March 7, 2012 |
Super Tuesday accomplished exactly one thing: The long, grueling slog to the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., will go on ... and on ... and on. Mitt Romney walked away with the most delegates and won the most states, but his wins did not seal the deal or make him the consensus nominee. Winning in his home state of Massachusetts was always a certainty. Taking Vermont was no surprise; it is moderate country and part of his New England base. Winning Idaho was nearly a sure thing too because the state is home to so many of his fellow Mormons.
February 7, 2012 |
Is Mitt Romney the Republicans' man of destiny or will Rick Santorum finally get his moment in the sun? You remember Rick Santorum, the guy who, in last summer's Republican debates, was placed at the end of the row near the exit sign and never got asked any questions because Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain were so much more weirdly entertaining. Well, Santorum campaign staffers are playing up recent polls that suggest their candidate could beat President Obama. A new GOP-leaning Rasmussen poll posits a general-election match-up in which Santorum beats the president by 1 percentage point, 45% to 44%, while Romney falls short by 4 percentage points and Newt Gingrich trails by eight.
May 19, 2011 |
It was midway through Newt Gingrich's speech in Ames Thursday when a cellphone went off. As the soaring chorus of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" reverberated through the Olde Main Brewery everyone looked around for the culprit. This time it was the candidate. After sheepishly shutting off the ringer and slipping the phone back into his pocket, Gingrich muttered something about forgetting to turn off his ringer and continued with his remarks. Later the former House speaker confessed to reporters that he was a huge fan of the movie "Mamma Mia" and a staff member had programmed the ABBA anthem into his phone.
December 15, 2011 |
Newt Gingrich is a huge fan of zoos. The former House speaker dreamed as a child of becoming a zookeeper. He has visited about 100 zoos and wrote the introduction to the guidebook “America's Best Zoos.” Gingrich got his start in politics at an early age, when he tried to open up a zoo in Harrisburg, Pa. “An 11-year-old is fighting City Hall here in an attempt to establish a zoo in the city's Wildwood Park,” reads a 1954 report...
December 29, 2011 |
Newt Gingrich will report raising at least $9.3 million since the beginning of October, including more than $4.6 million in the month of November alone, when the former House speaker was surging in the polls, according to preliminary numbers provided by the campaign. The fourth-quarter haul, which covers the period from Oct.1 through the end of the year, gave a much-needed boost to a campaign that, strapped for cash, had to scramble to build the infrastructure to capitalize on an unexpected mid-November surge.
December 8, 2011 |
Newt Gingrich witnessed the Occupy movement up close and personal Wednesday night. Protesters crashed his presidential fundraiser at a restaurant next to the storied Willard InterContinental Hotel in downtown D.C., about a baseball's throw from the White House. According to reports, only a handful of protesters were able to enter the hotel and none of them made it to Gingrich. Instead, they held a rally outside and peered through the restaurant's glass windows as Gingrich met with members of Congress and lobbyists seeking contributions to help him fuel is newfound Newtmentum.
May 9, 2011 |
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will finally bring clarity to his presidential ambitions with an announcement this week, his spokesman said Monday. Rick Tyler posted on Twitter that Gingrich would announce his plans Wednesday on Twitter and Facebook, and follow up in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity. In March, Gingrich had a somewhat muddled preliminary announcement of an exploratory phase. He filed paperwork with the IRS to raise money under federal limits, but stopped short of a full-blown effort as he wound down his network of independent political and advocacy organizations.