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Rand Paul files for re-election…in 2016

Freshman Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is filing for re-election — five years before his six-year term expires in 2016. The son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul — a twice-failed Presidential contender — the younger Paul is also flirting with the idea of a Presidential run. Paul beat the Kentucky GOP establishment in the 2010 election, upsetting the handpicked candidate in the primary and cruising to victory in the general election. The younger Paul says he might run for the GOP Presidential nomination if his father doesn’t but the senior Paul is already making noises about a potential run. Related articles
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Time for Mike Huckabee to get off the fence?

Potential Republican Presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee needs to make up his mind if he wants to be a contender for 2012. The former Arkansas Governor gets high poll numbers among likely GOP voters but time is running short and Huckabee is still on the fence. “Nobody knows what is going to decide,” Randy Davis, an rabid supporter of Huckabee in Iowa, told Reuters. “I’ve tried to encourage everyone to be patient.” But patience is wearing thin among the GOP faithful who are looking for someone — anyone — to become the standard bearer for a 2012 race against Barack Obama.
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Trump slams Romney’s business credentials

Comb-over king Donald Trump slammed GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney‘s business credentials Sunday, claiming he’s a better businessman. Trump, who may or may not seek the GOP Presidential nomination in 2012, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he has a “much, much bigger net worth. I mean my net worth is many, many, many times Mitt Romney.” Romney, Trump says, is just¬† a “small business guy”¬† while the real estate developer and reality show star known as “The Donald” claims he’s created thousands of jobs and built a “great company.” Romney, a former venture capitalist with a record of
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Does Tim Pawlenty have the right stuff?

  Tim Pawlenty, the first senior Republican to take the formal step to seek the party’s presidential nomination, brings some advantages into the 2012 race but national recognition isn’t one of them. The former Minnesota governor’s low public profile puts him far behind other more established national party figures in the early courtship of voters, even though they remain undecided on whether to challenge President Barack Obama. But a strong team and a personal narrative that fits the key election issues of jobs and deficit reduction will likely make the soft-spoken Pawlenty a more serious contender. “He has a lot
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GOP wannabes pan Obama’s budget plan

The Republicans vying to challenge President Barack Obama next year are universally panning his budget proposal as political gimmickry and another example of his inability to lead. The likely candidates lined up Wednesday against Obama’s budget proposal, which would cut the federal deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years by eliminating health care fraud, raising taxes on the wealthy and paring defense spending. Republicans cast it as a hollow response to spending outline proposed earlier by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. “It was as if Ryan was the president and (Obama) was a desperate challenger,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told
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The Trump Doctrine?

Call it the Trump Doctrine. The next time America is called upon to act as global policeman, expect a bill from Uncle Sam. Property developer, reality TV star and would-be Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he’d apply his business acumen to geopolitics if he wins the White House. A cultural phenomenon known as “The Donald,” Trump is leveraging his reputation as a showy business mogul to set up a possible run for president. Some of Trump’s proposals fall way outside the political mainstream. But his message that America needs radical change draws support from some voters dismayed by diminished
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Pawlenty not running for President…yet

Former Minnesota Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty told a CNN interviewer on Tuesday he was “focusing on running for president” but was not ready to make a formal announcement. Asked whether, hypothetically, he would consider being vice president with someone like Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, Pawlenty replied: “I’m running for president. I’m not putting my hat in the ring rhetorically or ultimately for vice president. So I’m focused on running for president.” But asked if he was making a formal announcement, Pawlenty responded: “I’ve got an exploratory committee up and running and we’ll have a final or
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Romney officially in White House race

Republican heavyweight Mitt Romney entered the 2012 race for the White House on Monday, forming an exploratory committee to raise money for a challenge to President Barack Obama. Romney, an unsuccessful presidential contender in 2008, opens his campaign as a well-funded early front-runner to Obama, a Democrat. He scores high in opinion polls against other Republicans likely to seek their party’s nomination. The former head of a private equity firm and a multimillionaire, Romney said Obama’s economic policies had failed because he did not understand how jobs were created in the real world. “It is time that we put America
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Obama set to kick off 2012 fundraising

President Barack Obama will kick off his 2012 campaign fundraising efforts later this week in his hometown of Chicago, which will also serve as the headquarters for his campaign. The president, who raised a whopping $750 million in 2008 and may raise as much as $1 billion this time around, formally announced his re-election last week. The Democratic National Committee says that on Thursday he travels to Chicago where he’ll hold a fundraising kick-off at the Navy Pier. Ticket prices will start at $100, making the event relatively accessible to supporters compared with the high-dollar events he often attends. Obama
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Bachmann, Paul fault Republicans

Two possible Republican presidential candidates speaking in Iowa on Monday criticized their own party leaders for failing to cut enough from the federal budget. Texas Congressman Ron Paul criticized both President Barack Obama’s budget and a proposal by Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan in a speech at an Iowa college. “Neither of those budgets will solve our problems, won’t even come close,” said Paul, speaking at the Dordt College Campus Center in Sioux Center Monday morning. In a speech at an Iowa high school, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann criticized a last-minute budget deal reached Friday between Obama and congressional leaders
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