Tag: Primaries and Caucuses

Who’s Running in the Republican Presidential Primary?

Whenever I want to put myself to sleep at night, I run through the names of all the former vice presidents. OK, sorta peculiar. It might be time for a break. Maybe I’ll just try making a list of Republican candidates for president. Back when Donald Trump announced it all seemed sorta life-as-usual, but now […]

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Chris Christie: Columnists and Writers Discuss His 2024 Candidacy.

As Republican candidates enter the race for their party’s 2024 presidential nomination, Times columnists, Opinion writers and others will assess their strengths and weaknesses with a scorecard. We rate the candidates on a scale of 1 to 10: 1 means the candidate will probably drop out before any caucus or primary voting; 10 means the […]

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Doug Burgum, Wealthy North Dakota Governor, Enters Presidential Race

Gov. Doug Burgum, the Republican governor of North Dakota who rose from a chimney sweep to become one of the richest men in the state, announced a campaign for president on Wednesday, entering an increasingly crowded race in which he faces exceedingly long odds. “We need a new leader for a changing economy,” Mr. Burgum […]

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Mike Pence Hasn’t Grown Less Conservative, but Republicans Have Shifted

Mike Pence is the most conservative candidate competing for the presidency. The former vice president wants abortion banned from the point of conception. He’s the only major candidate calling for cuts to Social Security and Medicare. And he has the most hawkish foreign policy, especially on confronting Russia. Being the most conservative used to matter […]

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Do Christie and Pence Make It 2016 Again? Not Yet.

It’s been feeling a bit like 2016 lately. Back then, the opposition to Donald J. Trump was badly divided. The party couldn’t coalesce behind one candidate, allowing Mr. Trump to win the Republican primary with well under half of the vote. With Mike Pence and Chris Christie bringing the field up to 10 candidates this […]

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Chris Christie Will ‘Do Some Vengeful, Spiteful Jersey Jitterbug on Them.’ Our Columnists and Writers Discuss His Candidacy.

Mangu-Ward Christie’s vision of America seems to be one where Donald Trump is not president. For some, perhaps that is inspiring enough. McCarthy His vision for America is New Jersey, and most Republicans, at least, find that unsettling. Imagine you’re a G.O.P. operative or campaign manager. What’s your elevator pitch for a Christie candidacy? Bruni […]

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How Christie and Trump’s Friendship Flourished, Then Deteriorated

Their friendship began after an introduction through Donald J. Trump’s sister. It ended nearly 20 years later, when Mr. Trump refused to concede the 2020 election to Joseph R. Biden Jr. In between, Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, and Mr. Trump had a relationship that could be genuinely warm, with chats about […]

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How Christie and Trump’s Friendship Flourished, Then Deteriorated

Their friendship began after an introduction through Donald J. Trump’s sister. It ended nearly 20 years later, when Mr. Trump refused to concede the 2020 election to Joseph R. Biden Jr. In between, Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, and Mr. Trump had a relationship that could be genuinely warm, with chats about […]

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What to Know About Chris Christie as He Enters 2024 Presidential Race

Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who announced a second campaign for president on Tuesday after a disappointing run in 2016, has had a roller coaster of a political career in more ways than one. In the span of four years, he went from star presidential recruit to scandal-dogged sixth-place finisher in New Hampshire. […]

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What to Know About Chris Christie as He Enters 2024 Presidential Race

Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who announced a second campaign for president on Tuesday after a disappointing run in 2016, has had a roller coaster of a political career in more ways than one. In the span of four years, he went from star presidential recruit to scandal-dogged sixth-place finisher in New Hampshire. […]

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Mike Pence’s Campaign Against Donald Trump Has Already Made History

He may not make it to the Oval Office. But he will make it into the history books, at least as an asterisk. As Mike Pence formally kicks off his underdog campaign for the White House on Wednesday, he will become something almost unheard-of since the founding of the republic — a former vice president […]

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For Christie, Winning Would Be Great. Beating Trump Would Be a Close Second.

Chris Christie is embarking on a mission that even some of his fiercest allies must squint to see ending in the White House. But Mr. Christie, the former governor of New Jersey who is now 60 and more than five years removed from holding elected office, has been undeterred, talking up an undertaking that he […]

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Mike Pence Is ‘a Rebuke of Trump’s Presidency’: Our Columnists and Writers Weigh In on His Candidacy

As Republican candidates enter the race for their party’s 2024 presidential nomination, Times columnists, Opinion writers and others will assess their strengths and weaknesses with a scorecard. We rate the candidates on a scale of 1 to 10: 1 means the candidate will probably drop out before any caucus or primary voting; 10 means the […]

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Robert Kennedy Jr., With Musk, Pushes Right-Wing Ideas and Misinformation

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a scion of one of the country’s most famous Democratic families, on Monday dived into the full embrace of a host of conservative figures who eagerly promoted his long-shot primary challenge to President Biden. For more than two hours, Mr. Kennedy participated in an online audio chat on Twitter with the […]

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Can Christie Succeed as ‘Trump Slayer’? New Jersey Has Thoughts.

Chris Christie left office in New Jersey with abysmal popularity ratings. His 2016 presidential run was a short-lived flop. He has a reputation as a bully and is perhaps best known for a notorious political retribution scheme called Bridgegate. But as Mr. Christie, a two-term governor and former federal prosecutor, prepares to wade into the […]

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Mike Pence Formally Enters 2024 Race, Challenging Trump

Former Vice President Mike Pence filed paperwork on Monday declaring his presidential candidacy, embarking on a long-shot campaign against the former president he served under, Donald J. Trump. Mr. Pence, who filed the necessary papers to run with the Federal Election Commission, has polled in the single digits in every public survey taken so far, […]

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Biden-Trump, the Sequel, Has Quite a Few Plot Twists

Bret Stephens: Hi, Gail. A recent CNN poll shows that 20 percent of Democrats favor Robert F. Kennedy Jr., for the party’s nomination, 8 percent want Marianne Williamson and another 8 percent want someone else. That’s 36 percent saying they aren’t thrilled with the presumptive nominee. Do you think this is some kind of polling […]

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Republican Presidential Candidates Attend Iowa Roast and Ride

As the politicians and Republican Party officials tossed out the red meat on Saturday at an event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Wayne Johnson, a 70-year-old farmer and financial consultant from Forest City, Iowa, had some quieter thoughts about the next president he would like to see. The violence in American schools and public places, […]

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5 Takeaways From Ron DeSantis’s First Campaign Trip

After his unusual, buzzy and ill-fated presidential debut on Twitter last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida carried out a far more traditional campaign tour this week, barnstorming Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina to sell himself as the strongest Republican alternative to former President Donald J. Trump. Along the way, he drew sizable, enthusiastic […]

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RNC Rules for First Debate Pose Challenge for Underfunded Candidates

The Republican National Committee on Friday laid out its criteria for candidates to qualify for the first Republican presidential primary debate, establishing a key fund-raising threshold and requiring candidates to pledge to support the eventual party nominee. The criteria for the debate, scheduled for Aug. 23 in Milwaukee, come as the Republican presidential primary field […]

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Ron DeSantis Avoids Talking About Florida’s Abortion Ban in New Hampshire

At a stop on his first trip to New Hampshire as a presidential candidate, Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned his efforts to provide tax relief for Florida families. He mentioned defunding diversity programs at public colleges. He mentioned his fight with Disney. But what he did not mention was the six-week abortion ban he signed in […]

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In Iowa, DeSantis Signals the Start of a Slugfest With Trump

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida came to Iowa for his first trip as a presidential candidate and made plain that he was done being Donald J. Trump’s punching bag. After absorbing months of attacks from Mr. Trump that went mostly unanswered, Mr. DeSantis has borrowed one of his rival’s favorite lines — “I’m going to […]

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DeSantis Starting Campaign in Iowa, Hoping It Slingshots Him Past Trump

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida will hold a kickoff event in Iowa on Tuesday as he begins a three-state, 12-city tour at the start of his presidential campaign, aiming to win over Republicans in a socially conservative state where he is banking on a strong showing against former President Donald J. Trump. In a recent […]

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Chris Christie Gets a Super PAC Ahead of His Likely 2024 Bid

Allies of former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey have formed a super PAC to support him in the nascent Republican primary, as he makes preparations for a likely campaign kickoff in the next two weeks, according to an official with the group and others briefed on the matter. Mr. Christie’s candidacy is likely to […]

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How Hard Will It Be for DeSantis to Beat Trump? Nixon vs. Reagan in 1968 Offers a Clue.

By 1968, Nixon had established himself as a foreign policy maven, having undertaken many world tours in the 1960s, and cast himself as an arch, erudite critic of the Johnson administration. His period of vulnerability was briefer, but Mr. Trump today, like mid-’60s Nixon, has reasserted himself as a party kingpin. Now he, too, is […]

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Chris Christie, Glenn Youngkin, Chris Sununu: Who Can Save the G.O.P. in 2024?

At this point, it seems a little gratuitous to pick at the scab of Gov. Ron DeSantis’s not-so-dazzling presidential campaign opening. Let us just stipulate that when your long-anticipated announcement jump-starts #DeSaster trending on social media, things could have gone better. The feeble rollout wouldn’t much matter if the Florida governor were otherwise dominating the […]

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DeSantis Plans Traditional Campaign Stops After Twitter Launch Glitches

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida plunged into his first full day of presidential campaigning on Thursday after his sputtering Twitter rollout the night before, holding a series of interviews with friendly conservative commentators and announcing a series of in-person events in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina next week. For Mr. DeSantis, the immediate challenge […]

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Takeaways From DeSantis’s 2024 Twitter Campaign Announcement

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s glitch-marred 2024 debut on Twitter was a distraction from his chance to introduce himself as a serious contender to take down former President Donald J. Trump. It was a much-anticipated moment for the Florida governor to reset after months of dropping in the polls, which made the painfully long 20-plus minutes of […]

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Unprepared Republicans Are Flooding Into the Presidential Race

On Wednesday, the charmless and awkward Ron DeSantis entered the presidential race. In 2024 Republican primary polling, he consistently comes in second to Donald Trump. He has built his legend on an easy re-election as Florida’s governor and an easy route by which he enacted a slate of bullying and regressive “anti-woke” legislation, thanks to […]

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The Strategic Fashioning of Casey DeSantis

She has the bouncing, glowing Breck locks of Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” (the 1991 animated version) and Catherine, Princess of Wales mixed up with the full-skirted pastel wardrobe of a well-mannered debutante, some fleece and a cape or two. She’s “dressing to be either princess of the world or first lady,” said Tom […]

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Ron DeSantis Joins 2024 Race, Hoping to Topple Trump

Ron DeSantis, the pugnacious 44-year-old governor of Florida who has championed conservative causes and thrown a yearslong flurry of punches at America’s left, entered the presidential race on Wednesday, giving Donald J. Trump the most formidable Republican rival he has faced since his ascent in 2016. Mr. DeSantis filed paperwork declaring his candidacy with the […]

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