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Aug 4, 2015

Illegal immigration a dominant theme at Republican forum even without Trump

By Steve Holland

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) – There was no Donald Trump but his top issue, illegal immigration, was a dominant theme on Monday for 14 Republican presidential candidates who tested their messages at a New Hampshire forum to start a pivotal week on the campaign trail.

Facing their first face-to-face debate on Thursday in Cleveland, the candidates got in some warm-up action at the Voters First Forum. The event lacked the punch of an actual debate but allowed participants to talk up their policy beliefs in answer to questions from a moderator.

Aug 3, 2015

Republicans begin pivotal debate week with New Hampshire forum

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidates will test their messages in New Hampshire on Monday, with the exception of Donald Trump, in a pivotal week on the 2016 campaign trail that will be dominated by their first head-to-head debate on Thursday.

Fourteen of the 17 candidates are to face off in Manchester, N.H., for the Voters Issues Forum, a two-hour event at Saint Anselm College in which each candidate will be asked questions by a moderator based on a random draw.

Jul 31, 2015

Hillary, Bill Clinton report total income of $140 million since 2007

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, on Friday reported total income approaching $140 million over the last eight years, providing evidence of the vast wealth they have accumulated.

The records showed that in 2013, the Clinton duo delivered six-figure speeches that reaped nearly $23 million.

Jul 31, 2015

Hillary Clinton given clean bill of health by her doctor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is healthy and “fit to serve” with no lingering effects from a 2012 concussion that caused a health scare when she was secretary of state, her personal physician said on Friday.

The Clinton campaign released a statement from her doctor, Lisa Bardack of Mount Kisco, New York, that detailed the health status of Clinton, the front-runner to represent the Democratic Party in the November 2016 presidential election.

Jul 31, 2015

Stressful times for low-polling Republicans who may miss debate stage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With Donald Trump sucking up the oxygen on the campaign trail, these are stressful days for the group of Republican candidates who, try as they might, may not qualify for their party’s first presidential debate in Cleveland next week.

Under controversial rules laid down by debate host Fox News and backed by the Republican National Committee (RNC), only the 10 top-polling candidates will share the prime-time stage on Aug. 6. But which polls Fox News executives will use is unclear, leading some candidates and campaigns to question the process.

Jul 24, 2015

Republican debate prep: How to handle The Donald

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In one corner: Donald Trump, the mud-slinging mogul with a complicated hairdo and a flair for the dramatic. In the other: Nine other U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls who wish Trump wasn’t standing among them.

That’s the unfolding scenario for the Republicans’ first televised debate in Cleveland on Aug. 6.

Jul 22, 2015

Trump’s surge seen as summer squall, but will he rain on the Republican Party?

By Steve Holland

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) – For most of his Republican rivals, Donald Trump’s surge in the polls in the 2016 U.S. presidential nomination fight is like a summer squall that will eventually blow itself out.

There was no general sense of panic among the candidates over opinion polls that showed support growing for the real estate mogul, whose candidacy thus far has been notable for his anti-immigrant stance and bare-knuckled tactics.

Jul 19, 2015

Republican Walker steers clear of nuance on foreign policy

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker had a steep learning curve on foreign policy after some early off-key statements. Now an eager student of global affairs, is staking out positions that play well to conservatives but lack a lot of nuance.

This was clear from a weekend bus tour the Wisconsin governor took across Iowa and earlier stops in South Carolina as part of the campaign swing he took in the week after becoming the 15th candidate to seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Jul 15, 2015

Walker, in contrast with Bush, plays up humble, Harley-riding roots

By Steve Holland

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Reuters) – Republican Scott Walker played up his humble roots on Wednesday on his first trip to largely rural South Carolina since announcing a bid for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination, subtly drawing the contrast between him and rival Jeb Bush.

In the opening days of his official campaign, the 47-year-old Wisconsin governor is projecting a down-home image as the Harley-riding son of a preacher as he seeks to stand out in a pack of 15 Republican candidates.

Jul 14, 2015

Republican presidential candidates denounce Iran deal

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidates on Tuesday roundly condemned President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, with Florida Senator Marco Rubio suggesting he would re-introduce sanctions if elected to the White House next year.

The agreement reached between Iran and six major world powers will now be debated in the U.S. Congress, but Obama said on Tuesday he would veto any measure to block it.

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