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Santorum Insists He’s the Electable Candidate

HOLLIS, N.H. -– Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, facing doubts about his general election viability, on Saturday held up his home state’s vaunted swing-state status as proof he could cultivate a conservative record and still appeal to electoral majorities.

Santorum, a former two-term senator, challenged frontrunner Mitt Romney’s own electability and conservative credentials, arguing that Romney had run for office three times, sandwiching in his 2002 Massachusetts governor’s race victory by running as “a liberal.”

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 6:40pm

Gosar Will Switch Districts

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this blog post misstated the year in which ex-state Sen. Jonathan Paton lost the Republican primary in the 8th district. That year was 2010.

Freshman Arizona Republican Paul Gosar will move out of his Flagstaff home to run for re-election in a neighboring congressional district that leans more toward Republicans, he said Saturday morning.

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 6:40pm

Rand Paul Asked About His White House Ambitions

CONCORD, N.H. – Now that he’s joined his father Ron Paul on the presidential campaign trail, Sen. Rand Paul is starting to get the question himself: Will he someday launch a White House bid?

On Saturday in Concord, the younger Paul said he’s focused on helping his father and that “I can’t answer questions beyond that.”

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 4:40pm

Paul Has Enthusiasm in N.H., But Has He Already Peaked?

NASHUA, N.H. -- A spray-painted banner across the highway between this town and Manchester proclaims that the “Ron Paul Revolution’’ has arrived in New Hampshire.

The Texas congressman has one of the best campaign organizations in the state and probably the most enthusiastic following, evidenced by the boisterous crowd that greeted him at an airport hangar here on Friday afternoon. One day earlier, Paul announced that he raised $13 million in the past three months—his best haul to date—making him the second-flushest candidate in the race, behind Mitt Romney.

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 4:40pm

Gallegly Retiring From Congress

Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., announced he won't be running for a 14th term Saturday, a decision that allows Republicans to avoid a messy intraparty battle between two veteran members of Congress.

"The decision to step aside at this time did not come lightly. But in the end, Janice and I decided now was the right time to begin the next chapter in our lives. We are truly blessed to have our health, our family, and so many, many friends that we look forward to spending more time with," Gallegly said in a statement.

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 2:40pm

New Pro-Gingrich Super PAC Video Attacks Romney

A new film trailer produced for a super PAC supporting presidential candidate Newt Gingrich revisits an old attack on Mitt Romney and depicts him as a corporate titan with little regard for blue-collar workers.

Winning Our Future’s slickly produced, two-and-a-half-minute trailer was online Saturday at the website before being replaced with a "Trailer coming soon" notice. A spokesman for the organization said what was shown was a "tease" and that a new trailer and film will be released soon.

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 2:40pm

Saying Goodbye: Change in the 112th Congress

Not every representative and senator who is sworn in at the beginning of a Congress is around for the end of their terms. Some step down for other jobs or in the wake of scandal, and a few, sadly, prove all too mortal. Others may stay until the end of their terms, but don't plan on seeking reelection out of a desire to retire from politics or to seek other elective positions.

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 2:40pm

Santorum Slams Obama 'Hubris' and 'Snobbery'

Just four days after his razor-thin loss in the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum on Saturday promoted his plan for addressing inequality and denounced the "hubris" and "snobbery" of President Obama for what he said was the suggestion that all Americans should go to college.

Whether Obama said that is ambiguous. The president has said that America should be "graduating students who are ready for college and a career" which is a bold statement suggesting they should be qualified to attend college but not that they should necessarily go. 

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 1:40pm

Santorum: GOP Would Suffer Under Romney

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum warned Saturday that rival Mitt Romney would lead the GOP to defeat in the fall and, even if Romney won, the party would suffer under the former Massachusetts governor’s moderate leadership. “Even if we win,” Santorum said, “we lose.”

Santorum, a conservative former senator trying to slow Romney’s ascent in New Hampshire and South Carolina, declared that he will win the GOP nomination despite the GOP establishment backing Romney.

“I’m the underdog,” Santorum said.

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:40am

Romney's Bland Brand: Can It Power Him to the White House?

It’s bad enough that Mitt Romney doesn’t excite the conservative Republican Party base. Or that he’s often stiff and uncomfortable on the campaign trail. But now he has suffered the ultimate indignity: Being called bland and boring by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a candidate rarely accused of being Mr. Excitement.

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 9:40am