National Journal Online

Hotline Sort: Mitt's Miniscule Margin of Victory

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Romney ekes past Santorum in Iowa in the closest-ever Republican nomination contest. Meanwhile, Gingrich promises to fight on while Perry looks like he'll drop out. Elsewhere, Todd Akin enlists his son to run his campaign while Sherrod Brown won't appear with President Obama today. Here's the rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:40am

Huntsman Says Iowa Doesn’t Matter in New Hampshire

After winning just 0.6 percent of the vote in Iowa’s caucus, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is still hopeful he can win New Hampshire’s primary. Huntsman told CBS’s Early Show people in New Hampshire “don’t want to be told for whom to vote.”

"They want the candidates to come in," Huntsman said. "They want to learn their heart and soul."

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:40am

Romney: Santorum Did a 'Heroic Job,' Paul Did a 'Heck of a Job'

After one and a half hours of sleep, Iowa caucus winner Mitt Romney made the rounds on morning TV shows touting his victory and defending himself against the attacks to come.

Romney told Fox & Friends that close second place winner Rick Santorum did “a heroic job,” but argued that Santorum's efforts have been exclusively focused on Iowa while Romney holds strong across the nation.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:40am

CNN/ORC Survey Shows Limited Santorum Gains in N.H.

As the Republican presidential campaign shifts to New Hampshire this week, Rick Santorum will be looking to capitalize on his second-place finish in Iowa and challenge Mitt Romney, but a CNN/ORC International poll conducted on Tuesday night shows Santorum has little time to make up a large deficit.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:40am

Gingrich Remains Combative in Defeat

Newt Gingrich might have delivered one of the least gracious--but most memorable--concession speeches in memory on Tuesday night.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:40am

Obama Heads to Cleveland to Turn Heat on GOP, Rally His Base

When an incumbent president reaches his fourth year, the lines between president and candidate begin to blur. President Obama was accused of blurring such lines in the swing state of Ohio last fall, when he frequently stumped there for the American Jobs Act. And his choice of Cleveland as the site of his first public appearance of 2012 is no surprise.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 8:40am

The Power of Rick Santorum's Sweater Vest; PLUS: Why Perry Faded -- VIDEO

Late-night comedians on Tuesday rang in the first contest of the Republican nomination process by dissecting the candidates' performances leading up to Iowa.

What super power did Rick Santorum possess? His sweater vest, of course.

And don't miss today's Must See Moment at 2:17 when Rick Perry's wife talks about why her husband's campaign faltered:

Read More

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 6:40am

Mitt Romney's Plod to the Republican Nomination

If there’s one fact about Mitt Romney’s biography worth knowing, it’s that his father’s presidential ambitions were scuttled by a gaffe.  Romney’s father, George, the governor of Michigan, said in 1967 that he’d been victim of a “brainwashing” on a tour of South Vietnam where U.S. officials convinced him that the war was the right thing. He was making the point that he had changed his mind and now thought the war was a mistake. But his presidential ambitions were over.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 4:40am

Santorum Admits He Has Catching Up To Do In New Hampshire

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum confessed he has some catching up to do in New Hampshire.

“I’m a little bit behind the curve,” Santorum told CNN early Wednesday morning, noting that Mitt Romney has more money and has been running for president for the past six years.

“We feel very good that we’re going to climb that ladder just as we did here,” Santorum said.

Read More

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40am

Paul Declares He’s ‘Satisfied’ with Third Place Finish

ANKENY, Iowa – After a third-place finish in the Iowa Republican caucuses, presidential candidate Ron Paul pronounced himself “satisfied” with the results and vowed to fight on in the next primary event in New Hamsphire.

“I think there’s nothing to be ashamed of, everything to be satisfied, and be ready and raring to move on, onto the next stop, which is new Hampshire,” Paul said to cheering room of 250 supporters. Members of his family, including his wife, Carol, and son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, stood beside him.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40am