as well as fellow White House hopefuls who have taken advantage of weakened campaign-finance laws to aggressively raise money in the early months of the 2016 presidential campaign.

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.

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