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The 20 Republicans considering a 2016 White House run

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For the 2016 presidential race, more than 18 months away, the GOP presidential field is shaping up to be the largest in recent history. As it stands now, 20 Republicans have serious intentions for a White House run in 2016, with some aggressive rumblings already, and others expecting to gear up in the next few weeks. Jonathan Easley of The Hill expects a flurry of announcements to begin in April. With a year and a half until the first debate,…

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Fresh Gallup poll — Hillary Clinton: Best known, and still best liked

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According to a new poll (taken just as the controversy about her private email account was breaking), Hillary Clinton remains one of the few 2016 presidential candidates to have a significantly higher favorable (50 percent) than unfavorable (39 percent) rating among the American public. And 89 percent have enough knowledge of her to form an opinion, by far the most of any person who is contemplating a run for the White House next year. However, it should be noted that…

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Jeb Bush & Scott Walker going to New Hampshire, but not before DWS gives a prebuttal

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The two breakout stars in the early going GOP presidential sweepstakes — Jeb Bush and Scott Walker — go to New Hampshire this weekend, site of the nation’s first primary election some 10 months from now. For Bush, it will be his first political visit to the Granite State in 15 years. Walker is a relative stranger as well, having made only one previous visit back in 2012 to speak at the state’s convention. They’re not the only 2016 hopefuls…

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Scott Walker & Jeb Bush top the field in new GOP national presidential poll

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A new Quinnipiac poll released today shows that Scott Walker and Jeb Bush continue to stand above the rest in the early going of the 2016 GOP presidential field. Walker comes in at 18 percent and Bush follows with 16 percent in the national poll released Thursday morning. Then it’s a big drop, with New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tied at 8 percent each. Retired physician Ben Carson (who has now apologized for saying…

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Marco Rubio floats trial balloon on tax reform at donor meeting

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In a conservative donors preview last weekend, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio unveiled a tax reform plan he intends to introduce soon with Utah Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee. The Florida senator, who has indicated he will likely run for president rather than  for re-election to the U.S. Senate, told attendees at the Club for Growth meeting his agenda: to pass an alternative to Obamacare, close the Export-Import Bank and eliminate the U.S. Department of Education. According to POLITICO’s James Hohmann,…

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Known unknowns: Marco Rubio’s unanswerable dilemma

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If you believe the most recent rumblings, Marco Rubio has decided to take his chances and make a run for the White House, damn the torpedoes — and Jeb Bush. Though early polls have Bush and Scott Walker way out in front of him, recent history shows that an exciting, up-and-coming U.S. Senator with a hot hand can defy the odds and become the president, a fact Rubio has surely noted. But his analysis of those particular tea leaves may…

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Republicans seek the perfect date (read: candidate) for 2016

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Let’s say, for a moment, that America has given you the job of picking the perfect candidate for president. Good luck, Mr. or Ms. Voter, deciding what they’ve got to have — and what they can do without. There are all sorts of things to start the list: leadership, vision, charisma, communication skills, and foreign policy cred. And more: fundraising prowess, authenticity, empathy, a keen understanding of the presidency, and maybe a little familiarity with running for the office. And…

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