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Mitt Romney Wins Wisconsin, Maryland, D.C. Primaries

On The Radar

Mitt Romney captured presidential primaries in Maryland, the District and battleground Wisconsin, the biggest prize of the day, to complete a momentum-building, three-contest sweep Tuesday that cemented his status as the almost certain Republican nominee and put new pressure on rival Rick Santorum to reassess his candidacy.
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Santorum Defies Mounting Pressure to Bow Out

On The Radar

“I’m not talking about this anymore,” Rick Santorum said here Sunday outside the Riverside Brewery and Restaurant before a gaggle of cameras and reporters. “We’re just focused on doing well here in Wisconsin.” What Santorum doesn’t want to talk about is what so many others want to talk about, which is how long he will stay in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination. He is confronted by that question at almost every stop along the campaign trail and in every television interview he gives. He’s tired of it.

Santorum Vows to Stay in Race

On The Radar

Rick Santorum insisted Sunday that he would remain in the Republican presidential race for the long haul, defying mounting pressure from party elders to coalesce around front-runner Mitt Romney and focus on the fall contest against President Obama. Santorum vowed to stay in the race until it is clear that the former Massachusetts governor has secured the 1,144 delegates required for the nomination, something that is unlikely until just about the end of the primaries in June.

On Health Care, are Republicans Ready for Victory?

On The Radar

Three days of oral arguments at the Supreme Court have given Republicans reason for optimism that President Obama’s health-care law could be heading for a legal defeat in a few months. But would such a victory for the GOP this summer mean political success for the party in November and beyond?
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Looking Ahead to the Roberts Court

Vault Show

As the Roberts Supreme Court reviews the historic case challenging President Obama's 2010 Health Reform law, take a look back to 2005 when John Roberts replaced William Rehnquist as Chief Justice. A discussion of the generational shift represented by the Roberts Court and the what issues were important in his first years on the bench. Revisit our program from September 30, 2005, the same day Roberts was sworn in.

Review of ‘Obamacare’ Puts GOP Spotlight on Romney’s Massachusetts Health Care Law

On The Radar

Health care was supposed to be Mitt Romney’s Achilles’ heel: The state overhaul he championed as governor of Massachusetts is so similar to the sweeping federal law conservatives deride as “Obamacare” that it was once widely regarded as a big enough liability to doom his presidential chances. But Romney remains the overwhelming favorite in a topsy-turvy campaign in which health care has rarely been the driving issue, and he is picking up the support of prominent conservatives as he moves toward securing his party’s nomination.

March 23, 2012

Weekly Show

After the controversial killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, in Florida, national attention focuses on "Stand Your Ground" laws & the local police department. Plus, Mitt Romney wins Illinois but still faces criticism from conservatives. Also, a look at the GOP budget. Joining Gwen: Pierre Thomas, ABC News; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Sam Youngman, Reuters; Naftali Bendavid, Wall Street Journal.

 

Santorum-Romney Battle Reveals Stark Divide in the GOP

On The Radar

The big, cheering crowd in the school gymnasium here Friday night spoke to the distance Rick Santorum has traveled since those lonely days when his candidacy was dismissed as a hopeless exercise. It spoke also to the divide that now defines the Republican presidential campaign.
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Illinois Primary Could Help Romney Stake his Claim

On The Radar

The Republican presidential candidates spent the past week honing their Southern accents and talking awkwardly about their love of grits. With their Southern swing behind them, they will return to the industrial heartland for a potentially pivotal primary Tuesday in Illinois.
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Gas Prices Sink Obama’s Ratings on Economy, Bring Parity to Race for White House

On The Radar

Disapproval of President Obama’s handling of the economy is heading higher — alongside gasoline prices — as a record number of Americans now give the president “strongly” negative reviews on the 2012 presidential campaign’s most important issue, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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