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New Hampshire: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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Northfield, NH – The scene is a rustic old building perched on a pretty river in the center of the state. The walls are knotty pine and the pot-bellied stoves are putting out real heat.

It is standing room only in the middle of the day and the middle of the week, and everybody is there for…Rick Santorum.

Paul's Foreign Policy Views Not So 'Dangerous'

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Ron Paul’s opponents in the race for the Republican presidential nomination don’t mince words about his foreign policy views. Mitt Romney says Paul would endanger Israel and that he “thinks it’s OK for Iran to have a nuclear weapon.” Newt Gingrich describes Paul as “stunningly dangerous” and bluntly says he wouldn’t vote for the Texas congressman.
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The Iowa Caucuses in Under 5 Minutes

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A review of the close contest in the 2012 Iowa Caucuses, including Michele Bachmann's decision to drop out following a poor performance at the polls.

Newt Gingrich's Push for New Hampshire

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Discussing Newt Gingrich's campaign message and the amount of money he needs to raise to compete effectively and round up an army of supporters, with CNBC's John Harwood, Larry Kudlow.

Iowa Caucuses: One Day Out

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One candidate made an appearance with the world’s largest tractor. Another showed up with the Duggars, the nation’s most famous large family. There were two Pauls in Des Moines and six Romneys in Davenport. This is Iowa, the day before the circus leaves town.
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PBS NewsHour: As Iowa Winnows the Republican Field, Who Will Survive for N.H. Primary Fight?

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In the final 24 hours of campaigning before Iowa's Caucuses, the pressure is on GOP presidential candidates to convince many undecided voters to caucus for them on Tuesday night. Gwen Ifill discusses what to expect coming out of the Caucuses with The Rothenberg Political Report's Stuart Rothenberg and USA Today's Susan Page.

December 30, 2012

Weekly Show

Four days before the Iowa Caucuses, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul lead, but Rick Santorum may surprise come voting day. Plus, how will Congressional retirements affect Democrats' efforts to retain control of the Senate in 2012? Joining Gwen from Iowa: Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post; Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times. Around the table: Christina Bellatoni, CQ Roll Call; Susan Davis, USA Today.

GOP Candidates on a Mad Dash in Iowa

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Iowa's GOP presidential contest remains deeply unsettled, if not downright strange, just days before the Tuesday caucus. Rep. Ron Paul, drawing big crowds, got a surprise endorsement Wednesday night from Rep. Michele Bachmann's now-former state chairman. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who has languished for months, suddenly seems to have momentum, just as ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich may be losing his. And Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who began the campaign by de-emphasizing Iowa, might be poised to finish on top.

Take That!

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There is no more perennial, or potentially perilous, reality of the modern presidential campaign than the planned, canned, not-always-grand one-liner—as this year’s Republican primary has reminded the world. Herman Cain’s whole campaign, to be honest, was a string of one-liners, until the punchlines ultimately knocked him out. Michele Bachmann has gotten off more than her share, including her description of her interchangeable, ersatz-conservative rivals as “Newt Romney,” and her one-word-association for Romney, when asked: “Hair.”

Romney Prepares Aggressive Iowa Finish

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Mitt Romney unveiled plans Thursday for an aggressive finishing sprint in Iowa designed to lock down a victory in Tuesday’s caucuses that would leave his rivals scrambling to catch up. Romney is far from a clear favorite in Iowa: Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) continues to show strength in the polls and is banking on a well-regarded organization, and former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.) is on the rise. But no campaign can match Romney’s for the breadth and depth of its infrastructure, and for the first time the weapons he can deploy are all on display.