WASHINGTON (Reuters) – “Socialist” has long been a dirty word in American politics, a slur thrown at liberals that evokes Cold War-era images of bread lines, government-controlled economies and authoritarian regimes.
But 2016 Democratic White House hopeful Bernie Sanders has not shied away from describing himself as a democratic socialist. In fact, his platform of eradicating income inequality and curbing corporate power is attracting large crowds of liberal activists.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush pressed his attack on rival Marco Rubio’s record of missed Senate votes, saying it showed Rubio had “given up” on breaking through the political gridlock in Washington.
Bush questioned whether Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida, had shown the leadership skills or level of accomplishment needed to bridge partisan divides and solve longstanding problems.
It was the one moment of levity in the long, serious political grilling of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over the deadly 2012 attacks at a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton passed a tough political test on Thursday, calmly deflecting harsh Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, during a testy 11-hour hearing in Congress.
In testimony that stretched deep into the night, the former secretary of state rejected Republican accusations that she ignored requests for security upgrades in Libya and misinformed the public about the cause of the attack by suspected Islamist militants that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton deflected harsh Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, at a testy hearing in Congress on Thursday that seemed unlikely to put a dent in the front-runner’s campaign.
At a sometimes bitter day-long hearing, the former secretary of state shrugged off Republican accusations that she ignored requests for security upgrades in Libya and misinformed the public about the cause of the attack by suspected Islamist militants that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton kicked off high-stakes testimony to a Republican-led panel on Benghazi on Thursday with an admonition that U.S. diplomats must inherently work in unstable and dangerous parts of the world.
In her opening statement in what was expected to be a contentious and highly partisan hearing, Clinton said the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, when she was secretary of state, must not discourage U.S. action globally.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he would not run for president in 2016, ending months of indecision and removing one of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s biggest potential obstacles to the party’s nomination.
Biden, 72, appeared in the White House Rose Garden with his wife Jill and President Barack Obama to say the window for mounting a successful campaign had closed.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb said on Tuesday he will drop his long-shot bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and explore an independent run for the White House.
Webb, whose struggling campaign barely registered in opinion polls, said he would spend the next few weeks talking to people and groups who have urged him to mount an independent candidacy.
Comedian Larry David’s “Saturday Night Live” impersonation of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has drawn raves and gone viral, but its biggest fan may be Bernie Sanders himself.
On a two-day campaign swing through Iowa that began on Sunday, the day after the skit aired, Sanders made repeated references to David’s comedic take on his rumpled, common-man appeal and suggested perhaps the comedian should take over for him.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Sunday he plans to give a major speech soon to explain his belief in democratic socialism, acknowledging the political label could be a stumbling block to winning over American voters.
The U.S. senator from Vermont, who touted his democratic socialist views in last week’s Democratic presidential debate, said many Americans misunderstand socialism and did not recognize it in popular government programs such as Social Security and Medicare.