It was a seminal moment when Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker who was essential in building support for the North American Free Trade Agreement two decades ago, told Politico that he now agrees with Donald Trump’s brand of free-trade skepticism.
Gingrich is on the shortlist to become Trump’s running mate, making his ideological switcheroo a political necessity.
But what’s more startling has been the shift in their party. GOP support for free trade dropped 20 percentage points between 2009 and 2016 – from 59% of Republicans agreeing that U.S. trade agreements have been a good thing in a 2009 survey to 39% saying so this year, according to the Pew Research Center.
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican up-and-comer whose name has frequently been bandied about as a potential running mate for Donald Trump, played down his prospects to be on the GOP presidential ticket on Saturday.
"I'm not being vetted. And I have no reason to believe I would be the nominee," Cotton told reporters after addressing a convention of conservative activists in Denver.
"I'm very happy and honored to be able to serve the people of Arkansas in the Senate and to have the time to be a good husband and a good father to my 14-month-old son," he added.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, reportedly on Donald Trump’s shortlist for vice president, said Saturday that he would be interested in the job if he had strong authority rather than being a ceremonial figurehead.
“I have a very simple test question: If it’s about funerals, I’m not interested,” Gingrich said in an appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival. “At least Trump has said over and over, he needs a vice president who understands Washington because he knows he doesn’t.”
Gingrich, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2012, said he had not had any conversations with Trump about his views on the role. But he noted that a president has wide discretion in determining the breadth of a vice president’s duties.
Hillary Clinton submitted to more than three hours of questioning at FBI headquarters Saturday morning about her “email arrangements” while she served as secretary of State, according to an aide.
The interview marks the first time that Clinton — now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee — has responded in person to the law enforcement officials that are investigating her use of a personal email account and server for what were her official government communications.
“Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was secretary,’’ said her spokesman, Nick Merrill, who added: “Out of respect for the investigative process, she will not comment further on her interview.’’
Donald Trump was swiftly criticized Saturday for promoting an illustration that wove together a Jewish symbol and offensive stereotypes to attack Hillary Clinton as corrupt. The image featured a six-pointed star that resembled the Star of David with "most corrupt candidate ever!" written in it, all over a background of a pile of money.
Back in May, after Donald Trump effectively locked up the Republican presidential nomination, the Colorado GOP party chief called on Trump to put in some face time in the state to soothe frayed feelings from the contentious primary season.
"He needs to come here," Steve House said then. “The sooner that happens, the better off we're going to be.”
This weekend, Trump finally visited. He was the marquee speaker Friday at the Western Conservative Summit, an annual gathering in Denver, and House was on hand to introduce the presumptive GOP nominee in a symbolic gesture of party unity.
There's a good rule of thumb, as previously noted, when it comes to the vice presidential selection process: Those who know don't talk, and those who talk probably don't know.
Still, the speculation abounds, spun like so much tempting but air-filled cotton candy: Chris Christie! Elizabeth Warren! Newt Gingrich!
Much of the talk is rooted in notions that have hardened into political truths: that a vice president can boost the top of the ticket by adding ethnic or geographic balance. Maybe they can even help their ticket carry their home state.
The battle for control of the Senate just hit a rough patch for Republicans in Colorado.
The story has become a familiar one: An anti-establishment candidate rode a conservative wave to emerge over party-preferred favorites as the GOP nominee for a Senate seat.
Newcomer Darryl Glenn, an Air Force veteran and collegiate bodybuilding record-holder, enjoyed a hefty primary assist from Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and other renegade Republicans, including the Senate Conservatives Fund. He is also a supporter of Donald Trump.
Donald Trump’s fundraising woes extend well beyond his campaign’s lackluster effort to raise money.
A hodgepodge of rival outside super PACs is now fighting — without much success — to attract rich GOP donors and the candidate’s implicit endorsement.
As the pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Priorities USA Action deploys some of its $88 million in contributions to flood the airwaves with anti-Trump TV ads, wealthy contributors wishing to invest in the pro-Trump effort are facing an odd assortment of super PACs with competing visions, questionable capacity and sometimes sketchy track records.