August 5th, 2014
12:56 AM ET
5 months ago

In Iowa, Rand Paul makes case for more compassionate GOP

OKOBOJI, Iowa (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul brought his recent crusade for a more compassionate Republican Party to the northwest part of Iowa on Monday, appealing to a crowd of social conservatives at a fundraiser for Rep. Steve King.

The Kentucky Republican made his push for sentencing reform in the criminal justice system, the laws of which "disproportionately affect African Americans and Hispanics," Paul said.

"Until you show that you care about them and that you want to do something about them, you're not going to win," he told the audience. "So if we want to win, we're going to have to change."

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Filed under: GOP • Iowa • Rand Paul • Republican • Republican Party
August 4th, 2014
09:59 AM ET
5 months ago

From end to end: Rand Paul launches campaign-style barnstorm across Iowa

Omaha, Nebraska (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul kicks off a three-day swing Monday across Iowa, holding campaign-style events and fund-raisers with local politicians as the potential Republican presidential contender barnstorms the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

Paul's route will take him through nine cities from the state's western border to its eastern edge. The Kentucky Republican will also help the state Republican Party open multiple offices ahead of the midterm elections.

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Filed under: Iowa • Rand Paul
Rubio heading to Iowa this weekend
July 31st, 2014
05:05 PM ET
5 months ago

Rubio heading to Iowa this weekend

(CNN) – Marco Rubio's heading to Iowa this weekend.

The first-term Republican senator from Florida and possible 2016 GOP White House contender will be in the Hawkeye State to campaign for state senator Joni Ernst, Iowa's GOP Senate nominee.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Marco Rubio
Climate group attacks Ernst on tax pledge, not climate
July 30th, 2014
03:45 PM ET
5 months ago

Climate group attacks Ernst on tax pledge, not climate

Updated 4:40 p.m. ET, 7/30/2014

(CNN) - NextGen Climate, a Super PAC backed by liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, is dedicated to "act politically to avert climate disaster and preserve American prosperity."

But its latest attack ad is all about taxes.

The group says the television commercial, which was released Wednesday, will air in three major media markets across Iowa. But the spot never once mentions climate change or the environment. Instead the ad focuses on the Americans for Tax Reform's "no new taxes" pledge Iowa GOP Senate nominee Joni Ernst signed.

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Filed under: Iowa • Joni Ernst
Christie now says he supports Hobby Lobby ruling
July 17th, 2014
08:47 PM ET
5 months ago

Christie now says he supports Hobby Lobby ruling

(CNN) - After first declining to take a position on the decision earlier this month, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he backs the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby in its case against Obamacare.

Asked about his thoughts on the case at a campaign stop in Iowa, Christie unveiled his support.

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Iowa • Supreme Court
July 17th, 2014
08:00 PM ET
5 months ago

Christie: N.J. may consider housing kids from southern border influx

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blamed the Obama administration for the influx of immigrant children at the southern border, but didn't rule out the prospect of accepting children in New Jersey on a case-by-case basis.

"I have great empathy for that situation, but frankly the administration has done an awful job in securing our border, and they need to do that," Christie told reporters in Marion, Iowa, where he campaigned for incumbent Gov. Terry Branstad.

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Immigration • Iowa
2016 hovers over Christie Iowa trip
July 17th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
5 months ago

2016 hovers over Christie Iowa trip

(CNN) - Chris Christie's jam packed swing through Iowa on Thursday is advertised as being all about the 2014 midterm elections.

But the visit by the Republican governor of New Jersey and potential GOP presidential contender has plenty of 2016 implications, as Christie tries to get beyond the bridge controversy back home in the Garden State that's diminished his political standing.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Chris Christie • Iowa • Terry Branstad
July 15th, 2014
08:44 AM ET
5 months ago

Christie comes under attack as he heads to Iowa

(CNN) - Two days before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie heads to Iowa, a conservative group is launching digital ads that slam the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender over his Garden State record on judicial nominations.

A top Christie adviser defended the governor's record and criticized the group.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Chris Christie • Iowa
Longing for a win, GOP gives Senate hopeful a big microphone
July 12th, 2014
03:44 PM ET
5 months ago

Longing for a win, GOP gives Senate hopeful a big microphone

Washington (CNN) - If you're a national political party salivating over the prospect of winning a seat that's long been in your opponent's hands, what should you do?

One strategy: give your candidate a huge megaphone.

Enter the Republican National Committee, Iowa GOP Senate nominee Joni Ernst - and an address heard by millions around the country.

On Saturday, Ernst delivered the weekly Republican address. The candidate pushed familiar conservative themes: smaller government, opposition to Obamacare and strong national security. Ernst also played up her outsider status and pushed populist themes.

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Filed under: 2014 • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Republican National Committee
Rick Perry's busy summer schedule
July 1st, 2014
09:55 AM ET
6 months ago

Rick Perry's busy summer schedule

(CNN) - Rick Perry's headed back to South Carolina Tuesday and Wednesday.

It's the third trip by the longtime Republican governor of Texas to the Palmetto State in the past year. Perry, who launched a failed campaign for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, is not running for re-election this year and instead is considering another bid for the White House in 2016.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • New Hampshire • Rick Perry • South Carolina
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