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August 13, 2011 | By Paul West, Seema Mehta and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
On a day that Michele Bachmann scored an early victory in Iowa, Rick Perry scrambled the Republican presidential race by jumping in with a "tea-party"-themed attack on Washington and what he termed President Obama's "rudderless leadership. " Perry's announcement Saturday stepped on Bachmann's triumph in the Ames straw poll, the biggest moment yet in her presidential campaign and a further sign of her appeal in this early-voting state. "It's your victory! You did it!" Bachmann told supporters crowded outside her bus on the Iowa State University campus, the scene of the daylong GOP event.
January 5, 2012 | By Mark Mellman
It has become fashionable of late to denigrate the importance of Iowa's caucuses, and even New Hampshire's primary, by suggesting neither has been very successful at picking party nominees. Naysayers note that only two of the last five Republican winners in Iowa garnered the party's nomination, while only three in five New Hampshire victors became the party's general-election standard-bearer. However, such analyses err by missing the dramatic joint impact of these two contests. Since 1976, when proliferating primaries and caucuses became the basis for selecting convention delegates, every single nominee but one, in both parties, won either Iowa or New Hampshire.
August 6, 1999 | From Reuters
Former Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey, mounting a strong challenge to Vice President Al Gore for the Democratic presidential nomination, will formally announce his candidacy Sept. 8, his campaign said Thursday. A statement from the Bradley campaign said the onetime New York Knicks basketball star will hold the traditional campaign kickoff in the small town of Crystal City, Mo., where he was born in 1943.
November 22, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
The Family Leader, a leading group of conservatives hoping to play kingmaker in the Iowa caucuses, announced Tuesday that it had narrowed its endorsement choice to four of the Republican presidential hopefuls: Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum. For any of those four, the group's endorsement before the nation's leadoff nominating contest could be a significant boost, given the outsized role religious and social conservatives have in the Hawkeye State. Also notable, the organization's board said it never considered Mitt Romney, long among the national front-runners for the GOP nomination.
October 21, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Yet another Republican presidential hopeful seems to have a one-state strategy. Michele Bachmann's entire paid staff in New Hampshire has quit the campaign, which is increasingly focusing all of its resources on a victory in the Iowa caucuses. WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H., first reported the departure of Bachmann's six officials, who left "over deep frustration with the campaign's lack of commitment" to the state. The Minnesota congresswoman had already been heavily focused on the Hawkeye State, and the loss of what little New Hampshire operation she had only clarifies her strategy.
March 5, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
President Obama will hold his first news conference in more than three months on Tuesday, the latest curious bit of counterprogramming by the White House tied to the Republican race for president. Tuesday, of course, is Super Tuesday in the GOP's nomination fight -- the biggest day of voting yet. Ten states hold caucuses and primaries with more than 400 delegates at stake, or more than a third of the total a candidate needs to clinch the nomination. Last week when Michigan Republicans were casting their votes, Obama spoke to a United Auto Workers gathering in Washington.
October 29, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Herman Cain and Mitt Romney are at the top of the pack in Iowa, according to a new Des Moines Register poll released Saturday night. The survey of likely caucusgoers showed Cain, the former pizza chain executive, leading all Republican presidential hopefuls with 23%. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, is just 1 point behind; Texas Rep. Ron Paul placed third with 12%. Romney narrowly led in the last Register poll, conducted in June,...
August 8, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Iowa will be ground zero for Republican politicking this week ahead of the Ames straw poll this weekend, the latest milepost in the developing presidential nominating race. But as the GOP hopefuls log valuable face time with voters in the early-voting state, Democrats won't be far behind attempting to define the party's candidates as extreme in what is also a likely general election battleground. Local and national Democrats revealed Monday their efforts to counterprogram the high-profile GOP festivities, which will be grounded in the argument that the party's "extreme aims" (pun intended)
March 24, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Paul West, Washington Bureau
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is not denying a report that she will form a presidential exploratory committee this summer, saying Thursday she would aim to formally enter the campaign just ahead of a key test of support in Iowa. With considerable uncertainty about Sarah Palin's future plans, a Bachmann candidacy would ensure the field of candidates seeking to challenge President Obama includes a fiery voice with appeal to "tea party" activists. CNN, citing sources close to the three-term Minnesota congresswoman, reported Thursday morning that she will take the first step toward a White House run in early June so that she could participate in scheduled GOP candidate debates.
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