Republican Presidential Primary

CPAC 2015: It’s Do or Die for Rick Perry

As former Governor Rick Perry (R-Texas) prepares to launch his second presidential campaign, the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) could very well be a do-or-die moment for him, as he seeks to reconnect with grassroots conservatives who are concerned he is out-of-step with their views on issues like immigration and border security. During the past month, Perry has made comments that indicate he may be taking a more moderate path than in 2012, putting him at odds with the traditionally conservative CPAC audience.

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Jeb Bush Gives ‘Impassioned’ Speech to Defend his Support for Common Core

As Republicans of all stripes and the main-stream media are predicting that Jeb Bush’s support for the Common Core standards will be among his greatest obstacles to a potential 2016 GOP nomination, Bush himself went off-script during remarks at the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday, emotionally defending the highly unpopular education initiative and his own education reform record.

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