Gingrich carefully navigates Cain exit
December 3rd, 2011
10:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich carefully navigates Cain exit

Staten Island, New York (CNN) - As the GOP presidential race narrowed in the wake of Herman Cain suspending his campaign, Newt Gingrich was complimentary of his formal rival but reluctant to acknowledge it was now a two-man race between him and Mitt Romney.

Within hours of Cain’s announcement, the former House speaker praised the former pizza executive’s “9-9-9” tax plan as he appealed to tea party supporters at a town hall event and book signing in New York City’s most conservative borough.
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Gingrich ahead in Iowa, poll shows; Romney drops to third
December 3rd, 2011
08:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich ahead in Iowa, poll shows; Romney drops to third

(CNN) – With a month to go until Iowans select a candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has extended his lead in the state, while Texas Rep. Ron Paul has entered second place and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has dropped to third.

A new poll from the Des Moines Register finds 25% of likely Republican voters in Iowa backing Gingrich, while 18% support Paul and 16% say they’d go for Romney.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Ron Paul
Iowa newspaper backs Romney
December 3rd, 2011
07:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Iowa newspaper backs Romney

(CNN) -– Mitt Romney scored the closely watched endorsement of the Sioux City Journal in Iowa on Saturday, further boosting his campaign in the state that holds the nation’s first nominating contest on January 3.

In the endorsement, the Journal writes that Romney “stands out as the candidate who is best prepared through experience, skills and qualities to lead the country.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney
Cain Iowa supporters: Media 'took a good man down’
December 3rd, 2011
05:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain Iowa supporters: Media 'took a good man down’

Urbandale, Iowa (CNN) - Staff and supporters at Herman Cain's Iowa headquarters shared tears, hugs and overall fond memories of a candidate they say they'll continue to support in whatever his next venture may be.

"Without a doubt," Iowa communications director Lisa Lockwood said when asked if she'll continue to fight for him if there is a plan B for Cain, who announced Saturday that he is suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Iowa
Cain backers look to Gingrich, Paul in N.H.
December 3rd, 2011
04:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain backers look to Gingrich, Paul in N.H.

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - New Hampshire Republican officials who supported Herman Cain's presidential run began to survey their options Saturday after Cain suspended his efforts, with several state representatives saying their support could go to Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul.

Cain ended his run for the White House on Saturday, saying he would focus instead on his family and on promoting his economic proposals from outside Washington. Cain visited New Hampshire three times over the past four months, and had four paid staffers and two campaign offices in the state.
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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • New Hampshire
Reporter's Notebook: The Rise and Fall of the real Herman Cain
December 3rd, 2011
03:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Reporter's Notebook: The Rise and Fall of the real Herman Cain

Editor's note: CNN political reporter and tea party expert Shannon Travis has been covering Herman Cain's presidential campaign since he first indicated his interest in the White House nearly a year ago. Here is his account of the year of triumph and tragedy.

Atlanta (CNN) - Who was the real Herman Cain?

Was he all of the fearless, savvy, politically cunning yet proudly politically incorrect man who appears larger than life on TV?

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
Romney campaign flexes muscle in New Hampshire
December 3rd, 2011
03:19 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney campaign flexes muscle in New Hampshire

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - With Newt Gingrich newly ascending in New Hampshire polls and only weeks to go before the state's primary, Mitt Romney's campaign flexed its organizational muscles Saturday and sought to dispel any notion that the former Massachusetts governor might be taking the state's support for granted.

Romney's campaign deployed 500 volunteers to make 12,000 calls and knock on 5,000 voters' doors - including the candidate himself, who spent the better part of an hour pounding the pavement in a neighborhood in Manchester's north end. The campaign dubbed the coordinated effort "Earn it with Mitt," and Romney took every opportunity to remind his supporters and the media of that message.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
What does ‘suspending’ mean?
December 3rd, 2011
03:07 PM ET
3 years ago

What does ‘suspending’ mean?

(CNN) –- With news Saturday that Herman Cain is suspending his bid for the 2012 GOP nomination, many are wondering what the move means for his future.

Federal law doesn’t have a specific definition for “suspending” a political campaign, meaning Cain is still legally considered a candidate.
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Candidates react to Cain campaign suspension
December 3rd, 2011
02:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Candidates react to Cain campaign suspension

(CNN) - Candidates competing for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination are weighing in on Saturday's news that Herman Cain is suspending his presidential bid.
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Cain suspends presidential bid
December 3rd, 2011
01:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain suspends presidential bid

Atlanta (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain told supporters Saturday that he is suspending his presidential campaign, which has become hobbled in recent weeks by allegations of sexual harassment and an Atlanta woman's claim that they carried on a 13-year affair.

While he will still be able to raise and spend campaign funds because he did not officially drop out, his White House bid is effectively over.

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