January 14, 2012 |
Defying calls to back off from attacking Mitt Romney's business record, Newt Gingrich said Saturday evening that he would visit a South Carolina town on Sunday to draw attention to steelworkers laid off in a corporate buyout deal that spun off millions of dollars in fees for his rival's investment firm. The former House speaker was confronted at a Fox News forum in Charleston, S.C., by an audience member asking how he defended his “vilification of companies that put capital at risk in order to save failing companies.” “I've never done that,” said Gingrich, who has been hammering Romney for days over money made by Romney's former investment firm, Bain Capital, in takeover deals that resulted in layoffs.
January 13, 2012 |
Signaling concern within Mitt Romney's campaign that the attacks on his private-sector experience are beginning to take their toll, the Republican front-runner stepped up his defense Thursday of his career at a private equity firm, as prominent GOP leaders chided his rivals for ganging up on him. Battling an effort by his opponents and an independent group backing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to portray him as a former "corporate raider" who...
January 3, 2012 |
Rick Santorum's last-minute surge has him just hours away from what might be a stunning top-three finish in the Iowa caucuses, and even with a resource-starved campaign, the former senator vows it's only the beginning. "I would say we've done this on shoestring, but that would be insulting shoestrings," he joked on ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday. Santorum says he'll campaign aggressively in all of the upcoming primary states, even as other rivals plan to skip New Hampshire and move on to a likely showdown in South Carolina.
January 1, 2012 |
For Mitt Romney, it's deja vu all over again. The former Massachusetts governor has spent much of the year as the front-runner to win the Iowa caucuses, watching other candidates ebb and flow in the polls, serenely floating above it all as his rivals savaged one another. And then, just days before the Iowa caucuses, a dark horse candidate popular with the socially conservative voters has caught fire. The 2012 presidential contest is clearly different from the one four years ago, in which Romney spent an inordinate amount of time and money in Iowa only to be humiliated by a second-place finish to the late-surging Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.
December 30, 2011 |
Two influential conservative talk radio hosts announced their picks for the Republican presidential nomination, and to no one's surprise, neither favors former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the front-runner in polls. Steve Deace, a fiery social conservative who helped former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to victory over Romney in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, will support former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Gingrich, who often touts his relationship with President Reagan, was also endorsed this week by Reagan's son Michael and by Art Laffer, who helped develop the theories that became known as Reaganomics.
December 15, 2011 |
Newt Gingrich appears to have an attack dog on his side - whether he wants him or not. Rudolph Giuliani, the pugnacious former New York mayor and GOP presidential candidate, took to two cable news morning shows Thursday and ended up shredding Mitt Romney's record and suggesting that Gingrich may be a more formidable candidate against President Obama next year. ( Watch video below. ) “There's something wrong when you've been running as long as Mitt has and you're at 25%…Seventy-five percent of the other Republicans are telling you something about him,” Giuliani said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe. " “I ran against him in '07, '08, I have never seen a guy -- and I've run in a lot of elections, supported a lot of people, opposed them -- never seen a guy change his positions on so many things, so fast, on a dime.
December 3, 2011
SERIES Republican Presidential Forum: Mike Huckabee hosts another round of presidential debates on "Huckabee" at 5 p.m. on FNC. Saturday Night Live: Steve Buscemi with musical guest the Black Keys (11:29 p.m. NBC). SPECIALS Hercules Saves Christmas: The canine costar of "Pit Boss" is the hero of this new holiday tale, with Anthony Robinson, Mackenzie Phillips and Shorty Rossi (6 p.m. Animal Planet). MOVIES Out of the Past: Director Jacques Tourneur's 1947 drama stars Robert Mitchum as a former private eye who is trying to make a fresh start, but is tracked down by a former client (Kirk Douglas)
August 13, 2011 |
There is something charming about Herman Cain, who has been campaigning like crazy in Iowa for months. Though he scores low in the polls and is only an average fundraiser,Republicans here really, really like the guy. They loved it Thursday night at the Ames presidential debate when he was asked to explain a campaign trail remark that the U.S. should put up a 20-foot electrified fence along the Mexican border. “America's got to learn how to take a joke,” replied Cain. Photos: Scenes From Iowa - Republicans at the State Fair On the campaign trail, Iowans have responded positively when Cain insists the American court system is in danger from creeping Sharia-ism.
July 22, 2011 |
Does the kind of town-to-town, door-to-door politicking that makes states such as Iowa and New Hampshire the center of the political universe for months every presidential cycle still matter? Sarah Palin may be ready to test that. So says former George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove. Palin herself has said that if she does run for the Republican presidential nomination, she'll do so in her own, unconventional way. Palin's advisors, Rove said Thursday evening on Fox News Channel, “have been very explicit about it -- that she doesn't need to go to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, press the flesh and go to all these local events in order to cultivate the local leadership.
July 5, 2011 |
Tim Pawlenty's lookin' for some Huck Luck. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mike Huckabee’s daughter and an architect of the former Arkansas governor’s shocking win in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, is joining Pawlenty’s campaign as a strategist. Sanders, who has always been her father’s closest political adviser, fits with Pawlenty’s current all-Iowa, all-the-time strategy. Mike Huckabee won Iowa by mounting a strong retail campaign, scoring well with Christian conservatives, and branding himself a straight-talking populist.