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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.

Aug 17, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

For Kasich, some Southern comfort



Republican U.S. presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich participates in the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republican John Kasich is starting to reap the benefits of a strong performance in the party’s first presidential debate.

Aug 11, 2015

Senior U.S. lawmakers condemn ‘provocative’ China currency devaluation

WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Senior U.S. lawmakers from
both political parties on Tuesday condemned China’s surprise
currency devaluation as a grab for an unfair export advantage
and urged inclusion of currency manipulation curbs in a new
Pacific Rim trade deal.

Several members of Congress said the devaluation of the yuan
by China’s central bank on Tuesday raised serious concerns. Some
suggested it was further proof China cannot be trusted on
currency policy.

Aug 5, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

What goes up…


After shooting to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential pack, real estate mogul Donald Trump’s poll numbers are starting to fall back to earth ahead of Thursday’s first prime-time debate.

Trump’s support among Republicans hit a high-water mark of 31 percent on Saturday in a five-day Reuters-Ipsos rolling tracking poll, but by Tuesday his support had dropped back to 24 percent.

Aug 5, 2015

Republicans see Trump as positive debate influence: Reuters poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most Republicans believe real estate mogul Donald Trump will positively influence Thursday’s first presidential debate, saying his presence will challenge the establishment and open the party to new ideas, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows.

Trump’s outspokenness has worried party leaders and heightened anticipation for a potentially combative debate, which will be televised live at 9 p.m. EDT on Fox News, which invited 10 of the 17 Republican contenders to participate.

Aug 4, 2015

Kasich, Christie make the cut for prime-time Republican debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Governors Chris Christie and John Kasich on Tuesday won the last spots on stage next to front-runner Donald Trump and seven other candidates in the first prime-time presidential debate, gaining a potential head start in credibility and exposure.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum and five others in the crowded 2016 Republican field were left out of Thursday’s televised 9 p.m. EDT debate by host Fox News, which invited the top 10 candidates in an average of five recent opinion polls.

Jul 19, 2015

Trump dismisses McCain’s war record, angers fellow Republicans

AMES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican presidential contender Donald Trump disparaged U.S. Senator John McCain’s war record on Saturday, saying the former prisoner in North Vietnam was only considered a war hero because he was captured.

The confrontational real estate mogul, who has been feuding with the Republican senator from Arizona for days, also criticized McCain’s work in the Senate and called him “a loser” for his defeat in the 2008 White House race.

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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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