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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Rick Santorum: Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz back 'amnesty'

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is looking to gain some momentum in the 2016 nomination battle by arguing that Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas are weak on immigration. Published November 13, 2015

John Kasich has made his record of balancing the federal budgets when he was a congressman and of balancing the budget in Ohio the cornerstone of his campaign. He has promised to do it again if elected president and to do it in eight years. (Associated Press)

Governors struggle to gain foothold in GOP contest

The GOP usually loves governors as its presidential nominee, but not this year, where a pack of very experienced and accomplished chief executives is struggling to even break 15 percent in national polls — combined. Published November 11, 2015

Unendorsed: Despite leading a crowded Republican field, candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson lack party endorsements. (Associated Press Photographs)

Donald Trump on Republican debate: 'Elegant'

Businessman Donald J. Trump is happy with the way the debate moderators handled the fourth debate of the Republican presidential-primary nomination race -- so happy, in fact, that he is willing to describe his experience as "elegant." Published November 11, 2015

In this photo taken Oct. 28, 2015, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson discusses faith during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at a hotel in Broomfield, Colo. In a wide-ranging interview about his faith with The Associated Press, Ben Carson expressed pride in his little-known Seventh-day Adventist church, but also sought some distance from it, framing his beliefs in the broadest Christian terms as his surging campaign prompts scrutiny of his religion.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Chris Christie: Voters will decide if Ben Carson is telling the truth

New Jersey Gov. and GOP presidential hopeful Chris Christie said Friday that it ultimately is up to voters to decide whether fellow candidate Ben Carson has been telling the truth about his life story in the wake of a new report challenging the way he has characterized his past. Published November 6, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson discusses faith during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at a hotel in Broomfield, Colo., in this Oct. 28, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) ** FILE **

Ben Carson's camp accuses media of twisting facts about his life story

Ben Carson's presidential campaign is pushing back against press questions about the retired neurosurgeon's life story -- accusing news outlets of spreading "outright" lies about central elements of the GOP presidential front-runner's inspirational personal narrative. Published November 6, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Christie, Huckabee relegated to undercard at next Republican debate

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee have been demoted to the undercard for next week's prime time Republican presidential debate, while Sen. Lindsey Graham and former New York Gov. George E. Pataki learned that they did not get an invite -- stoking speculation as to whether their sputtering campaigns can survive the damaging blow. Published November 5, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a news conference at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, took swipes at his GOP rivals, and advised those with less than 2 percent of the vote to bow out of the primaries. (Associated Press)

Trump's media mastery stands in stark contrast to Bush

Donald Trump told struggling Republican presidential hopefuls to pack it in and drop out of the race in a Tuesday press conference where the billionaire businessman showcased his off-the-cuff style, drawing a stark contrast with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's attempt at a campaign reset just a day earlier. Published November 3, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush rolled out a new campaign pitch Monday, promising to be a "fix it" president, banking on his governing experience to beat out the big personalities of some of his competitors. (Associated Press)

Bush looks to revive campaign as poll numbers plummet

Hoping to kick-start his sputtering presidential campaign, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush rolled out his new pitch to voters Monday, promising to be the "fix-it" man who can deliver quiet leadership on conservative policies without resorting to the outsized tactics and personalities he says taint the rest of the field. Published November 2, 2015

"While I was proud of our candidates and the way they handled tonight's debate, the performance by the CNBC moderators was extremely disappointing and did a disservice to their network, our candidates, and voters," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. (Associated Press)

RNC pulls out of NBC debate set for February

Responding to the blowback against CNBC's handling of the third GOP debate, the head of the Republican National Committee announced Friday that it was "suspending" its plans to partner with NBC News for a presidential debate next year. Published October 30, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a news conference in Houston, in this Oct. 26, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) ** FILE **

Ted Cruz gets mixed review on immigration from Hispanic rights advocate

A Hispanic rights advocate said Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz's push to expand legal immigration by granting more green cards and student visas is spot on, but that the Texas Republican is missing the mark when it comes to dealing with the nation's illegal immigrants. Published October 30, 2015