2016 Republican presidential candidates

Charles Koch: We like 5 GOP candidates in primaries

Fredreka Schouten, USA Today

Charles Koch, his brother David and their team have identified five candidates who have the right message and "a good chance of getting elected," he told USA TODAY in an exclusive interview at Koch Industries' headquarters. They are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida.

20 Republicans gearing up to run for president

Jonathan Easley, The Hill

Get ready for the largest GOP presidential field in recent history. As many as 20 Republicans are taking a serious look at running for the White House in 2016. A handful of candidates have moved aggressively into the field, and others are expected to ramp up in the coming weeks, with several announcements expected in April.

Club for Growth plots role as 2016 kingmaker

James Hohmann, POLITICO

The Club for Growth couldn’t find a presidential candidate to love in 2008 and 2012. But 2016 may be different. Half a dozen of them — including two the Club helped propel into office in the first place, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — traveled to The Breakers resort here this weekend to make their pitches to 200 of the group’s biggest donors.

Rand Paul is Go-To Guy for R’s in 2014

Beth Reinhard and Patrick O'Connor, Wall Street Journal

Midterm elections serve as prolonged auditions for potential presidential candidates and Mr. Paul’s efforts have vaulted him from tea-party star to serious contender. Over the past two years, he has visited about 30 states to help candidates or his party, collecting a pile of chits along the way.