Acknowledging global unrest, Obama forges ahead with fundraising swing
July 23rd, 2014
01:11 AM ET
6 days ago

Acknowledging global unrest, Obama forges ahead with fundraising swing

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SEATTLE (CNN) - As President Barack Obama helped Democrats bank millions in campaign cash on Tuesday, he acknowledged his administration is confronting "some big overseas challenges" in the Middle East, Ukraine and elsewhere.

Speaking at a fundraiser in a wealthy enclave of Seattle, Obama said there is a sense among Americans "that around the world the old order isn't holding and we're not quite where we need to be in terms of a new order that's based on a different set of principles."

Overseas, Israel continues its ground invasion of Gaza and investigators continue to probe the downing of a Malaysia Air jetliner over Ukraine. Some Republicans and pundits have chastised Obama for maintaining his three-day fundraising swing on the West Coast, though his aides argue the President can do his job from anywhere.

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2016 GOP Poll: Huckabee, Paul, Perry and Ryan stand out
July 18th, 2014
09:32 AM ET
1 week ago

2016 GOP Poll: Huckabee, Paul, Perry and Ryan stand out

(CNN) - Four potential Republican presidential candidates stand out above the rest of the possible field, according to new national poll.

A Gallup survey released Friday indicates that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin are best known and most liked by Republicans right now.

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Filed under: 2016 • Republican Party • Republicans
June 25th, 2014
07:10 PM ET
1 month ago

Cochran’s strategy: Good or bad for the GOP?

(CNN) – A number of high-profile conservative activists are steamed over Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s decision to court traditionally Democratic voters – including African-Americans – in his primary runoff victory over tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel.

“I wonder what the campaign slogan was in Mississippi the past couple days,” Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday on his nationally syndicated radio show. “Uncle Toms for Thad?”

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Filed under: 2014 • Mississippi • Republican Party • Thad Cochran
June 18th, 2014
04:07 PM ET
1 month ago

King on Cruz control

(CNN) - An on-going feud playing out in the Republican Party between lawmakers Rep. Peter King and Sen. Ted Cruz sounds like the very beginning of a GOP presidential primary battle.

Perhaps underscoring an establishment v. tea party division the GOP, King, a longtime congressman from New York, said Wednesday Cruz "has decided to be the center of his own universe" after the conservative powerhouse from Texas dismissed King's criticism of his style of politics.

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Filed under: 2016 • Peter King • Republican Party • Ted Cruz
Romney: If Clinton runs in 2016, GOP should hit record at State
June 15th, 2014
12:29 PM ET
1 month ago

Romney: If Clinton runs in 2016, GOP should hit record at State

(CNN) – Mitt Romney said Sunday the way to pull down a potential Hillary Clinton campaign is to attack her record as secretary of state.

The 2012 Republican presidential candidate called Clinton’s tenure as American's top diplomat a "monumental bust" and narrowed in on Clinton's recent comments on the Taliban prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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Filed under: 2016 • Eric Cantor • Hillary Clinton • Lindsey Graham • Mitt Romney • Republican Party
Graham on primary victory: 'Politics is war in another form'
June 15th, 2014
10:52 AM ET
1 month ago

Graham on primary victory: 'Politics is war in another form'

(CNN) - After defeating a slew of challengers from the right, Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday chalked up his primary win to success in messaging and a first-rate ground game.

The South Carolina Republican was asked by CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger, guest host of “State of the Union,” what he did right last week that Rep. Eric Cantor did wrong. Cantor lost his primary to a little-known GOP opponent.

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May 28th, 2014
07:37 PM ET
2 months ago

Crossfire: Is Ben Carson qualified to be president?

(CNN) – Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and a popular figure among conservatives who's considering a run for president, wouldn't say whether he's qualified to be commander in chief.

Appearing on CNN's "Crossfire” on Wednesday, Carson was asked by co-host Stephanie Cutter on the left whether he thinks he has what it takes to lead the country.

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Filed under: 2016 • Ben Carson • Crossfire • Republican Party
Boehner: Tea party and GOP aren't that different
May 20th, 2014
04:08 PM ET
2 months ago

Boehner: Tea party and GOP aren't that different

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday the tea party and conservative Republicans are basically one in the same.

As establishment Republican candidates try to fend off a series of tea party challengers in Tuesday's midterm primaries, Boehner sought to quell the apparent divide between the two factions in his caucus.

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Filed under: John Boehner • Republican Party • Tea Party
Bill Clinton: Nixon a 'communist' compared to modern GOP
May 14th, 2014
09:02 PM ET
2 months ago

Bill Clinton: Nixon a 'communist' compared to modern GOP

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton suggested the Republican Party has become more extreme, saying Richard Nixon would be considered "a flat-out communist" compared to the people running his party today.

Kicking off a speech to a progressive think tank, Clinton said that to be successful in a life of public service, "you have to be obsessively interested in people and you need to be interested in them as individuals and not just as some collective body."

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Republican Party • Richard Nixon
RNC exerts more control over presidential debates
May 9th, 2014
02:11 PM ET
3 months ago

RNC exerts more control over presidential debates

Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) – The Republican National Committee overwhelmingly approved a measure Friday that will punish candidates seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination if they participate in debates that are not sanctioned by the national party.

The penalty is meant to give the RNC more control over the presidential nominating process after party leaders watched a nasty, drawn-out primary in 2012 that included 20 major debates. Only seven RNC members opposed the new “rule,” while 152 supported it. The RNC also created a new committee that will oversee the GOP primary debate process including the timing, location and media partners for the debates.

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Filed under: 2016 • Presidential Debate • Republican Party • RNC • Tennessee
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