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February 11, 2016

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February 9, 2016

Kasich’s Moment of Truth Comes on Budget Day

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 23: Presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, speaks during a town hall at the VFW in Milford, N.H., January 23, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Kasich has made his budget chops a big part of his argument to be president. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary is his last stand, and the pivotal election of his career comes, coincidentally, on Budget Day, when proposed federal spending levels are released. The budget is an issue to which Kasich traces his biggest accomplishments, and he has embraced those in his run for the presidency.

“You know what this is? This is sloppy,” Kasich said Monday afternoon at a town hall in Windham, N.H., pointing to a “Our National Debt” clock that kept adding to its $19 trillion-plus total as he spoke. “This lacks discipline. This is a bunch of people who are not doing their jobs,” he said. Then he made his pitch, an unabashed one to his time in Washington when he was the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee. “We can’t seem to control this. When I was in Washington, we did,” he said. Full story

February 8, 2016

The Threat, and the Politics, of Homegrown Terrorism

UNITED STATES - February 7: Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a town hall event in Londonderry, New Hampshire on February 7, 2016. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)

Rubio is among the presidential candidates warning of the dangers of homegrown domestic terrorism. A new documentary on HBO explores the extent of the threat. (Meredith Dake-O’Connor/CQ Roll Call)

The threat of domestic Islamic terrorism is a political issue wielded by political candidates and debated hotly in Congress. But how serious is the threat?

A documentary premiering on HBO Monday night, “Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma” by Greg Barker, and a related book, Peter Bergen’s “United States of Jihad,” seek to answer that question. Full story

February 5, 2016

Anti-Abortion Groups to GOP: Include Fiorina in Debate

US Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina (C) arrives to attend an Addiction Recovery Roundtable at the Hope for NH Recovery center in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 5, 2016.  / AFP / JEWEL SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Fiorina arrives at an addiction recovery roundtable at the Hope for NH Recovery center in Manchester, N.H., on Friday. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

The leaders of two influential anti-abortion rights groups are blasting the decision to exclude Carly Fiorina from Saturday’s presidential debate, arguing that GOP voters deserve to see the primary field’s lone female candidate — and one of the race’s sharpest critics of Planned Parenthood — on stage in New Hampshire.

In a statement shared with Roll Call, the women — Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, and Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life – said that they are “dumbfounded” at Fiorina’s exclusion.

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December 15, 2015

Is Any ’16 Frontrunner Likable Enough?

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Clinton has high unfavorable ratings but the lion’s share of congressional endorsements. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

“You’re likable enough, Hillary.”

It’s one of the most famous political put-downs, then-Sen. Barack Obama’s stinging primary debate rejoinder to Hillary Clinton on Jan. 5, 2008. And even though it may have been Obama’s least likable moment of the campaign — and he went on to lose the New Hampshire primary to Clinton a few days later — the micro-aggression suggests a question that every presidential campaign faces: Just how likable to do you have to be to get invited into America’s livings rooms (and onto its iPads and smartphones) for the next four years?

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November 11, 2015

The Trump Way on Immigration Suits Republicans, Poll Shows

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Republicans need to make gains with Hispanic voters in 2016, but that reality is complicated by the fact that more adults support Donald Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration, a new Economist Group/YouGov Poll finds.

A whopping 49 percent of Republicans and independents who lean to the GOP say Trump is the presidential candidate who can best handle the issue — well ahead of Marco Rubio with 10 percent GOP support, Ted Cruz with 7 percent and Jeb Bush at 5 percent.

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Winners and Losers in Tuesday’s GOP Debate

Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio (L) and Donald Trump (R) confer during a break in the Republican Presidential Debate hosted by Fox Business and The Wall Street Journal November 10, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. AFP PHOTO / JOSHUA LOTT        (Photo credit should read Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

Rubio, left. and Trump confer during a break in Tuesday’s debate. (Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images Photo)

Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate was relatively free of the rough and tumble personal attacks of the previous ones but did illuminate some of the deep divides among Republicans over immigration, the economy and national security.

In the end, the debate will do little to shake up the field but it could give change the narrative about one-time front-runner former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush from nervous donors concerned about a campaign on the ropes to one of fighting back.

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November 10, 2015

What to Watch for in Tuesday’s GOP Presidential Debate

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 28:  Presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio (R) (R-FL) speaks while Jeb Bush looks on during the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorados Coors Events Center October 28, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado.  Fourteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the third set of Republican presidential debates.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bush, left, has promised to be more bold while an ascendant Rubio will be a target. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images File Photo)

Following the last Republican debate, one hosted by CNBC that resulted in the rousing of the distrust in the media felt by some of the Republican Party’s base, all eyes now move to the Fox Business Network on Tuesday night to see if they can manage the large cast of candidates any better.

Here is what a few seasoned Republican operatives say they are looking for in the debate, which will air at 9 p.m. EST.

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October 29, 2015

The Winners and Losers of the CNBC Debate

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 28:  Presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio (R) (R-FL) speaks while Jeb Bush looks on during the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorados Coors Events Center October 28, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado.  Fourteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the third set of Republican presidential debates.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Rubio, right, turned the tables on an attack by Bush. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz delivered the strongest performances in Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate, a group of GOP strategists told CQ Roll call, and should see a bounce in their poll numbers between now and the next faceoff in two weeks.

“Rubio delivered yet another solid performance in which he demonstrated what a good candidate he is. And how formidable he could be in November,” said Jason Roe, who has managed and advised congressional campaigns, including that of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas.

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October 27, 2015

Candidates All Face Challenges Heading Into Third GOP Debate

Republican presidential hopefuls  Ben Carson and Donald Trump participate in the Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stepped into a campaign hornet's nest as his rivals collectively turned their sights on the billionaire in the party's second debate of the 2015.  AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Carson has surged past Trump in polls in the early voting state of Iowa. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The horse race that is the 2016 presidential campaign remains a long one. But Republican strategists maintain that several White House hopefuls have serious ground to cover in Wednesday’s third GOP debate lest they get left behind in the dust.

Virtually all the Republican strategists and consultants surveyed by CQ Roll Call had an opinion about what front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson could do to distance themselves from the rest of the field. Few seemed invested in what, if anything, those stuck at the “kids table” — that means you, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and one-time Iowa caucus-winner Rick Santorum — could do to salvage their campaigns.

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October 14, 2015

Analysts: Clinton Commanding in First Democratic Debate

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13:  (L-R) Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley take part in a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Clinton answers a question while Sanders, left, and O’Malley listen. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Tuesday night’s Democratic debate showed that 2008 helped Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2015.

The experience the former first lady, senator and secretary of State gained debating Barack Obama in their race then gave her a command of the stage Tuesday her four opponents couldn’t match. Full story

October 6, 2015

Sanders to Talk Trade, Wall Street at Democratic Debate

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Sanders looks to go one-on-one with Clinton next week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., said Tuesday he is looking to engage with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on trade and financial issues at the upcoming Democratic presidential primary debate.

Democrats vying for their party’s nomination will face off for the first time in Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 13. Though accusations of a fractured party are usually thrown at Republicans, the debate will likely highlight rifts within the Democratic party, and Sanders appears to be looking to utilize those divisions to garner support from the more progressive wings of the party.

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September 17, 2015

GOP Debate: Fiorina’s Breakout Performance at Trump’s Expense

SIMI VALLEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (L) looks on as Carly Fiorina speaks during the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, California. Fifteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the second set of Republican presidential debates.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Fiorina followed a strong performance in the early debate last month with a stronger one on Wednesday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

After bullying his way through the first Republican presidential debate a month ago, front-runner Donald Trump was clearly the target in Wednesday’s second debate, and most of his opponents tried to take shots at him.

By all accounts, Carly Fiorina followed a strong performance in last month’s undercard debate and made the most of her elevation to the prime-time stage, taking on Trump and scoring a couple mic-dropping moments.

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September 16, 2015

Predictive Markets Still Bullish on Bush

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Despite lower poll numbers, Bush holds a significant lead in predictive markets. (Scott Olson/Getty Images File Photo)

Seasoned political operatives are dismayed at Donald Trump’s staying power in the Republican presidential primary.

But for those Republicans waiting for Trump’s surge to crest and more establishment candidates to rise to challenge him, there’s reason not to dump their Jeb Bush stock.

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August 28, 2015

Drowning in Weak Polling, How Long Can Lindsey Graham Stay in 2016 Race?

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s presidential campaign has had a tough time getting traction so far, and a new Quinnipiac University poll keeps him in the conversation about who might be the first of the 17 Republican presidential candidates to fold.

But do his low poll numbers suggest the end is near?

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August 8, 2015

Rand Paul Makes His Pitch, Brushes Off Indictments

Paul speaks to supporters at the Pints for Liberty event. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Paul speaks to supporters at a “Pints for Liberty” event. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Sen. Rand Paul’s target audience is unique among the presidential contenders. It skews younger and more libertarian.

That may make the Kentucky Republican the ideal candidate to attend a “Pints for Liberty” event, as he did Friday, but Paul says he also thinks that appeal suits him for a long campaign slog. Full story

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