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Postcards from South Carolina: Key state leaders endorse Jeb Bush ahead of GOP primary

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As the South Carolina primary approaches, a group of leading South Carolina state and federal lawmakers are endorsing Jeb Bush for president. The new crop of supporters includes Education Superintendent Molly Spearman, State Sen. Ross Turner, State Rep. Kirkman Finlay, and former U.S. Rep. Henry Brown. Spearman has been superintendent of education since 2014; Turner and Finlay were both elected in 2012. Brown represented South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District from 1985 to 2001. The new supporters join U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham,…

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Postcards from South Carolina: Next president needs to have “heart for people,” Jeb Bush says

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The next person who will sit behind the desk in the Oval Office needs to have a heart for people, says Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.  Speaking to a South Carolina audience at the Faith and Family Presidential Forum in Greenville last week, Bush said eight years as Florida’s governor gave him the perspective and character necessary to lead the nation. “My backbone was solid, my heart was big, I had a brain to solve the problems,” he said. “And…

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George W. Bush: From South Carolina cameo to starring role

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George W. Bush won a bruising South Carolina presidential primary on his way to the Oval Office, as his father did before him. Now it’s his brother’s turn, and for Jeb Bush, the most consequential foreign policy decisions of his brother’s time in office are suddenly front-and-center of his bid to keep alive his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination — thanks to Donald Trump. The former president had already announced plans to campaign for his younger brother on Monday…

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Marco Rubio eyes brokered convention after NH setback

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The best hope of the Republican establishment just a week ago, Marco Rubio suddenly faces a path to his party’s presidential nomination that could require a brokered national convention. That’s according to Rubio’s campaign manager, Terry Sullivan, who told The Associated Press that this week’s disappointing performance in New Hampshire will extend the Republican nomination fight for another three months, if not longer. It’s a worst-case scenario for Rubio and many Republican officials alike who hoped to avoid a prolonged…

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Marco Rubio in new advertisement: Hillary Clinton is “disqualified” from being president

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Hillary Clinton isn’t qualified to be president. That’s the assertion Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign is making in a new television advertisement airing in New Hampshire and South Carolina. The 30-second spot — called “Disqualified” — features clips from the Fox Business debate last week. During the spot, Rubio says that Clinton is “disqualified from being commander in chief of the United States.” New evidence just points to one thing → Hillary Clinton has disqualified herself from the presidency. https://t.co/adQSLNkUum —…

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Confederate flag’s removal turns King Day into celebration

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Civic leaders, activists, artists and others are celebrating, marching and paying homage Monday to Martin Luther King Jr., marking the 30th anniversary of the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. In South Carolina, civil rights leaders planned a march to their state capitol as in past years when their rally highlighted calls to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds. The King Day at the Dome gathering began in 2000 with that call. Last July, organizers got their…

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Martin O’Malley could be excluded from upcoming Democratic debate

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is at risk of being excluded from the next Democratic presidential debate based on criteria released Friday by NBC News. In order to qualify for the Jan. 17 debate in Charleston, South Carolina, a candidate must reach an average of 5 percent either in recent national polls or in polls in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina, NBC said. O’Malley has been polling at about 5 percent in Iowa, but is falling short of…

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