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Candidates Tout Conservative Credentials at Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition

DES MOINES – Some of the Republican infighting on display in Tuesday’s presidential debate carried over into the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Banquet Saturday as candidates with similar ideological convictions battled to prove themselves the most conservative of them all. 

For nearly three hours, contenders for the GOP presidential nomination took the stage to proclaim the depth of their commitment to the pro-life movement, denounce activist judges and call on America to open up drilling and explore natural gas resources across the country.

Posted: Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 10:40am

Graham: Full Withdrawal From Iraq a ‘Serious Mistake’


Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Sunday criticized the Obama administration for failing to reach an agreement with Iraq for a long-term military presence there.

“It was ... the Obama administration’s decision to end this well. They failed,” he said, adding that had Obama decided to leave 10,000 to 15,000 peacekeeping troops in Iraq, he would have defended the president’s decision.

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Posted: Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 10:40am

Jindal Wins Reelection in Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal easily won reelection Saturday, amassing a sufficient majority to secure a second term without a runoff and solidifying his status as a rising star within the national Republican party

The Associated Press declared Jindal the victor an hour after Lousiana polls closed. With about half of the precincts reporting, he was cruising to victory with more than 67 percent of the vote. His next nearest opponent in the 10-person field of gubernatorial candidates, schoolteacher Tara Hollis, a Democrat, had 17 percent.

Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 11:40pm

Bachmann on the Spot In Iowa

WINTERSET, Iowa -- Michele Bachmann tried to explain her health care policy to a worried woman without health insurance on Saturday as her campaign tried to explain the embarrassing exodus of several New Hampshire staffers.

At a town hall meeting here, a woman who identified herself as a 63-year-old without health insurance challenged Bachmann about what she is going to do to replace President Obama's health care law. The GOP presidential contender has said she will make repealing it her top priority.

Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 7:40pm

Cain Plays Iowa Football Field

AMES, Iowa -- Herman Cain on Saturday became the latest Republican presidential hopeful to blast President Obama's Iraq policy, predicting that the withdrawal of U.S. troops is "gonna leave a big vacuum" that Iran will fill.

"I happen to think that Iran is just sitting back and waiting for us to leave and then they're going to go back in and they're going to try to control the whole country," Cain said. He also criticized the president's decision to announce that U.S. troops will be home by Christmas.

Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 6:40pm

Condoleezza Rice Had Tumultuous Relationship With Cheney, Memoir Says

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was frequently at odds with the views of former Vice President Dick Cheney, according to her upcoming memoir, which was obtained by The New York Times.

Rice wrote that Cheney's staff was “very much of one ultra-hawkish mind," according to the Times.

Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 6:40pm

Romney Says He Could Back Perry

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Mitt Romney extended an olive branch towards one of his leading GOP rivals and continued to attack President Obama's Iraq policy on Saturday, as he made an appearance in a state he's counting on to launch him towards the Republican presidential nomination.

Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 5:40pm

Nevada Moves Caucus to Feb. 4

The Nevada Republican Party on Saturday voted to move their presidential caucus to Feb. 4, defusing a calendar contretemps that had threatened to push the beginning of 2012 presidential voting into this year.

In voting to back off the Jan. 14 date that they had proposed for Nevada's presidential caucuses, Silver State Republican leaders bowed to the wishes of the Republican National Committee and a number of presidential candidates who had threatened to boycott the caucus as a protest -- and a way to curry favor with voters in the crucial early primary state of New Hampshire.

Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 2:40pm

What We Learned: Good To Be King

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

-- It's the most wonderful time of the year: Nevada Republicans voted Saturday to move their caucuses back to February, thus keeping the Granite State happy and preserving Iowa's January 3 caucus date. But a January 12 debate had to be moved back to December in Iowa, meaning three debates will now take place in less than ten days in the state during the final month of the year. That's good for Mitt Romney, the best debater in the field.

Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 2:40pm

Perry: Obama Endangers Troops


WILTON, Iowa -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Saturday accused President Obama of endangering U.S. troops by announcing plans to end the nation's military role in Iraq this year.

Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 1:40pm