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Oct 8, 2015
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Jeb Bush wins over Iowa woman skeptical of his last name


Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was finishing up a town hall event at the Pizza Ranch in Indianola, the last stop on a three-day swing through Iowa, when a man asked him what was the biggest mistake he had made as a political leader.

Before Bush could respond, a woman seated in front of him interjected with a suggestion that he should change his famous last name.

Oct 7, 2015

In search of Iowa momentum, Bush courts the anti-Washington crowd

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s three-day campaign swing through Iowa this week is all about presenting himself as the anti-Washington politician many conservatives crave to shake up Washington.

Bush is looking for some of the love that has sent outsiders Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina to the top of Republican polls.

Oct 6, 2015

Bush, Rubio battle for donors may presage campaign’s next step

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In public, Republican presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are moving from polite rivals to bickering combatants. Behind the scenes, their intensifying battle for donors since Scott Walker exited the Republican race may be a precursor of the next leg in the campaign.

Even with the exit of Walker, the Wisconsin governor, on Sept. 21, Bush and Rubio are among 15 Republican contenders, with the early nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire now four months away.

Oct 2, 2015

Bush draws Democratic criticism for ‘stuff happens’ comment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Friday more government is not always the answer for Americans when crises erupt and “stuff happens,” a remark that Democrats charged was a callous response to victims of gun violence a day after an Oregon mass shooting.

At a conservative forum in South Carolina, Bush was asked a rambling question by moderator Alan Wilson, who is the state’s attorney general. Wilson pressed him on whether there should be more prayer vigils at schools and other institutions to prevent tragedies such as when someone “with an Uzi or a handgun” shoots “a bunch of people.”

Sep 29, 2015

Jeb Bush energy plan emphasizes jobs, lower prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush will lay out energy policy proposals on Tuesday that seek to spur job growth and take aim at President Barack Obama’s plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants.

In a speech at Rice Energy Inc., in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Bush will give yet another detailed policy speech on what he would try to accomplish if elected president in November 2016.

Sep 25, 2015

Bush to call for lifting of ban on U.S. crude oil exports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will call for a decades-old ban on exporting U.S. crude oil to be lifted in a speech next week that will lay out an aggressive approach to growing jobs in the energy sector.

Bush’s speech on Tuesday at Rice Energy Inc., a natural gas and oil company in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, will mark his latest foray into the detailed policy plans he would pursue if elected in November 2016.

Sep 25, 2015

Christian right summit speakers list: Trump yes, Jeb no

By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON(Reuters) – When several thousand Christian conservative activists gather in Washington on Friday, they will hear from Donald Trump and seven other Republican presidential candidates. But one big name with religious bona fides will be absent: Jeb Bush.

Bush, who was not invited to the Values Voter Summit last year, was not able to attend this year, his campaign said. A Bush spokeswoman said he had offered to send a video message to the event, but a summit spokesman said the offer was declined.

Sep 22, 2015

Walker exit from 2016 presidential race scatters his supporters

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Republican Scott Walker suddenly quit the 2016 presidential race he called on the party to rally around a strong conservative candidate who could win the election.

There is little unity, however, among his supporters on who to back now, reflecting the dilemma many Republicans face in choosing among 15 candidates. Walker on Monday called on some of his fellow contenders to follow his lead to make it easier for voters to settle on an electable Republican nominee.  

Sep 22, 2015

Republican Bush to propose freeze on new government regulations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican candidate Jeb Bush will pledge on Tuesday to place a freeze on new federal government regulations if he is elected president in November 2016, saying bureaucratic rules are weighing down the U.S. economy.

The former Florida governor, trying to bump up his popular support by offering conservative policy ideas, will make the announcement in an appearance in Iowa, the early voting state where he lags behind front-runner Donald Trump.

Sep 22, 2015

Walker exits 2016 presidential race

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin abruptly pulled out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Monday, doomed by a lightning-quick collapse from serious contender to also-ran candidate struggling to raise money.

Walker’s departure left his rivals seeking the Republican nomination for the November 2016 presidential election scrambling to appeal to his supporters in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire as well as elsewhere.

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