GOP establishment 1, tea party 0 after North Carolina Senate primary
May 6th, 2014
11:03 PM ET
3 months ago

GOP establishment 1, tea party 0 after North Carolina Senate primary

(CNN) - In the intraparty battle for the GOP, score Round 1 for the Republican establishment over the tea party.

CNN projects that North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis has won the state's GOP Senate primary. Tillis, who was backed by many mainstream.

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Filed under: North Carolina • Republican Party • Senate
May 5th, 2014
07:21 PM ET
3 months ago

Crossfire: Santorum doesn't think Rand Paul would win GOP nomination

(CNN) – Rick Santorum said Monday he doubts a Libertarian-leaning candidate, like Rand Paul, could be nominated to lead the Republican Party in a presidential election.

Asked by co-host Van Jones on CNN's "Crossfire" if he could support the Kentucky senator if he winds up running and is nominated in 2016, Santorum said he doesn't think he’ll have to consider that ultimately.

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Filed under: 2016 • Crossfire • Rand Paul • Republican Party • Rick Santorum
GOP sources: Republicans considering withdrawing support for Grimm re-election
April 29th, 2014
01:45 PM ET
3 months ago

GOP sources: Republicans considering withdrawing support for Grimm re-election

Washington (CNN) – Republican Party leaders are considering withdrawing financial and strategic support for Rep. Michael Grimm's re-election bid, GOP sources familiar with the discussions told CNN.

Grimm, a two-term Republican representing New York's 11th Congressional District, is the only GOP congressman from New York City and even before he was indicted Monday on 20 counts of fraud, he was facing a tough campaign to win a third term.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Michael Grimm • New York • Republican Party
First on CNN: Romney takes sides in GOP primary battle
April 23rd, 2014
08:46 AM ET
3 months ago

First on CNN: Romney takes sides in GOP primary battle

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is weighing in on competitive Republican primary for a GOP held House seat in California - the latest sign that the 2012 Republican presidential nominee plans to play an influential role in helping to shape the future of his party.

CNN has learned that Wednesday Romney will endorse Tony Strickland for Congress in California's 25th district, to succeed longtime GOP Rep. Buck McKeon. The House Armed Services committee chairman announced in January that he wouldn't run for re-election this November.

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Filed under: 2014 • GOP • Mitt Romney • Republican Party
April 13th, 2014
01:07 PM ET
4 months ago

GOP base includes racist 'elements,' congressman charges

(CNN) - Over 50 years after Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, the issue of race is back in the political headlines, after comments from Attorney General Eric Holder and events marking the anniversary of the law’s passage renewed the dialogue over race relations in the 21st century.

Rep. Steve Israel, D-New York, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that "not all" of his GOP colleagues are racist but "the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism."

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First on CNN: Jindal to headline South Carolina GOP convention
April 8th, 2014
05:00 AM ET
4 months ago

First on CNN: Jindal to headline South Carolina GOP convention

Washington (CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline the South Carolina Republican Party’s Silver Elephant Dinner, a major GOP fundraising event in the early primary state that doubles as a must-do stopover for ambitious politicians with an eye on the White House.

Jindal will address the banquet, the finale of the state GOP’s annual convention in Columbia, on June 6.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bobby Jindal • Republican Party • South Carolina
April 6th, 2014
04:08 PM ET
4 months ago

Jeb Bush: Immigration is 'not a felony' but 'an act of love'

(CNN) - Jeb Bush said the debate over immigration reform needs to move past derisive rhetoric describing illegal immigrants.

The former Florida governor said in an interview Sunday in College Station, Texas, that people who come to the United States illegally are often looking for opportunities to provide for their families that are not available in their home countries.

"Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love, it's an act of commitment to your family," Bush told Fox News host Shannon Bream at town hall event at the George Bush Presidential Library Center.

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Filed under: 2016 • Immigration • Jeb Bush • Republican Party
Scarborough talks 2016 race in South Carolina
April 1st, 2014
08:32 PM ET
4 months ago

Scarborough talks 2016 race in South Carolina

Washington (CNN) - Joe Scarborough, the MSNBC host who has flirted with the possibility of running for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, offered a candid assessment of the potential White House field during a closed-door session Tuesday with South Carolina Republicans.

Scarborough made the quiet, last minute trip to South Carolina, an early primary state, to address a weekly luncheon held by Republican legislators and to promote his new book about the future of the GOP.

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Filed under: 2016 • Republican Party • South Carolina
Alabama candidate takes aim at Obamacare
March 26th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
4 months ago

Alabama candidate takes aim at Obamacare

(CNN) - A U.S. House candidate in Alabama is literally shooting down Obamacare.

A video released by his campaign on Wednesday, shows Will Brooke using a variety of firearms to destroy a copy of the Affordable Care Act.

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Filed under: Alabama • Obamacare • Republican Party
Poll: GOP has 2014 enthusiasm advantage
March 26th, 2014
11:13 AM ET
4 months ago

Poll: GOP has 2014 enthusiasm advantage

Washington (CNN) – Republicans have an edge in enthusiasm over Democrats as the Midterm Election season begins to heat up, according to a new national survey.

Seventy percent of registered Republican voters questioned in a new CBS News poll say they are very or somewhat excited about voting in November, compared to 58% of Democrats. Only 47% of independent voters say they're very or somewhat excited to cast ballots in the midterms. And 81% of registered Republicans say they'll definitely vote in November, compared to 68% of registered Democrats.

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Filed under: 2014 • Republican Party
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