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.
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.
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.
(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.”
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."
(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:
(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).
(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.
(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.
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.