SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Reuters) – Republican Party leaders are struggling to figure out who among their bounty of 2016 candidates deserve to take the stage when U.S. presidential debates kick off in August or, more importantly, who will not make the cut.
“It’s a very tough question,” acknowledged Sean Spicer, senior strategist at the Republican National Committee, in a session with reporters on Friday at the RNC’s spring meeting.
Republican Jeb Bush reversed course and said that based on information now known, had it been up to him he would not have waged war against Iraq, putting some distance between himself and his brother, former President George W. Bush.
TEMPE, Ariz. (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush reversed field on Thursday after a week of criticism and said that based on information known now, he would not have launched the Iraq war carried out by his brother, former President George W. Bush.
Bush, who is expected to run for the Republican nomination, had told Fox News in an interview broadcast this week that “I would have” authorized the invasion that his brother carried out in 2003.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, will skip a nationally renowned straw poll of Iowa Republican activists in August in what amounts to a recognition that he is not a favorite of conservatives in the state.
The former Florida governor plans to attend a gathering in Atlanta organized by the conservative blog RedState on Aug. 8, the date of the Iowa contest, a Bush spokesman said.
LEXINGTON, Va. (Reuters) – Potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will seek on Saturday to increase his appeal among evangelical Christians, a significant voting bloc, in an appearance at a Christian university.
Bush is to deliver the commencement address at Liberty University in nearby Lynchburg, Virginia. The school was founded by evangelical leader Jerry Falwell and it is where conservative Republican Senator Ted Cruz announced his 2016 presidential campaign in March.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans with health insurance under Obamacare, including Republicans, are generally satisfied with it, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found, posing a quandary for Republican politicians who have long vowed to repeal it.
President Barack Obama’s signature policy, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, was opposed by 53 percent of almost 21,000 Americans surveyed, and favored by 47 percent.
WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – Americans with health
insurance under Obamacare, including Republicans, are generally
satisfied with it, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found, posing a
quandary for Republican politicians who have long vowed to
President Barack Obama’s signature policy, the Affordable
Care Act (ACA) of 2010, was opposed by 53 percent of almost
21,000 Americans surveyed, and favored by 47 percent.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday he will continue to give paid speeches while his wife, Hillary Clinton, runs for president amid criticism of the income her family draws from people, including foreigners, with business before the U.S. government.
He also said he may consider stepping down or taking “less of an executive role” at the Clinton Foundation should his wife become president. The Clintons’ political opponents have criticized the foundation for accepting funding from foreign governments for its endowment and for its charitable work abroad.
WASHINGTON, May 4 (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Bill
Clinton defended his charitable foundation’s acceptance of large
foreign donations on Monday, thrusting himself into a
controversy that is weighing on the presidential candidacy of
his wife, Hillary Clinton.
“I don’t think there’s anything sinister in trying to get
wealthy people in countries that are seriously involved in
development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor
people and lifts them up,” Clinton told NBC News from Kenya, in
an interview taped over the weekend.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ohio Governor John Kasich said on Friday his 2016 presidential aspirations depend on whether he can raise enough money to compete with a host of rivals for the Republican nomination.
Kasich, 62, is considering a run for his party’s nomination, which would make him a potentially potent force in the Republican field as he represents an important swing state in presidential elections.