Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum claimed Saturday that he has been a loyal soldier in the fight against abortion and questioned the conservative bona fides of his primary rivals.
The former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania was the final speaker at a presidential forum in Des Moines organized by the Faith and Freedom Coalition. From the outset, he tried to contrast himself with his opponents.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Saturday that, if he wins the Republican nomination, he'll challenge President Barack Obama to seven forums akin to the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Gingrich announced this intention while speaking at a presidential forum in Iowa sponsored by the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Rick Perry targeted Iowa front-runner Herman Cain on Saturday night at a gathering of social conservatives, questioning the former pizza executive’s stated opposition to abortion rights.
Perry, who has stumbled in Republican polls as Cain has risen, was speaking at a banquet in Iowa organized by the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition.
(CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Saturday continued his attacks on President Barack Obama for announcing the withdrawal of virtually all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year, decrying it as a "sudden change of policy."
The presidential candidate said the Obama administration had indicated earlier they were working to have a status of forces agreement with Iraq that would keep a larger sum of troops in Iraq "for some extended period of time" or until the United States could hand off operations to the Iraqi military.
Wilton, Iowa (CNN) – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney visited a bank and a local chamber of commerce in Iowa earlier this week with an economic message almost exclusively tailored to business-minded Republicans.
On Saturday, his rival Rick Perry took a different tack and made a blatant appeal to the cultural conservatives he must win over if he hopes to recover his once formidable standing in the polls.
Stamford, Connecticut (CNN) - The New Hampshire campaign manager for Rep. Michele Bachmann has resigned, he told CNN Saturday.
Jeff Chidester headed up Bachmann's efforts in the first-in-the-nation primary state and accompanied the candidate to campaign events on her most recent visit in early October.
(CNN) - Under pressure and amid threats of candidates boycotting the state, the Nevada Republican Party pushed back the date of its caucus to February 4.
The state's GOP central committee voted in overwhelming favor of the new date on Saturday.
(CNN) - Before taking off on a hunting trip with Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, an influential figure and highly sought-after endorsement in the state with the nation's first caucuses, Texas Gov. Rick Perry talked about his "love affair" with guns.
"As long as I've got memory, I've had something to hunt with," Perry said Saturday. "It was a long love affair with a boy and his gun that turned into a man and his gun, and then it turned into a man and his son and his daughter and their guns."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama said the year’s end military withdraw from Iraq will allow the United States to better focus its resources on improving the economy.
“We have to tackle this challenge with the same urgency and unity that our troops brought to their fight,” said Obama in the White House weekly address on Saturday.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Regarding Mitt Romney's planned no-show at a weekend gathering of Christian conservatives in Iowa, an influential evangelical insisted it is not a "threatening environment."
"Tell me what there is to fear by coming to this event?" Steve Scheffler said.