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Romney Challenges Perry to a $10,000 Bet

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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 1:40am

Gingrich: Great Debater, Greatly Flawed Candidate

Was that a wink?

Looked like it to me: As Rep. Ron Paul accused Newt Gingrich of flip-flopping, lobbying and putting taxpayers' money in his pockets, the former House speaker looked into the audience and winked. As if to say: "I got this."

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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 1:40am

Numerous Punches Thrown in Spirited Iowa Debate

The six Republican presidential candidates at Saturday night's debate threw plenty of punches at one another -- even if none scored a decisive knockout.

Far from the amicable tone of recent gatherings, the Iowa debate featured a torrent of criticism -- an indication that the state’s Jan. 3’s caucuses are only three weeks away. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the race’s two front-runners, produced some of the campaign’s biggest sparks so far while attacking each other.

Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 1:40am

Gingrich: Romney Isn't A Career Politician Because He Lost to Ted Kennedy

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Posted: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 11:40pm

Was That a Wink?

Looked like it to me: As Rep. Ron Paul accused Newt Gingrich of flip-flopping, lobbying and putting taxpayer money in his pockets, the former House Speaker looked into the audience and winked. As if to say: "I got this."

Posted: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 11:40pm

Candidates Go After Each Other in Spirited Iowa Debate

Saturday's GOP debate opened with subtle sparring between frontrunners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney over job creation, but quickly segued into more aggressive attacks on each other's credentials.

In fact, it took just 20 minutes into the debate for Romney and Gingrich to produce some of the most explosive exchanges of any of the 12 Republican presidential debates.

Posted: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 11:40pm

What We Learned: Newt, For Real

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

-- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's rise is for real. He leads comfortably in the three early primary or caucus states (Iowa, South Carolina, and Florida), and is giving former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney a run for his money in New Hampshire. He's got a broad base of support, from both the tea party activists and more establishment-minded voters. The compressed calendar plays into his hands as well, along with the fact that the two states after New Hampshire neighbor his home state of Georgia.

Posted: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 6:40pm

Romney Surprises Campaign Staff at His Des Moines Headquarters

DES MOINES, Iowa -- On a day when pundits say the stakes of his debate performance couldn't be higher, Mitt Romney appeared on Saturday as casual and comfortable as ever.

Making a rare and unexpected public appearance on the day of a debate, Romney surprised volunteers at this Des Moines headquarters, taking part in a rally and shaking hands with supporters for about an hour.

Posted: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 6:40pm

GOP Field Set to Take Aim at Gingrich

Can Mitt Romney prove to Republicans the surging Newt Gingrich shouldn’t be their presidential nominee? Saturday night will give him a golden opportunity.

The GOP presidential field will gather in Des Moines, Iowa, for its 12th debate, but its first since Gingrich became the undisputed leader in most polls. His rise has come at the expense of Romney, once the clear front-runner, and now the ex-governor of Massachusetts must play catch-up. With just three weeks left before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, he doesn’t have much time left. 

Posted: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 6:40pm

Obama: Economy May Be a Job for More than One President

Problems with the economy have been building for decades, President Barack Obama told CBS program "60 Minutes" in an interview set to air Sunday, Dec. 11. 

"I've always believed that this was a long-term project," the president said. "Reversing structural problems in our economy that had been building up for two decades, that was going to take time."

"It was going to take more than a year. It was going to take more than two years. It was going to take more than one term. Probably takes more than one president," Obama told his interviewer. 

Posted: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 6:40pm