Hillary Clinton: Cantor's defeat will affect 2016
June 12th, 2014
12:59 PM ET
1 month ago

Hillary Clinton: Cantor's defeat will affect 2016

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton argued Thursday that the ripple effect of Eric Cantor's crushing primary defeat will extend to 2016.

"I think it shows the continuing conflict within the Republican Party over its direction," said the potential presidential candidate. "That will be a challenge. It may not affect necessarily the outcome of the elections in November–we'll see–but it will certainly have long-term implications for 2016 and maybe beyond."

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Filed under: 2016 • Cuba • Eric Cantor • Hillary Clinton • Vladimir Putin
June 11th, 2014
01:45 PM ET
1 month ago

Rand Paul on immigration: GOP trapped in word 'amnesty'

(CNN) - Immigration may not have been "the paramount issue" in Eric Cantor's crushing primary loss, Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday.

The Kentucky Republican, on a conference call with reporters, added that he's still in favor of immigration reform and partly blamed Republican gridlock over the issue to a misunderstanding over the word "amnesty."

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Filed under: 2014 • Eric Cantor • Immigration • Rand Paul
Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton sings a 'sad song' about financial struggles
June 10th, 2014
05:18 PM ET
2 months ago

Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton sings a 'sad song' about financial struggles

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton and Sen. Rand Paul went toe-to-toe in the media this week, amplifying 2016 tension between perhaps the two most active potential presidential candidates.

On Tuesday, the Kentucky Republican argued Clinton was out of touch for saying she was "dead broke" after she and her husband left the White House.

"She's going to have some surprises once she gets out of her limousine and meets the American people," Paul told reporters on Capitol Hill, according to reports by Politico and Breitbart.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Rand Paul
Was Rand Paul's red meat joke a bit too raw?
June 10th, 2014
02:48 PM ET
2 months ago

Was Rand Paul's red meat joke a bit too raw?

Washington (CNN) – More than any other Republican lawmaker, Sen. Rand Paul has aggressively gone after nontraditional GOP voters in the past year, trying to lure Democrats and independents into his party's column as he considers a presidential bid.

So it seemed odd last week when the libertarian-leaning senator from Kentucky made a partisan joke about the prisoner swap that secured U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bowe Bergdahl • Rand Paul
Hillary Clinton says Rand Paul will be 'fair game'
June 10th, 2014
10:47 AM ET
2 months ago

Hillary Clinton says Rand Paul will be 'fair game'

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton responded to Sen. Rand Paul's recent argument that Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky is a liability to Democrats as well as a potential White House run by Hillary Clinton.

In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer that aired Monday night, the former first lady was asked about his remarks.

"He can talk about whatever he wants to talk about," Clinton responded. "And if he decides to run, he'll be fair game too."

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Filed under: 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Rand Paul
‘It’s all garbage,’ Christie on criticism he isn’t popular outside N.J.
June 9th, 2014
12:36 PM ET
2 months ago

‘It’s all garbage,’ Christie on criticism he isn’t popular outside N.J.

(CNN) - Known for his blunt, tough-talking disposition, Gov. Chris Christie said he’s confident his personality can take root in places beyond New Jersey–that is if his political aspirations expand nationwide someday.

“I hear people say all the time, ‘Oh you know, you wouldn’t play well in the South, or you wouldn’t play well in Iowa.’ It’s all garbage. People are people,” the Republican governor said Monday on Sports Radio 94WIP Philadelphia.

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie
Rand Paul: Let's trade 5 Democrats, not 5 Taliban
June 6th, 2014
07:31 PM ET
2 months ago

Rand Paul: Let's trade 5 Democrats, not 5 Taliban

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky got some laughs Friday with a line inspired by the Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl release, but the political opposition found his remarks out of line.

“Mr. President, you love to trade people. Why don’t we set up a trade. But this time, instead of five Taliban, how ‘bout five Democrats,” Paul said to cheers at the Texas GOP convention in Fort Worth.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Rand Paul • Texas
Rand Paul: Kentucky law won't stop him from dual runs in 2016
June 6th, 2014
07:32 AM ET
2 months ago

Rand Paul: Kentucky law won't stop him from dual runs in 2016

(CNN) - Rand Paul said the Kentucky law that prohibits candidates from appearing more than once on a ballot won’t stop him from running for president and his Senate seat in 2016, if he chooses to make a White House bid.

“We do think about it, but ultimately it's not something that will probably deter the process, if we make a decision," the Republican senator told the Associated Press on Thursday.

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Filed under: 2016 • Kentucky • Rand Paul
Christie named 'Father of the Year'
June 4th, 2014
04:22 PM ET
2 months ago

Christie named 'Father of the Year'

(CNN) – Chris Christie, the tough-talking Republican governor of New Jersey, got to show off his softer side Wednesday as he accepted an award for being "Father of the Year."

"I get recognized and criticized and praised for all kinds of other things. But the most important thing I get to do every day is to be a father to my four children," he said. "And it is the most lasting and important thing that I'll ever do with my life."

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Filed under: Chris Christie
June 1st, 2014
04:17 PM ET
2 months ago

Members of Congress waiting for briefing on Bergdahl release

(CNN) – More than 24 hours after Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release, Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he still has not been briefed by administration officials on the swap.

The California Republican plans to hold hearings about the Bergdahl exchange, he told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Sunday.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Buck Mckeon • Congress • Guantanamo Bay • President Obama • Terrorism
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