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NATIONAL
September 2, 2012 | Hector Becerra
In many ways, Jesus Martinez Jr. could be a teenager out of Republican central casting. The drawling 17-year-old doesn't believe in abortion, supports gun rights and favors a strict reading of the Constitution. He is also, perhaps most important, not a big fan of President Obama. American-born and a son of Mexican immigrants, Jesus reaches voting age one month before this year's presidential election. His sister Viridiana, 26, is a Raleigh-based activist on behalf of young illegal immigrants.
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OPINION
September 29, 2011
Where's the next John McCain? Re "Rightward ho!," Opinion, Sept. 25 None of the current crop of Republican presidential candidates had the courage to call out the haters at the recent Florida debate who booed a brave American serviceman just because he's gay. None of them had enough courage to confront the right-wing zealots at a previous debate who cheered for the idea that a person without health insurance should be left to...
NEWS
October 22, 1989 | ROBERT SHOGAN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Ronald Spiggle, Democratic county chairman in Appomattox County, Va., has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1980. But he plans to vote for the party's gubernatorial nominee, Douglas Wilder, on Nov. 7. What's more, Spiggle is confident that Wilder, a black, will carry Appomattox County, where the war between the states ended. The county went for George Bush by 2 to 1 last November. "Most people think he's a moderate who will keep the state programs going," Spiggle says.
NEWS
July 25, 1987 | FRANK CLIFFORD, Times Staff Writer
In Grovers Mill, N. J., the committee commemorating the 50th anniversary of the famous "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast wants to sponsor a presidential debate next year. In Georgia, the Republican Party of Catoosa County--where the Confederate Army at Chickamauga won one of its last major victories of the Civil War--would like to hold a debate by Republican presidential candidates.
NATIONAL
January 11, 2012 | By David Horsey
On the bright side, Jon Huntsman Jr., the candidate whose poll numbers languished in the low single digits for most of the campaign, hit the high teens when real people finally got to vote in New Hampshire on Tuesday. On the dimmer side, that was only good enough for third place. The man who has no chance of winning the Republican nomination for president, Ron Paul, did much better, taking nearly a quarter of the votes. And the man who is most likely to walk away with the nomination, Mitt Romney, garnered more than a third.
NEWS
August 22, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. weighed in on the crumbling of the Kadafi regime in Libya.  FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article and its headline incorrectly said that Moammar Kadafi's regime has fallen. Kadafi has not given up power. Rick Perry: "The crumbling of Muammar Ghadafi's reign, a violent, repressive dictatorship with a history of terrorism, is cause for cautious celebration. The lasting impact of events in Libya will depend on ensuring rebel factions form a unified, civil government that guarantees personal freedoms, and builds a new relationship with the West where we are allies instead of adversaries.
NEWS
September 9, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
It's not just that they oppose the ideas in President Obama's jobs plan. No, the Republicans in the race to defeat him in 2012 reacted to his speech to a joint session of Congress by saying that the current inhabitant of the Oval Office just simply isn't capable of fixing the nation's economy. "I'm a conservative businessman. And that is what America needs if we're going to get our economy going," Mitt Romney said in an interview on Sean Hannity's radio show. Discussing his own jobs plan, which he released this week, Romney continued that there is "no way" Obama could match it, "because he just doesn't understand it. " His campaign also launched a new Web video Friday arguing that Obama introduced his plan "960 days late.
NEWS
June 22, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Are Republicans rushing to President Obama's left when it comes to Afghanistan? Not quite. But as they calibrate their pitch to an increasingly war-weary nation, some of the GOP presidential hopefuls have signaled support for a more significant drawdown plan than the one the president is expected to unveil in a primetime address this evening. That position, still evolving and with varying degrees of nuance, puts the candidates at odds with John McCain, the party's 2008 nominee, who recently warned them against taking an "isolationist" stance.
NEWS
February 5, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Though the U.S. presidential primaries are still a year from now, a different sort of contest is underway in Israel. Beginning Saturday, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will be the third potential GOP presidential candidate to visit the Jewish state since the first of the year, and the second during the protests in neighboring Egypt. Barbour will arrive on the heels of Mike Huckabee, who spent much of the week touring the country, and Mitt Romney, who swung through in January. And like Romney and Huckabee, Barbour is expected to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and tour some holy sites.
OPINION
February 5, 2012
Cracked and broken Re "Suits could force L.A. to put money into sidewalks," Jan. 31 It's truly a sad state of affairs when it takes a lawsuit to force our city leaders to do the right thing. Sidewalk maintenance is not just a civil rights issue for the disabled; rather, it has been an unresolved issue of poor management by those responsible for getting the job done. We should all be ashamed of ourselves for not demanding that our elected officials find a way to provide funds to maintain our sidewalks.
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