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Aug 13, 2015

Jeb Bush rejects Democrats’ criticism over his Iraq stance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush accused President Barack Obama on Thursday of not ensuring Iraq remained stable after his brother left a “fragile but secure” environment, returning to the topic of Iraq for the second time this week.

At a national security forum in Davenport, Iowa, Bush rejected Democratic criticism that he is trying to rewrite history by saying Obama’s policies, not the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq launched by then-President George W. Bush, contributed to the rise of the Islamic State militant force.

Aug 12, 2015

Jeb Bush says Hillary Clinton shares blame for Islamic State rise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Tuesday attacked Democrat Hillary Clinton for her handling of Iraq as secretary of state, saying she must share the blame for the rise of Islamic State militants, in a prelude to a potential general election matchup in 2016.

Iraq is a tricky topic for Bush, given the dismay many Americans still feel over the rationale for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq ordered by his brother, former President George W. Bush, in 2003.

Aug 11, 2015

Jeb Bush to outline Islamic State strategy, criticize Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will vow on Tuesday to pursue an aggressive strategy against Islamic State militants if elected, in a speech in which he will also seek to blame Democrat Hillary Clinton for some of the unrest in Iraq.

Bush is to deliver a 9 p.m. EDT foreign policy speech at the Ronald Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif., where the next debate will take place on Sept. 16 among candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Aug 10, 2015

Exclusive: Trump’s Republican support holds strong post-debate – Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There is no sign that Donald Trump’s raucous first presidential debate is hurting his support among party voters, with the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll showing he still has a big lead over his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.

Trump’s staying power is defying predictions of political doom and leading some Republicans to explore ways to persuade him not to pursue a third-party bid should he falter in his quest for the Republican nomination in 2016.

Aug 8, 2015

Republicans pile on Trump as U.S. presidential campaign stumbles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rival Republican presidential candidates piled on Donald Trump on Saturday for his caustic remarks about a female debate moderator, and the billionaire celebrity candidate backpedaled in an effort to keep his campaign from unraveling.

Trump blasted Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly during a debate in Cleveland on Thursday when she questioned him about insulting comments he had made about women. The backlash to his exchange with Kelly has threatened to knock the wheels off the bandwagon of support that had Trump leading early polls in the race for the Republican nomination for the 2016 election.

Aug 8, 2015

Trump dumped from conservative event in Atlanta over ‘inappropriate’ comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was dumped from a prime speaking role to an important gathering of conservative activists on Friday for his criticism of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly after a combustible debate performance.

Trump was scheduled to deliver the keynote address on Saturday night at a conference in Atlanta organized by Red State, an influential conservative group.

Aug 7, 2015

It’s all about Trump at raucous Republican debate

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Donald Trump refused to rule out an independent White House bid and bristled at questions about his attitudes toward women, leaving his rivals struggling for attention on Thursday during a feisty first Republican presidential debate.

The nine other Republicans sharing the stage with Trump turned on one another at times but largely avoided direct challenges to the combative real estate mogul who has rocketed to the top of opinion polls in the 2016 race.

Aug 7, 2015

Bush turns in workmanlike debate performance, but will it be enough?

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Jeb Bush’s workmanlike performance at the first top-tier Republican presidential debate was free of mistakes and positive, but his conflict-averse strategy meant that he let pass the opportunity to tangle with his opponents.

And for some Republican activists, that pointed to an element missing from his 2016 presidential campaign: the need to show more passion in order to convince Republican primary voters that he is enough of a fighter for their causes.

Aug 7, 2015

Trump won’t rule out an independent White House bid at Republican debate

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Real estate mogul Donald Trump refused to rule out an independent bid for the White House during the first Republican presidential debate on Thursday, drawing immediate criticism from rival Rand Paul.

Standing at center stage by virtue of his lead in opinion polls, Trump raised his hand when the moderators asked if any of the 10 Republican candidates would not pledge to support the Republican nominee in the November 2016 election.

Aug 6, 2015

Low-polling Republicans direct fire at Trump

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidates who did not qualify for a prime-time debate wasted no time in criticizing poll leader Donald Trump on Thursday, calling him a flip-flopper on key issues and too close to Democrats Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Seven low-polling candidates squared off at Quicken Loans Arena for an hour-long debate began hours before the top 10 ranking Republicans were due to hold the first major debate of the 2016 presidential race.

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