Monday, November 30, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 12:28 PM
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks in St. Louis. Carson has moved into the top tier of the 2016 presidential race as quietly as Donald Trump crashed the party with bombast, and he'll join the billionaire real-estate mogul as a focus of attention at the GOP's second debate. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings, File)

Soft-spoken Dr. Ben Carson is closing in on the bombastic Donald Trump in New Hampshire, according to a new WBUR poll that the Boston NPR station released Wednesday.

Trump leads 22 percent to 18 percent among voters who say they are likely to cast ballots in the Republican primary early next year, the survey says. New Hampshire hosts the first primaries in the nation.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has staked his candidacy on doing well in New Hampshire, is supported by 2 percent of likely voters, the poll finds.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 5:40 PM
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters during a campaign rally at the American Airlines Center on Sept. 14, 2015, in Dallas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The national conservative advocacy group Club for Growth announced a $1 million Iowa television ad campaign against Donald Trump Tuesday, the most direct and expensive assault from inside the Republican Party aimed at knocking down its presidential frontrunner.

Club for Growth President David McIntosh unveiled two ads; one accuses Trump of being a closet liberal, flashing pictures of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “He’s playing us for chumps,” a narrator says. The other accuses Trump of backing “eminent domain abuse.”

The 30-second spots, produced and paid for by Club for Growth Action, the group’s super PAC, are slated for broadcast, cable, satellite TV and digital platforms in Iowa beginning later this week.

POSTED: Thursday, September 10, 2015, 7:55 AM
Caption:WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30: Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) listens during a forum July 30, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Sen. Sanders held the forum to discuss 'The Debt Crisis in Greece and Beyond.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Feel the “Bern.”

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent socialist, has pulled ahead of longtime favorite Hillary Clinton in Iowa, according to a new a new Quinnipiac University poll of the state’s likely caucus goers.

Sanders is the choice of 41 percent of those who say they plan to attend the caucuses next February, the first votes in the Democratic presidential nomination process, with 40 percent backing Clinton and 12 percent picking Vice President Joe Biden. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley gets 3 percent, and three percent are undecided.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 11:13 AM
FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to employees at Foss Manufacturing during campaign stop in Hampton. N.H. (AP Photo / Jim Cole, File)

The “joyful tortoise” is striking back.

Jeb Bush is launching his first TV ad of the Republican campaign Wednesday in New Hampshire, a 30-second spot that jabs at frontrunner Donald Trump and Washington politicians such as Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul – without naming them.

“If you want more D.C. politicians or self promoters, you’ve got options,” Bush says, standing in a factory and speaking straight into the camera about his record as governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007.

POSTED: Thursday, September 3, 2015, 3:07 PM
Jim Burn. (courtesy photo)

Outgoing Pennsylvania Democratic Chairman Jim Burn apparently would like to see Vice President Biden jump into the party's presidential primary.

“I am very excited about the possibility of Vice President Biden entering the race for President,” Burn said in a statement released by the superPAC Draft Biden, which is trying to entice the vice president into running.

“Vice President Biden has connected with America on both a personal and professional level throughout his remarkable career as a public servant," Burn is quoted as saying. " A bridge builder throughout his time in the Senate and as Vice President, Joe Biden is a strong leader Americans can connect with and trust in to speak from the heart.”

POSTED: Thursday, August 27, 2015, 9:48 AM
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (Jim Lee/Sioux City Journal via AP)

Vice President Biden, weighing a run for president, runs slightly stronger than Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in hypothetical matchups against top Republican contenders, according to a new Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday.

Clinton still leads the Democratic nomination chase, but her margin has declined sharply, and “liar” was the word most frequently picked to describe her in an open-ended question asked of survey respondents.

Donald Trump leads the Republican 17-pack of candidates with 28 percent support, up from  the university’s July 30 national pol, when he was at 20 percent. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon has 12 percent, with 7 percent each for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. No other candidate topped 6 percent.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 8:21 AM
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum addresses a legislative luncheon held as part of the "Road to Majority" conference in Washington June 19, 2015. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

Rick Santorum is on the verge of doing the “Full Grassley” for the second time.

That’s a reference to Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley (R), who makes sure to visit each of the state’s 99 counties every year. By his campaign’s calculations, Santorum will reach the milestone next Tuesday, when he gets to Lyon County, in northwestern Iowa.

In the run-up to the 2012 Republican caucuses, Santorum did the “Full Grassley” in his underdog bid for president, traveling thousands of miles in a Dodge Ram 4x4 pickup driven by an aide. The Hawkeye State hegira built momentum for the former Pennsylvania senator, and he edged out Mitt Romney in the caucuses, the traditional first voting in the presidential nominating contest.

POSTED: Thursday, August 20, 2015, 4:40 PM
Vice President Joe Biden. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Vice President Biden would be as strong as Hillary Clinton, or even stronger, in hypothetical races against Republicans Donald Trump and Jeb Bush in the battleground states of Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, according to a Quinnipiac University opinion survey released Thursday.

 The hints of a political opening for the vice president come as he considers whether to run for the Democratic presidential nomination amid stumbles by Clinton, the long-time frontrunner. Biden, who is consulting with advisers and family members, is expected to announce a decision next month.

Clinton, the former first lady and secretary of state, remains the top choice – by a wide margin – of Democrats who are asked their preferences for the party’s nomination. But her share of the primary vote was below 50 percent for the first time this year in the latest Quinnipiac Poll of the three swing states.

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