January 4, 2012 |
Mitt Romney may not look like a giant after an Iowa caucus win likely to go down as the tiniest victory in the annals of modern politics. But the former Massachusetts governor is poised to make history. His expected victory in next Tuesday's New Hampshire primary would make him the first Republican other than an incumbent president to win Iowa and New Hampshire back-to-back. That would be a huge achievement, propelling him forcefully into the rest of the primary season and quite possibly ending the Republican race well before the first big round of elections on Super Tuesday in early March.
December 15, 2011 |
In the final debate before voting starts in the 2012 presidential contest, front-running Newt Gingrich battled renewed criticism Thursday night from rivals over his activities outside of government, including taking $1.6 million from mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Rep. Michele Bachmann argued that even if Gingrich was not technically a lobbyist, the paychecks he received were clear evidence that he was influence peddling. Gingrich, under sustained fire as the pre-primary season nears an end, responded by accusing Bachmann of making "wild allegations.
November 1, 2011 |
Much of the Republican presidential field gathered here Tuesday to discuss how to improve the nation's economy. But what was most notable was who skipped the event — Iowa front-runners Mitt Romney and Herman Cain. The two men have staked their candidacies on their business resumes, arguing that their tenures as corporate chiefs make them perfectly suited to lead a nation in economic distress. So the forum by the National Assn. of Manufacturers — co-moderated by the state's Republican governor — would seem like an ideal audience.
July 4, 2011 |
Lisa Howard switched her voter registration from Republican to Democratic in 2008 so she could caucus for Barack Obama, so impressed was she by the fresh-faced candidate's calls for hope and change. While the 50-year-old supports Obama's efforts to fix the economy — the top issue here and everywhere else — she doesn't know if she'll be supporting him again in the 2012 presidential contest. The real estate agent plans to survey the GOP field, though to be honest she has been too busy staying afloat to get involved.
June 1, 2011 |
A group of leading Iowa Republicans left New Jersey on Tuesday without a firm commitment from Gov. Chris Christie to reconsider a presidential run. But speculation about the tough-talking Republican promises to live on with his pledge to help shape the debate in the leadoff caucus state with a July visit focused on education. Seven influential GOP leaders made the unusual pilgrimage from Iowa to Drumthwacket, the official residence of New Jersey's governor, hoping to draft Christie into the race.
May 16, 2011 |
Calling Mike Huckabee's decision not to run for president a "momentous" development, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad predicted one of the most wide-open races in the history of the state's leadoff presidential caucuses, and urged candidates to step up their game soon. Roughly three months before an early test of support, the Ames Straw Poll, the Republican governor said Monday that it's "not too late" for candidates to visit, predicting a "deluge" of activity in the near future. "With hard work and retail politics, going to all 99 counties, meeting with people and answering their questions, this is a state where you can effectively launch a campaign," he told reporters.