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May 15, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Republicans are looking for a few good losers for 2016


Republicans are seeking to erode a geographic polarization that has grown more pronounced in recent decades as Americans have gradually sorted themselves into ideologically uniform neighborhoods, with Democrats clustering in densely populated cities and suburbs and Republicans scattering to distant exurbs and rural areas.

In 1980, Republicans won 48 percent of the vote in the 100 largest U.S. counties, according to James Gimpel, a University of Maryland political scientist. In 2012, that share had shrunk to 38 percent.

May 15, 2015

In U.S. cities, Republicans are looking for a few good losers for 2016

WASHINGTON, May 15 (Reuters) – When Republican Stefanie
Linares ran for office in the deeply Democratic city of Chicago
last year, she knew that her hard work wasn’t likely to end in

“I wasn’t going to win, and I knew that going into it. It
was just a platform to get our message heard,” she said.

May 13, 2015

Presidential candidate Rubio vows to use U.S. power to guard economic interests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said on Wednesday that the United States must respond aggressively when rivals such as China and Iran take actions that threaten U.S. economic interests.

In an implicit criticism of U.S. President Barack Obama, Rubio, known for his hawkish views, said he would use American power to challenge nations like Russia and China when they pursue expansionist aims at sea, in the air, and in outer space or cyberspace.

Apr 23, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Rubio Joins Koch network in push to kill Export-Import Bank

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) waits to speak at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Billionaire donors Charles and David Koch have had good things to say about Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio. On Thursday, Rubio returned the favor.

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.

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