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Sep 18, 2015

Trump under fire for not correcting man who called Obama a Muslim

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came under fire on Friday from Republican and Democratic rivals and the White House for not correcting a man who called President Barack Obama a Muslim at a Trump campaign event.

Trump, who in the past has expressed doubts about whether Obama was born in the United States, was told by a man at a town hall event on Thursday in Rochester, New Hampshire, that, “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims.”

Sep 17, 2015

Trump spars with Bush, Fiorina, at contentious Republican debate

By Steve Holland and Erin McPike

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) – Republican front-runner Donald Trump came under early fire from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and other presidential rivals in a debate on Wednesday, but Trump brushed off the attacks and said he had the right temperament to be president.

Trump, who has shot to a big lead in the 16-strong 2016 Republican presidential race, touted his business experience and said it was the main thing drawing Republicans to his candidacy.

Sep 17, 2015

Bush seeks to shed ‘low-energy’ tag at Republican debate

By Steve Holland

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) – Jeb Bush, once a heavy favorite for the Republican nomination, will try to energize his presidential campaign on Wednesday when he goes into a prime-time debate where Donald Trump looms large.

The former Florida governor, an establishment Republican, has been overshadowed by Trump’s bomb-throwing rhetoric in the contest to become the party’s candidate for the November 2016 presidential election.

Sep 17, 2015

Low-polling Republican candidates bash Trump in pre-debate gathering

By Steve Holland and Erin McPike

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) – Low-polling Republican presidential candidates attempted to cast doubt on lead rival Donald Trump on Wednesday, venting their frustrations at the state of the 2016 race by calling the billionaire a fake conservative with a checkered business past.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former New York Governor George Pataki led the charge against Trump at a debate of four candidates who did not have enough strength in opinion polls to make it to a prime-time debate later.

Sep 16, 2015

Bush faces key moment in U.S. presidential debate

By Steve Holland

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush faces a pivotal moment in his presidential campaign on Wednesday when he goes into a prime-time debate needing to make a mark in a Republican race dominated by Donald Trump.

Once considered a heavy favorite for his party’s nomination, Bush has been overshadowed by Trump’s bomb-throwing rhetoric.

Sep 16, 2015

Republican Bush faces key moment in U.S. presidential debate

By Steve Holland

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush faces a pivotal moment in his presidential campaign on Wednesday when he goes into a prime-time debate needing to make a mark in a Republican race dominated by Donald Trump.

Once considered a heavy favorite for his party’s nomination, Bush has been overshadowed by Trump’s bomb-throwing rhetoric.

Sep 16, 2015

Donald Trump in the crosshairs at U.S. Republican presidential debate

By Steve Holland

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) – Donald Trump may have a big target on his back at the second debate of Republican U.S. presidential candidates on Wednesday as his rivals seek to make up ground they have lost to the front-running billionaire with a flair for bomb-throwing rhetoric.

Many of the 11 candidates who will be at a prime-time debate (5 p.m. PDT/8 p.m. EDT) see a path for themselves to the Republican nomination for the November 2016 election, and any route they take will require getting out of the long shadow cast by Trump.

Sep 14, 2015

Former Romney adviser joins Rubio’s campaign for U.S. presidency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lanhee Chen, who was 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s chief policy adviser, said on Monday that he has joined the campaign of Republican candidate Marco Rubio as an adviser.

Chen, 37, has been sought after by a number of Republican presidential campaigns this year for his policy experience.

Sep 14, 2015

Jeb Bush vows to come out swinging in next U.S. Republican debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Autographing photos of himself on the campaign trail, U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush held up one that showed him heavier by 40 pounds (18 kilograms) and another of the slimmed-down campaign model.

“That’s a low-energy picture,” Bush, 62, chuckled after the portly version was thrust into his hands in Salem, New Hampshire, site of a town hall event. “This is a high-energy picture,” he said of the skinnier Jeb photo.

Sep 11, 2015

Jeb Bush’s plan to regain front-runner status: Patience

By Steve Holland

SALEM, N.H. (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush outlined a simple plan on Thursday for regaining his front-runner status: Patience, followed by more patience.

With some of his supporters concerned about the rise of Donald Trump, Bush made clear he is not panicking, although he acknowledged he is no longer the front-runner in the early voting state of New Hampshire.

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