Washington (CNN) - Longtime ABBA fan and Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has a favorite among this year's Kennedy Center lifetime achievement honorees.
Speaking on the red carpet on his way into the 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Sunday night, Gingrich said, "Since my ring tones are from “Mamma Mia,” I have a certain bias towards Meryl Streep."
(CNN) – As support for Newt Gingrich surges in Iowa, Mitt Romney’s lead has dwindled in New Hampshire, according to new polls measuring support for candidates in the early caucus and primary states.
In a poll released Sunday, former House Speaker Gingrich has risen to the top in Iowa and former Massachusetts Gov. Romney remains ahead in New Hampshire, with competitors catching up.
Washington (CNN) - Democrats on Monday will propose a compromise plan to extend the payroll tax cut that includes a "serious" way to pay the more than $200 billion price tag, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee says.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, will introduce the compromise proposal Monday after the chamber last week voted down competing Democratic and Republican plans, Sen. Kent Conrad told "Fox News Sunday."
(CNN) – A conservative Republican on Sunday openly balked at the idea of a Newt Gingrich presidency, basing his qualms on the former House Speaker’s leadership while in Congress.
“I’m not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich, having served under him for four years and experienced, personally, his leadership,” Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn told “Fox News Sunday."
New York (CNN) – GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich claims his record in Congress as “an aggressive reformer” presaged the tea party movement, though much of it came through the kind of compromise with Democrats that is currently unpopular with conservative primary voters.
“I think I represented the spirit of the tea party before there was a tea party,” the former House Speaker said Saturday, adding that he wouldn’t have been able to pass balanced budget legislation that led to reducing the deficit by $405 billion without the help of President Bill Clinton.
(CNN) – In the scramble for Herman Cain supporters after his exit from the 2012 Republican presidential campaign, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said Sunday that she has already gotten a boost.
“One thing we’ve seen a lot of is Herman Cain supporters have been calling our office and they’ve been coming over to our side,” Bachmann told CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley” program, adding “part of that is because people see that I’m the tea party candidate in the race and they saw Herman Cain as an outsider and I think they see that my voice would be the one that would be most reflective of his.”
(CNN) – Texas Rep. Ron Paul said Sunday that his presidential campaign rises above the temporary ebbs and flows of the Republican nominating process.
“We’ve had the flavors of the month up and down so far in this campaign,” Paul told CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley” in reference to different candidates reaching front-runner status, and then declining just as quickly.
(CNN) – Texas Rep. Ron Paul said real estate mogul Donald Trump could hurt the Republican Party with his most recent foray into presidential politics.
During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” Paul said he was surprised at Trump’s current role in the race, including a scheduled debate that Trump will moderate a week before the January 3 Iowa caucuses..
Portsmouth, New Hampshire (CNN) - One of New Hampshire's largest daily newspapers in its endorsement Sunday defended Mitt Romney against charges of flip-flopping, saying they rejected the notion his positions "should have been written in blood, never to change."
The Foster's Daily Democrat editorial board spent much of its endorsement taking on the "myth and mythology which has been used to attack" Romney, telling readers they had looked the former Massachusetts governor in the eye and read his book and policy papers.
Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. John McCain said Sunday that his home state of Arizona could be won by President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.
The 2008 GOP presidential nominee told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that Arizona and other southwest states “can be up for grabs” due to the growing Hispanic vote.