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Ted Cruz Isn't in it to Compromise

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Texas senator, who became the first candidate to enter the 2016 presidential race, is aiming to please a conservative base--not mainstream Republican lawmakers or donors.

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Candidate George McDonald

Friday, February 01, 2013

George McDonald, founder and president of the Doe Fund and candidate for Republican nomination for mayor, talks about his candidacy.

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The Takeaway

Romney and Santorum Battle in Illinois

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

After a strong victory in Puerto Rico's primary race last week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is hoping to repeat his success with a win in the Illinois primary. Romney and a Super PAC backing him have spent more than $3 million in Illinois. At stake are 54 delegates — and the chance to reclaim momentum. Although polling in Illinois has consistently shown Romney in the lead, Santorum's victories in neighboring Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri suggest he has built support in the region.

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The Political Cost of Mitt Romney's Fundraising Prowess

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

No contender for the GOP nomination has been more successful raising campaign cash than Mitt Romney. Romney was just in New York City on a fundraising trip, taking checks from bankers and businessmen. But how might those big contributions harm the on-again/off-again Republican frontrunner, who's already struggling with an image problem generated by his immense wealth? And how might the Super PACs be turning the dynamics of this year's campaign on its head?

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Opinion: What's Super Tuesday, and Why Should We Care?

Monday, March 05, 2012

The proportional allocation of delegates diminishes the impact of Super Tuesday this year.

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Opinion: Individual Mandate Might Sink Obama in Swing States

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The majority of polls show Obama beating Romney and Santorum nationally, but he's not doing nearly as well in the battleground states that will determine this election.

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Explainer: Should Congress Have Term Limits? (Part 1)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A majority of Americans support putting term limits on Congress, and they may get their wish if Mitt Romney becomes president. But is it a good idea?

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Opinion: Why the GOP Lost Black Voters

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

As we head into what everyone seems to agree will be the defining contest for the GOP, I find myself wondering whether African Americans have a reason to vote Republican.

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The Agenda: South Carolina GOP Debates, Congress Returns from Recess, Earnings Reports

Monday, January 16, 2012

This week Congress returns from recess and Republican presidential hopefuls step up campaigning in South Carolina. Google, Microsoft, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, along with other major companies, will announce earning reports. Myrtle Beach's visitors bureau welcomes the six GOP candidates for a debate with a 525-ton sand sculpture of their likenesses; meanwhile, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert mulls throwing his hat into the ring.

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Candidates Sell Themselves—and Attack Each Other—in South Carolina

Friday, January 13, 2012

Newt Gingrich reminds voters of that time Mitt Romney sang "Who Let the Dogs Out?" and other campaign strategies from the Palmetto State.

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GOP Candidates Go Anti-Corporate for Anti-Romney Ads

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Newt Gingrich’s ad campaign against front-runner Mitt Romney has been all about attacking his record at the private equity firm Bain Capital. Most recently, a pro-Gingrich super-PAC released a 28 minute film called "When Mitt Romney Came to Town" which portrays Romney as a "corporate raider" whose policies ran four companies into the ground for his own benefit. Given Republicans' long legacy of running on pro-business platforms and promoting laissez-faire legislation, this recent turn is highly ironic. But how the nominees are articulating these sentiments are decidedly different from their liberal counterparts.

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The Takeaway

Romney Takes Decisive Win in New Hampshire Primary

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Despite focusing all of his campaign's attention on New Hampshire instead of Iowa, former U.S. ambassador to China John Huntsman came in third in Tuesday's primary. Independent favorite Ron Paul took second place with 23 percent of the vote while Iowa caucus victor Mitt Romney won a comfortable lead at 39 percent. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent and Anna Sale, reporter for It’s a Free Country, the politics website for our co-producer WNYC, give their thoughts on what these results mean for the rest of the GOP race.

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The Takeaway

What's So Funny About Politics?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

While the most recent leg of the 2012 GOP campaign trail has been marked by eight vote leads, libertarian bluster, and plays to religion, it can also be defined by a lack of one key political ingredient: humor. The seriousness of all the candidates thus far has left voters on both sides of the aisle yearning for effortlessly funny former frontrunners like Bob Dole and John McCain. And, as Pete Dominick, comedian and CNN contributor has noted, boring politics makes for bad politics.

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A Look at the GOP Field Before the Iowa Caucus

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Iowa caucus is a week away, and it seems that Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul are the front-runners for taking this crucial victory. Yet none of them have a distinct lead. Recently revealed newsletters that Paul published in the 80s and 90s contained racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-gay messages. Gingrich recently failed to qualify for the Republican primary in Virginia after he could not get the 10,000 valid signatures necessary to be placed on the ballot. And Romney, despite remaining near the top of the polls over the past few months, has never been able to distinguish himself as a front-runner.

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What's Keeping Latino Voters Away from the GOP?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Matt Barreto, advisor to impreMedia/Latino Decisions polling and a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, discussed the findings of a new poll, which suggests that Latino voters do not care as much about religion or social issues as previously thought.

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Trump Blows More Smoke About Presidential Bid, But is There a Fire?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A series of e-mails from the tax-exempt 527 group "Should Trump Run?" is attempting to stoke new speculation about—and donations to—another campaign for The Donald.

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Liking Newt, Warts and All

Monday, December 05, 2011

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Georgia-based conservative columnist and author of Paranoid Nation: The Real Story of the 2008 Fight for the Presidency, Matt Towery, and contributing editor for Newsweek Magazine, Eleanor Clift, talked about the resurgence of Newt Gingrich's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson on Last Night's Republican Debate

Friday, September 23, 2011

There was an additional candidate on stage last night in Florida, at the debate for the Republican presidential nomination. His name is Gary Johnson, and he's the former governor of New Mexico. Many people hadn't heard of Johnson before last night, but he's already presenting himself as a fiscally conservative libertarian with a proven track record of economic successes. How do his claims match up with reality?

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Rick Perry: Another Texas Gov to the White House?

Monday, August 15, 2011

George W. Bush successfully made the move from Texas Governor to U.S. president. Can the man who took his place in the Lone Star State follow suit? 

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GOP Straw Poll, Perry Arrives, and More

Monday, August 15, 2011

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, breaks down Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll and the other weekend news, from Rick Perry entering the fray to Tim Pawlenty dropping out.

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