With sharp criticism, Christie seeks to upstage opponent
July 29th, 2013
07:00 AM ET
9 months ago

With sharp criticism, Christie seeks to upstage opponent

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will release a new web video Monday that claims his opponent, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono, has been a failed fiscal steward of the state while serving as a key member of the New Jersey legislature.

The video, which CNN was provided a preview of, tries to tie Buono to former Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. It specifically criticizes Buono for being responsible, in part, for tax increases, job losses and budget shortfalls during Corzine's administration.
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Filed under: Barbara Buono • Chris Christie • New Jersey
In New Hampshire, early signs of the 2016 presidential race
June 14th, 2013
07:23 AM ET
10 months ago

In New Hampshire, early signs of the 2016 presidential race

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Earlier this year, as Frank Guinta was driving his children to school, he turned on a local radio station and heard Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul talking about Guinta's failed attempt to win re-election to Congress just a few months earlier.

Paul was discussing the future of the Republican Party and the need for the GOP to maintain its traditional political base while also welcoming more libertarian-minded conservatives. The Kentucky senator then started citing specific data from the 2012 general election, including Guinta's race.

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Filed under: 2016 • New Hampshire
In NH, conservatives seek to score political points on health care
June 5th, 2013
06:34 AM ET
11 months ago

In NH, conservatives seek to score political points on health care

Washington (CNN) – The battle over Obamacare will hit the New Hampshire airwaves Wednesday by way of a new television ad accusing Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of supporting a health care law that will financially hurt American families.

Heading into 2014, Republicans are expected to increase their criticism of the health care law - which GOP strategists think will be a winning political issue in the midterm elections.

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Filed under: Health care • Jeanne Shaheen • New Hampshire
GOP heavyweights lining up behind Martinez
May 31st, 2013
01:54 PM ET
11 months ago

GOP heavyweights lining up behind Martinez

Washington (CNN) - Congressional leaders, potential presidential candidates and party elders will come together next week in the nation's capital to help fill New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's political war chest, CNN has learned.

From House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Marco Rubio, at least 27 people are listed as "Honored Guests" on a fundraising invitation that also features Republican Governors Association Chair Bobby Jindal, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, among many others. The event is expected to raise "six figures," said an adviser to the New Mexico governor, who spoke about it on the condition of anonymity. Contributions range from $500 to $5,200 per person.
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Filed under: New Mexico • Susana Martinez
First on CNN: Cruz invited to key 2016 presidential state
May 24th, 2013
02:39 PM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: Cruz invited to key 2016 presidential state

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - An influential social conservative organization in New Hampshire has invited Sen. Ted Cruz to speak to its members, an offer that would present the Texas Republican an opportunity to begin meeting primary voters if he decides to run for president.

Cornerstone Action specifically asked Cruz to address their annual fundraising dinner that will take place in the fall.
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Filed under: Ted Cruz
Massachusetts lieutenant governor resigns, announces new role
May 22nd, 2013
10:43 AM ET
11 months ago

Massachusetts lieutenant governor resigns, announces new role

(CNN) - Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray resigned his position to become the head of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce at a press conference on Wednesday.

Murray said that his decision to resign before his term is finished is for personal for reasons.

"In January I made a decision with my wife not seek political office in 2014." Murray said. "The next chapter of my life needs to be focused primarily on family. I wanted to take advantage of this moment in our lives, as childhood passes quickly and this is an important time for my family."

When asked if he was going to rule out running for office again Murray responded, "We'll see." He continued, "I'm not ruling anything in or out. I'm excited about this opportunity.

Murray said he intends to submit his resignation effective at end of day on June 2nd and begin his new role on June 3rd.

The lieutenant governor has taken heat recently over questions about his relationship with the disgraced Chelsea Housing Authority director and campaign funding.

CNN's Sara Fischer contributed to this report.


Filed under: Massachusetts
With humor and criticism, Rand Paul courts New Hampshire voters
May 20th, 2013
09:49 PM ET
11 months ago

With humor and criticism, Rand Paul courts New Hampshire voters

Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul used humor to accompany biting criticism of President Barack Obama Monday on issues ranging from the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative organizations to the president’s health care law, as the Kentucky Republican made his formal introduction to influential New Hampshire voters.

Paul was well received by the 500 GOP activists at this sold out fundraiser for the state party, where he repeated his criticism of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
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Filed under: New Hampshire • Rand Paul
N.H. primary gets boost from national GOP leaders
May 20th, 2013
07:26 PM ET
11 months ago

N.H. primary gets boost from national GOP leaders

Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus each voiced support Monday for the New Hampshire primary, welcome endorsements for a state that is constantly fighting to protect its unique status as the first state to hold a primary in the race for president.

“I like the process of primaries originating in smaller states,” Paul said before headlining a New Hampshire Republican Party fundraiser. “I’ve seen how the election works around here. I’ve seen how it gets close … there are candidates on every corner meeting and shaking hands and it is a hopeful aspect of politics of meeting people one-on-one even in a nation of three hundred million.”
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Filed under: New Hampshire • Rand Paul • Reince Priebus
First on CNN: Rand Paul donates $10,000 to New Hampshire GOP
May 20th, 2013
09:37 AM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: Rand Paul donates $10,000 to New Hampshire GOP

Nashua, New Hampshire (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has donated $10,000 to the New Hampshire Republican Party, stoking further speculation he is eyeing a run for president.

The donation will be announced publicly on Monday hours before Paul headlines a state GOP fundraising dinner in Concord. Nearly 500 people will attend the fundraiser, which will also feature Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. The dinner is sold out.
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Filed under: 2016 • New Hampshire • Rand Paul
First on CNN: In new TV ad, slain officer’s family endorses Cuccinelli
Republican Ken Cuccinelli (right) will face Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe (left) in the Virginia governor’s race this November.
May 19th, 2013
10:11 PM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: In new TV ad, slain officer’s family endorses Cuccinelli

Alexandria, Virginia (CNN) – The widow and daughter of a Virginia police officer killed in the line of duty endorse Ken Cuccinelli for governor in a new television commercial that will start running throughout the commonwealth on Monday, a Cuccinelli campaign adviser tells CNN.

Cuccinelli’s first TV ad since accepting the Republican Party’s gubernatorial nomination Saturday doesn’t talk about his plan to fix the economy or lower taxes, but rather it seeks to paint him as a compassionate individual who will never leave your side.

“I honestly don’t know how I survived it,” Sue Garbarino says about the murder of her husband, Fairfax County Police Officer Michael Garbarino, in May 2006. “I just needed to be there for my girls. Every time I was in the hospital, I would see Ken Cuccinelli. I will never forget that.”

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Filed under: Ken Cuccinelli • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
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