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Seth McLaughlin

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

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie: 'I will be standing here in one year'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vowed Tuesday in his annual State of the State Address that he would still be "standing here in one year" — a promise sure to raise questions about his presidential aspirations in 2016. Published January 13, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, talks with reporters after the Senate voted on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the next fiscal year on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) ** FILE **

Ted Cruz: Move White House to Rio Grande Valley

Sen. Ted Cruz, a likely 2016 presidential contender, said Monday that Congress should think about moving the White House to the nation's southern border, suggesting it would be an eye-opening experience for President Obama, who the Texas Republican said has violated the Constitution by unilaterally granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Published January 12, 2015

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Ryan says he will not run for president in 2016. Ryan, of Wisconsin, was the Republican candidate for vice president in 2012. There had been much speculation about his ambitions for 2016. But Ryan says in a statement issued Monday that he wants to focus on his work in Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Paul Ryan: I'm not running in 2016

Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, announced Monday that he will pass on a 2016 White House bid, saying he wants to focus instead on his job as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which puts him in charge of writing all tax laws. Published January 12, 2015

Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney laughs while speaking to members of the business community at the Boise Centre in Boise, Idaho, on Oct. 22, 2014. (Associated Press/The Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green) **FILE**

Mitt Romney tells donors he is considering 2016 presidential bid

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told donors Friday he is considering another run for the White House — a move that could further unsettle the emerging GOP presidential field and create a glut of competitors vying for the backing of establishment Republicans. Published January 9, 2015

Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, will retired in 2016.  (Associated Press)

Barbara Boxer announces retirement for 2016

Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election in 2016, ending a combative career that saw her become one of the country's chief progressive champions. Published January 8, 2015

Mike Huckabee says he will not consider a White House bid unless he is convinced he can raise $50 million, up sharply from previous campaigns. (Associated Press)

GOP presidential candidates will need $50 million for primaries

It looks like $50 million will be the ante that Republican presidential candidates will have to prove they can raise in order to show viability in the primary contests, according to strategists and fundraisers, signaling the beginning of what is expected to be the most expensive nomination race in history. Published January 7, 2015

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks in West Allis, Wis., on Nov. 4, 2014. More than a dozen potential Republican candidates are contemplating White House bids in 2016 in what's shaping up as a crowded and diverse field. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sworn in for second term

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a possible 2016 presidential contender, began his second term in office by making the case that elected leaders in Washington could learn a lesson in good governance from the states — and, more particularly, from his administration. Published January 5, 2015

Club for Growth rips Mike Huckabee's resume

Likely foreshadowing the attacks to come, the influential Club for Growth warned Monday that it will make sure that voters are aware of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's "poor" record on taxes and spending if he runs for president. Published January 5, 2015

Rep. Steve King says the Jan. 24 gathering in Des Moines will give activists who turn out for Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential contest a look at their options and give candidates an early reality check. (Associated Press)

Iowa's Steve King rules over GOP on road to presidency

Rep. Steve King has summoned the potential field of 2016 Republican presidential candidates to Iowa next month for his Freedom Summit, and they are jumping at the opportunity — underscoring the conservative firebrand's political pull and marking the event as the first major gathering of the next campaign for the White House. Published December 28, 2014

GOP political operative Phil Cox, who helped former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell get elected, has called Gov. Chris Christie the party's "best communicator." (Associated Press)

Republican kingmaker Phil Cox sets eyes on 2016 race

Republican governors had arguably the best showing of anyone on Election Day last month, and a key mastermind behind their efforts is Phil Cox, who cut his teeth in Virginia politics and has now become one of the most sought-after campaign staffers of the 2016 presidential cycle. Published December 28, 2014

Former GOP presidential contender Sen. Rick Santorum said, "We are putting the pieces together, just trying to build the model and see if it takes off. We are trying to raise money, and we put a good team together in Iowa and South Carolina already, and we are working on one in New Hampshire." (Associated Press)

Rick Santorum retools for 2016 White House run

Rick Santorum is gearing up for another run for president and vows next time he'll be an even stronger candidate — armed with a retooled message aimed at the working class, an established network of supporters and, perhaps more importantly, a resume that he believes dovetails with the issues conservatives care about most. Published December 23, 2014

Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, who was part of the 2010 tea party wave and who the groups are now rallying around, is hoping to head off an establishment-backed challenge in 2016. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Tea party to defend its small government champions in 2016 Senate races

Sen. John McCain likely has a bull's-eye on his back, but tea party groups have signaled that they expect the 2016 Senate races to be a lot more about defending the small government champions the movement helped win in the 2010 wave election than in headhunting 'establishment' Republicans. Published December 21, 2014

A police super PAC has debuted to draft Mitt Romney for president in 2016, but the former governor insists it was done without his blessing. (Israeli American Council) ** FILE **

PAC forms to draft Romney into 2016 race for president

A "Ready for Romney" political action committee announced its formation over the weekend, paving the way should Mitt Romney make another bid for president — but even some of the two-time candidate's advisers don't know who's behind it. Published December 15, 2014