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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.

Mar 19, 2015

Presidential hopeful Jindal’s Louisiana budget doesn’t fund primary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – State officials in Louisiana are scrambling to find the money to stage a primary election next year after Governor Bobby Jindal, a potential presidential candidate, did not provide funding in his annual budget.

Jindal’s spending plan, unveiled earlier this month, would impose steep spending cuts to close a projected $1.6 billion shortfall brought on by plunging oil revenues.

Mar 13, 2015

Republican 2016 hopefuls see Detroit as punching bag and test tube

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Many potential Republican presidential candidates have yet to lay out detailed plans on issues such as taxes and Iran, but several of them have put forth ideas to fix the struggling city of Detroit.

Republicans are highlighting Detroit, which emerged in December from a 17-month bankruptcy, as an example of the perils of big government and a possible testing ground for conservative ideas like tax reductions.

Mar 9, 2015

Rand Paul to introduce medical marijuana bill in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Rand Paul, a possible Republican presidential candidate, will introduce legislation with two Democrats that would prevent the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana users in states where it is legal, aides said on Monday.

While the bill’s prospects in Congress are uncertain, it could help the libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator stand out in what is shaping up to be a crowded field ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

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.

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