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Entries by Jon Ward from 04/2011

Tim Pawlenty Responds To Obama Campaign Launch: 'How Can America Win The Future When We're Losing The Present?' (VIDEO)

Posted 04.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tim Pawlenty was quick to hit back at Barack Obama Monday after the president officially launched his reelection campaign. And in wh...

Rand Paul Impresses Iowa Republicans In Trip To Explore 2012 Presidential Run

Posted 04.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) impressed Iowa Republicans during his trip to the Hawkeye state over the weekend, sources in the state said. ...

Bill Kristol Attempt To Promote Paul Ryan 2012 Candidacy Falls Flat, But Coming Fight Over Spending Holds Wild Cards

Posted 04.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An attempt by conservative author Bill Kristol to excite interest in the idea of a presidential run by Republican congressman Paul Ryan ...

Paul Ryan's Budget Proposal: Analysis Of The Numbers [UPDATE]

Posted 04.05.2011 | Politics

This story has been updated to include additional reporting. WASHINGTON -- The big numbers from Paul Ryan’s budget: It will reduce spending by $...

Paul Ryan Budget Gets Mixed Review From Congressional Budget Office

Posted 04.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday laid out the pros and cons of Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget proposal in clinical, detach...

John Boehner Statement On Budget Deal Negotiations

Posted 04.08.2011 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner delivered a statement that lasted less than 60 seconds and took no questions on Friday morning ahead of a midnight deadline...

The Man Behind The Speaker: Barry Jackson And His Unlikely Path Back To Boehner-Land

Posted 04.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The man who cut a deal on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) behalf to avoid a government shutdown Friday night wasn’t originally...

Senate Republicans Threatening To Make Harry Reid And Dems Go It Alone On Raising Debt Ceiling

Posted 04.11.2011 | Politics

With many Republicans agreeing with Democrats that raising the debt ceiling is a simple necessity, some think the GOP is left with little negotiating ...

Mitt Romney 2012 Exploratory Committee Launches (VIDEO)

Posted 04.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Monday announced he is forming a committee to explore running for the Republican presidential n...

Ron Paul Bashes Paul Ryan's Budget, Calls Big Government 'King'

Posted 04.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul (Texas) on Monday panned Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget proposal, telling a crowd...

Haley Barbour Says Cutting Entitlements Is About 'Financial Survivability Of The Government'

Posted 04.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) invoked Tennessee’s experiment with expanding health care coverage –- and the state’s subseque...

How Will Potential 2012 GOP Presidential Candidates Respond To The Ryan Budget?

Posted 04.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican presidential hopefuls differ significantly on whether they’ll offer detailed budget and entitlement reform proposals in...

Potential GOP Candidates Say Obama's Debt Speech Is 'Too Little, Too Late' [UPDATE]

Posted 04.13.2011 | Politics

This article has been updated to include new reporting. WASHINGTON - Leading Republican presidential candidates responded to President Obama’s re...

Haley Barbour To New Hampshire Voters: Boehner's Budget Deal Is 'A Single In The First Inning'

Posted 04.14.2011 | Politics

BOW, N.H. –- Potential GOP presidential candidate Haley Barbour on Wednesday night defended the deal House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) cut with Pr...

At The Local Level, Tea Party Activists' Skepticism Turns To Anger On Budget Deal [UPDATE]

Posted 04.14.2011 | Politics

This story has been updated. MANCHESTER, N.H. - Gauging what the Tea Party thinks about any given topic is always difficult, since there is no real...

Tea Party Turns Two And Tests Its Ability To Maintain Momentum

Posted 04.15.2011 | Politics

CONCORD, N.H. – It was all here Friday at the state capitol building: The signs denouncing government taxes and spending, the men in tri-corner hats...

Looking For Love In New Hampshire: Barbour And Pawlenty Take On Each Other -- And Themselves

Posted 04.19.2011 | Politics

MANCHESTER, N.H. –- It's the difference between “Listen to me” and “Look at me.” Watching Haley Barbour and Tim Pawlenty court voters in ...

Conservative Strategists Warn GOP About Economic Risks Of Pushing Debt Ceiling Debate Too Far

Posted 04.22.2011 | Politics

Conservative strategists are warning that the GOP should not push the debt ceiling debate too close to the breaking point. “If there is a vote on...

College Republicans Launch Ad In Iowa Focused On National Debt

Posted 04.25.2011 | Politics

College Republicans are launching a $40,000 TV ad blitz this week in Iowa. The spots criticize President Obama for his handling of the national debt a...

Inside Haley Barbour's Camp, Advisers Were Split On Whether He Should Run, Sources Say

Posted 04.25.2011 | Politics

As Haley Barbour neared the self-imposed deadline for his decision on a possible presidential run, the Mississippi Republican governor was weighing co...

Reince Priebus Says Some May Be 'Compelled' To Join 2012 Republican Field

Posted 04.26.2011 | Politics

This article has been updated. WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) on Tuesday became the latest top party officia...

Reince Priebus Exploring Implications Of A Paul Ryan Presidential Run

Posted 04.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reince Priebus has begun exploring whether a presidential bid by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would have any impact on Prieb...

Mike Huckabee 2012: Reports In South Carolina That He Won't Run End Up Supporting Idea That He Will Run

Posted 04.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- A South Carolina political blog reported Wednesday that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had decided not to run for president in 201...

Mike Huckabee 2012 Run Looking More Likely, Key Supporter Says

Posted 04.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The pieces are coming together for a serious presidential run by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, another influential southern Republ...