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Haley Barbour handicaps Donald Trump’s VP picks

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The former head of the national Republican Party has plugged Newt Gingrich as one possible vice presidential pick for likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. “I think of it as six words: Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich,” Haley Barbour said on Tuesday’s “Morning Joe” program on MSNBC. Barbour, a lobbyist, served as chair of the Republican National Committee in 1993-97 before becoming governor of Mississippi between 2004-12. Gingrich, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995-99, co-wrote the…

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Florida GOP picks its final delegates to convention this summer

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Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia on Saturday selected the 15 delegates and 15 alternates chosen as at-large delegates who had yet to be determined to be part of the state’s contingent of  99 delegates that will represent the Sunshine State at the Republican National Convention: They include former Miami-Dade Rep. Adam Hasner, who worked on U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign; incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who campaigned for former Gov. Jeb Bush in New Hampshire; and Senate President Joe Negron, who also endorsed Bush.…

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‘Self-funded’ Donald Trump preparing to seek big-donor money

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The billionaire presidential candidate who prides himself on paying his own way and bashed his competition for relying on political donors now wants their money — and lots of it. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, recently hired a national finance chairman, scheduled his first fundraiser and is on the cusp of signing a deal with the Republican Party that would enable him to solicit donations of more than $300,000 apiece from supporters. His money-raising begins right away. The…

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Donald Trump says he’s narrowed potential VPs to 5 or 6 experienced politicians, has not ruled out Chris Christie

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Donald Trump, the Republicans’ presumptive presidential nominee, says he’s narrowed his list of potential running mates to “five or six people,” all with deep political resumes. He says he has not ruled out New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former rival who has embraced the billionaire’s campaign with gusto. “I have a list of people that I would like,” Trump said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press. The real estate mogul and former reality television star said he’s…

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Donald Trump fires back after Paul Ryan withholds support

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Donald Trump says he’s “not ready to support” House Speaker Paul Ryan’s agenda after the country’s top elected GOP official said he’s not ready to back Trump as the party’s presidential nominee. In a statement released by his campaign, Trump says, “Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people.” Trump says Americans have been “been treated so badly for so long that it is about time for…

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Poll: Americans have an unfavorable view of the GOP

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The Republican Party may have an image problem. According to a report by the Pew Research Center, 62 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party. That’s up since October, when 58 percent of people said they had an unfavorable view of the GOP. The survey found 33 percent of the public has a favorable impression of the Republican Party. When it comes to the Democratic Party, 50 percent of adults said they had an unfavorable opinion…

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Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton aim for sweeps of northeastern primaries

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Donald Trump is aiming for a sweep of all five Northeastern states holding primaries Tuesday, including Pennsylvania, with his rivals pinning their hopes of stopping the Republican front-runner on a fragile coordination strategy in the next rounds of voting. For Democratic leader Hillary Clinton, wins in most of Tuesday’s contests would leave little doubt that she’ll be her party’s nominee. Rival Bernie Sanders‘ team has sent mixed signals about his standing in the race, with one top adviser suggesting a…

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