Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, increasingly facing pressure from GOP rival Ted Cruz, raised questions Tuesday about the Texas senator’s Canadian birth and whether it would hurt the party’s chances if he were its nominee.
“Republicans are going to have to ask themselves the question: ‘Do we want a candidate who could be tied up in court for two years?’ That’d be a big problem,” Trump said in an interview with the Washington Post.
“It’d be a very precarious one for Republicans," Trump said. "The courts may take a long time to make a decision. You don’t want to be running and have that kind of thing over your head.”
President Obama’s executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence were swiftly condemned Tuesday by Republicans running for his job, while Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders applauded the effort to bypass a gridlocked Congress.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told Fox News that Obama was “obsessed with undermining the Constitution in general, but the 2nd Amendment in particular,” Rubio said the president's move to tighten criminal background checks on gun buyers would “do nothing to prevent violence.”
“This executive order is just one more way to make it harder for law-abiding people to buy weapons or to be able to protect their families,” he said.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush joined the chorus of Republicans on the campaign trail and on Capitol Hill who are decrying President Obama's executive actions aimed at limiting gun violence, and called it a power grab outside the bounds of the president's authority.
"In Florida, the way we did it is punish people that committed crimes with guns. And it worked," Bush said during a campaign event here.
A woman in the audience interrupted: "Trayvon Martin would disagree," she said, invoking the teenager whose 2012 shooting death in Florida drew outcries and set off a national debate on race and gun violence.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will outline his plan to reform Wall Street by increasing taxes and penalties on big banks in an effort to grow the middle class.
“If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist,” Sanders said in prepared remarks released by his campaign ahead of his speech. “When it comes to Wall Street reform, that must be our bottom line.”
Sanders has also called for more federal oversight of banks, repeatedly insisting that the reforms put in place after the economic crisis failed to go far enough. In a Dec. 23 editorial in the New York Times, Sanders criticized the Federal Reserve and called for it to stop allowing big banking institutions to run the economy.
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton launched sharper attacks Monday against GOP candidates, warning voters that if they choose a Republican for the White House, it will unravel years of policy implemented by President Obama.
Clinton’s campaign remains focused on proving she can defeat a Republican opponent while her chief rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, cannot.
"I am absolutely determined that we're going to make sure we have a Democrat to succeed President Obama so we don't let the Republicans rip away the progress we have made together," Clinton said at an event in Davenport, Iowa.
Bill Clinton's political muscle memory took him down a well-worn path Monday in New Hampshire: the rally in Nashua, the lunchtime mingle in Manchester and the afternoon town hall in Exeter.
Like the snow flurries on one of the coldest days of winter so far, Clinton's Arkansas twang was so familiar in the hamlets of the Granite State that it seemed to signal that the time to pick a president is near again.
"All Americans should have the right to meet at least one president in a lifetime," Clinton told one patron at the Puritan Backroom restaurant in Manchester between campaign events. "In New Hampshire, your odds go way up!"
Donald Trump, whose insurgent campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has stoked outrage among some factions of the party, remains atop the crowded field of GOP hopefuls with less than a month until voting in the 2016 election begins.
In a poll released Tuesday by NBC News/Survey Monkey, Trump is at 35% among GOP voters nationwide. He's followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 18% and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 13%.
While Trump holds a sizable lead nationally, the poll is not reflective of state-specific surveys in early nominating states including Iowa and New Hampshire. For example, in Iowa, which kicks off the parties' nominating process Feb. 1, Cruz is leading Trump by about 4 percentage points based on an average of several state surveys.