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Democratic group offers guide to GOP White House hopefuls

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, right, listens as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks about recent Republican party gains during a press conference at the Republican governors' conference in Boca Raton, Fla., Nov. 19, 2014.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, right, listens as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks about recent Republican party gains during a press conference at the Republican governors' conference in Boca Raton, Fla., Nov. 19, 2014. AP

The 2014 election cycle ended Saturday, so it must be time for the 2016 presidential cycle to rev up.

Sure enough, Monday, a group loyal to Democrats issued a 204-page guide to potential Republican candidates, complete with 1,221 footnotes.

“American Bridge has dug into the least sexy – but most important – part of politics: the issue research, the fact-based research, the record research, and the video tracking of candidates that is essential to the political process,” the guide explains.

It offers resumes, scandals, issue positions and more for 20 potential Republicans, including some rarely mentioned. The familiar names are there – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida among others.

There are some others less in the public eye, like former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney gets only a mention.

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