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Aug 7, 2015

Trump won’t rule out an independent White House bid at Republican debate

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Real estate mogul Donald Trump refused to rule out an independent bid for the White House during the first Republican presidential debate on Thursday, drawing immediate criticism from rival Rand Paul.

Standing at center stage by virtue of his lead in opinion polls, Trump raised his hand when the moderators asked if any of the 10 Republican candidates would not pledge to support the Republican nominee in the November 2016 election.

Aug 6, 2015

Low-polling Republicans direct fire at Trump

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidates who did not qualify for a prime-time debate wasted no time in criticizing poll leader Donald Trump on Thursday, calling him a flip-flopper on key issues and too close to Democrats Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Seven low-polling candidates squared off at Quicken Loans Arena for an hour-long debate began hours before the top 10 ranking Republicans were due to hold the first major debate of the 2016 presidential race.

Aug 6, 2015

Trump at center stage as Republicans square off in first debate

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Donald Trump will be at center stage and potentially in the line of fire on Thursday as 10 leading Republican presidential candidates look for a break-out moment at their first debate on the road to the November 2016 election.

The real estate mogul, along with rivals Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and six others, square off at 9 p.m. EDT at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, just three hours after seven candidates who rank lower in the polls wrap up a separate debate.

Aug 4, 2015

Illegal immigration a dominant theme at Republican forum even without Trump

By Steve Holland

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) – There was no Donald Trump but his top issue, illegal immigration, was a dominant theme on Monday for 14 Republican presidential candidates who tested their messages at a New Hampshire forum to start a pivotal week on the campaign trail.

Facing their first face-to-face debate on Thursday in Cleveland, the candidates got in some warm-up action at the Voters First Forum. The event lacked the punch of an actual debate but allowed participants to talk up their policy beliefs in answer to questions from a moderator.

Aug 3, 2015

Republicans begin pivotal debate week with New Hampshire forum

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidates will test their messages in New Hampshire on Monday, with the exception of Donald Trump, in a pivotal week on the 2016 campaign trail that will be dominated by their first head-to-head debate on Thursday.

Fourteen of the 17 candidates are to face off in Manchester, N.H., for the Voters Issues Forum, a two-hour event at Saint Anselm College in which each candidate will be asked questions by a moderator based on a random draw.

Jul 31, 2015

Hillary, Bill Clinton report total income of $140 million since 2007

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, on Friday reported total income approaching $140 million over the last eight years, providing evidence of the vast wealth they have accumulated.

The records showed that in 2013, the Clinton duo delivered six-figure speeches that reaped nearly $23 million.

Jul 31, 2015

Hillary Clinton given clean bill of health by her doctor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is healthy and “fit to serve” with no lingering effects from a 2012 concussion that caused a health scare when she was secretary of state, her personal physician said on Friday.

The Clinton campaign released a statement from her doctor, Lisa Bardack of Mount Kisco, New York, that detailed the health status of Clinton, the front-runner to represent the Democratic Party in the November 2016 presidential election.

Jul 31, 2015

Stressful times for low-polling Republicans who may miss debate stage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With Donald Trump sucking up the oxygen on the campaign trail, these are stressful days for the group of Republican candidates who, try as they might, may not qualify for their party’s first presidential debate in Cleveland next week.

Under controversial rules laid down by debate host Fox News and backed by the Republican National Committee (RNC), only the 10 top-polling candidates will share the prime-time stage on Aug. 6. But which polls Fox News executives will use is unclear, leading some candidates and campaigns to question the process.

Jul 24, 2015

Republican debate prep: How to handle The Donald

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In one corner: Donald Trump, the mud-slinging mogul with a complicated hairdo and a flair for the dramatic. In the other: Nine other U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls who wish Trump wasn’t standing among them.

That’s the unfolding scenario for the Republicans’ first televised debate in Cleveland on Aug. 6.

Jul 22, 2015

Trump’s surge seen as summer squall, but will he rain on the Republican Party?

By Steve Holland

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) – For most of his Republican rivals, Donald Trump’s surge in the polls in the 2016 U.S. presidential nomination fight is like a summer squall that will eventually blow itself out.

There was no general sense of panic among the candidates over opinion polls that showed support growing for the real estate mogul, whose candidacy thus far has been notable for his anti-immigrant stance and bare-knuckled tactics.

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