Reuters’ Wiktor Szary reports:
The United States needs to increase its military presence in central Europe, likely U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on on a visit to Poland, staking out a tough position on the need to contain Russia.
“I do know that we need to expand our presence here … we ought to have a more significant presence in this region,” former Florida governor Bush told reporters in the Polish capital.
Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush echoed a popular opinion in his party that Russia President Vladimir Putin is a “bully,” and that the actions of Europe and its allies should be more resolute in responding to him. Bush was speaking in Berlin on Wednesday, according to Reuters’ Michelle Martin:
Reuters’ Michelle Martin reports:
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush explained a shake-up of his political team, saying he was trying to ensure that his staff all had roles suited to their skills as he prepares to launch his presidential bid.
Reuters’ Michael Neinaber reports:
Jeb Bush called for closer trade and security ties with Europe on Tuesday in a speech in Berlin, the first stop on a five-day tour designed to prove his foreign policy credentials before announcing his run for the presidency.
Among the characteristics that the front-running candidates for the Republican nomination for president share — skepticism about environmental claims, conservative opinions on gay marriage, a dislike of Obamacare. — another significant trait that is not always acknowledged is Latino heritage. Florida Senator Marco Rubio is Cuban American, as is Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is married to a Mexican and he is fluent in Spanish. It is in many ways a race with resonance for Latinos who share a culture that has thus far been absent in the White House.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz apologized on Wednesday for making a joke about Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, whose son died on the weekend.
“It was a mistake to use an old joke about Vice President Biden during his time of grief, and I sincerely apologize,” Cruz, a Texas senator seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, wrote on Facebook.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has thrown his hat in the ring for 2016, launching the campaign on his website and scheduling an event in Texas on Thursday. Perry is adding to an already crowded field of candidates for the Republican nomination in renewing his failed attempt for the bid in 2012.
Silicon Valley is the final funding frontier for political campaigns. There has always been political support coming out of the tech sector’s billions in private wealth, but with the big companies of today – Twitter, Facebook, Airbnb – employing hundreds of wealthy voters under 30, it is an ever new landscape for candidates to navigate.
Bernie Sanders, a socialist Senator from Vermont, launched his presidential campaign last week. So how has he been doing? Actually, better than many people have expected. Sanders has been doing well with liberals who may see his progressive charge for the White House as holding some of the essence that front-runner Hillary Clinton lacks. Clinton is still leading by 50 points, but an explosion of support for Sanders online is resonating with those who may have caught him on Late Night with Seth Meyers recently.
“People who don’t like Hillary have to go somewhere,” says Reuters political correspondent James Oliphant. With the backers of a movement to put Elizabeth Warren in the White House disbanding recently, Sanders may be a likely candidate to take her spot.
Reuters’ Greg Lacour reports:
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a defense hawk, entered the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Monday, putting criticism of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy at the forefront of his White House bid.