Jeb Bush opposes Florida medical marijuana ballot initiative
August 15th, 2014
09:02 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Jeb Bush opposes Florida medical marijuana ballot initiative

(CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced his opposition Thursday to an overwhelmingly popular proposal that would legalize medical marijuana in his state.

The Republican said "allowing large-scale, marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter" to the state's efforts to boost tourism and a business-friendly environment.

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Filed under: 2016 • Florida • Jeb Bush • Marijuana
August 14th, 2014
03:13 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Rand Paul on Ferguson: Police too militarized

(CNN) – There’s a “legitimate” need for authorities “to keep the peace,” but the law enforcement response to racially-charged street protests over the police shooting of an unarmed Missouri teenager illustrates something more pervasive and troubling, Sen. Rand Paul said.

Writing Thursday in an opinion piece in Time, Paul noted that the wild scene of police in tactical gear apparently firing teargas and rubber pellets and pointing automatic weapons at people in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson resembled a “war more than a traditional police action.”

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Filed under: 2016 • Rand Paul
Gap shrinks between Hillary Clinton and Republicans
August 14th, 2014
08:36 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Gap shrinks between Hillary Clinton and Republicans

(CNN) – While Hillary Clinton still maintains an advantage over potential GOP rivals in 2016, a new poll shows that her lead is narrowing.

And as her book tour has received extensive coverage, her support has dropped below 50%, according to the McClatchy-Marist poll released Thursday.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Polls
August 13th, 2014
05:42 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Christie touts conservative chops in Alabama

(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican governor from the blue state of New Jersey, argued Wednesday that he's more conservative than people from the South may think.

Asked by reporters in Birmingham what Alabama voters may find surprising about him, Christie suggested there's a common misconception about his ideology.

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Filed under: 2016 • Alabama • Chris Christie • Mississippi • RGA
Rand Paul hits the Hamptons
August 13th, 2014
01:29 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Rand Paul hits the Hamptons

(CNN) – Photos of Sen. Rand Paul in the Hamptons on Saturday raised some questions about the Kentucky Republican, who had previously said he couldn't attend a social conservative event in Iowa over the weekend because he had a "family commitment."

As it turns out, the likely presidential candidate was photographed in East Hampton at a fundraiser for a public library.

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Filed under: 2016 • New York • Rand Paul
Challenge accepted: Chris Christie gets doused in ice water
August 13th, 2014
08:05 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Challenge accepted: Chris Christie gets doused in ice water

(CNN) – Wearing a t-shirt and shorts, Gov. Chris Christie accepted the increasingly popular Ice Bucket Challenge and let his two youngest kids dump a large pail of water on the New Jersey Republican.

In a video posted on Facebook Tuesday night, Christie said he was nominated by Scott O'Neill of the New Jersey Devils. In return, he challenged Sen. Cory Booker, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and NBC’s “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon.

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Filed under: Chris Christie
August 12th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Rand Paul on Chris Christie in one word: 'Bridges'

(CNN) - They're at it again.

Rand Paul was asked in a recent interview to name one word when he thinks of fellow Republican Chris Christie.

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Rand Paul
In Iowa, Rand Paul previews 2016 campaign message amid dust-ups
August 8th, 2014
03:47 PM ET
3 weeks ago

In Iowa, Rand Paul previews 2016 campaign message amid dust-ups

URBANDALE, Iowa (CNN) - Rand Paul wears his political ambition for all to see. Look no further than the tie he sported during a three-day trip to Iowa. It had yellow images of corn, the crop that epitomizes politics in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

"And by coincidence, I have one in the shape of South Carolina," the Kentucky Republican said Wednesday, drawing laughs.

He was speaking at a Republican breakfast outside Des Moines at Machine Shed, a Midwest restaurant chain where the waiters wear overalls and drinks are served in Mason jars.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Rand Paul
Chris Christie off to Mexico next month
August 7th, 2014
01:59 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Chris Christie off to Mexico next month

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will travel to Mexico next month to meet with the country's new president, his office announced Thursday.

The trip will focus on building economic relationships and is set to weave in cultural experiences, as well.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Rand Paul talks marriage, contraception in Iowa
August 6th, 2014
01:01 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Rand Paul talks marriage, contraception in Iowa

Urbandale, Iowa (CNN) - Asked whether he would support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday he supports the idea of traditional marriage but thinks Washington shouldn’t be involved in the issue.

“I’m in favor of the concept,” the Kentucky Republican told an audience in Iowa. “I am in favor of traditional marriage, and I think that’s been the foundation for civilization for thousands of years.”

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Rand Paul
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