Johnson, Iowa (CNN) – Although recent polls of Iowa show former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum far behind the front-runners, Friday he delivered a message for those who doubt his chances in the nation's first caucus state: "Timing is everything in life and timing is everything in politics."
During a press conference to announce an endorsement from Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, Santorum said that Friday was "the best day of the campaign."
(CNN) - While Mitt Romney has mostly danced around specific attacks against newly minted front-runner Newt Gingrich, he didn't hesitate to take aim at Gingrich over his past advocacy for private space exploration projects.
"I saw the speaker had a measure that I read about to put a permanent colony on the moon, to mine rare materials from the moon," Romney said Friday in an interview with The Des Moines Register editorial board. "I think we've got other priorities for our spending before we do that."
Washington (CNN) – The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear an appeal from Texas officials over the state's controversial redistricting plan.
The order issued by the court blocks for now the maps for the state Legislature and Congress that were created by a federal judicial panel to give minorities greater voting power.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CNN) – A storm brewing between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich crackled behind the scenes Friday as representatives from both campaigns undercut the other on dueling media conference calls.
The Romney campaign has mounted an offensive against Gingrich this week after a series of polls showed the former House speaker’s support solidifying in many early voting states.
(CNN) - GOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich suggested in an interview aired on Friday that those living in the Palestinian territories are an "invented people."
"I believe that the Jewish people have the right to have a state," Gingrich said on The Jewish Channel. "Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. And I think that we've had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, who are historically part of the Arab community."
(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry railed Friday against Pres. Barack Obama Friday for appointing "activist judges" to the Supreme Court, but stumbled when he couldn't remember Justice Sonya Sotomayor's name. At another point he tripped up over the number of justices on the nation's highest court.
Perry, speaking to the Des Moines Register, was defending a controversial campaign ad when he slipped up.
Washington (CNN) - Ensuring a pre-holiday collision course with the Senate, House Republicans Friday ignored criticism from President Obama and congressional Democrats and formally unveiled a bill that extends the payroll tax cut and benefits for jobless Americans, but ties those items to a provision that clears a path toward approving the Keystone XL pipeline.
Senate Democrats bristled at the inclusion of the controversial pipeline - that would eventually run from Canada though the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico - and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised it would not pass in the Senate.
(CNN) - Several Republican presidential candidates praised the decision of the National Labor Relations Board to drop its case against Boeing on Friday, ending a highly-charged political battle that's played a significant role on the campaign trail.
"The NLRB's suit was a politically motivated assault on the rule of law by President Obama and his big labor allies," said frontrunner Newt Gingrich in a statement. "The founding fathers warned that when government grows too big the law would be usurped for political purposes. This case was an example of that."
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CNN) – The day before Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich were to face off at a GOP presidential debate, Romney seemed largely content to leave the attacks on his rival to others.
In recent days the former Massachusetts governor's campaign has deployed surrogates and released a web ad critical of Gingrich to try to dim the former House speaker's rising star.
(CNN) – Six candidates will be on the stage Saturday night at the Republican presidential debate in Iowa, but one of them may have the most on the line.
With time running out - there are just more than three weeks till the Iowa caucuses - all of the candidates need a strong showing, but Newt Gingrich has the most at stake.