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Iowa Caucus: Rivals Seek to Rally Right Against Mitt Romney

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Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucuses Tuesday night over runner-up Rick Santorum by a margin so small he could count it on his fingers, the culmination of a months-long heartland slog in which he was never subject to a sustained assault by his more conservative rivals. That is about to change, with a vengeance.
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Ron and Rand Paul, a Double Dose of Liberty

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It’s never too early to start thinking about 2016. As Rep. Ron Paul, the oldest candidate in the Republican field, heads into what could be his final Iowa caucuses, his motley band of supporters is buzzing about a second coming — Sen. Rand Paul.
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Struggling Santorum Bets big on Iowa

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Rick Santorum thought he had it figured out. He would use a game plan much like the one conservative Mike Huckabee employed in 2008 to win the Iowa caucuses, the first contest in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. president. Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania known for his staunch opposition to abortion, criticism of homosexuality and questioning of the teaching of evolution in schools, has gone straight for Iowa's social conservatives.

Romney Blasts Gingrich as ‘Extremely Unreliable’ Conservative Leader

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Mitt Romney blasted Republican presidential rival Newt Gingrich on Tuesday as an “extremely unreliable leader in the conservative world” who has taken positions in the campaign that should give GOP voters pause as they consider their choices for the party’s nomination. Romney, in an interview with The Washington Post, offered some of his toughest criticism to date of the politician whose sudden rise in the polls has made him, at least for now, the front-runner for the nomination.

Can Romney Prevail if Few Are Excited About Him?

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Talk to any Republican leaders or strategists and they will quickly point to the enthusiasm gap between their voters and President Obama’s as one reason they believe they will prevail next November. Listen to any Republican voters and a different enthusiasm gap appears. They are not truly excited about any of their likeliest nominees, least of all Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor is rapidly becoming a one-man political experiment, testing the theory that empathy and the ability to connect with voters are prerequisites for a winning campaign.

The Endless GOP Audition for President

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It's an audition without end, because the Republicans still can't figure out how to cast the lead role. Here's how the internal discussion goes: We need someone who is a true conservative. We need someone who is right on the matters we care about -- the deficit, immigration, cultural issues. We need someone we can trust, who won't betray us. And, by the way, we also need someone who can win.

Battle of the Blemishes

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The Republican presidential race is now dominated by giants: the giant flaws of the front-runners. With 36 days to go before the first votes are cast in Iowa, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich stand atop the field—familiar, formidable, and flawed. Romney has a history of shifting positions and supported the individual health care mandate. Gingrich has some of those same flaws plus a complicated personal history. The question for voters choosing between the two: Which candidate’s troubles are too big?

Gingrich Says He’s ‘Conservative Alternative’ to Romney

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Newt Gingrich, who not long ago was urging his fellow Republican candidates to avoid tearing one another apart in pursuit of the party’s presidential nomination, took a new approach on Monday by explicitly declaring: “I don’t claim to be the perfect candidate; I just claim to be a lot more conservative than Mitt Romney.” With his candidacy on the rise, Mr.