Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul sharply criticized Hillary Clinton for her handling of Benghazi, which he argued should disqualify her to serve as U.S. president, in remarks Friday to members of the Republican National Committee.
He charged that when Clinton served as Secretary of State, the agency was spending money on items that were not needed instead of boosting security for the U.S. diplomats serving in Libya.
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.
Updated 6:11 p.m. ET, 5/8/2014
Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) – The Republican National Committee is expected to approve a new penalty Friday that will punish candidates seeking the 2016 GOP presidential nomination if they participate in non-sanctioned primary debates.
The penalty is meant to give the national party more control over the presidential nominating process after party leaders watched a nasty, drawn-out primary in 2012 that included 20 major debates.
Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio will emphasize the need for the federal government to rethink how it addresses key programs by embracing “free market principles” and new technology in a speech to Republican leaders and activists meeting here this week to discuss political strategy.
The Florida GOP senator’s address is just one of several he has delivered on the topic of reform – already, he has spoken about how to transform education, innovation and poverty. And it is a subject Rubio will carry to New Hampshire on Friday and back to Washington, DC next week when he will appear at the National Press Club to talk about “retirement security in the 21st century and propose new reforms to strengthen entitlement programs,” the senator’s spokesman Alex Conant told CNN.
Washington (CNN) – The first votes cast in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination would take place in February 2016, according to a proposal that cleared a major hurdle Friday at a Democratic National Committee meeting here in the nation’s capital.
The proposed nominating calendar would have the Iowa caucuses take place on February 1, New Hampshire primary on February 9, Nevada caucuses on February 20 and the South Carolina primary on February 27. All other states would have to wait until March 1 to hold a caucus or primary and be required to do so no later than June 14.
Washington (CNN) – The first votes cast in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination would take place in February 2016, according to a draft proposal under consideration by the Democratic National Committee.
The proposed nominating calendar would have the Iowa caucuses take place on February 1, New Hampshire primary on February 9, Nevada caucuses on February 20 and the South Carolina primary on February 27, according to the proposal provided to CNN by a source, who asked not to be named. All other states would have to wait until March 1 to hold a caucus or primary.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Party has asked 15 mayors to submit formal bids to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, an event that could cost a city as much as $60 million but the payout could be triple the investment or more.
The Democratic National Committee's official request for proposal or "RFP" was sent to cities late Monday and they are required to submit their bids to host the convention by June 6.
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz will headline a second fundraiser in New Hampshire when he visits the final week of April, as the Texas Republican continues to flirt with a bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
Cruz will be the featured guest at a $500-a-plate fundraiser for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, a conservative organization that, among other things, is working to try and defeat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in November.
Washington (CNN) – As many as three dozen mayors from Atlanta to Sacramento received a letter earlier this month inquiring whether their cities were interested in hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
It was no small request.
Washington (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie raised $1.5 million during a fundraising swing through Texas last week, the Republican Governors Association announced early Tuesday morning, hours before the embattled governor was scheduled to headline more events in Illinois.
Moreover, the RGA raised $6 million in January, said spokeswoman Gail Gitcho, who added that this was done with "the help of Chairman Christie and all of our Republican governors.