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Romney Walks Back Prediction That He Would Win Iowa Caucuses

GOP hopeful Mitt Romney on Tuesday walked back his previous prediction that he would win the Iowa caucuses, saying on MSNBC’s Morning Joe "I don’t think I quite said that."

“At this stage I think it’s hard to predict exactly what’s going to happen,” he said. “I think I’ll be among the top group. I don’t know whether it’s one, two, or three.”

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 10:40am

Santorum: We're 'Going to Do Well Tonight'

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum whose poll ratings are soaring in Iowa, told ABC’s Good Morning America his campaign is “going to do well tonight” at the Republican caucus in Iowa.

Santorum said his campaign spent less than $2 million in Iowa while leading candidate Mitt Romney spent much more. He credited his success to doing things the “old-fashioned way” and raising support through voter contact.  

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 10:40am

Public Policy by Extension

The countdown has begun to the Jan. 31 deadline when the current authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration expires. At the last check, lawmakers were no closer to a resolution on their disagreements than they were in September. The contentious dispute about how rail and aviation workers vote for unions has been kicked up to House and Senate leaders, who continue to be distracted by other issues.

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Romney's Closing Argument

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Iowa Republicans head to the caucuses tonight as Romney looks to score a surprise victory. Meanwhile, Snowe may get another Democratic challenger, the DGA raises $20 million in 2011 and Scott Brown emphasizes (again) his bipartisan credentials. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 9:40am

Gingrich: Romney's a Liar

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich thinks fellow GOP hopeful Mitt Romney is a liar, but he would still back him for president over Barack Obama.

When CBS Early Show co-host Norah O'Donnell asked Gingrich on Tuesday whether he was calling Romney a liar, Gingrich put it bluntly: "Yes." He immediately followed up, saying "you seem shocked by it. Yes."

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 9:40am

Romney's Invincibility Isn't the Only Story in N.H.

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- When Wednesday dawns, the political world that reigned for weeks on Iowa will suddenly lurch to New Hampshire. And regardless of what happened the night before, everyone will ask the same question: Can anyone beat Mitt Romney here?

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 7:40am

Why It's Taken Iowans Forever to Make Up Their Minds

ATLANTIC, Iowa -- The media scrum inside the Family Table Restaurant was a thing to behold. Judy Woodruff. Al Hunt. Mike Allen. Jessica Yellin. Dan Balz.

Romney stood at counter-level and delivered an abbreviated version of his stump speech to the smattering of Iowans visible drinking sodas and sitting at tables, before plunging into the ocean of press and quickly being swallowed by a ring of videocameras as he made his way to the next room.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 7:40am

What's in Store for 2012?

What energy and environment issues should President Obama and Congress focus on this year?

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 7:40am

In Final Pre-Iowa Pitch, Perry Urges Supporters Not to Settle

PERRY, Iowa –- Rick Perry urged a crowd of supporters not to settle for anything less than an “authentic conservative” in a rally here on Monday night in a town that was aptly named to be the site of his final appeal to Iowans.

“Remember this one question as you leave here tonight,” Perry asked a packed ballroom with 300 enthusiastic supporters, “Why would you settle for anything but an authentic conservative that shares your views and values that will go to Washington, D.C. and not apologize one moment for them? You don’t have to.”

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 12:40am

Cain Declines to Endorse; Promises 'National Movement'

Onetime GOP presidential front-runner Herman Cain said Monday he isn't ready to endorse a candidate among his former rivals, repeating a pledge he made when he suspended his race that he wants to focus on building a "national movement" that can help defeat President Obama.

Appearing on CNN on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Cain said the news of he will support in the Republican field "is going to come later, and it's going to be an unconventional endorsement."

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 12:40am