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Gingrich and Romney on the Defensive in GOP Debate

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Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney found themselves on the defensive in the last Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses, with Gingrich challenged on whether he can defeat President Obama and Romney questioned about his consistency on social issues. The questions highlighted the choice GOP voters will face as they start the process of selecting a presidential nominee in January: whether Romney can be trusted to lead a party that has become more conservative in recent years versus whether Gingrich has the discipline and consistency to carry the Republican banner.

Ron Paul Strongly Defends Anti-War Policies

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Presidential hopeful Ron Paul staged a strong defense of his anti-war views on Thursday in an outburst on foreign policy that might lose him support from fellow Republicans. Paul came into the debate rising in the polls, admired by many Republicans in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire for his conservatism on fiscal issues and criticism of big government.
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Could Rubio Save the GOP Ticket?

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Florida's new Republican senator, 40-year-old Marco Rubio, is handsome, personable and smart. He can talk with intelligence and ease about foreign policy, the federal budget and the aspirations of the American people. And he has a Reaganesque gift for sounding reassuring, even when he's arguing for Tea Party positions such as a complete overhaul of Social Security and Medicare.

Unruly Republicans

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Members of Congress are shaking in their boots about the possibility of Newt Gingrich as the Republican presidential nominee. GOP operative Karl Rove wrote of the campaign, “It’s embarrassing to be so poorly organized.” Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker’s recent piece on Gingrich was headlined “The GOP’s Death Wish.” National Review went so far as to say that nominating Gingrich “would be to blow this opportunity” to defeat President Obama. And the crowds chant, “Newt! Newt! Newt!”

As Romney Steps Cautiously, Gingrich Duels With Others

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The leading Republican presidential candidates largely shelved their contentious attacks on one another to deliver their closing arguments on Thursday night at the final debate before the nominating contests begin, but Newt Gingrich did not escape sharp questions about his record in and out of government and his ability to defeat President Obama.
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Get Me Re-Write: Gingrich Site Mentions '3 Wives'

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Rick Perry isn't the only one to have an "oops" moment in the Republican presidential contest. An article on Newt Gingrich's official website is headlined "A Tale of Three Wives: Life on the Campaign Trail."
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This Could Be Ron Paul's Moment

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He’s got the best campaign organization in Iowa, hands down, and running second or third in the polls. His hard-hitting campaign video accuses front-running rival Newt Gingrich of “serial hypocrisy." Campaign offices opening Thursday in Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington signal that he’s in it for the long haul. But Ron Paul is rarely, if ever, described as a first-string Republican contender on par with Gingrich or Mitt Romney.

In a Tactical Shift, Romney Trains Sights on Gingrich

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Mitt Romney, his presidential aspirations suddenly endangered by Newt Gingrich’s rapid resurgence, is employing aggressive new arguments in an effort to disqualify Mr. Gingrich as a credible choice to Republicans, calling him “zany” in an interview on Wednesday and questioning his commitment to free enterprise.
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PBS NewsHour: How Will New Voter Registration Laws Affect 2012 Election?

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Millions of potential voters may not be able to cast votes in 2012 after a dozen states put new restrictions in place this year. Gwen Ifill discusses the impact the new restrictions could have on the upcoming elections with New York University's Keesha Gaskins and Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation.

Why Team Obama Is Bullish on Re-election in 2012

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President Obama will win a second term because of his incumbency and his political track record, not in spite of those facts, his campaign team told reporters Tuesday. While the president's critics predict that a weak economy and voter disappointment in Obama -- after 2008's sky-high expectations -- will prove his undoing, his campaign strategists arrived in Washington this week ready to explain why they see the election landscape so differently.