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Mar 7, 2015

U.S. Republican hopefuls Bush, Walker change their tune on ethanol

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Potential Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Scott Walker told Iowa voters on Saturday that they supported government policies to boost ethanol use, a change in position that could help their prospects in the corn-growing state.

Speaking at an agricultural forum in Des Moines, the two White House hopefuls said a 2007 law requiring ethanol use should be kept in place despite their general distaste for subsidies and mandates. Both have criticized supports for the corn-based fuel in the past.

Mar 4, 2015

Rubio says spending cuts must accompany tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a likely Republican presidential candidate in 2016, on Wednesday unveiled a plan to reduce taxes for multinational corporations and parents, but it would widen federal budget deficits without cuts to popular health and retirement programs.

The Florida senator’s tax plan, introduced with Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee, would close loopholes and simplify the U.S. tax code, introduce new deductions for parents. In an effort to spur economic growth, it would encourage businesses to spend on computers, tractors and other equipment rather than taking on debt.

Feb 28, 2015

For Republicans, a shift to national security ahead of 2016

By Andy Sullivan

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – If this week was any indication, Republicans could spend much of the 2016 presidential election attacking Democrats as weak on national security, rather than focusing on the economic concerns that have preoccupied voters in recent years.

The shift reflects a changing political landscape as the U.S. economy has steadily added jobs while gruesome beheading videos by Islamic State and increasing conflict in countries such as Syria and Libya have revived Americans’ concerns about security threats.

Feb 27, 2015

Jeb Bush enters the lion’s den, touts conservative credentials

By Steve Holland and Andy Sullivan

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush asked skeptical conservatives to consider him a “second choice” on Friday but refused to back down from policy positions that have led many right-leaning activists to view his potential presidential candidacy with suspicion.

“I’m a practicing, reform-minded conservative,” the 62-year-old former Florida governor told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland near Washington.

Feb 27, 2015

On visit to U.S., Britain’s Farage criticizes Obama and Republicans

By Andy Sullivan

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – U.K. Independence Party head Nigel Farage criticized both U.S. President Barack Obama and the opposition Republican Party on Thursday as he sought to build solidarity with fellow conservatives on a visit to the United States.

Speaking to an audience of conservative activists outside Washington, the anti-E.U. politician criticized Obama for not doing enough to fight Islamic State and other extremist groups.

Feb 27, 2015

On visit to U.S., Farage criticizes Obama and Republicans

By Andy Sullivan

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – U.K. Independence Party head Nigel Farage criticized both U.S. President Barack Obama and the opposition Republican Party on Thursday as he sought to build solidarity with fellow conservatives on a visit to the United States.

Speaking to an audience of conservative activists outside Washington, the anti-E.U. politician criticized Obama for not doing enough to fight Islamic State and other extremist groups.

Feb 27, 2015

White House hopeful Walker: Union battles prepared him to take on Islamic State

By Andy Sullivan

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – Potential Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker told grassroots conservatives on Thursday that his battle with labor unions as Wisconsin’s governor had given him the mettle needed to take on militant groups like Islamic State.

“”We need a leader who will stand up and say we will take the fight to them and not wait until they take the fight to American soil,” Walker told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Feb 26, 2015

White House hopeful Scott Walker says union battles prepared him to take on Islamic State

By Andy Sullivan

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – Potential Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker told grassroots conservatives on Thursday that his battle with labor unions as Wisconsin’s governor had given him the mettle needed to take on militant groups like Islamic State.

“We need a leader who will stand up and say we will take the fight to them and not wait until they take the fight to American soil,” Walker told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Feb 26, 2015

Conservative U.S. activists look warily at a ‘squishy’ Jeb Bush

By Andy Sullivan, Steve Holland and Emily Flitter

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – Jeb Bush may have wealthy Republican donors backing him, but the former Florida governor will have to woo conservative activists wary of his moderate positions to win his party’s 2016 nomination for president.

As a gathering of grassroots conservatives got under way on Thursday, Republican activists were enthusiastic about potential contenders like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Feb 25, 2015

Crunch time for Rand Paul at U.S. conservative event

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With Republican rivals like Scott Walker and Jeb Bush off to a strong start in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, Rand Paul will seek his own breakout moment at an annual gathering where hopefuls go to burnish their conservative credentials.

Of all the potential candidates speaking at the meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Kentucky senator should feel most at home. He won the event’s presidential straw poll the last two years, buoyed by support from young libertarian-leaning conservatives who plan to turn out in force again this year.

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