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Rand Paul set to announce Presidential run

Sen. Rand Paul is set to make official a presidential bid that has long been expected, a senior adviser to the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday, pointing to April 7 as the kickoff date. Paul’s political team has invited backers to a midday event in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. The tea party hero was then set to visit the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — familiar destinations for him as has prepared for the formal entry into the race. The adviser demanded anonymity to speak ahead of Paul’s public announcement. The adviser adds that Paul could
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Ted Cruz hopes New Hampshire shares his extremism

Ahead of his expected presidential campaign, Sen. Ted Cruz is banking on his hopes that rural New Hampshire voters and his home state of Texas share a similarly dour view of government. He is promising to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and scrap the Education Department. He vows to curtail federal regulators, likening to locusts that deserve to be killed. And his standard campaign-style speech includes a zinger about the Second Amendment. “I’m pretty sure, here in New Hampshire, y’all define gun control like we do down in Texas: gun control is when you hit what you aim at,” Cruz
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Bush treads familiar ground in New Hampshire

When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush lays the groundwork for an all-but-certain White House bid in the state hosting the nation’s first presidential primary, he will be confronting a mixed record of voting for members of his family. Bush’s busy weekend includes private meetings with party leaders and two public sessions with voters. New Hampshire plays prominently in his plans to win the GOP presidential nomination, but the state has a complicated history with his father and brother, each a former president. “They’ve always been respected and a family that is thought to be close to New Hampshire,” said former
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Christie still pushing for Presidential run

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s team is pushing back against the impression that he’s struggling in his expected presidential bid. Lest there be any doubt his presidential prospects are alive, Christie’s supporters announced new hires and donors Thursday, as well as the launch of a super PAC that can raise unlimited money for his presidential ambitions. But the Republican governor nonetheless appears to be taking a different tack than his likely rivals when it comes to how he’s spending his time. Facing a lagging economy in the state and record-low approval ratings, he’s staying close to home as other potential
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Tea Party favorite Ben Carson considering run for President

Ben Carson, a retired surgeon popular with Tea Party conservatives, has formally created an exploratory committee to run for president, according to his campaign chief executive, Terry Giles, the Wall Street Journal reported. With the exploratory committee, Carson can raise money that he can transfer to his campaign once it begins, the Journal said. (on.wsj.com/18hKgAj) He has made a number of hires lately, including a national finance director and aides in several early voting states, Giles said, adding that the campaign would soon announce more “major players,” who will join Carson’s team, the newspaper said. Carson, a former neurosurgeon at
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Can Scott Walker find his way to be President?

Scott Walker may have won three elections in the past four years, but he’s still finding his way in presidential politics. The Wisconsin governor made a splash last month in first-to-vote Iowa, marching on stage in shirt sleeves to wow Republicans and vault to the top of several still-way-too-early polls. Then came “punts” on questions about evolution, President Barack Obama’s love of country and the president’s religion. This week Walker compared his political fight against union protesters to America’s actual fight against Islamic State militants in the Middle East. “Take your worst day in any state capital around the country,
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Rahm Emanuel faces runoff in Chicago Mayor’s race

After failing to persuade a majority of Chicago voters to back his re-election bid, Mayor Rahm Emanuel could face an even stiffer challenge in April against a runoff opponent aiming to consolidate the support of residents unhappy with how the former White House chief of staff has managed the nation’s third-largest city. In a race Tuesday against four challengers, Emanuel discovered it wasn’t enough to spend millions of dollars on TV ads, earn the backing of the city’s business leaders, and secure the hometown endorsement of President Barack Obama. In order to keep the job, he’ll need to win another
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What, exactly, what does it mean to be a Democrat?

Democrats are struggling to answer a simple question — “What’s a Democrat?” — and must do a better job of explaining their core values to voters, according to a task force formed after the party’s dismal showing in the 2014 election. “I am here to tell you the Democratic Party has lost its way,” said a panel member, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. The problems are not with the “party’s core beliefs,” he said, but relate to “our inability to convey our principles to the American people in a precise, concise and passionate way.” According to interim findings in the Democratic
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Scott Walker doubts Obama’s love of America

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a leading Republican contender for the White House in 2016, said Saturday he doesn’t know whether President Barack Obama loves his country. “You should ask the president what he thinks about America,” Walker told The Associated Press while in Washington for a weekend meeting of the National Governors Association. “I’ve never asked him so I don’t know.” Earlier in the week, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said during a dinner speech, with Walker in attendance, “I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America.” Democrats
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Presidential aspirations rule at governors meet

Pay little attention to the official agenda for this weekend’s meeting of the National Governors Association. It’s the presidential politics being played in the hallways and private rooms that may matter most. Around panel discussions on cybersecurity and education reform, several state executives will spend much of the NGA’s winter meeting looking ahead at 2016. After all, the three-day gathering that begins Friday comes at a critical time for ambitious Republican governors looking to make the jump into the presidential contest. Each comes with his own mission: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is trying to capitalize on his newfound momentum. New
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