Hillary Clinton's career in the spotlight
July 22nd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

‘Stop Hillary’ group ramps up anti-Clinton efforts

Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton may or may not run for president in 2016, but the conservative effort to derail her potential candidacy is already underway.

Iowa poll: Who wins a Clinton-Christie 2016 showdown?

The organizers behind Stop Hillary PAC, a political action committee quietly incorporated in May, are stepping into public view this week as they ramp up their efforts to harangue Clinton as she mulls over her political future.
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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
Candidates say embattled Virginia governor should consider resigning
July 20th, 2013
02:58 PM ET
1 year ago

Candidates say embattled Virginia governor should consider resigning

Updated at 3:00 p.m. ET on 7/20

(CNN) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell should consider resigning in the face of federal and state investigations into lavish gifts he and his family received from a wealthy executive, the two men running to succeed McDonnell said during a debate Saturday.

Neither of the candidates, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, issued an outright call for McDonnell to leave office when asked about the controversy by the debate’s moderator. But both said he should at least contemplate stepping down.
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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Ken Cuccinelli • Virginia
Marco Rubio’s Iowa problem
July 17th, 2013
06:54 PM ET
1 year ago

Marco Rubio’s Iowa problem

Washington (CNN) – Does Marco Rubio have an Iowa problem?

If Sam Clovis is any barometer, the answer is an unmitigated yes.
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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Iowa • Marco Rubio
Virginia governor scandal: 'That's not the guy we know'
July 17th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
1 year ago

Virginia governor scandal: 'That's not the guy we know'

Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - This southern city is a tranquil place in the summertime.

The steamy downtown streets and grand boulevards that radiate outward from the old Confederate capital are less choked as families seek shelter from the heat and clear out of town for jaunts to the beach or the river.

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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Virginia
Can Rick Perry overcome last presidential run?
Gov. Rick Perry tells the National Right to Life Council that he'll continue to push for more restrictive abortion laws in Texas.
July 3rd, 2013
09:14 AM ET
1 year ago

Can Rick Perry overcome last presidential run?

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry has found himself squarely in the middle of the national political conversation as he clashes with Democrats over a restrictive anti-abortion bill that has drawn thousands of protesters to Austin.

The high-profile showdown - Perry this week called a second special legislative session to revive the abortion bill after Democrats blocked it with a filibuster engineered by state Sen. Wendy Davis - has re-focused attention on his national ambitions and raised the prospect that he might again run for president, even after his 2012 campaign flamed out in spectacular fashion.

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Filed under: Rick Perry • Texas
First on CNN: Perry to announce political future on Monday
July 2nd, 2013
02:05 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Perry to announce political future on Monday

Washington (CNN) - Rick Perry is inviting close friends and supporters to an event next Monday in San Antonio where he is expected to announce if he plans to seek an unprecedented fourth full term as Texas governor, CNN has learned.

Perry "will be making an announcement around mid-day in San Antonio concerning his exciting future plans," according to a "Save the Date" email obtained Tuesday by CNN. The announcement comes as Perry finds himself at the center of a high-profile legislative fight over abortion rights in his state.
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Filed under: Rick Perry • Texas
GOP chief: 'We need comprehensive immigration reform'
June 28th, 2013
02:03 PM ET
1 year ago

GOP chief: 'We need comprehensive immigration reform'

Washington (CNN) - One day after the Senate passed a full-spectrum immigration bill with overwhelming support, the chairman of the Republican National Committee re-emphasized the need for reform but said the final contours of the legislation are far from settled.

"We need comprehensive immigration reform," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told CNN in an interview in his Capitol Hill office. "I don't think we can continue to drift along with this mess of immigration laws that we have. And a mess that in many regards has been the results of our government not even enforcing the laws that are in place. There is plenty of blame to go around for why we are in this position, but I think it's about time that we address it."
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Filed under: Immigration • Reince Priebus • Senate
Rand Paul's Republican balancing act
Sen. Rand Paul greets supporters at a tea party movement rally in Washington earlier this month.
June 28th, 2013
07:04 AM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul's Republican balancing act

(CNN) - Rand Paul arrives in South Carolina on Friday for a handful of fundraisers and closed-door meetings with local Republicans, the latest in a series of expeditions to key primary states as he mulls a presidential bid in 2016.

If the Kentucky senator decides to embark on a White House run, a likely prospect according to those around him, his South Carolina foray crystallizes what could be a central challenge as a Republican candidate: assuaging skeptical donors in the party's establishment without rankling the grass-roots activists who helped lift him to national prominence.

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Filed under: GOP • Rand Paul
First on CNN: Clinton opponents plan donor meeting in New York
June 27th, 2013
10:20 AM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Clinton opponents plan donor meeting in New York

Washington (CNN) - The movement to "Stop Hillary" is coming to Hillary Clinton's backyard.

America Rising, the political action committee chaired by Mitt Romney's former campaign manager, is organizing an "Inaugural Stop Hillary 2016 Luncheon" for Republican donors in Manhattan, CNN has learned.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton
June 26th, 2013
07:52 PM ET
1 year ago

Same-sex marriage rulings complicate path forward for GOP

Washington (CNN) - Moments after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a pair of same-sex marriage cases, the handful of Democrats considering running for president in 2016 stumbled over themselves in a rush of celebratory reaction, blasting out a salvo of congratulatory press releases and tweets.

Voting 5-4 in each of two decisions, the justices struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples and cleared the way for gays and lesbians to once again marry in California.

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Filed under: Republicans • Same-sex marriage • Supreme Court
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