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Oct 7, 2015

Clinton opposes new Pacific trade pact in break with Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday she does not support the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), rejecting a central tenet of President Barack Obama’s strategic pivot to Asia.

Clinton, who backed the developing trade pact when she was secretary of state during Obama’s first term, said she was worried the agreement would not do enough to crack down on currency manipulation or protect consumers from excessively high drug prices.

Oct 5, 2015

Bernie Sanders to pit his bulldog debate style against Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton’s biggest rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, is a novice to the bright lights of prime-time television, but politicians who have sparred with him in the past predict he will be a tenacious brawler in their party’s debate on Oct. 13.

Sanders, a Brooklyn native and self-styled socialist, can be argumentative, confrontational and quick to anger, according to political foes who have butted heads with him. He has come a long way from his first nervous debate performance during a U.S. Senate run more than 40 years ago, when microphones picked up the sound of his shaking knees knocking against the table.   

Sep 29, 2015

Clinton calls for repeal of ‘Cadillac tax’ on healthcare plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on Tuesday for the repeal of the “Cadillac tax” on premium health insurance plans that was created under President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare law.

The move by Clinton, the Democratic front-runner in the 2016 White House race, is a break with the Obama administration that could win her more backing from some of the labor unions critical to her White House bid.

Sep 27, 2015

Clinton on email controversy: a ‘drip, drip, drip’ of revelations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Sunday the politically damaging “drip, drip, drip” of revelations about her use of a private email server is out of her control and she is unsure when the controversy might end.

Clinton, who has seen her lead shrivel in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, said she has tried to be as open as possible and take responsibility for the email flap.

Sep 21, 2015
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Debate poll: A second chance to make a worst impression


Republican U.S. presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson (L) and businessman Donald Trump talk during a commercial break at the second official Republican presidential candidates debate, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

For Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, last week’s debate won him some new admirers and more haters, too.

Sep 14, 2015

Clinton shrugs off slumping poll numbers, looks to debate

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (Reuters) – Presidential contender Hillary Clinton shrugged off her slumping poll numbers on Monday and said the upcoming Democratic debates would give her a chance to draw a contrast with liberal Senator Bernie Sanders and other rivals as she makes her White House pitch directly to voters.

“You’re supposed to have an election; you’re supposed to have a contest,” Clinton told reporters after a campaign event in Iowa, the state that will kick off the Democratic presidential nominating contest early next year.

Sep 11, 2015

Republican Rick Perry drops out of presidential race

By Erin McPike and John Whitesides

(Reuters) – Republican Rick Perry, struggling to raise money and languishing near the bottom in presidential opinion polls, on Friday became the first member of the crowded Republican field to drop out of the 2016 White House race.

Perry, the former Texas governor, had been excluded from the initial prime-time Republican debates and was forced to stop paying some members of his staff recently after his campaign funds ran low.

Sep 4, 2015

Biden says cannot say yet whether he will mount White House run

ATLANTA (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday he is still trying to determine whether he has the emotional energy to mount a White House bid in 2016 but cannot say yet whether he will.

In his first extensive public comments about a possible run for the Democratic presidential nomination, Biden said, “I can’t look you straight in the eye now and say I know I can do it.”

Sep 3, 2015

Normally loquacious Biden hits the road but stays mum on 2016

MIAMi, Fla (Reuters) – When you are Joe Biden, it’s not easy being quiet.

While the normally loquacious vice president got the feel and taste for the campaign trail during a two-day trip to the political battleground of Florida, he really didn’t want to talk about it.

On his first public trip since he began pondering whether to jump into the presidential race, Biden ignored reporters’ shouted questions about his plans and poked fun at the booming media interest in him.

Sep 3, 2015

Biden meets Jewish leaders in Florida to defend Iran deal

By John Whitesides

DAVIE, Fla. (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden tried to reassure Jewish leaders in south Florida on Thursday that President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran would be a vital step toward making the world a safer place.

Biden, on a two-day trip to the political swing state of Florida as he explores a potential 2016 White House run, told a roundtable of more than 30 Jewish leaders he was confident the deal would halt Iran’s capability to develop a nuclear bomb.

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      "John Whitesides has covered U.S. politics, elections and Congress for 13 years, based in Washington. He joined Reuters in Asia, where he worked as an editor and correspondent in Hong Kong."
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