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Alex Roarty

Alex Roarty Alex is the chief political correspondent for National Journal Hotline. Since joining National Journal in 2010, he has covered House and Senate races, the GOP presidential primary, and the 2012 presidential campaign. Prior to joining National Journal, he covered Pennsylvania politics and government, most recently as editor of the Harrisburg-based PoliticsPA.com.
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Rick Santorum Is Running for President Again

May 27, 2015 In Republican presidential primaries, the candidate who finished second last time usually begins as a front-runner when they run again. That's not the case with Rick Santorum, who on Wednesday will announce he's once again running for president in an ABC New interview.The former senator from Pennsylvania begins his second...

National Security Eclipses Economy as Voters' Top Concern, GOP Poll Finds

April 15, 2015 A GOP poll is reinforcing Republican strategists' conviction that foreign policy will be a major issue in 2016—one the party believes it can wield to its advantage against Democratic congressional candidates and Hillary Clinton. The internal survey, conducted by the GOP firm OnMessage, found that security issues ranked first on...

This Senate Race Will Be a Referendum on Obama's National Security Policy

April 2, 2015 In the wake of President Bush's presidency, foreign policy was long a thorny subject for Republican candidates to discuss, with many struggling to balance their interventionist instincts with lingering memories of the unpopular Iraq war. But fresh concerns about deteriorating global security and President Obama's response to it have emboldened...

Obama's Immigration Order Has 2016 Perils for Both Parties

November 17, 2014 It didn't take long for the 2016 election to reach its first major crossroads. As early as this week, President Obama is expected to ignore the wishes of congressional Republicans and announce that he will unilaterally defer deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants. When he does, Republicans and Democrats alike...

Ebola Scare, Secret Service Enter Campaign Politics

October 3, 2014 The Secret Service's public humiliation and the country's first Ebola diagnosis—topics that would appear at least one step removed from partisan warfare—aren't ready-made issues for the campaign trail. But in roughly 24 hours, one candidate has managed to insert both into his own race. Thom Tillis, the Republican Senate nominee...

With National Security Emerging as a Top Issue, Candidates Adjust Strategies

September 22, 2014 The shifting politics of foreign policy has scrambled the calculations for both parties ahead of the November elections. It has put some Senate candidates, unaccustomed to talking about national security issues, in an uncomfortable position, while elevating others with military experience and foreign policy bona fides. Candidates' past votes, comments,...

Republicans Airing Ads Attacking Democrats as Being Soft on Terrorism

September 19, 2014 House Republicans are making a big bet that in the final weeks of the midterm election they can exploit doubts about President Obama's foreign policy to persuade late-deciding voters to support Republicans. The National Republican Congressional Committee announced Friday a quartet of new ads focusing on national security. One, airing...

First Iraq Vet to Serve in the Senate Drops Out of Race

August 7, 2014 Democratic Sen. John Walsh suspended his campaign for a full Senate term on Thursday, bowing to pressure to back out of the race after a plagiarism scandal threatened to eliminate his already slim chance of victory in Montana. In a statement to Lee Newspapers, Walsh said he wanted to focus...

Promises of Federal Spending Help Thad Cochran's Surprise Rebound Against Tea Party

June 25, 2014 In a remarkable comeback for a candidate many Republicans had begun to write-off, Sen. Thad Cochran won a surprise victory Tuesday in Mississippi's Republican runoff race for the Senate, dealing a stinging blow to tea party-groups that considered the six-term lawmaker their best opportunity to knock off a Republican incumbent...

Pork Is Back On the Table In Mississippi

April 29, 2014 A fight over earmarks isn’t unusual in a Republican primary. Two GOP contests in Mississippi, however, are flipping the usual terms of the debate. A pair of Republican candidates—Sen. Thad Cochran and former Democratic congressman-turned-GOP challenger Gene Taylor—are embracing the now-banned practice sometimes labeled pork-barrel spending, using it not only...