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Feb 26, 2015

New Jersey’s Christie to conservatives: ‘I’m still standing’

By Steve Holland and Emily Flitter

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addressed head-on questions about his volatile temper on Thursday and dismissed critics, telling a gathering of conservatives: “I’m still standing.”

The potential Republican presidential contender is trying to remain viable for the November 2016 election despite losing some financial donors to rival Jeb Bush. Polls put Christie in the middle of a Republican pack led by Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Feb 25, 2015

Crunch time for Rand Paul at U.S. conservative event

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With Republican rivals like Scott Walker and Jeb Bush off to a strong start in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, Rand Paul will seek his own breakout moment at an annual gathering where hopefuls go to burnish their conservative credentials.

Of all the potential candidates speaking at the meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Kentucky senator should feel most at home. He won the event’s presidential straw poll the last two years, buoyed by support from young libertarian-leaning conservatives who plan to turn out in force again this year.

Feb 18, 2015

Exclusive – Republican Jeb Bush to lay out case for stronger U.S. role in world

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States needs to regain its leadership role in the world, Republican Jeb Bush will say in a speech on Wednesday, while asserting that President Barack Obama has been inconsistent and indecisive in carrying out American foreign policy.

Bush’s speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs will be his first major foray into foreign policy since he announced in December that he is considering a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Feb 15, 2015

Dilemma for Jeb: How Bush 3.0 would deal with Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. presidents named Bush have legacies dominated by wars in Iraq.

That leaves a potential third, Jeb Bush, facing a uniquely sharp dilemma over how to tackle the current crisis in that region, having to explain how he would step up the fight against Islamic State militants without getting bogged down in another war.

Feb 8, 2015

Unusually large Republican 2016 field sparks ‘staff primary’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With a dozen Republicans thinking seriously about running for president in 2016 and 10 more talking up the idea, it’s a good time to be an experienced campaign hand.

Potential candidates are scrambling to sort through the rosters of campaign veterans in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire and elsewhere in a talent search that reflects the fact that the Republican field for 2016 is the largest in recent memory.

Jan 30, 2015

Republican Romney opts out of 2016 run for president

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Friday after considering a third run, telling supporters it was time for the next generation of party leaders to seek the White House.

Romney’s decision helps clarify an emerging Republican field split between potential establishment candidates like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and conservative voices represented by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Jan 29, 2015

Romney takes aim at Hillary Clinton in new speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney criticized Democrat Hillary Clinton over foreign policy and the economy on Wednesday in what could be a prelude to the line of attack he takes if he decides to run for president a third time.

Romney seemed to be in campaign mode in a closely watched appearance in Starkville, Mississippi, delivering a speech at Mississippi State University and stopping at a local barbecue restaurant, where he ate a pulled-pork sandwich.

Jan 28, 2015

Romney takes aim at Obama, Hillary Clinton in new speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney, considering whether to run for president a third time, on Wednesday will take aim at President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy and by extension, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate.

Romney is to give an early evening speech at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, that will likely add to the speculation surrounding a potential presidential bid.

Jan 24, 2015

Potential Republican presidential candidates compete for support in Iowa

DES MOINES (Reuters) – For Republicans, the long road to the 2016 presidential election began in earnest on Saturday in Iowa when a group of potential candidates jockeyed for support among conservatives in the state that will hold the country’s first nominating contest.

One message that emerged at the Iowa Freedom Summit, a day of back-to-back speeches by about eight potential Republican candidates, is that establishment names Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have some work to do to gain support of grassroots activists should they decide to run.

Jan 24, 2015

Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates gather in Iowa

DES MOINES (Reuters) – For Republicans, the long road to the 2016 presidential election begins in earnest on Saturday in Iowa when a group of potential candidates compete for support among conservatives in the state that will hold the country’s first nominating contest.

As many as eight possible candidates are to take part in the Iowa Freedom Summit, a marathon day of back-to-back speeches organized by Iowa’s conservative Republican Steve King, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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