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Jun 14, 2015

In race for U.S. presidency, Jeb Bush runs from Romney’s ghost

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Republican Jeb Bush gathered donors in Miami for an April retreat, it was clear he planned a less scripted, more inclusive U.S. presidential campaign bearing little resemblance to that of the unsuccessful 2012 nominee Mitt Romney.

“Let Jeb be Jeb” was the message Bush’s advisers conveyed.

A former Florida governor, Bush will launch his campaign for the November 2016 election in Miami on Monday, having built a well-funded organization but facing some of the same dilemmas that Romney faced.

Jun 9, 2015

Jeb Bush shakes up staff, picks Republican veteran Danny Diaz as campaign manager

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jeb Bush shook up his staff on Monday a week before formally jumping into the 2016 Republican presidential fight, picking a veteran of party politics, Danny Diaz, as his campaign manager in what was seen as a surprise move.

Diaz’ appointment was unexpected because Bush had believed to have penciled in another experienced political strategist, David Kochel, as his campaign manager when he hired him earlier this year.

Jun 8, 2015

Jeb Bush picks Republican veteran Danny Diaz as campaign manager

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush has picked a veteran of party politics, Danny Diaz, as his campaign manager in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, his team said on Monday.

The choice of Diaz was a bit of a surprise since Bush had been expected to appoint another experienced political strategist, David Kochel. Instead, Kochel will be a senior strategist focused on organizing Bush support in the early voting states.

Jun 8, 2015
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With eye on election, Republicans assail Putin

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, July 30, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Something about Vladimir Putin makes Republicans in the U.S. presidential race see red.

Jun 8, 2015
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New Hampshire’s love affair with the candidates

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Text by Steve Holland. Photos by Brian Snyder

Can Hillary Clinton recreate the family magic in New Hampshire? And can Jeb Bush escape the troubled political legacy he has inherited in the state his father and brother both won?

These are some of the questions that come to mind as both Clinton, the favorite for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, and Bush, a front-runner for the Republican nod, begin making frequent appearances in the pivotal New England state that holds the nation’s first primary early next year.

Jun 8, 2015

With eye on U.S. election, Republicans assail Russia’s Putin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Something about Vladimir Putin makes Republicans in the U.S. presidential race see red.

The Russian president has emerged as a symbol for what they view as President Barack Obama’s weak foreign policy, and an easy route for criticizing his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ likely choice for the November 2016 election.

Jun 4, 2015
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Jeb Bush’s long hello

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Jeb Bush will announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on June 15 in Miami, finally jumping into the crowded field after a chorus of criticism about how he is handling his non-campaign and moving to shore up flagging support.

The former Florida governor’s big event in his hometown will come a day after he completes a week-long trip to Germany, Poland and Estonia. The announcement on Thursday of a date follows several polls that showed his front-runner status has been diminished.

Jun 4, 2015

Jeb Bush to announce White House bid on June 15: campaign website

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jeb Bush will announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on June 15 in Miami, finally jumping into the crowded field after a chorus of criticism about how he is handling his non-campaign and moving to shore up flagging support.

The former Florida governor’s big event in his hometown will come a day after he completes a week-long trip to Germany, Poland and Estonia. The announcement on Thursday of a date follows several polls that showed his front-runner status has been diminished.

Jun 3, 2015
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Republicans face tough competition in Florida

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Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, addresses an economic summit hosted by Florida Gov. Rick Scott in Orlando, Florida, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Differences emerged among Republican rivals for the 2016 presidential nomination at a forum where it was clear that Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio will face some competition in Florida despite their home-state edge.

Jun 2, 2015

Christie steps up criticism of Fed’s ‘easy money’ policy

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday sharpened his criticism of the U.S. Federal Reserve, suggesting the central bank’s “easy money” policies could fuel broader destabilization of the global economy.

While the Fed’s crisis-era slashing of U.S. interest rates to near zero was justified for awhile, Christie said, that policy will cause “real problems as we move forward.”

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