Chris Christie Announces Presidential Run

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Speaking at his high school alma mater in Livingston, New Jersey, Chris Christie officially announced his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination today.

“This country needs to work together, not against each other,” he said. “We must tell each other the truth about the problems we have and the difficulty of the solution.… Truth and hard decisions today will lead to growth and opportunity tomorrow for every American in this country.… We are going to tell it like it is today so we can create a better opportunity for every American tomorrow. The truth will set us free, everybody.”

Christie didn’t really expand on what those truths are, but added that “our government isn’t working any more for us… and it’s the fault of our bickering leaders.” Christie leaned heavily on his six years as governor of New Jersey in his announcement, singling out the overhaul of teacher tenure. “Not only can you govern this state, you can lead it to a better day,” he said.

So what kind of campaign is Christie going to run? He said the usual: He’d be an honest, blunt campaigner. He said he wouldn’t be focus-grouping his answers, and would not rely on political consultants to give him his answers to questions. He said the country was anxious, adding “that anxiety can be swept away by strong leadership.” He tried to strike a bipartisan, anti-Washington tone, talking (in vague terms) about the failures of both Republicans and Democrats.

Christie joins a crowded field. There are currently 14 Republican candidates for the presidency, another declaring next month and a few others expected to join the field. His popularity has slid since 2012, and he appears to have no real path to the presidency. Read more »

Republicans Gather in Philly, Target Pa. in 2016

republicnan elephntIt’s been a generation since Pennsylvania went Republican in a presidential election, but GOP leaders believe — or say, at any rate — that the Keystone State is still up for grabs in 2016.

That’s why national Republican leaders are meeting in Philadelphia, starting today, for three days, as the party gears up for next year’s presidential run. Read more »

How Rick Santorum Could Disrupt the 2016 GOP Race

Rick Santorum has shifted his focus.

Santorum is announcing his candidacy for the presidency today outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The former Pennsylvania senator was considered a rising Republican star before getting trounced in the 2006 election, but he made a surprise showing in the 2012 presidential primaries. Emphasizing a message of social conservatism, he ended up finishing second to Mitt Romney. He won the primaries of 11 states.

Things are different this time. There are so many candidates in the GOP field they aren’t sure how to run the debates. Santorum, though, has a new emphasis. To differentiate himself from the other social conservatives in the race, he is rebranding himself as something of an economic populist.

He even has a jangly pop-country theme song. Read more »

Former Eagles Owner May be Kingmaker in GOP Presidential Race

Supporters reach out to touch Norman Braman Tuesday, March 15, 2011 before he ate lunch at a Cuban cafe in Miami.  | AP

Supporters reach out to touch Norman Braman Tuesday, March 15, 2011 before he ate lunch at a Cuban cafe in Miami. | AP

Once upon a time, he was the man known for firing Buddy Ryan and letting Reggie White leave town, but these days Norman Braman — the former Eagles owner now located in Miami — is seeking a different legacy: As GOP kingmaker.

Braman is said to have committed at least $10 million to the presidential campaign of GOP contender Sen. Marco Rubio. “Marco Rubio will have the resources necessary to run a first-class campaign, that’s already been determined,” Braman told Forward earlier this spring. Read more »

I Can’t Get On Board the Hillary Clinton Bandwagon. Yet.

Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigns for Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, during a rally at the University of Maryland, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in College Park, Md.

Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigns for Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, during a rally at the University of Maryland, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in College Park, Md.

Man, I wish I could jump on board the Hillary Clinton bandwagon.

I’d love to be rooting for the First Woman President right now. I’d love to reward a career spent largely in public service. And I’d love to not risk being even tenuously associated with all the sexist d-bags and Clinton Conspiracymongers who are already coming out of the woodwork, again — not that they ever really went away.  Read more »

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