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December 30, 2011 | By Seema Mehta and Robin Abcarian
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 | By James Oliphant
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 | By Robin Abcarian
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 | By James Oliphant
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 | By James Oliphant
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.
July 4, 2011 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
In the two days she has traversed Iowa on a bus, Michele Bachmann has illustrated her strategy for the state's caucuses — stitching together the evangelical voters who held major sway in the 2008 voting and the "tea party" activists whose power has risen since then. Before hundreds of evangelical worshipers in a cavernous megachurch Sunday, Bachmann delivered a deeply personal speech tailor-made for their concerns, detailing how a miscarriage cemented her views on abortion and describing her personal connection to Israel and the moment she accepted Jesus Christ as her savior.
June 10, 2011 | By James Oliphant
For months, supporters of Tim Pawlenty have waiting for his presidential bid to gain some steam. Not since the faux Rapture have so many people been disappointed to see someone fail to take off. But there are signs that the developing GOP race could finally be witnessing some Pawlentum. The former Minnesota governor has had a good week. This week, Pawlenty has seen: Some positive indications in a new poll that showed him breaking into the double digits nationally Praise from corporate titan Jack Welch, the former chairman and CEO of GE Corp.
June 3, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
The second debate of the Republican presidential primary season will offer candidates the first real opportunity to challenge front-runner Mitt Romney face-to-face. The former Massachusetts governor, who announced his candidacy Thursday, is one of seven GOP hopefuls who've committed to participate in the June 13 forum at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire, organizers announced Friday. Romney will face off with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
May 27, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Mitt Romney is spending Friday in Iowa, the site of perhaps his biggest political humiliation three years ago -- a move that suggests his campaign hasn’t given up hope of winning there. It was in the Iowa caucuses in January 2008 where Romney’s White House aspirations suffered a brutal wound at the hands of Mike Huckabee after he had looked the favorite in the state for months. But Huckabee’s not around this time, and Romney doesn’t appear to be entirely writing off the state.
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