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Paul Battles Assumptions He Can't Win Outside Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – Outside the downtown Marriott hotel where Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul spoke Monday, a protester carried a sign that suggested a Paul victory here on Tuesday won’t damage the status of the Iowa caucus as much as it will hurt the mainstream media, which has consistently written off the quirky, libertarian congressman from Texas.

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

Santorum Gets Nod from '19 and Counting' Duggars

Rick Santorum, who has made family values a central plank of his presidential campaign, on Monday received the endorsement of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the conservative Christian stars of the TLC reality show "19 and Counting" featuring their 19 children.

Michelle Duggar lauded the former Pennsylvania senator's opposition to the procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion and commitment to defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. "He will be a voice for senior citizens, the working families and the unborn," she said in a statement.

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

Santorum's Opportunity: Working-Class Republicans

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Rick Santorum would face formidable challenges in converting even a strong Iowa showing Tuesday night into a full-scale national challenge to restored GOP front-runner Mitt Romney. But with a working-class style and message, Santorum could have one weapon: the changing demography of the Republican electorate.

Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 5:40pm

5 Reasons Why New Hampshire Matters

SALEM, N.H. -- Mitt Romney's rise in Iowa and his huge lead in New Hampshire polls is causing some commentators to wonder whether the Granite State still matters. The answer is yes. Definitely, yes, especially if the former Massachusetts governor squeezes out a victory in Iowa's caucuses Tuesday night.

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Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 5:40pm

Corbett Memo Takes On Fellow Republicans

An aide to a first-term Republican governor distributes talking points to his staff touting the governor's year one accomplishments: Nothing out of the ordinary. But when the talker also includes criticism of other first-term GOP governors, as well as former GOP governors, well, then it's likely to ruffle a few feathers.

Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 5:40pm

Forget Winning Iowa: It's Better to 'Exceed Expectations'

If it’s the Iowa caucuses, it must be time for those magical political words: “better than expected.” In the 36 years since Iowa has mattered in the presidential nomination process, doing better than expected has almost always meant much more than actually winning the first-in-the-nation caucus.

Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 5:40pm

Santorum Singles Out Black People As Dependent on Government

 

 

The comment came Sunday in response to a man’s question about foreign influence on the U.S. economy. "How do we get off this crazy train? We've got so much foreign influence in this country now," the man said. "Where do we go from here?"

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Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 5:40pm

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