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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

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Former New York Gov. George Pataki speaks during the Iowa Republican Party's Lincoln Dinner, Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

George Pataki, former New York governor, announces White House bid

Former New York Gov. George Pataki on Thursday launched his long-shot bid for president, vowing to reduce the size of the federal government and use military force if necessary to "defeat and destroy" the growing threat of Islamic militants in the Middle East. Published May 28, 2015

"ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately," said Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul. "And most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS." (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Rand Paul breaks from GOP rivals with jab at 'hawks'

Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that the "hawks" within his own Republican Party helped arm the Islamic State terrorists who are now threatening the U.S. and its interests in the region, reigniting a fierce GOP debate over the nation's role in the world. Published May 27, 2015

As workers watch from a staircase, former Sen. Rick Santorum announces he is entering the Republican presidential race in Cabot, Pennsylvania. He vowed to cut government spending and "revoke every executive order and regulation that costs American jobs." (Associated Press)

Rick Santorum launches presidential bid, vows to be champion of American workers

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania on Wednesday launched his second bid for president, vowing to be a warrior for working-class Americans, in part by pursuing an immigration policy that ensures American workers and their wages are protected from annual increases an unskilled foreign labor. Published May 27, 2015

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Rick Santorum expected to join crowded GOP 2016 field

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is expected Wednesday to dive into the 2016 GOP presidential race, where he will hope to prove that his second-place finish from four years ago was more than a flash in the pan. Published May 26, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks to supporters in Hope, Ark., as he announces that he is seeking the Republican nomination in the 2016 race for president in this May 5, 2015, photo. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Mike Huckabee signs his own 'Pledge to the People'

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday signed his own "Pledge to the People" in which he vowed to push a populist agenda that aims to help every American climb the economic ladder. Published May 14, 2015

Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton speaks during the Freedom Summit the Freedom Summit in Greenville, S.C., on May 9, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

John Bolton takes pass on White House bid

John Bolton announced Thursday that he is not running for president, but vowed to make sure that national security issues are front and center in the 2016 campaign. Published May 14, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Freedom Summit, Saturday in Greenville, South Carolina. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

GOP 2016 hopefuls descend upon South Carolina

A slate of 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls paid their respects over the weekend to the voters of South Carolina, who have shown -- outside of their 2012 Newt Gingrich preference -- a knack for getting behind the party's eventual nominee. Published May 10, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee waves to supporters in Hope, Ark., Tuesday, May 5, 2015, after he announced that he is running for the Republican presidential nomination. Huckabee pitched himself Tuesday as the best GOP candidate to take on Democratic favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Mike Huckabee declares bid for 2016 GOP presidential nomination

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday returned to his hometown in Arkansas to announce that he is running for the White House -- an effort that, if successful, will hinge on his ability to expand his base of support beyond the religious conservatives that supported his presidential campaign seven years ago. Published May 5, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reacts after he thought it was Wednesday and the crowd corrected him as he addressed a gathering during a town hall meeting in Cedar Grove, N.J., on April 23, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Chris Christie approval rating hits all-time low: poll

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's popularity has sunk to an all-time low in New Jersey in the wake of indictments linked to the Bridegate scandal, which has put a dent in the Republican governor's presidential aspirations. Published May 4, 2015

FILE - In this March 24, 2015, file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio speaks at a Politics and Eggs Breakfast with state political activist and area business leaders hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, in Manchester, N.H. The panel commissioned by Kasich to study police and community relations in Ohio has emphasized accountability, trust, training and education. The task force planned to issue its final set of recommendations Wednesday, April 29, 2015, to Kasich for his consideration. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Kasich defend Medicaid expansion, Common Core standards

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday defended his decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and pushed back against the idea that Common Core education standards have allowed the federal government to have more control over the education system. Published May 1, 2015