Steve's Feed
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.

Jan 21, 2015

Obama strikes defiant tone with Republicans in big speech

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama struck
a defiant tone for his dealings with the new Republican-led
Congress on Tuesday, calling on his opponents to raise taxes on
the rich and threatening to veto legislation that would
challenge his key decisions.

Dogged by an ailing economy since the start of his
presidency six years ago, Obama appeared before a joint session
of Congress for his State of the Union speech in a confident
mood, buoyed by an economic revival that has trimmed the jobless
rate to 5.6 percent and eager to use this as a mandate.

Jan 21, 2015

Obama urges skeptical Republicans to back his “middle-class economics”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama challenged the Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to break out of the “tired old patterns” of confrontational politics and back an effort to lift the middle class, with higher taxes on the rich and trade deals.

Dogged since the start of presidency six years ago by an ailing economy, Obama appeared before a joint session of Congress and millions of Americans watching on television to declare that his policies have paid off with an economic revival that has trimmed the jobless rate to 5.6 percent.

Jan 21, 2015

Time to “turn the page” and help middle class, Obama to say

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
challenge a skeptical Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to back
tax increases on the wealthy to help lift up middle-class
Americans in a State of the Union speech that will outline his
vision for his last two years in office.

On foreign policy, Obama will call on lawmakers to pass a
new authorization of military force against Islamic State
militants to replace powers that were given to President George
W. Bush to prosecute the Iraq war.

    • About Steve

      "A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Steve has worked for Reuters in Washington for 20 years, and spent 16 of those years at the White House covering Presidents Bush, Clinton and Bush. He covered the 2008 presidential campaign."
    • More from Steve

    • Follow Steve