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Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 11:40pm

Karen Santorum: Gay Activists Have 'Vilified' My Husband

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.--Karen Santorum, wife of socially conservative Republican candidate Rick Santorum, offered an emotional defense Monday of her husband’s controversial views on gay marriage to a woman whose son is gay.
“As Rick’s wife, I have known him and loved him for 22 years,” Karen Santorum said. “It makes me very sad what the gay activists have done out there. They’ve vilified him. And it’s so wrong.”
“Rick doesn’t hate anyone,” she continued. “He loves them. What he has simply said is marriage shouldn’t happen" between them.

Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 9:40pm

Congress Hits New Low in Polls—Report

Congress returns to Washington Tuesday with its lowest approval rating in nearly four decades, according to a pair of new polls released on Monday. 

Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 9:40pm

New Santorum Ad: Romney is Just Like Obama

Rick Santorum is about to drop the O-bomb on Mitt Romney. His campaign is starting a TV ad Tuesday that says Romney is just like President Obama.

The Santorum campaign announced the ad on Monday; David Brody of CBN broke the news of the ad and its start date. The ad juxtaposes photos of Romney and Obama against an ominous soundtrack and narration of this script:

"Obama supported the Wall Street bailouts… So did Romney.

Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 9:40pm

Gingrich on Romney: Why Nominate a Loser?

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Newt Gingrich took direct aim Monday at the electability arguments made by two of his rivals in the Republican nomination race, saying Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are losers.

“Why would you want to nominate the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?” Gingrich asked a lively crowd at the Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse, referring to Romney’s loss to eventual nominee John McCain in the 2008 primaries. He said the GOP establishment “can't argue his record in Massachusetts because he's too liberal,” so they are making the electability case.

Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 7:40pm

Evangelical Meeting Spawns Endorsements for Santorum, Gingrich

Sen. Rick Santorum has added a number of endorsements to his total following an evangelical meeting in Texas last week. John Stemberger, president of Florida Family Action officially switched his endorsement from Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Santorum, the New York Times reports.

Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 6:40pm

OR 01: GOP Poll Has It Close On The Coast

Businessman Rob Cornilles, the Republican running to replace disgraced ex-Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., is just four points behind the Democratic front-runner, according to a survey taken for his campaign.

Former Democratic state Sen. Suzanne Bonamici has a 46 percent to 42 percent lead over Cornilles, according to the survey conducted by Moore Information, a Portland-based Republican pollster.

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Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 4:40pm

Perry Joins Call for Romney to Release Tax Returns

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.  -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum on Monday in calling on front-runner Mitt Romney to release his income tax returns during the election, warning that the country can’t afford any potentially unpleasant revelations about Romney come fall.

Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 4:40pm

‘Epic Battles’ Will Seal Senate’s Fate

When one party has 23 Senate seats up for grabs and the other party has just 10, the side with more than twice as much exposure starts off with an enormous disadvantage. Nobody envies the predicament that Senate Democrats are in—clinging to a narrow 53-47 majority and defending seven open seats, while Republicans are defending just two.

Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 2:40pm

Huntsman's Improbable Campaign Never Improbable Enough to Work

Come up with a sentence or two that summarizes Jon Huntsman’s candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. Bet you can’t.

Was he the consistently conservative former governor of Utah? A sensible moderate who could beat President Obama in the general election? The only foreign policy expert in the race? The most civil candidate -- or the coolest?

Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 1:40pm