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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

Virginia Attorney General Drops Effort to Get GOP Candidates on Primary Ballot

Virginia's top lawyer on Sunday announced he will not proceed with his plan to file emergency legislation to change the Virginia law that has kept most of the GOP candidates off the primary ballot, the Richmond-Times Dispatch reports. 

"I obviously feel very strongly that Virginia needs to change its ballot-access requirements for our statewide elections," Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement.

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

Hotline Sort: The Santorum Surge

Happy New Year and welcome back to Hotline Sort. The center of the political universe is Iowa for the next two days, where the latest Des Moines Register poll shows Romney and Paul atop the field, with Santorum surging. Elsewhere, Fudge avoids a primary in Ohio and President Obama will step up his offensive game against Congress this year. Here's today's rundown:

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

Santorum Victory Dependent On Blue-Collar Voters

In looking at whether Rick Santorum has a shot at winning the Iowa caucuses tomorrow night, pay close attention to the results coming from Davenport and Dubuque - the working-class cities in eastern Iowa that have as much in common with the blue-collar Rust Belt than the agricultural farmland.

Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 10:40am