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Gingrich and Romney Tack Right, but Leave a Path Back to the Middle

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Through the long march of 2011 debates ending last week, Republican presidential candidates have leaned right — so far right, Democrats hope, that the ultimate nominee will fall next November. On Thursday night, in their final face-off before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, the former House Speaker Newt Gingrich denounced President Obama as a “Saul Alinsky radical” while promising “very large changes” for Washington. Promoting his “conservative principles,” former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts slammed Mr.

As Gingrich’s Star Rises, So Do His Party’s Concerns

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From the House that Newt Gingrich once ran through the Washington establishment to state capitals across the nation, some Republicans are going public with their concerns that Mr. Gingrich would be a weak general election candidate and a drag on the party’s fortunes if he won the presidential nomination. “Since we don’t know how he got here, I don’t know how he can be stopped,” said Ed Rogers, a longtime Washington lobbyist and party strategist who worked for the first President George Bush.

December 16, 2011

Weekly Show

Congress fights the clock to avert a government shutdown. Also, now that the last GOP presidential debate before the Iowa caucus is over, who is the frontrunner? Plus, the war in Iraq officially ends as the U.S. hands over military control to Iraqis. Joining Gwen: Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times; Laura Meckler, The Wall Street Journal

 

GOP Field Slouches Toward Finish Line

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If the Republican presidential contest were following a classic script, by now we would be seeing signs of that mysterious process — one part reality, one part optical illusion — by which ordinary, hum-drum, life-size politicians manage to transform themselves into different characters. No longer just a bunch of schlumps on a stage, at least one or two candidates would suddenly seem somehow bigger to the eye, their voices more commanding, their claims of fitness for the planet’s most powerful job more plausible.

Gingrich, Romney Ready for Iowa Sprint

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The final Republican presidential debate before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus crystalized the strengths and weaknesses of the chief contenders as perhaps no other event thus far. It reinforced the notion that this is a battle between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich unless one of the other five can make a dramatic late run.
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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.

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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Hate Washington? Join The Club

Gwen's Take

Welcome to my hometown. There are few places in the world that people hate so much, yet expend such extraordinary effort trying to get to.

Myself, I find much to love about Washington. The monuments are pretty. The green spaces are well-manicured. The museums are astounding (and mostly free). And it is just Southern enough to produce good food and good people.

But if there is one thing that never seems to change, it is that the rest of the country has come to hate the caricature the city has become.

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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