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Call me Jeb! or Hillary, or Rand -- the first name candidates




Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and possible Republican presidential candidate speaks to the media after addressing the Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit held at the Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center on June 2, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and possible Republican presidential candidate speaks to the media after addressing the Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit held at the Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center on June 2, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.
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JEB Bush, HILLARY Clinton, RAND Paul - aggressively friendly retail politicians or particularly cautious candidates trying to put some distance between their individual policies and family legacies?

Mr. Bush attempted to quell consternation directed at whether or not he is officially running, an issue that has dogged his campaign as the line delineating coordination between super PACs and candidacies has broken down. In addition, he continued to make the case for what separates him from his fellow Republican contenders as well as from the legacies of both Presidents Bush. He is expected to officially announce his candidacy today.

In a similar vein, Mrs. Clinton tamped down on calls from the left as to what her official position was on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Over the weekend she stated, “the President should listen to and work with his allies in Congress, starting with Nancy Pelosi...to make sure we get the best, strongest deal possible...and if we don’t get it, there should be no deal.” Mrs. Clinton must contend with the stigma on the left associated with President Clinton’s NAFTA deal.

Mr. Paul has also fought to separate himself from his father’s legacy. A libertarian on matters of civil liberties and certain other matters, the younger Paul has courted the Republican base by taking a more supportive stance towards foreign aid and military spending than his father, former Representative Ron Paul. Among his official campaign slogans is “Stand with Rand,” a tie-in with his new book and a nod to the differences between him and his father that could give him the Republican support he needs to win in primary states.

How can candidates with family legacies demonstrate their individuality? To what extent should politicians embrace or reject the history associated with their last names?

Guests:

Garance Franke-Ruta, Editor in Chief, Yahoo Politics

Michael Grunwald, senior writer for POLITICO magazine. He’s also the author of “The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era.”