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Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is reflected in a mirror as he departs after speaking to the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce in Salem, N.H. May 21, 2015. (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

'Optimistic' Jeb Bush faces hard truths in New Hampshire swing

05/22/15 03:39PM

Jeb Bush has cautioned from the start of his presidential flirtation that he would only take the final plunge if he can “do it joyfully.” “In order to win a Republican has to be joyful, has to be hopeful, has to be optimistic,” Bush told a roundtable of business leaders in Portsmouth on Wednesday. That goal has never looked more daunting than it... read more

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to a morning crowd at the Draft restaurant on May 21, 2015, in Concord, N.H. (Photo by Jim Cole/AP)

Skeptical Jeb Bush calls for climate 'debate' in New Hampshire

05/21/15 02:58PM

A day after complaining of “intellectual arrogance” behind the assumption that climate science is settled, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told msnbc he was upset that Americans with differing views on the issue were treated like “Neanderthals.” He did not say which voices had informed his own opinions on the matter, however. ... read more

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks to guests at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition 2015 Spring Kickoff on April 25, 2015 in Waukee, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Rand Paul says the Iraq 'surge' worked -- but which part?

05/19/15 09:06AM

While Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio have struggled to articulate their views on Iraq, Rand Paul has offered the most direct answers of the 2016 Republican field. As he’s made clear for years and reiterated again last week, he not only believes the war was a mistake in retrospect, he was against it at the time as well. Within that framework, though,... read more

John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, walks on stage during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 24, 2015. (Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty)

John Bolton will not run for president in 2016

05/14/15 12:05PM

Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton announced on Thursday he would not run for president, ending his months-long flirtation with a White House bid centered on national security.“Looking forward, I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination for president,” Bolton said in a video posted to supporters on Facebook, an advance copy... read more

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks during a town hall meeting at the Loins Club hall with area residents, on May 11, 2015, in Londonderry, N.H. (Photo by Jim Cole/AP)

2016 rivals pile on Jeb Bush's Iraq remarks

05/13/15 05:52PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is growing increasingly isolated on the war in Iraq as Republican presidential rivals rush to distance themselves from his ambiguous answers as to whether his brother, President George W. Bush, should have invaded the country in 2003. ... read more