Top House Republican distances GOP from new Akin rape remarks
July 11th, 2014
04:17 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Top House Republican distances GOP from new Akin rape remarks

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest ranking woman in the House GOP leadership, said Friday that former Rep. Todd Akin's declaration that he now regrets apologizing for his "legitimate rape" comments during the 2012 campaign do not reflect the views of the Republican Party.

"I would say that Todd Akin's comments were not reflective of the Republican Party and the Republican message," McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, told CNN. The GOP message "is about a better future for every person in this country no matter who you are, no matter your background, and we are about protecting that opportunity for everyone."
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Filed under: Cathy McMorris Rodgers • GOP • RNC • Todd Akin
June 2nd, 2014
01:14 PM ET
2 months ago

What's behind stepped up GOP attacks on Clinton

Washington (CNN) - The 2016 presidential election's some 2 1/2 years away. Even the unofficial start of the next race for the White House is still five months away. Yet Hillary Clinton has been, and remains, the object of Republicans' obsession.

Much of their criticism of the former secretary of state focuses on the September 11, 2012, attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which left U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. The incident - the first time a U.S. ambassador had been killed on duty in more than 30 years - happened during Clinton's watch as America's top diplomat.

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Filed under: 2016 • GOP • Hillary Clinton • Republican
May 13th, 2014
11:46 PM ET
2 months ago

Tea party wins Nebraska; WV to elect first woman senator

(CNN) –Ben Sasse, a tea party favorite, has emerged Tuesday as the winner in a crowded GOP primary battle for a U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska.

Sasse will be considered the favorite over Democratic trial attorney David Domina in the heavily Republican state's November general election. The winner of that race will succeed retiring GOP Sen. Mike Johanns.

Nebraska gubernatorial race: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the head of the Republican Governors Association, issued a statement Wednesday congratulating Pete Ricketts on his win for the Cornhusker state's Republican gubernatorial primary, beating out six other candidates.

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Filed under: GOP • Nebraska • Senate Primaries • Tea Party • West Virginia
In GOP civil war, an outsized advantage
April 25th, 2014
09:41 AM ET
3 months ago

In GOP civil war, an outsized advantage

Washington (CNN) – It's been widely reported. The Republican Party is locked in battle. Establishment Republicans are being challenged by insurgents hoping to purify the brand and return the GOP to small government, free market principles.

The conservative grassroots are organizing this election season to elect their preferred, ideologically pure candidate, even if that means unseating House and Senate incumbents. It's a strategy they had in 2010 and 2012 with mixed results.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • GOP
Obama talks immigration in South Korea and Boehner talks baby talk
Speaker Boehner and President Obama talk immigration reform on both sides of the globe
April 25th, 2014
05:11 AM ET
3 months ago

Obama talks immigration in South Korea and Boehner talks baby talk

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner talked like a baby Thursday to mock the way Republicans act towards immigration reform. President Obama, on the other side of the globe, said Friday immigrants are “who we are.”

The Republican was home at an event in Ohio when he spoke of the "attitude" of his fellow GOP congressmen.

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First on CNN: Romney takes sides in GOP primary battle
April 23rd, 2014
08:46 AM ET
3 months ago

First on CNN: Romney takes sides in GOP primary battle

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is weighing in on competitive Republican primary for a GOP held House seat in California - the latest sign that the 2012 Republican presidential nominee plans to play an influential role in helping to shape the future of his party.

CNN has learned that Wednesday Romney will endorse Tony Strickland for Congress in California's 25th district, to succeed longtime GOP Rep. Buck McKeon. The House Armed Services committee chairman announced in January that he wouldn't run for re-election this November.

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Filed under: 2014 • GOP • Mitt Romney • Republican Party
Obama: Congress 'least productive' in modern history
April 10th, 2014
12:15 AM ET
4 months ago

Obama: Congress 'least productive' in modern history

(CNN) –President Barack Obama didn't mince words about Congress and the opposition during a speech at a Houston dinner Wednesday evening.
"This has become the least productive Congress in modern history, recent memory," Obama said at the Texas dinner, according to media pool reports. The event was closed to cameras.

Obama spoke to about 60 people at a Democratic fundraiser at the home of John Eddie and Sheridan Williams.
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Filed under: Congress • GOP • President Obama
White House, Republicans push opposing economic agendas in weekly addresses
April 5th, 2014
12:23 PM ET
4 months ago

White House, Republicans push opposing economic agendas in weekly addresses

(CNN) - In their weekly addresses, the White House and the Republican Party described different visions for how to fix an economy that still struggles to show consistent growth.

Friday's monthly jobs report showed the economy picking up slightly after a lull over the winter, but signaled that a healthy jobs market is still years away.

President Obama, in his weekly address from the White House, pushed for job creation and training, access to education and raising the minimum wage, while Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, in the GOP's weekly address, blamed Democrats for an approach that he says throws "billions of dollars each year" at problems in the job market without making fundamental improvements.
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Filed under: Economy • GOP • Jobs • President Obama • Republican • Tim Scott • unemployment
Condoleezza Rice kicks off California Republican convention, calls for strong U.S. leadership in Ukraine
March 15th, 2014
08:20 PM ET
4 months ago

Condoleezza Rice kicks off California Republican convention, calls for strong U.S. leadership in Ukraine

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at the annual California Republicans convention Saturday as the party faces an uphill battle in a state that has turned more and more blue.

Some speculated Rice would run in the Republican presidential primaries in 2008, but she wasn't interested. She left George W. Bush's White House in 2009 and returned to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, as a political science professor.

As a featured speaker at the California Republican Party luncheon in Burlingame, Rice touched on many issues central to the Republican’s party’s future – from economic inequality and education, to foreign policy and military strength.
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Filed under: California • Condoleezza Rice • GOP • Republican
Republican Congressman slams Senators Cruz, Paul – calls for moderate GOP voice
December 16th, 2013
09:00 PM ET
7 months ago

Republican Congressman slams Senators Cruz, Paul – calls for moderate GOP voice

(CNN) – Republican Rep. Peter King on Monday unveiled a Political Action Committee called "American Leadership Now" aimed at supporting moderate voices within the Republican Party.

King of New York was in the early primary state of New Hampshire to speak with conservative groups.

He told CNN the location for the unveiling of the PAC was not a coincidence.
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Filed under: GOP • New Hampshire • Peter King • Republican Party
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