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Corbett Memo Takes On Fellow Republicans

An aide to a first-term Republican governor distributes talking points to his staff touting the governor's year one accomplishments: Nothing out of the ordinary. But when the talker also includes criticism of other first-term GOP governors, as well as former GOP governors, well, then it's likely to ruffle a few feathers.

Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 5:40pm

Forget Winning Iowa: It's Better to 'Exceed Expectations'

If it’s the Iowa caucuses, it must be time for those magical political words: “better than expected.” In the 36 years since Iowa has mattered in the presidential nomination process, doing better than expected has almost always meant much more than actually winning the first-in-the-nation caucus.

Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 5:40pm

Santorum Singles Out Black People As Dependent on Government

 

 

The comment came Sunday in response to a man’s question about foreign influence on the U.S. economy. "How do we get off this crazy train? We've got so much foreign influence in this country now," the man said. "Where do we go from here?"

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Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 5:40pm

Bracketology: The Republican Race for President

Given that the NFL playoffs begin this weekend and college basketball is heading into the fun of March playoff brackets, this seems like an appropriate time to take a look at the sport of running for president.

Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 5:40pm

Santorum Takes on Romney in Iowa, Apologizes for Past 'Tone'

Rick Santorum, newly christened by the polls as a serious candidate in Iowa, is beginning to make the case for why he is a better choice than front-runner Mitt Romney, describing the former Massachusetts governor as vulnerable on important issues like health care and the environment. The former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania is also softening his tone on cultural issues, which could help him with the more moderate GOP voters in the second contest coming up, the New Hampshire primary.

Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 2:40pm

Rick Santorum Tastes Beer, Tells Jokes on the Campaign Trail -- VIDEO

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Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 2:40pm

Does Ron Paul's Age Matter?

Pundits and rivals have a lot to say about Ron Paul, but the one issue that doesn't come up is his age. His age, you say? That's the least of his electability hurdles.

Pundits and rivals have a lot to say about Ron Paul, but the one issue that doesn't come up is his age. His age, you say? That's the least of his electability hurdles.

Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 2:40pm

11 Things You Might Not Know About Rick Santorum

ROCK RAPIDS, IOWA -- Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who's enjoying a last-minute surge in Iowa in advance of Tuesday's Republican caucuses, has made a name for himself in Iowa but is still a mostly unknown quantity nationally. Here are 11 things you might not know about the latest GOP contender to seize the fickle 2012 spotlight.

Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 12:40pm

Perry: Santorum Doesn't Have What It Takes To Win

DES MOINES, Iowa – Rick Perry kicked off his last full day of campaigning in Iowa today with a round of TV interviews that made one thing clear: he has his sights firmly trained on Rick Santorum in a last-minute attempt to woo Iowa evangelicals.

Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 12:40pm

Perry On Shaky Ground Attacking Santorum Electability

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry lately has been ripping on Rick Santorum's electability credentials, attacking him for losing by 18 points in his 2006 re-election bid.  He did it again on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown" this morning, telling Chuck Todd: "This guy has proven that he can't win races."

Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 12:40pm