Haley explains her decision to back Romney, not Gingrich
December 16th, 2011
10:44 AM ET
3 years ago

Haley explains her decision to back Romney, not Gingrich

Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said her decision to endorse Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential race became clear two weeks ago.

At the end of November, Haley ducked out of a Republican Governors Association meeting in Orlando and drove down to Tampa to meet privately with Romney.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
Romney's three ads with two messages
December 16th, 2011
10:01 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney's three ads with two messages

Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) - Three television ads for Mitt Romney hit the airwaves Friday, with two very different tones.

The Romney campaign released positive spots in New Hampshire and South Carolina. The New Hampshire ad showcased the candidate speaking with voters in Milford about the economy.
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Filed under: Iowa • New Hampshire • South Carolina
Will the real tea party candidate please stand up?
December 16th, 2011
09:38 AM ET
3 years ago

Will the real tea party candidate please stand up?

Washington (CNN) – With Herman Cain's departure from the 2012 field of candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination, several contenders have sought to claim the "tea party candidate" mantle. But for those entrenched in the movement, none of the remaining candidates have a legitimate claim to the title.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann founded the tea party caucus in the House in 2010 and was designated one of the top 10 most conservative members of the chamber by Heritage Action, sister organization to the Heritage Foundation, an esteemed conservative think tank. She declared the tea party would "come home" to her campaign the day after Cain suspended his bid for the White House earlier this month.

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Filed under: 2012 • Tea Party
S.C. Gov. Haley backs Romney
December 16th, 2011
08:52 AM ET
3 years ago

S.C. Gov. Haley backs Romney

(CNN) – Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed Mitt Romney for president Friday, stressing his history in the private sector.

Haley, whose state hosts the first-in-the-South primary, pointed to the former Massachusetts governor’s history outside Washington, saying that experience is needed to “get America back on track.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
Romney adviser blasts Gingrich's 'arrogance'
December 16th, 2011
07:41 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney adviser blasts Gingrich's 'arrogance'

Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) - Even as Mitt Romney refrained from attacking Republican frontrunner Newt Gingrich head on in Thursday nights GOP presidential debate, one of Romney’s most senior advisers took sharp aim at Gingrich and methodically outlined why the former House speaker’s candidacy is doomed.

The adviser, media strategist Stuart Stevens, questioned Gingrich’s demeanor and criticized his "arrogance" and "condescension."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
5 things we learned from Sioux City debate
December 16th, 2011
07:15 AM ET
3 years ago

5 things we learned from Sioux City debate

(CNN) - The sharp attacks between the Republican frontrunners that have played out in media interviews and television ads largely took a backseat in the debate in Sioux City, Iowa. It was the final debate before January's pivotal Iowa caucuses.

Here are five things we learned from Thursday night's debate:

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Republicans
Truth Squad: Gingrich's claim on surplus off base
December 16th, 2011
06:10 AM ET
3 years ago

Truth Squad: Gingrich's claim on surplus off base

(CNN) - The statement: "I balanced the budget for four straight years, paid off $405 billion in debt, pretty conservative." Newt Gingrich, during Thursday night's Republican candidates' debate in Sioux City, Iowa.

The facts: Newt Gingrich served as speaker of the House from January 4, 1995 to January 3, 1999. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the nation ran a deficit in 1995 (-$164 billion), 1996 (-$107.4 billion) and 1997 (-$21.9 billion). It ran a surplus in 1998 ($69.3 billion) and 1999 ($125.6 billion).

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich • Republicans
Truth Squad: Is Iran "a few months" away from a nuclear weapon?
December 16th, 2011
06:05 AM ET
3 years ago

Truth Squad: Is Iran "a few months" away from a nuclear weapon?

(CNN) – When Rep. Michele Bachmann said that a report by the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency had described Iran as poised to join the world's elite club of nuclear powers, during Thursday's Republican candidates' debate in Sioux City, Iowa, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas responded immediately that she was mistaken.

The statements:

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Iran • Michele Bachmann • Ron Paul
Truth Squad: Did Bachmann prove Gingrich lobbied for Freddie Mac?
December 16th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Truth Squad: Did Bachmann prove Gingrich lobbied for Freddie Mac?

(CNN) - During Thursday night's Republican candidates' debate in Sioux City, Iowa, a moderator asked U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to produce hard evidence that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had peddled his influence with congressional Republicans on behalf of mortgage giant Freddie Mac.

Bachmann, who is among conservatives who say Freddie Mac and fellow federally backed mortgage group Fannie Mae had a role in the collapse of the U.S. housing market, has criticized Gingrich for his post-Congress work as a consultant for Freddie Mac and accused him of lobbying senior Republicans on Freddie Mac's behalf.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Newt Gingrich • Republicans
Perry moving staff to Iowa
December 16th, 2011
05:53 AM ET
3 years ago

Perry moving staff to Iowa

Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign will increase its Iowa staff in the coming weeks, according to a senior campaign adviser, who told CNN the new staffers would be coming from their Florida, South Carolina and Texas offices.

Rather than a major strategic decision, the adviser portrayed the move as a way to satisfy eager staffers who specifically asked what more could be done in the run up to the Iowa caucuses.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Perry
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