GOP primaries

GOP primaries

Poll: Paul leads GOP presidential pack

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) narrowly leads the pack of potential GOP contenders in 2016, according to a new poll. 

If the GOP presidential primary were held today, 17 percent of GOP voters would elect Paul, according to a new Quinnipiac Poll released Wednesday. He leads among Tea Party Republicans as well, with 22 percent. 


Ted Cruz to headline Iowa GOP summer picnic

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will head to Iowa in July, intensifying speculation that the freshman lawmaker and Tea Party darling might be considering a bid for the White House.

Cruz will headline the state party's annual summer picnic on July 19, CNN reported on Friday.

The Texas lawmaker joins a bevy of other potential Republican hopefuls who have traveled to the Hawkeye State in recent months. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) addressed the Lincoln Day Dinner; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addressed party leaders in Des Moines; and Rick Santorum, who won the caucuses in 2012, is scheduled to attend the State Fair in August.


Report: Ted Cruz weighing 2016 presidential bid

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is weighing a presidential run in 2016, according to a report in the National Review.

The freshman lawmaker has already made waves in conservative circles with his aggressive questioning of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his willingness to filibuster the Senate's attempt at expanding background checks on gun purchases. According to the conservative magazine, GOP leaders in early voting states are already encouraging Cruz to consider a bid.

“Ted won’t be opening an Iowa office anytime soon, but he’s listening,” an anonymous source identified as a "longtime Cruz associate" told the National Review. “This is all in the early stages; nothing is official. It’s just building on its own.”


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TOP STORY: Campaigns fly the coop

Who would have guessed Big Bird would be THE story out of the first presidential debate?

President Obama has hammered Mitt Romney on the issue repeatedly since last week’s showdown, but it was an Obama campaign ad Tuesday that brought the issue to the head.

In the attack ad, Team Obama hit Romney on his comment that he would defund PBS, comparing Big Bird to corporate titans prosecuted for financial misdeeds.

"Bernie Madoff. Ken Lay. Dennis Kozlowski: Criminals. Gluttons of greed. And the evil genius who towered over them?" a voice-over says as a silhouette of Big Bird moves on screen.

The Sesame Street Workshop, the group behind the popular children’s show, asked the Obama campaign to take the ad down:

"Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns," the group said in a statement on its website. "We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down."

Team Obama said it is considering the request. But Obama continued to mention Big Bird, bringing him up in an afternoon campaign stop in Ohio.

Romney, meanwhile, slammed Obama for talking about Big Bird.