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Republican Presidential Candidates Gather at NH Forum

ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- The most crowded field of Republican candidates in history descended upon New Hampshire Monday to square off in a rapid-fire question and answer session at the Voters First Forum.Eleven candidates came to St. Anselm College in Manchester, and another three joined via satellite. The result was a one-by-one parade of candidates across the stage, where they answered questions posed by a moderator.For those hovering near the bottom of the polls, it was a chance to appea

White House Not Picking Sides in Possible Biden-Clinton Battle

Jeff Fusco/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House isn’t ready to pick sides in a hypothetical primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. But Press Secretary Josh Earnest made clear Monday that the president believes Biden is up for the job should he decide to run.“I won’t get into rating the qualifications of any candidates or possible candidates,” Earnest told ABC News, “but I think the president has indicated that one of the reasons he chose Joe Bi

Amy Schumer Joins Sen. Chuck Schumer to Push for Gun Control Legislation

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Comedian Amy Schumer is joining forces with her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, to push for new gun control legislation on Capitol Hill.The Trainwreck star appeared with the New York senator Monday morning at a news conference with a sign saying "Enough Is Enough" by their side."Amy may have started out as a comedian but this subject is really serious," the senator said, adding, "I have a lot of press conferences but I almost never get this many people."For

The First Republican Presidential Debate: Who's In, Who's Out

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The first Republican Presidential debate is just three days away, but the question remains: who will be on stage and who will be watching from home?Fox News, which is hosting the first debate this Thursday in Cleveland, says that they will include the top 10 candidates from an average of the five most recent national polls. But Fox News hasn't said which polls they will use to calculate their average, leaving the rest of us to play a guessing game.With the additi

Meet the Super Fan Trying to Convince Joe Biden to Run for President

Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Will Pierce is never far from Vice President Joe Biden.The 27-year-old executive director of Draft Biden 2016, a super PAC dedicated to luring the vice president into the presidential race, is greeted by Biden’s face on a life-sized cutout every morning. Pierce works from a desk surrounded by Draft Biden signage and stickers.After working for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008 and volunteering for then-Sen. Barack Obama&rsqu

Former President Jimmy Carter Undergoes Surgery on Liver

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Former President Jimmy Carter underwent an elective surgery on his liver Monday.According to a statement from The Carter Center, Carter, 90, had a "small mass in his liver" removed. The procedure took place at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.The operation "proceeded without issues, and the prognosis is excellent for a full recovery," the statement said.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Today on the Trail -- 8/3/15

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — On Monday, the Granite State is in the spotlight. The New Hampshire Union Leader's Voters First Presidential Forum is Monday evening and almost all of the GOP candidates will be there. Donald Trump, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore are out, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Carly Fiorina, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Carolina Se

Poll: US Voters Oppose Iran Nuclear Deal 2 to 1

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration is lobbying Congress -- and the American public -- to get on board with its Iran nuclear accord. But a new poll shows that may be a tough sell.American voters oppose the nuclear deal with Iran, 2 to 1, according to the latest polling from Quinnipiac University. And a majority says the pact will ultimately make the world less safe. The nuclear agreement, which is currently under congressional review, gets only lukewarm support from Democra

Bernie Sanders Lands a Sweet Endorsement from Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder

US Congress(FRANKLIN, N.H.) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders landed the sweetest food endorsement so far of the 2016 election cycle: Ben Cohen, the co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s.The ice cream magnate spoke Sunday to a gymnasium of supporters in Franklin, New Hampshire, telling them “as a person who has been his constituent for the last 30 years, I can tell you: this guy is the real thing.”In an interview with ABC News, Cohen explained his involvement.&

Hillary Clinton's $2 Million Television Ads: All About Her Mom

ABC News(WASHINGTON) --  There's one person Hillary Clinton really want the voters of America to get to know more than anybody else. And her name is Dorothy Rodham.Dorothy is Clinton’s late mother. She died in 2011. But she's playing a starring role in her daughter’s presidential campaign, and is the focus of Clinton’s first television ads.On Tuesday, Clinton’s campaign will begin broadcasting two TV ads in Iowa and New Hampshire. The one-minute spots, which will air

Clinton Campaign Releases First TV Ads

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton's campaign released its first two television ads on Sunday night, with the spots set to begin airing in early primary states Iowa and New Hampshire on Tuesday.Both ads focus on Clinton's family ties, specifically with her mother. The first ad, titled "Dorothy," features the Democratic presidential hopeful telling the story of her mother's trauma-filled childhood. Clinton says that her run for president is "for all the Dorothys."A second ad, titled "Family

Obama to Announce Climate Change Action Monday

YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will announce a major effort to fight climate change this week, with the White House posting a preview video on its Twitter account on Sunday.The White House says Obama's Clean Power Plan will be announced Monday and will represent "the biggest step we've ever taken to #ActOnClimate." In the video, the commander in chief calls for strong action, particularly tougher regulations on power plants and carbon emissions."Out climate is changi

Bernie Sanders Responds to Possible Joe Biden Run

(US Congress)(WASHINGTON) -- Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said he's "very fond" of Vice President Joe Biden, but that "the American people... want to go beyond conventional establishment politics."Sanders made the statements in response to a question from ABC News' Jonathan Karl about Biden considering another run for president.Sanders suggested that voters are looking for a change in 2016 . “The government has to respond to the needs of the middle class, not the billionaires,&rdquo

Donald Trump Plays Down Expectations, Says 'I'm Not a Debater'

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential contender Donald Trump played down expectations for the first GOP debate slated for Thursday, saying “I’m not a debater” and he would not be "throwing punches" against his opponents on the stage.“These politicians, I always say, are all talk no action. They debate all the time," Trump told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl on This Week Sunday. “I don’t debate, I build. I've created tremendous jobs, I've created a gre

Rick Santorum Says GOP Debate Rules 'Arbitrary'

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Sunday that the criteria for the first Republican debate this week, which will limit participation to the Top 10 GOP candidates according to recent national polls, are “arbitrary.”“These national polls are irrelevant,” Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania who ran for president in 2012, said on ABC's This Week. “I was at 1 percent in the national polls four y

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