Libertarian-leaning Paul addresses liberal-leaning campus
March 19th, 2014
10:27 AM ET
1 month ago

Libertarian-leaning Paul addresses liberal-leaning campus

Updated 9:30 p.m. ET, 3/19/2014

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul, who's become known for venturing into unfamiliar territory for Republicans, spoke Wednesday at the liberal hotbed of the University of California at Berkeley.

The Kentucky Republican castigated President Barack Obama for his continued support of the National Security Agency's phone metadata collection, saying the President should know better in part because of his race.
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Filed under: 2016 • California • Rand Paul
Christie to head to Michigan for fundraisers
March 17th, 2014
06:48 PM ET
1 month ago

Christie to head to Michigan for fundraisers

(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, will attend fundraising events in Michigan on Wednesday with Gov. Rick Snyder and U.S. Senate hopeful Terri Lynn Land.

A spokesman for Snyder's campaign said the private event featuring the two governors will take place in Grand Rapids and will raise funds for the RGA.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Michigan
FreedomWorks backs incumbent members of Congress
March 17th, 2014
12:06 PM ET
1 month ago

FreedomWorks backs incumbent members of Congress

(CNN) - The political action committee for FreedomWorks, a grassroots conservative group known for backing tea party challengers, released a list Monday of incumbent lawmakers it's endorsing in this year's midterm elections.

In the Senate, the group backs third-term Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, who doesn't have a Republican challenger.
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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • FreedomWorks
Ben Carson: The U.S. is like 'Nazi Germany'
March 12th, 2014
04:31 PM ET
1 month ago

Ben Carson: The U.S. is like 'Nazi Germany'

(CNN) – Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and a popular figure among conservatives, compared the United States to the Third Reich in an interview.

Asked to elaborate on his previous comments about the U.S. living in "a Gestapo age," the conservative firebrand argued the country has become "very much like Nazi Germany."
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Filed under: Ben Carson
March 11th, 2014
04:53 PM ET
1 month ago

The backstory to the Obama-Galifianakis Funny or Die video

(CNN) - Anyone who's watched Funny or Die's interview segment, "Between Two Ferns" with comedic actor Zach Galifianakis, knows the interviewee is in for a few minutes of sheer awkwardness.

The back-and-forth takes place in between two ferns. Literally. And the most popular episode was when Galifianakis belt-whipped Justin Bieber.
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Filed under: President Obama
First on CNN: Republicans hit Landrieu over climate change talk-a-thon
March 11th, 2014
10:09 AM ET
1 month ago

First on CNN: Republicans hit Landrieu over climate change talk-a-thon

(CNN) - Nearly 30 senators staged an overnight debate on the Senate floor Monday night through Tuesday morning, trying to bring attention to what they say is a dire need to combat climate change with legislative action.

But Sen. Mary Landrieu, the new chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was noticeably absent from the demonstration. The vulnerable Democrat faces re-election this fall in Louisiana, a state with large swaths of conservative voters.
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Filed under: 2014 • Ads • climate change • Energy • Louisiana • Mary Landrieu
Rand Paul takes veiled swipe at Ted Cruz over foreign policy
March 10th, 2014
01:01 PM ET
2 months ago

Rand Paul takes veiled swipe at Ted Cruz over foreign policy

(CNN) - Recent tension between Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz flared on Monday after Paul doubled-down in his criticism of Cruz's rhetoric.

"I will remind anyone who thinks we will win elections by trashing previous Republican nominees or holding oneself out as some paragon in the mold of (Ronald) Reagan, that splintering the party is not the route to victory," the Kentucky Republican wrote in an opinion piece for Breitbart.com.
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Filed under: Rand Paul • Ted Cruz
Iowa poll gauges support for presidential retreads
March 9th, 2014
05:28 PM ET
2 months ago

Iowa poll gauges support for presidential retreads

(CNN) – A new survey asked Iowa voters about potential presidential candidates who’ve already run for the White House, and the results show some good news for Republicans Mike Huckabee and Paul Ryan.

But for Rick Santorum, who won the Iowa GOP caucuses in 2012 by a razor-thin margin, and Rick Perry, the results indicate Hawkeye State Republicans aren't quite as excited about the prospects of another presidential bid by the former Pennsylvania senator and the Texas governor. FULL POST


Filed under: 2008 Election • 2012 • 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Joe Biden • Mike Huckabee • Paul Ryan • Polls • Rick Perry • Rick Santorum
2016 watch: Iowa GOP chairman to step down, heads to Rand Paul PAC
March 9th, 2014
04:08 PM ET
2 months ago

2016 watch: Iowa GOP chairman to step down, heads to Rand Paul PAC

(CNN) – In a move that is generating even more 2016 presidential buzz, the chairman of Iowa’s Republican Party is leaving his position to work for Rand PAC, a group that supports Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

A.J. Spiker, who’s been chairman since February 2012, sent a letter to Iowa GOP committee members Friday, saying that he was stepping down and that elections for a new chairman would take place on March 29, according to a statement released Saturday by the state party.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Rand Paul
March 9th, 2014
02:51 PM ET
2 months ago

A 2012 GOP reunion

Updated 4:30 p.m. ET, 3/9/2014

(CNN) – Mitt Romney, 2012 GOP presidential nominee, and his former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, tweeted Sunday that they bumped into each other at the airport.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • Twitter
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