New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- once a rising star in the GOP and a man the party elite all but begged to run in 2012 -- has fallen to the back of the pack of emerging 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls, all while being battered by lousy poll numbers and economic problems in the Garden State. But Christie's political salvation may not... read more
More than two-thirds of Democratic voters say former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will clinch the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, according to the latest NBC News Online Survey conducted by SurveyMonkey. On the Republican side -- where up to a dozen candidates are mulling a bid -- there is much less consensus around a clear victor... read more
After a long wait, Hillary Clinton will finally makes her second presidential bid official Sunday with a social media “soft launch,” followed by a trip to Iowa to meet with voters, sources tell msnbc.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Almost every Republican presidential hopeful will pay tribute to gun rights at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting on Thursday, but one of the few missing candidates is taking shots at the organization instead.Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken.), fresh off his presidential announcement on Monday, is complaining that he was... read more
Four aides to Hillary Clinton met recently with a liberal group behind an effort to push the likely presidential candidate to the left, two sources familiar with the meeting told msnbc. News of meeting comes as the group’s effort earned the backing of Sen. Al Franken, a close Clinton ally.As she prepares to launch a second presidential run in... read more
Welcome to The Wild, Wild West of Super PACs -- where every super-donor might now control his/her own one… The upsides and downsides to this… Finding from MSNBC/Telemundo poll: There are plenty of conservative Latinos; they’re just not Republicans… Exhibit A why the Iran deal is hardly a done deal… Why is Congress more concerned about a not-yet... read more
So far, no issue has divided the GOP more heading into 2016 than immigration. Candidates primed to court the right like Scott Walker are tacking right, candidates out to court Latino voters and business leaders like Jeb Bush are tacking left.For all the attention paid to these moves, however, all of the candidates – even Bush – still have huge... read more
Many 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls are set to address tens of thousands of Second Amendment rights advocates this weekend at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention. Notably, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will be missing from this event -- and not necessarily because they don't want to rub... read more
In the Senate, Tom Coburn earned the nickname “Dr. No” for his penchant for blocking anything that didn’t fit his small-government conservative ideology. But now retired, the Oklahoma Republican has kind words for his former colleague, Democrat Hillary Clinton, who is set to launch a second presidential campaign very soon.
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Rand Paul performed a careful dance on foreign policy in his announcement speech on Tuesday, reassuring party hawks with tough talk on Iran and ISIS while playing to libertarians with calls to slash foreign aid and military commitments. "The enemy is Radical Islam,” Paul said in one passage. “You can’t get around it and not only will I name... read more
When Arizona Sen. John McCain sat down this week with NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell to reveal his plans to run for reelection in 2016, the Republican was eager to take an opportunity to knock the opposing party’s potential presidential nominee."I think that a legitimate question to Hillary Clinton is, 'What did you accomplish during your four... read more
Is Rand Paul a “bizarre and even dangerous” candidate filled with kooky ideas? Or is he “the same as any other Republican presidential hopeful” while only masquerading as the fresh new thing? Democrats deployed both of these attacks on Tuesday. The former quote came from opposition research group American Bridge, the latter from a statement by... read more