Rand Paul's Republican balancing act
Sen. Rand Paul greets supporters at a tea party movement rally in Washington earlier this month.
June 28th, 2013
07:04 AM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul's Republican balancing act

(CNN) - Rand Paul arrives in South Carolina on Friday for a handful of fundraisers and closed-door meetings with local Republicans, the latest in a series of expeditions to key primary states as he mulls a presidential bid in 2016.

If the Kentucky senator decides to embark on a White House run, a likely prospect according to those around him, his South Carolina foray crystallizes what could be a central challenge as a Republican candidate: assuaging skeptical donors in the party's establishment without rankling the grass-roots activists who helped lift him to national prominence.

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Keep student loan rates low, Republicans say in address
June 8th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Keep student loan rates low, Republicans say in address

(CNN) – With less than a month to go before rates jump on some student loans, Republicans are returning pressure from the White House on whose plan is better to avert the spike.

Rep. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, accused President Barack Obama in the weekly Republican address of rejecting a House Republican plan on political grounds, saying the president himself had proposed a similar measure in his annual budget.
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Filed under: Education • GOP
March 24th, 2013
01:57 PM ET
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Republicans see shift in party ahead of same-sex marriage arguments

(CNN) - Republicans on Sunday described cracks appearing in their party's long-held opposition to same-sex marriage, an issue set to gain renewed attention when the Supreme Court hears arguments on its legality this week.

"There is no putting this genie back in the bottle. It is undeniable. The shift is here and we're not going back." Republican strategist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."
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Priebus travels west for GOP review
February 25th, 2013
10:07 AM ET
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Priebus travels west for GOP review

(CNN) - Following through with efforts to refigure the GOP's messaging, the Republican National Committee chairman is traveling west this week to talk to minority voters and technology experts, RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski confirmed Monday.

On the four-day trip, Reince Priebus will stop in Denver to hear Hispanic voters and GOP activists before heading to Los Angeles on Tuesday to meet with Hispanic and Asian voters.
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Gingrey says he 'misconstrued' his position on rape
January 11th, 2013
12:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrey says he 'misconstrued' his position on rape

(CNN) – Republican U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia said controversial comments he made on rape "misconstrued" his own position on the topic, according to a statement released by his office Friday.

Appearing Thursday at a local Chamber of Commerce meeting in Smyrna, Ga., Gingrey took questions on abortion rights and a controversial Georgia law that bans abortions for women more than 20 weeks pregnant.
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Filed under: Abortion • GOP • Phil Gingrey
Republicans move campaign staff out of New Mexico
September 20th, 2012
03:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans move campaign staff out of New Mexico

Washington (CNN) - Republicans are moving three staffers out of Democratic-leaning New Mexico and shifting them to Colorado and Nevada, two states where the presidential race is more competitive.

The Republican National Committee and Mitt Romney's campaign will continue to maintain staff and victory offices in New Mexico, a spokesman for the RNC said.
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Filed under: GOP • Nevada
George P. Bush ‘concerned’ about GOP immigration stance
July 10th, 2012
03:44 PM ET
2 years ago

George P. Bush ‘concerned’ about GOP immigration stance

(CNN) – George P. Bush, nephew of George W. Bush and grandson of George H. W. Bush, said he has “reservations” and “concerns” about the Republican Party’s rhetoric on immigration.

In a sit-down with CNN reporters and producers Tuesday, Bush said that he and other Republicans wish the party would “return to George W. Bush on this issue,” referring to the former president’s bipartisan push to reform the nation’s immigration policy.
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Filed under: George P. Bush • GOP • Immigration • Latinos
Republicans launch blitz against health care law
June 29th, 2012
01:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans launch blitz against health care law

Washington (CNN) - Republicans launched a blistering attack Friday on the health care reform law upheld by the Supreme Court, seeking to rally their base's opposition to the measure to bolster their fortunes in the November election.

Using the court's finding that the centerpiece of the law - the individual mandate - amounted to a legal exercise of congressional taxing power, GOP leaders accused President Barack Obama and Democrats of deceiving the nation about the Affordable Care Act during debate on the measure in 2009 and 2010.

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Filed under: GOP • Health care • Mitt Romney
BLITZER'S BLOG: It’s going to get nasty!
February 23rd, 2012
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: It’s going to get nasty!

(CNN) – If you think it’s been a rough ride for the Republican candidates during this current campaign season, just wait. This will be seen as child’s play once the general election campaign begins.

I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again: the war of words between President Obama and his campaign supporters versus the eventual Republican nominee and his supporters will be fierce.

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Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • President Obama • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
Romney seeks to unite conservatives
February 14th, 2012
02:07 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney seeks to unite conservatives

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – Mitt Romney sought to answer lingering questions about his presidential bid and cast himself as the ideal GOP standard-bearer at an appearance before several thousand supporters outside Phoenix on Monday.

Hoping to unite the fractured party and forge ahead to the general election, the GOP candidate touted his conservative credentials and painted his Republican opponents as Washington insiders who could not effectively change the nation's capital.

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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • GOP • Mitt Romney
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