Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

As numerous Republican presidential contenders have managed to take clear positions on issues like birthright citizenship and Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has often given unclear responses or simpy refused to answer certain questions.

As The Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff has noted, Walker has a tendency to begin some answers with words like "yeah" or "absolutely" without actually meaning "yes." But while that has contributed to some of his more confusing answers, he has also explicitly dodged questions and declined to answer "hypotheticals."

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Tuesday questioned his fellow Republican presidential candidates who have said they would tear up the nuclear agreement with Iran immediately upon taking office.

"Well, what does that mean? I don't know what that means. You're going to rip it up and then what? Then what are you going to do when you rip it up?" Kasich asked during a forum in New Hampshire, according to NBC News.

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After defending Kentucky clerk Kim Davis' refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Wednesday would not say whether a Muslim flight attendant should be able to deny alcohol to passengers on a flight.

CNN's Alisyn Camerota asked Huckabee about Charee Stanley, a flight attendant for ExpressJet who was suspended for refusing to serve alcohol. She said it violated her religious beliefs.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) would not say on Tuesday whether he believes the U.S. should accept more Syrian refugees as Europe is increasingly overwhelmed by people fleeing the nation's bloody conflict.

"I'm not president today and I can't be president today," Walker said when asked by ABC News about how he would address the refugee crisis. "Everybody wants to talk about hypotheticals; there is no such thing as a hypothetical."

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Donald Trump said on Tuesday night that he never backed Planned Parenthood, despite statements he made in August suggesting that he would not push to defund the organization.

During an interview on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," host Bill O'Reilly asked Trump why he supports Planned Parenthood and does not want to cut off federal funding for the group.

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After Kentucky clerk Kim Davis walked onto the stage at former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) rally on Tuesday to "Eye of the Tiger," the band Survivor lambasted her for using the song without permission.

"NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use 'My Tune -The Eye Of The Tiger,'" the band wrote on its official Facebook page on Tuesday. "I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin! C'mom Mike, you are not The Donald but you can do better than that."

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said on Tuesday that while she believes Donald Trump's positions on immigration should disqualify him from becoming president, she supports his call to raise taxes on the wealthy.

"There are a lot of places where he gets out and talks about important things," Warren said of Trump on ABC's "The View." "Like Donald Trump and I both agree that there ought to be more taxation of the billionaires, the people who are making their money on Wall Street."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has fiercely defended Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, will visit her in jail on Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"It is important to Sen. Cruz that Kim Davis and all Americans understand his commitment to defending their first amendment rights to religious liberty. The First Amendment is foundational to all other freedoms we enjoy and it is tragic that in America today, our own citizens would have to worry about being targeted or arrested for merely living out their religious convictions," Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told the Journal. "Sen. Cruz will continue doing everything in his power to defend Kim Davis and ensure that no other Americans are further targeted for their religious beliefs."

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