Skip to content

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

Party insiders expect Jeb Bush and his allies to surpass the 2012 nominee Mitt Romney's opening fundraising haul. But winning over voters will be tougher, the analysts said. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Jeb Bush sees less enthusiasm than Mitt Romney did at same point in race

There is less enthusiasm for Jeb Bush at this point in the Republican presidential race than there was for Mitt Romney four years ago, according to party operatives who say it signaled weariness over another Bush candidacy and reflected a stronger field this time. Published April 30, 2015

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, is winning strong reviews from his party's insiders who say he's managed to tap into the anti-establishment sentiment of primary voters. His aspirations hinge on the ability to lay claim to being the conservative alternative. (Associated Press)

Ted Cruz 'hitting on a lot of cylinders' in presidential campaign

Sen. Ted Cruz's month-old presidential campaign has won strong reviews from GOP insiders in key states who say he's managed to tap into the anti-establishment sentiment of primary voters, and his allies have proved they have the ability to raise tens of millions of dollars to boost his bid. Published April 29, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) meeting, Wedneday, April 29, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Ted Cruz: Obama has 'inflamed' racial tensions

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said Wednesday that President Obama has "inflamed racial tensions in this country" and that the Democrat has missed a prime opportunity to unify the nation. Published April 29, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, has said the U.S. "cannot afford to ignore another lesson of 9/11 and curtail intelligence-gathering capabilities." (Associated Press)

Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush support renewal of Patriot Act

The defense hawks are on the rise in the Republican presidential field, defending the Patriot Act just as Congress prepares for a make-or-break debate over the future of the NSA's phone-snooping program. Published April 27, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker broke from the GOP by saying that there should be limits on how many legal immigrants should be allowed to enter the U.S. (Associated Press)

Scott Walker: There should be limits on legal immigration

The latest Census Bureau projections show immigrants will account for 14.8 percent of the U.S. population early in the next decade, setting an all-time record and raising questions about whether the country has the ability to assimilate newcomers at such a torrid pace. Published April 22, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J. speaks at a Republican Leadership Summit, Friday, April 17, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) ** FILE **

New Jersey's largest teachers union pulls out of pension talks

The New Jersey Education Association said Tuesday that it has pulled out of talks with a commission appointed by Gov. Chris Christie that the Republican had hoped would yield a deal that could put the state on stronger fiscal footing. Published April 21, 2015

Carly Fiorina, considered a Washington outsider due to her lack of prior elected office, is taking a long-term fundraising approach in her quest for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. (Associated Press)

Carly Fiorina strategy: Stay in race long enough to shake it up

Carly Fiorina is preparing to challenge conventional campaign wisdom that says the Republican presidential nominee must place in the top three in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, instead preparing a longer but less-expensive campaign strategy. Published April 19, 2015

In a crowded GOP field, presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, stands out for his views on foreign policy and immigration, analysts say. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul stands out in packed GOP field, analysts say

Standing out among the giant field of potential GOP candidates is tough, but Sen. Rand Paul will likely have an easier time of it than the others when they descend on New Hampshire this week. Published April 15, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, recommends repealing and replacing Obamacare, investing more in the military and modernizing the education system. (Associated Press)

Tea Party Express offers congressional 'Solutions for America' book

Sick of the tea party being portrayed as nothing more than a collection of obstructionists, a national branch of the grassroots movement has teamed up with dozens of conservative lawmakers on a book that offers solutions to the nation's biggest challenges. Published April 14, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican and possible 2016 presidential hopeful, called for raising the retirement age and "means-testing" Social Security recipients to protect the future of the program. (Associated Press)

Christie offers familiar fixes to preserve Social Security

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that Social Security benefits must be curtailed in order to preserve the program for future generations, wading into a tricky political issue at the heart of the debate over federal spending and debt. Published April 14, 2015

Son of Immigrants: Sen. Marco Rubio is using his personal story to introduce himself to voters as he campaigns for the GOP presidential nomination. (Associated Press)

Marco Rubio hails inspirational personal story in launching 2016 bid

Sen. Marco Rubio hailed his personal story as the son of Cuban immigrants as he announced his run Monday for the Republican presidential nomination — once again tapping the same biography that helped make him a rising GOP star five years ago. Published April 13, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott walker was among the 2016 Republican hopefuls to decry Mr. Obama's performance, both domestically and in managing overseas conflicts, at the NRA's annual convention in Nashville. (Associated Press)

2016 Republican hopefuls slam Obama, vow to defend gun rights at NRA convention

An invigorated National Rifle Association tested the mettle of potential 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls and ramped up for an expected battle against Hillary Rodham Clinton — though the gun rights group said it also will keep a watchful eye during President Obama's final years in office. Published April 12, 2015

Sen., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks to employees after touring New Hampshire Ball Bearings Thursday April 9, 2015 in Laconia, N.H. Lindsey met with workers to discuss their support of legislation re-authorizing the Export-Import Bank.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Lindsey Graham: 'We are at war' and must kill Islamic extremists

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Friday that the Obama administration has left the nation vulnerable to an attack, and urged those who turned out for the NRA's annual meeting to make sure that the next president takes the fight to Islamic militants. Published April 10, 2015