Republicans defend bundled debt-ceiling package in weekly address
September 28th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
11 months ago

Republicans defend bundled debt-ceiling package in weekly address

Washington (CNN) – The Republicans' latest weekly address makes no mention of the government funding bill whose passage they spent recent weeks tying to an effort to defund Obamacare. Instead, the focus is now on the debt limit.

In Saturday's address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the GOP conference chairwoman, calls the debt limit debate “a golden opportunity to fix the problems coming out of Washington."
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Five reasons immigration reform isn't close to the finish line
July 11th, 2013
05:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Five reasons immigration reform isn't close to the finish line

Washington (CNN) - Two weeks ago, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill on a 68-32 vote, with 14 Republicans joining the Democratic majority to send the measure drafted by a bipartisan "Gang of Eight" to the GOP-controlled House.

President Barack Obama pushed for the House to quickly take up the measure that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants living illegally in the country while bolstering security along the Mexican border.

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Filed under: Congress • Democratic Party • GOP • Immigration • Senate
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker supports path to citizenship
July 3rd, 2013
02:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker supports path to citizenship

(CNN) – Republican Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday he supported the immigration bill passed by the U.S. Senate last week, although he indicated it doesn't go far enough.

In an interview with the Wisconsin Daily Herald media editorial board, Walker acknowledged the dependency of Wisconsin farms on migrant workers, many of them undocumented. He argued against currently onerous challenges for workers to come to the United States legally.
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Filed under: GOP • Immigration • Scott Walker
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
1 year ago

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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Filed under: GOP • Same-sex marriage
Priebus travels west for GOP review
February 25th, 2013
10:07 AM ET
2 years ago

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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Filed under: GOP • Reince Priebus • Republicans • RNC
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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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
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