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Ted Cruz-Marco Rubio feud flares in Iowa closer

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As if hearing Marco Rubio’s footsteps creeping up on him, Ted Cruz directed much of his final advertising against the Florida senator in the frenzied weekend prelude to the Iowa caucuses, feeding a Republican feud that turned increasingly bitter before voters have their first say in the 2016 presidential race. Considered to be vying with front-runner Donald Trump for Iowa victory Monday, Cruz denounced the next in line, according to polls, sharply challenging Rubio’s conservative credentials on the airwaves while…

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Cash flow could be issue for 4 GOP contenders seeking boost from New Hampshire

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Money may be growing tight for four Republican presidential hopefuls clustered under Donald Trump and Ted Cruz,  just when they’re about to need it the most. Financial reports coming out Sunday will show who began the year with enough cash to put their long-range campaign plans into motion. For Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and John Kasich, the aim is a strong showing in New Hampshire on Feb. 9 that power-boosts them deep into primary season. Marco Rubio‘s imperative is to…

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Des Moines Register poll: Donald Trump captures top spot in Iowa

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With two days before the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump leads among likely Republican caucus-goers, according to the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll released Saturday. Trump leads Ted Cruz in Iowa 28 percent to 23 percent. Marco Rubio is in third with 15 percent, followed by Ben Carson with 10 percent and Rand Paul with 5 percent. Fifty-five percent of likely Republican caucus-goers polled said their minds were made up; 45 percent of respondents said they could still be persuaded.…

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In lead up to Iowa, Jeb Bush wins endorsements from three former governors

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Less than 48 hours from the Iowa caucuses, Jeb Bush‘s campaign announced endorsements from three former governors: Frank Keating of Oklahoma; Dirk Kempthorne of Idaho and Rhode Island’s Lincoln Almond. Bush, who served as Florida governor from 1999 through 2007, also won praise Thursday in an op-ed penned by Mike Johanns, the former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. senator and governor of Nebraska. Johanns’ editorial appeared in the Daily Nonpareil, based in Council Bluffs, Iowa. According to campaign officials, the trio of…

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For GOP, debate was glimpse of what could have been

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For the Republican candidates for president, it was a glimpse of what could have been. Front-runner Donald Trump‘s boycott of the final debate before the Iowa caucuses created space for his rivals to delve more deeply into their differences on immigration, foreign policy and their approach to governing. And for some candidates — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in particular — Trump’s absence from the debate stage Thursday night appeared to ease some of the tension created by his sharply…

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With Iowa days away, Jeb Bush releases massive roll call of supporters, best grassroots in Florida

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As the Iowa caucuses approach, voters with any lingering doubts about the vigor of Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign could be in for a last-minute shock. On Wednesday, Bush’s campaign released a massive list of Florida supporters, signaling a move that just might put to rest any misgivings about the former governor’s political stature in his home state. With the addition of leaders from each of Florida’s 67 counties, Bush’s updated organization now boasts the best grassroots organization in Florida, with…

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In new ad, Marco Rubio tells Iowans next president must “stand up to runaway government”

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With less than a week before the Iowa caucuses, Marco Rubio is taking to the airwaves to explain why he thinks Washington, D.C., is broken. The 30-second spot, called “Listening,” features several shots of people listening to a Rubio advertisement while going about their day-to-day business. In the background, Rubio is heard saying it’s “time for a president who will stand up to runaway government and fight Washington special interests in both parties.” “I tell people all the time: America…

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