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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.

Jul 19, 2015

Republican Walker steers clear of nuance on foreign policy

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker had a steep learning curve on foreign policy after some early off-key statements. Now an eager student of global affairs, is staking out positions that play well to conservatives but lack a lot of nuance.

This was clear from a weekend bus tour the Wisconsin governor took across Iowa and earlier stops in South Carolina as part of the campaign swing he took in the week after becoming the 15th candidate to seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Jul 15, 2015

Walker, in contrast with Bush, plays up humble, Harley-riding roots

By Steve Holland

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Reuters) – Republican Scott Walker played up his humble roots on Wednesday on his first trip to largely rural South Carolina since announcing a bid for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination, subtly drawing the contrast between him and rival Jeb Bush.

In the opening days of his official campaign, the 47-year-old Wisconsin governor is projecting a down-home image as the Harley-riding son of a preacher as he seeks to stand out in a pack of 15 Republican candidates.

Jul 14, 2015

Republican presidential candidates denounce Iran deal

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidates on Tuesday roundly condemned President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, with Florida Senator Marco Rubio suggesting he would re-introduce sanctions if elected to the White House next year.

The agreement reached between Iran and six major world powers will now be debated in the U.S. Congress, but Obama said on Tuesday he would veto any measure to block it.

Jul 14, 2015

Wisconsin’s Scott Walker enters Republican race, vowing to fight for America

By Steve Holland and Brendan O’Brien

WAUKESHA, Wisc. (Reuters) – Scott Walker cast himself as an anti-Washington reformer as he launched his 2016 Republican presidential campaign on Monday, vowing to fight with the same conservative conviction he used to battle unions as Wisconsin governor.

Walker rose to national prominence by defeating a 2012 recall election that grew from his challenge to the collective bargaining process for most public employee unions in Wisconsin. He won his first term as governor in 2010 and was re-elected in November.

Jul 13, 2015

Walker to enter Republican race, needs to show appeal beyond Iowa

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Scott Walker jumps into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Monday, needing to prove he has learned from early missteps and can appeal to voters beyond the conservatives who dominate the first nominating contest in Iowa.

The Wisconsin governor, who becomes the 15th Republican to formally announce a presidential candidacy, has a resume that appeals to conservatives, helping put him among the top contenders for his party’s nomination in poll after poll.

Jul 9, 2015

Bush Super PAC meets target of $100 million in donations: sources

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Super PAC backing Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has met its fundraising goal of raking in at least $100 million by the end of June, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

One Bush donor told Reuters it was his understanding the Right to Rise Super PAC had met its target. A second contributor said Right to Rise had raised more than $100 million and that the PAC would make an announcement soon.

Jul 9, 2015

Bush says Americans should work longer hours in improved economy

HUDSON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Americans need to work longer hours, a remark that drew criticism from Democrats but which he said was intended to highlight that an improved U.S. economy could create more full-time jobs.

Bush told a forum hosted by the Union-Leader newspaper of Manchester that his aspiration for the country if he is elected in November 2016 would be to generate annual 4 percent economic growth “as far as the eye can see, which means we have to be a lot more productive.”

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