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  • Santorum hitting campaign trail again despite pressures

    04/10/2012 6:52:18 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 8 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 4/10/12 | Sam Youngman
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defying personal and professional pressures, Rick Santorum is returning to the U.S. presidential campaign trail in his uphill battle against presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. After a five-day break to celebrate Easter, help care for his sick daughter and thrash out strategy, Santorum kicks off the fight for his home state, Pennsylvania, in earnest on Tuesday. He needs to win the state by a decent margin to stay in the race against Romney, whose allies have already begun negative TV attacks against the conservative former senator. Santorum holds a rally in Bedford on Tuesday and then addresses...
  • Gingrich says campaign 'on a shoestring,' signals he's preparing for Romney nomination

    04/09/2012 6:59:00 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 179 replies ^ | April 08, 2012 | N/A
    (Snip) Though Gingrich and Romney throughout January engaged in some of the most personal attacks of the presidential primary campaign, Gingrich said Sunday that the two are at peace with one another. "I hit him as hard as I could, he hit me as hard as he could -- turned out he had more things to hit with than I did," Gingrich said. "That's part of the business." Gingrich said that if Romney wins 1,144 delegates and clinches the nomination, he will do "everything I can" to support him going into November. "We are absolutely committed to defeating Barack Obama,"...
  • Rick Santorum: I may 'sneak' Wisconsin win

    04/02/2012 8:54:38 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/2/12 10:02 AM EDT | MJ LEE
    Rick Santorum predicted Monday on the eve of the Wisconsin primary that he may “sneak in and have an upset.” “We feel good that we’re going to have a good result here in Wisconsin — we’re going to have a strong showing, maybe even sneak in and have an upset,” Santorum said from Green Bay, Wis., in an interview with Fox News. “But either way, we’ll have a strong showing in the face of obviously overwhelming money and overwhelming establishment support [for Romney].” The former Pennsylvania senator, who is trailing Romney in the delegate race, was dismissive of the increasing...
  • Why Rick Santorum's once-generous lead in Wisconsin is eroding

    03/31/2012 12:43:50 PM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 179 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 30, 2012 | Mark Guarino
    By the time Mitt Romney arrives in Wisconsin Friday – his first campaign stop in the state before its GOP primary on Tuesday – his challenger Rick Santorum will have already become a familiar face. Mr. Santorum has been in Wisconsin since last weekend and has dined, bowled, and played shuffleboard with residents in every pocket of the state. He’s even tossed a football at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. Santorum’s once-generous lead in Wisconsin is eroding. In February, the former US senator polled at 34 percent among the state’s likely Republican voters, while Mr. Romney, the...
  • NBC News Accused of Editing 911 Call in Trayvon Martin Controversy (Video)

    03/30/2012 4:03:59 PM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 107 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 12:28 PM PDT 3/30/ | Paul Bond
    <p>NBC News is being excoriated in some circles – with competitor Fox News Channel leading the charge – for selectively editing audio of the 911 call placed by George Zimmerman just before he killed Trayvon Martin.</p> <p>The NBC segment in question featured anchor Ron Allen and ran on the Today show on Tuesday. On Thursday, Sean Hannity and guest Brent Bozell played the NBC version of the 911 call and compared it with the unedited version.</p>
  • 2012 Wisconsin Republican Primary: (NEW RASMUSSEN POLL)

    03/30/2012 2:30:35 PM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 16 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 3/30/12 | N/A
    Wisconsin GOP: Romney 44%, Santorum 34%, Gingrich 7%, Paul 7% The numbers have moved little over the past week with Mitt Romney still holding a double-digit lead over Rick Santorum in the closing days of the Wisconsin Republican Primary race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters in Wisconsin shows Romney with 44% support to Santorum’s 34%. A week ago in Wisconsin, it was Romney 46% and Santorum 33%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Congressman Ron Paul both pick up seven percent (7%) of the vote from Badger State Republicans, virtually unchanged from the...
  • Polls Show Romney on Track for Win in Wisconsin

    03/29/2012 12:49:05 PM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 28, 2012, | NATE SILVER
    If Mitt Romney was harmed by the “Etch A Sketch” comment made by one of his advisers or by his loss in Louisiana over the weekend, it doesn’t seem to be preventing him from being in position to win in Wisconsin, which holds its primary on Tuesday. Mr. Romney now leads the polls in Wisconsin, a state that had once seemed relatively favorable for Rick Santorum. A survey from Marquette University, released on Tuesday, gave Mr. Romney an eight-point lead in the state. That is a slightly smaller margin than the one in an earlier Rasmussen Reports poll, which had...
  • Four US women charged in Amish beard-cutting attacks

    03/29/2012 11:08:02 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 18 hours ago | AFP
    A federal grand jury has indicted four more women over a rash of bizarre beard-cutting incidents against fellow Amish in Ohio, the US Justice Department said Wednesday. A total of 16 people -- 10 men and six women -- have now been accused in what prosecutors called five "religiously-motivated assaults" between September and November. The four new defendants named were Lovina Miller, Kathryn Miller, Emma Miller and Elizabeth Miller, who had not previously been charged. They are all married to nephews of Samuel Mullet, the accused ringleader of the attacks. The 10-count superseding indictment also adds charges against some of...
  • In Wisconsin, Romney links Santorum to 'big labor'

    03/29/2012 5:50:33 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 23 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 3/29/12 | N/A
    Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is attacking rival Rick Santorum as a friend of "big labor" as they campaign in Wisconsin, where a fight over labor unions is fueling a bitter recall effort aimed at Gov. Scott Walker. Santorum, in turn, is aligning himself with the embattled Republican governor, a play for a party base that he hopes will carry him to victory in the GOP presidential primary on Tuesday. "As you know the fight against big labor led by Gov. Walker isn't over, here in Wisconsin," a voice says in an automated Romney telephone call. "I was shocked to...
  • Justices signal possible trouble for health insurance mandate

    03/27/2012 11:22:15 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 13 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | March 27, 2012 | Noam N. Levey
    The Supreme Court's conservative justices Tuesday laid into the requirement in the Obama administration's healthcare law that Americans have health insurance, as the court began a much-anticipated second day of arguments on the controversial legislation. Even before the administration's top lawyer could get three minutes into his defense of the mandate, some justices accused the government of pushing for excessive authority to require Americans to buy anything. "Are there any limits," asked Justice Anthony Kennedy, one of three conservative justices whose votes are seen as crucial to the fate of the unprecedented insurance mandate. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr....
  • Rick Santorum’s nice-guy persona is turning a bit testy lately

    03/27/2012 9:07:22 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 26The Washington Post | Sandhya Somashekhar
    For a while, it had seemed that Rick Santorum’s crabby days were behind him. Gone were the sarcastic potshots at reporters and peevish outbursts aimed at his political opponents. He had transformed into the Mr. Rogers of the presidential race: good-natured, self-deprecating and downright likable. But that nice-guy image has gone down the drain lately, with a series of provocative remarks and testy exchanges that have coincided with his slipping presidential fortunes. He may have hit a low point Sunday, when he uttered an expletive in response to a question from a New York Times reporter. Asked what he meant...
  • Santorum on defensive as race turns to Louisiana

    03/24/2012 8:28:18 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 87 replies
    WBAY, ABC ^ | Mar 23, 2012 6:10 PM EDT (updated) | JIM KUHNHENN and STEVE PEOPLES
    Facing heightened pressure to revive his presidential bid, Rick Santorum was forced to explain another apparent misstep as he courted Louisiana voters Friday, the eve of a critical contest in a Republican nomination battle that increasingly favors Mitt Romney. Santorum said he would support the eventual GOP nominee - if it isn't him - despite what he insists are similarities between front-runner Romney and President Barack Obama that make them indistinguishable on some issues. He caused an intraparty uproar earlier in the week after suggesting he'd prefer a second term for Obama over a Romney presidency. "I've said repeatedly and...
  • Santorum’s lost message

    03/22/2012 7:06:45 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/21/12 | A.B. Stoddard
    Somewhere, buried in Rick Santorum’s fatally flawed campaign messaging, were winning words. Had he committed to them, the former senator could have derailed Mitt Romney’s path to the GOP nomination. Despite Romney’s overpowering resources and organization, Santorum’s potent argument — that the party could not throw the issue of healthcare away by nominating someone who had supported mandates — was his key to victory, but he threw it away. As he transformed from Senator 2 Percent to the last credible alternative to Romney, Santorum often made the point that nominating Romney — or Newt Gingrich — would take the issue...
  • Rick Santorum quiet on economy

    03/20/2012 8:11:32 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/19/12 4:47 PM | REID J. EPSTEIN and JUANA SUMMERS
    CHICAGO — On the issue Republicans tell pollsters is the most important of 2012, Rick Santorum these days has very little to say. His typical stump speech, an almost hour-long mixture of Orwellian fears of government overreach, history lessons about the French and Middle Eastern revolutions and suggestions that President Barack Obama would rather side with Islamists than Americans, has evolved into a tour de force of building fear in his listeners. Since winning primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, Santorum’s standard remarks have generally excluded an economic plan — the heart and soul of the message his chief GOP rival,...
  • Research Group Poll American: Romney 44%, Santorum 30%, Gingrich 13%

    03/19/2012 8:21:23 PM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 61 replies
    ARG ^ | March 19, 2012 | ARG Polls
    Mitt Romney leads the Illinois Republican presidential primary with 44%. Romney is followed by Rick Santorum with 30%, Newt Gingrich with 13%, and Ron Paul with 8%. Romney leads Santorum 45% to 35% among self-identified Republicans, followed by Gingrich with 12% and Paul with 4%. Among self-identified independents and Democrats, Romney leads with 42%, followed by Paul with 20%, Gingrich with 17%, and Santorum with 16%. Romney leads Santorum 51% to 36% among likely Republican primary voters saying they have voted in early voting or by absentee ballot. Romney leads Santorum 43% to 30% among those saying they will vote...
  • Illinois: Romney 41% Santorum 32% Gingrich 14%

    03/18/2012 12:34:40 PM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 102 replies · 2+ views
    Rassmussen Reports ^ | 3/15/12 | N/A
    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has the lead in Illinois but lots of voters are still trying to decide in the final days before the state’s GOP Primary. The first Rasmussen Reports poll in the state shows Romney at 41% and Rick Santorum at 32%. Trailing further back are Newt Gingrich at 14% and Ron Paul at seven percent (7%).
  • Romney, Santorum Tie as Gingrich Voters' Second Choice

    03/17/2012 7:23:09 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 6 replies
    Gallup ^ | March 16, 2012 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    These results are based on Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted March 8-15 with more than 1,900 Republican registered voters, including a sample of 290 Gingrich supporters. Some conservative Republicans have called for Gingrich to drop out of the race on the assumption that conservative primary voters would then unite behind Santorum as the conservative alternative to the more moderate Romney. But Gallup data indicate that Gingrich voters would not be likely to coalesce behind Santorum, suggesting that factors other than candidate ideology may be attracting voters to Gingrich, Santorum, and Romney. Gallup can simulate Republican preferences without Gingrich in the...
  • Specter: I couldn't have done it without Rick

    03/16/2012 8:49:42 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 39 replies
    Burns and Haberman (Politico) ^ | 3/16/12 6:31 AM | ALEXANDER BURNS
    Arlen Specter survived a 2004 primary challenge with help from Rick Santorum, and now Santorum's former Senate colleague is only too grateful in a forthcoming memoir. Manu Raju got an early look: According to Specter, Santorum was “vital” in his 2004 primary win against conservative Pat Toomey, tried to provide him with political advice ahead of a career-changing vote in 2009, and lobbied him to quell a conservative rebellion over judicial nominees. “Santorum’s support and assurances to conservatives, along with President Bush’s, had given a vital boost in my beating Toomey,” Specter said in his new book, “Life Among the...
  • Obama media campaign begins in earnest as Republican candidates lag behind

    03/15/2012 10:27:58 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Human Events ^ | 03/13/2012 | Al DiGuido
    (snip) It is very clear to me that the media is trying to do all it can to keep the debate alive between Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. It makes great financial sense to the networks, cable operators and local stations to see all of this continue. As much as the pundits out front on nightly news programs lament about the use of Super PAC money, an extended primary race means that many more profitable “attack” ads will flood the airwaves and bring new life to broadcasters’ profit and loss statements during a period of the year that...
  • Did Santorum beat Gingrich in Mississippi due to Democrat Prank Voting? Alabama?

    03/14/2012 1:01:28 PM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 198 replies · 2+ views
    GULAG BOUND ^ | March 14, 2012 | Arlen Williams
    GOP being Punk’d? We know that Democrats are crossing over in open primaries, such as Mississippi and Alabama, in order to vote for Rick Santorum, a big union candidate, their votes intended to throw the Republican National Convention into a contested balloting process. This tactic was written up at the Daily Kos. Big union money has even invested for the Santorum campaign. Pardon me for not having all the pertinent facts and I confess I don’t even have time to search for them all, today, to say nothing of presenting and formatting them, here. Can you help? Place further information...
  • Gingrich Takes His Stand in Dixieland

    03/13/2012 7:59:22 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 82 replies
    Fox ^ | Published March 13, 2012 | Chris Stirewalt
    Gingrich Takes His Stand in Dixieland "Both boys said a lot of things I agree with, but it's the way Newt said it that I think has me going with him…" -- Previously undecided Jefferson County, Ala. voter Obie Evans talking to the Birmingham News after hearing speeches by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at a GOP forum. The current Republican nominating process has done serious damage to the old notions about “must-win” races and momentum. Fourth-place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire? No problem. You can still win South Carolina by 12 points....
  • Santorum: "I'd Like Everybody To Get Out"

    03/11/2012 8:16:46 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 182 replies
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 5 hrs ago.. | Ben Terris
    Rick Santorum needs about 60 percent of the remaining delegates to claim the Republican nomination. It would be an easier task, he admits, if former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich would drop out, but Santorum would not call explicitly for him to do so. “The Speaker can stay as long as he wants,” Santorum said on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning. Instead, a Super PAC supporting Santorum has run ads calling for Gingrich to drop out of the race. (snip for excerpt purp.) “We’re in a great position now as we go forward,” he said. Of course, there...
  • Voters Back Away From Santorum In Ohio

    03/06/2012 1:59:32 PM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 133 replies
    TRIB Live News ^ | Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | Salena Zito,
    In the days leading to Super Tuesday contests, Rick Santorum stepped away from social issues and bombastic speeches while barnstorming Ohio to recast himself as the underdog whose blue-collar roots would stay true to American values. Yet the former senator from Pennsylvania lost ground, slipping to a near dead heat with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Ohio, the key state among 10 in which voters will cast ballots today, pollsters said. "I thought his message has become so unclear on who he is or what he stands for that I am losing confidence on his ability to win the...
  • Gingrich Rips David Gregory For Making Limbaugh 'The great national crisis of this week'

    03/05/2012 6:26:41 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 53 replies
    Human Events ^ | 03/04/2012 | Jim Hoft
    With all that ails the nation, Meet the Press host David Gregory actually began his interview with Newt Gingrich by asking him about contraceptives and Rush Limbaugh. "This is the most fundamental assault on religious liberty in American history despite every effort by the elite media to distort what it's about. It's not about contraceptives... It is about whether a religious institution should be coarsed by the federal government." "Should the President apologize to all the men and women in uniform who he in fact abandoned when he apologized to religious fanatics in Afghanistan." (snip)
  • Newt Sees a Long Slog

    03/04/2012 9:49:48 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 38 replies · 1+ views
    POLITICO LIVE ^ | 3/4/12 10:10 AM EST | ABBY PHILLIP
    Newt Gingrich predicted on Sunday that the Republican presidential nomination process is far from over. “This is going to go on for a while,” Gingrich said on ABC's "This Week." Romney is "not a very convincing front runner and he’s a long way from winning this race.” The former House speaker said voters are responding to his “big ideas” message, and he intends to continue competing in states like Mississippi and Alabama after Super Tuesday. “The big ideas matter. Twice in this process I’ve been the front runner in national polls,” Gingrich said. “I think people are responding to big...
  • DRUDGE HEADLINE, POLE: Romney Surges in OHIO....

    03/02/2012 8:17:04 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 28 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | Today | Not listed
    The Republican Primary race in Ohio is one of the biggest prizes on Super Tuesday, and it’s now a tossup. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Primary Voters in Ohio, taken last night, shows former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum attracting 33% of the vote and Mitt Romney earning 31%. That’s a significant tightening of the race. Two weeks ago, Santorum led Romney by 18 percentage points. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is now in third place with 15% of the vote, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul runs last with 11% support. Two percent (2%) prefer another candidate, and...

    02/29/2012 7:16:37 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 11 replies
    Gripper Blade ^ | 02/28/12
    (Big snip) All of which is a lengthy setup to my point; "Operation Hilarity" may work, if only in Michigan. In any case, it's worth a shot. A little background. Operation Hilarity is a crossover voter campaign started by posters at DailyKos. The idea is to get liberals to vote for Santorum in Michigan, North Dakota, Vermont, and Tennessee -- all states with open primaries or caucuses in the next three weeks. The best case scenario is to rob Romney of the nomination, put Santorum up as the nominee, and watch Obama glide to general election victory. But even a...
  • Republican Race's Volatility is Historic

    02/25/2012 6:03:17 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 59 replies · 1+ views
    National Journal ^ | February 23, 2012 | 1:41 PM | Alex Roarty
    Calling the 2012 Republican presidential primary the most volatile for the GOP in generations isn't political hyperbole - it's empirical fact. Since the start 2011, seven different candidates or potential contenders could claim to be the Republican race's front-runner, according to polling from Gallup. The list includes Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. In at least one Gallup poll, each claimed at least a share of the lead in the GOP race. (snip) Polling data supplied by Gallup dating back to 1930 shows that no other race since that time has...
  • Tied up in Michigan (Santorum slipping)

    02/22/2012 8:07:25 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 54 replies
    NBC/Marist poll ^ | Today | By NBC’s Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, Brooke Brower, and Carrie Dann
    Tied up in Michigan: New NBC/Marist poll -- Romney 37%, Santorum 35%, Paul 13%, Gingrich 8%... But NBC/Marist also has Romney with a sizable lead in Arizona – Romney 43%, Santorum 27%, Gingrich 16%, Paul 11%... Organization is helping Romney in both states (see his early-voting/absentee advantage), but ideology is hurting him (Tea Party supporters and conservatives breaking toward Santorum)… General-election numbers: Obama leads in Michigan, but trails in Arizona… Three questions heading into tonight’s GOP debate in Arizona… It’s the 20th of the cycle, and it begins at 8:00 pm ET… And Obama’s corporate-tax plan. Less than a week...
  • CHUCK NORRIS: Why I chose Newt over Santorum

    02/19/2012 10:12:12 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 137 replies · 1+ views
    WND.COMMENTARY ^ | : 7 days ago | Chuck Norris
    In 2008 when my wife, Gena, and I were on the campaign trail backing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for president, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was fighting to get former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney elected. Just three years ago in his interview with radio host and conservative commentator Laura Ingraham, Santorum also emphatically told millions of listening Americans: “If you’re a conservative, if you’re a Republican, there is only one place to go, and that’s Mitt Romney. Yet Santorum now admits that Romney “bragged he’s even more liberal than Ted Kennedy on social issues.” And the question that keeps...
  • Romney's struggles fuel talk of brokered convention

    02/18/2012 9:28:20 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:31pm EST | Steve Holland
    Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's struggles in Michigan are fueling speculation that Republicans might have to resort to a doomsday scenario and launch a frantic search for a 2012 savior at their nominating convention in late August. Rare in the modern age of U.S. politics, a "brokered convention" could result in Republicans ditching their current crop of candidates and turning to someone else who they feel would have a better chance of defeating Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 6 election. How did Republicans get to this point? Romney's failure to get conservatives fully behind him and put down yet...
  • Ron Paul Dogged By Racism Charges

    12/25/2011 8:00:22 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 29 replies ^ | Friday, 23 Dec 2011 11:17 AM | By Martin Gould
    Ron Paul may be flying high in the Iowa polls, but his newsletters from the early 1990s continue to haunt him. On Wednesday, the Republican presidential candidate stormed out of an interview with CNN when chief political analyst Gloria Borger pressed him on claims that he made disparaging comments about blacks and Jews, among other incendiary remarks found in the letters. Though the newsletters were published under several names — including “Ron Paul’s Freedom Report,” “The Ron Paul Political Report,” “The Ron Paul Survival Report” and “The Ron Paul Investment Letter”— the Texas congressman has insisted that he knew nothing...
  • Newt Gingrich Super PAC unveils first ad

    12/23/2011 8:40:12 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/19/11 10:30 AM EST | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Winning Our Future, the new super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign, released its first ad early Monday morning, touting the former House Speaker as “the proven conservative leader” and crediting him with cutting taxes, creating “millions of jobs,” and “reduc[ing] welfare by 60 percent.” A spokesman for the group said that Winning Our Future has not bought television advertising time to air the ad, but that it did intend to do so. The group “is still in the early stages of development and, indeed, we will be using the video in an ad but the buy has not yet...
  • Ron Paul Panic Seizes Iowa Establishment

    12/20/2011 6:23:02 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 79 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/20/11 4:30 AM EST | By JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS
    In spin rooms, bar rooms and online forums, the what-to-do-about-Paul conversation has become pervasive as polls show him at or near the top here just weeks before the January 3rd vote. Paul poses an existential threat to the state’s cherished kick-off status, say these Republicans, because he has little chance to win the GOP nomination and would offer the best evidence yet that the caucuses reward candidates who are unrepresentative of the broader party. “It would make the caucuses mostly irrelevant if not entirely irrelevant,” said Becky Beach, a longtime Iowa Republican who helped Presidents Bush 41 and Bush 43...
  • Latest RCP Averages for Dec. 19, 2011 (Gingrich gains points)

    12/19/2011 7:56:04 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Dec. 19, 2011
    2012 Republican Presidential Nomination 2008 GOP Race on December 19, 2007 | 2008 GOP Final RCP Average Polling Data Poll RCP Average Gingrich 30.5 Romney 22.5 Paul 9.8 Bachmann 8 Perry 7 Santorum 3.5 Huntsman 3
  • Gingrich Wins Townhall/HotAir Primary.

    12/18/2011 8:47:57 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 36 replies ^ | Dec 15, 2011 10:45 PM EST | Jonathan Garthwaite
    During a 52-hour voting period Tuesday through Thursday, over 250,000 votes were cast by readers in the largest and most secure digital poll of conservatives ever. Newt Gingrich won with 36.5% of the vote. Mitt Romney was second with 18.8%. Michele Bachmann received 17.7% and Ron Paul received 17.4%. Rick Perry finished up the pack with 9.5%. 1st place votes Newt Gingrich: 36.5% Mitt Romney: 18.8% Michele Bachmann: 17.7% Ron Paul: 17.4% Rick Perry: 9.5% readers were also asked for their 2nd choice. Michele Bachmann was the favorite second choice. 2nd place votes: Michele Bachmann: 25.4% Newt Gingrich:...
  • Herman Cain Ducks Cuba Questions (Video on FOX News)

    11/17/2011 8:41:44 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 117 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/17/11 | Alexander Burns
    We posted a video from Fox News yesterday showing Herman Cain asking how to say something in "Cuban," as though that were a language. The Miami Herald has an even more uncomfortable video from Cain's trip to Florida, in which the candidate seemed flummoxed by — and his staff tried to block reporters from asking — elementary questions about Cuba policy: His campaign kept reporters at bay, and when asked about the Cuban Adjustment Act and the so-called wet-foot, dry-foot policy, Cain seemed stumped. The policy allows Cuban immigrants who have made it to U.S. soil to stay. Continue Reading...
  • Marist Poll: Gingrich Now Second, Ahead of Cain

    11/13/2011 9:13:59 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 102 replies
    Newsmax,com ^ | 13-NOV-11 | Newsmax Wires
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has surged into second place in the Republican presidential race in a new McClatchy-Marist poll that also shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney retaking the lead and former businessman Herman Cain falling to third. The poll of 347 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents found Romney at 23 percent, Gingrich at 19, and Cain, 17 percent. “Clearly this race has taken yet another dramatic turn. The top tier has gotten more crowded,” said Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College in New York, which conducted the poll Tuesday through Thursday....
  • In fifth debate, Perry Finally shows up

    10/19/2011 6:39:17 PM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 118 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 10/19/11 | Byron York
    In previous debates, the adviser explained, Perry had tried to abide by time limits, leading some observers to say he seemed passive and withdrawn. Perry intended to make sure that didn't happen in Las Vegas. It didn't. The Las Vegas debate was Perry's fifth, but the first one in which Perry really showed up to play. That doesn't mean he won, doesn't mean he was particularly likable, doesn't mean he always had cogent answers. But it does mean that Perry, on the verge of being completely written off as a candidate, gave himself a chance to get back in the...
  • It's Romney-Perry now, with plenty of differences

    09/09/2011 7:15:17 PM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 260 replies
    Guardian, UK ^ | 09/09/2011 | Kasie Hunt
    The GOP presidential contest has quickly narrowed to a two-man race. As Rick Perry and Mitt Romney jockey over their ability to defeat President Barack Obama, there are deepening fault lines between the two on Social Security, immigration, jobs and more that could shape the contest. Their stylistic differences are as stark as their disagreements on substance. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, also is a former venture capitalist who is at his best when he's talking about how to help businesses help the economy grow. Perry, the Texas governor, is a fiery, red-meat conservative who has already shown he loves...
  • Rick Perry: "The Promises and Platitudes' Aren't Going To Cut It"

    09/09/2011 2:36:31 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 211 replies
    ABC News ^ | 09/08/2011 | Michael Falcone
    Mr. President, we cannot spend our way to prosperity, it does not work.” Perry said he has a “record of change” whereas Obama only offers “the rhetoric of change.” Though he spent most of his brief remarks assailing the president, Perry vowed to continue to contrast himself with his GOP rivals too. Perry, who mixed it up at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Wednesday night with the other Republican presidential hopefuls, particularly Mitt Romney, acknowledged that “we’ve got our differences.” “We’ll talk about them,” Perry said, adding “hopefully in a very respectful way.” “I stood on the stage last night...
  • Rick Perry Shows Aggressive Style In First GOP Debate

    09/08/2011 6:10:29 PM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/8/2011 | Dan Balz
    Polls have shown that Perry and Romney are well ahead of any of the others in the race. But it took Wednesday’s debate — preceded by questions about Perry’s staying power and preparation for a national race, and about Romney’s ability to respond to a serious Republican rival — to demonstrate that both candidates are ready to battle it out for the foreseeable future. The other candidates will have to muscle their way into the conversation, and several tried. But visually, the organizers from NBC and Politico set the stage in a way that emphasized the narrowing of the Republican...
  • Among Bettors, Perry now bests Romney for 2012 nod.

    07/22/2011 7:19:36 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 07/21/2011 | Ben Birnbaum
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry may not have formally declared his presidential candidacy yet, but bettors on the news-futures website Intrade already are giving him the same chance of becoming the 2012 Republican nominee as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumed front-runner. Mr. Perry’s nomination odds reached a high of 33 percent Thursday morning, eclipsing Mr. Romney for the first time. Mr. Romney, trading at 32 percent, had been Intrade’s 2012 favorite since betting on the GOP nomination began in 2008 and had even consolidated his front-runner status in recent months as his opponents stumbled and other would-be challengers opted...
  • POLL: Obama Winning Debt Spin War (MSM spin?)

    07/18/2011 7:03:46 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 116 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/18/2011 | Jennifer Epstein
    President Barack Obama is winning the battle for public opinion in the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling, with the overwhelming majority disapproving of the way Republicans are handling it - even most GOP voters, according to a new poll on Monday. Seventy-one percent of Americans surveyed for a CBS News poll released Monday morning say they oppose how Republicans are handling negotiations, while just 21 percent approve. In contrast, 48 percent disapprove of the president’s role in the talks, while 43 percent approve. Congressional Democrats don’t do quite as well as Obama, but are still polling better than their...
  • Gov. Rick Perry: The Candidate Obama Would Fear Most

    07/06/2011 5:23:22 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 113 replies
    Human Events ^ | 07/06/2011 | Merrill Matthews
    More than any other potential GOP presidential candidate, President Obama fears Texas Gov. Rick Perry. That's because Perry is the only one who can devastate virtually any Obama claim. Take the whine we hear most often from the President: That President George W. Bush handed him a terrible economic situation. As USA Today reported June 2: "[White House spokesman Jay] Carney noted that when Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, he faced the worst economy since the Great Depression. Obama also inherited the biggest budget deficits in history, from a Republican President—George W. Bush—who had come into office with...
  • Anthony Weiner to resign (It's official)

    06/16/2011 7:38:53 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 120 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/16/2011 | Jennifer Epstein
    Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) will resign from his seat in Congress, heeding calls from President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and dozens of other congressional Democrats, sources confirm to POLITICO. The resignation ends nearly three weeks of tumultuous political controversy since the New York congressman sent a lewd picture of himself over Twitter which he claimed at first was a result of a hack, and later admitted he had sent himself. According to two sources, Weiner made up his mind to resign Wednesday night, and shortly after began making calls to inform...
  • Lame GOP Field Good For Obama (What the Left is thinking.)

    05/23/2011 8:22:39 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 48 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 05/23/2011 | Laura S. Washington
    Every morning, Barack Obama must rise, pinch himself and wonder: Am I still dreaming, or is the 2012 Republican field really this lame? Obama would be wise to keep knocking on wood, or shall I say the “wooden” Mitt Romney. The president’s run of personal political good luck is breathtaking. A bevy of ballyhooed GOP contenders for the 2012 presidential nomination is dropping like tulips in Chicago’s frigid spring. Last week, Donald Trump devastated the comedy writers at “Saturday Night Live” when “the boss” fired himself from the race. What great material gone to waste. Trump said that, while the...
  • Zogby New Poll Stunner: Christie, Cain Lead GOP Pack

    05/21/2011 6:16:51 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 233 replies · 1+ views
    News Max ^ | 05/20/2011 | David A. Patten & Ashley Martella
    A new IBOPE Zogby poll shows Atlanta businessman Herman Cain vaulting into the No. 1 front-runner position among active candidates as the choice to win the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. Cain, a longtime Pillsbury executive who later became chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, was the preferred choice of 14 percent of the likely Republican primary voters polled. His showing placed second only to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who got 17 percent. Christie, however, has insisted repeatedly that he will not be running for president in 2012. Ron Paul placed third with 10 percent,...
  • Bachmann Steps Up To Fill 2012 GOP Void

    05/18/2011 6:51:17 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 58 replies
    News Max ^ | 05/17/2011 | David A. Patten
    Tea party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is very close to tossing her hat in the ring for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination and may announce her candidacy in May rather than June, as initially expected. Bachmann also revealed Tuesday that she has spoken with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee since his decision not to run, but she would not disclose what they discussed. The recent announcements of Huckabee and business mogul Donald Trump that they would not run appear to have created a political void that a social and fiscal conservative such as Bachmann possibly could fill. A former...
  • Romney raises $10.3 Million in Single Day

    05/17/2011 7:48:52 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Real Claer Politics ^ | 05/17/2011 | Erin McPike
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pulled in an eye-popping $10.3 million during a national fundraising effort Monday that he described as the kick-off to his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. The event was staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the site was no accident: Nevada is key to Romney's early primary state strategy. Nearly 800 participants dialed for dollars all day and hauled in nearly $4 million more than when his campaign staged a similar event four years earlier. Romney has been scarce on the campaign trail in recent months as he's focused heavily on...