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Seth McLaughlin

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

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum gives a speech on immigration policy, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Rick Santorum on verge of pulling off second 'Full Grassley' in Iowa

Rick Santorum is on pace to have visited all of Iowa's 99 counties this year before Labor Day -- sending a message that he believes his best bet of winning the 2016 GOP presidential nomination starts with grinding out a positive result in the Hawkeye State. Published August 25, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, called GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday "a serious candidate," but said Mr. Trump's immigration plan should be judged on its merits and there it breaks conservative principles. (The Monitor via Associated Press)

Jeb Bush says new fencing won't make border more secure

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush visited a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday and said new fencing won't make the border more secure, as he blasted GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump's proposed wall and other get-tough policies as "unrealistic." Published August 24, 2015

Donald Trump's six-page illegal immigration crackdown plan included calls to build more fencing, require illegal immigrants to go home before being readmitted with legal status and to end the policy granting automatic citizenship to almost everyone born in the U.S., including to illegal immigrant mothers. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump pushes birthright citizenship to forefront of political debate

Birthright citizenship, an issue long kicked about in Republican circles, has leaped to the forefront of the political debate, with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leading the charge and drawing fierce fire from critics who say he and his fellow candidates are messing with a fundamental principle of American history. Published August 20, 2015

The struggle for Republican presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to stand out in a crowded GOP field is showing up in the polls in Iowa, whose caucuses he won in 2008 due to the strength of evangelical voters. (Associated Press)

Mike Huckabee struggles to reclaim old niche in GOP presidential field

Mike Huckabee's path through the Republican primaries in 2008 didn't involve a lot of competition for the mantle of champion of the social conservatives, but this time the former Arkansas governor is just one of a number of candidates eager to proclaim pro-life, pro-traditional marriage credentials, making it tougher for him to stand out in a crowded field. Published August 13, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Iowa State Fair Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Des Moines. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

In Iowa, Mike Huckabee backs federal fuel mandate

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday defended his support of a federal fuel mandate that has strengthened Iowa's corn market, saying it is the conservative position to stand up for the farmers that have invested in the system. Published August 13, 2015

Pollsters say Carly Fiorina got the biggest jump from last week's debates. Every major survey, nationally and in key early states, showed positive movement. (Associated Press)

Carly Fiorina rises up toward Republicans' glass ceiling after strong debate showing

For years, a question lingering over the Republican Party has been whether it was ready for a woman to lead the ticket in a presidential election. Now some are wondering whether Carly Fiorina could be the one to punch through the glass ceiling -- possibly setting up an all-female race against Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published August 12, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ** FILE **

Rand Paul warns tea partyers against backing Donald Trump

Sen. Rand Paul questioned Monday how anyone involved with the tea party moving could support Donald Trump, saying the billionaire's track record of supporting Democrats and liberal causes are at odds with the grassroots movement. Published August 10, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich received enthusiastic applause at the Republican presidential debate Thursday when he said he would prefer traditional marriage but added that love and compassion compel an open attitude. (Associated Press)

John Kasich reveals change in Republicans' views of gays

Four years after Republican primary voters showered a video of an openly gay soldier with boos at a presidential debate, Republicans in Ohio applauded when Gov. John Kasich revealed that he had recently attended a same-sex wedding. Published August 9, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham speaks during a pre-debate forum at the Quicken Loans Arena, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. Seven of the candidates have not qualified for the prime-time debate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ** FILE **

Lindsey Graham: Hillary would beat Trump 'like a drum'

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is prepared to vote for Donald Trump if he wins the GOP presidential nomination, but warns that Hillary Rodham Clinton would easily outmatch the New York billionaire in a general election fight. Published August 7, 2015

Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ** FILE **

Gun-rights group to Chris Christie: 'Hell No'

The largest gun-rights group in Georgia welcomed Chris Christie to the RedState gathering in Atlanta with fliers calling on attendees to say "Hell No" to the New Jersey Republican governor's "Anti-Gun Agenda!" Published August 7, 2015

Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

'Kiddie's table' candidates eye spot in next prime-time GOP debate

Left out of the main stage for the first debate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and the rest of the "kiddie's table" crew are already plotting how to earn airtime even if they can't find a way to qualify for the next debate in September. Published August 6, 2015