(CNN) – Republican Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa grew animated during a press conference Thursday discussing a state criminal investigator who claims he was fired for reporting the governor's vehicle speeding.
Larry Hedlund was fired as a special agent in charge with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations Wednesday. His termination notice, posted online, states that Hedlund made "negative and disrespectful" comments about the department and its leadership.
Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton has the early edge in a key battleground state, should she choose to run for president in 2016.
Iowa voters picked her as their choice for commander in chief above top potential Republican contenders including Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, in a new survey released Friday.
(CNN) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker heads to Iowa Thursday, stoking speculation that he's considering a run for the White House in 2016. But the Republican governor is downplaying the visit to the state that votes first in the presidential caucus and primary process.
Walker will headline the Polk County, Iowa Republican Party fundraising event, at the invitation of Iowa's GOP governor, Terry Branstad. Polk County, home to the capital city of Des Moines, is the most populous county in the Hawkeye State.
(CNN) - Speaking to a gathering of Iowa Republicans Friday, Sen. Rand Paul seemed to set his sights beyond the state's 2016 caucus - in which he could very well be a contender - and instead zeroed on a potential general election rival: Hillary Clinton.
Using this week's renewed uproar over last September's Benghazi attack, Paul hammered Clinton for what he described as a woeful response to the siege of a diplomatic post that left four Americans dead. He was speaking at the Iowa GOP's Lincoln Day Dinner in Cedar Rapids, his first stop in a tour of early voting states.
Washington (CNN) – He may work in the nation's capital, but it's Sen. Rand Paul's upcoming itinerary that might tell us his ultimate goal.
The Republican from Kentucky makes stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada over the next few months. Those four states kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar.
(CNN) – Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa decided against running for the U.S. Senate, saying Friday he wants to focus on legislation in the House rather than spend time on the campaign trail. “We have in front of us in Congress a series of potent issues which will redirect the destiny of our state and nation,” he said in a statement.
“Among them are a farm bill, ObamaCare, debt and deficit, immigration, and tax reform. If I step away from these responsibilities while campaigning in an effort to multiply leverage in the Senate, what becomes of our nation in the mean time?”
(CNN) – Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said Friday he plans to attend the Iowa State Fair in August, a traditional stop in the first-in-the-nation caucus state for those considering a run for president.
In an interview with CNN’s Jim Acosta, Santorum also criticized the Food and Drug Administration approval this week of the Plan B One-Step emergency contraception pill without a prescription for women 15 and older.
(CNN) - Republicans hoping to regain the White House in 2016 would make a mistake by ignoring social issues, one of those potential candidates said Monday.
Rick Santorum, who says he's open to another White House bid and already speaks like a candidate, told CNN the GOP's focus on the economy and taxes, instead of social issues, was what led to presidential losses for the party in the last two cycles.