Santorum hopes big endorsement will ignite 'spark' in Iowa
December 20th, 2011
09:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum hopes big endorsement will ignite 'spark' in Iowa

Mt. Pleasant, Iowa (CNN) – Republican hopeful Rick Santorum must have been at least a little confused Tuesday morning around the time he received the endorsement of Bob Vander Plaats of the influential conservative group The Family Leader.

He was first told by someone at an event that Rick Perry would be getting the nod.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bob Vander Plaats • Iowa • Rick Santorum
Iowa faith leader asked Bachmann to consider dropping out, campaign says
December 20th, 2011
09:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Iowa faith leader asked Bachmann to consider dropping out, campaign says

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Prominent Iowa faith leader Bob Vander Plaats asked Michele Bachmann to dramatically alter her White House plans, according to the Bachmann campaign, including the possibility of dropping her presidential bid altogether.

"[Bob] Vander Plaats called us on Saturday and asked us to consider the possibility of merging with another candidate," Bachmann spokeswoman Alice Stewart told CNN. "He did not say whether we should be president or vice presidential candidate."
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Romney kicks off N.H. bus tour
December 20th, 2011
09:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney kicks off N.H. bus tour

Bedford, New Hampshire (CNN) - This is how it was supposed to be.

On Tuesday, Mitt Romney stood before an audience of affirmed supporters on a blustery night in New Hampshire and delivered a sustained critique of President Obama.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
Iowa Republicans defend caucuses
December 20th, 2011
08:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Iowa Republicans defend caucuses

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Top Iowa Republicans, facing the very real possibility that Ron Paul could win the state caucuses on January 3, are defending their state's first-in-the-nation status against charges of irrelevancy.

Many GOP leaders consider Paul unelectable and his nomination an impossibility. So they're getting ready to dismiss the Iowa results–and that makes Gov. Terry Branstad predictably mad.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Ron Paul • Terry Branstad
Johnson to run as Libertarian Party candidate
December 20th, 2011
08:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Johnson to run as Libertarian Party candidate

(CNN) – Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson told supporters he will seek the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, a campaign source confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.

Johnson has been running for president on the Republican ticket since April but has struggled to break above the low single digits in poll numbers.
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Filed under: 2012 • Gary Johnson • Libertarian Party • New Mexico
What's behind Obama's rising poll numbers?
December 20th, 2011
08:11 PM ET
3 years ago

What's behind Obama's rising poll numbers?

Washington (CNN) – The gridlock and partisanship that threatens to ruin Christmas in Washington could be an election year gift for President Barack Obama's campaign.

A growing number of voters , 50% compared to 44% in March, trust Obama to solve the nation's problems while the percentage of those with faith in congressional Republicans is slipping, according to a CNN/ORC International Poll.

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Filed under: 2012 • Polls • President Obama
December 20th, 2011
07:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Paul surprised at campaign's success

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, who's polling just behind frontrunners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, said Tuesday he was "surprised" at his campaign's recent surge to the top tier.

"I am surprised at how well I have done over this past year because I believe that some of the positions I've held were taking on the establishment at its very roots," Paul said on CNN's "John King, U.S.A." "But to me it's very encouraging that the county is changing. They're sick and tired of Washington."


Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul • TV-John King U.S.A.
Political dispute creates GOP split between House and Senate
December 20th, 2011
07:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Political dispute creates GOP split between House and Senate

Washington (CNN) – At the end of another long and confusing day of political wrangling over extending the payroll tax cut, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked a question on everybody's mind.

"The public has to be concerned and wondering why on Earth are we not getting a payroll tax cut when everybody says they're for it," Pelosi, D-California, said at a news conference Tuesday.

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Filed under: Congress • House • Nancy Pelosi • Senate
McCain: Payroll tax cut showdown 'harming' the GOP
December 20th, 2011
06:38 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain: Payroll tax cut showdown 'harming' the GOP

(CNN) – Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Tuesday the battle on Capitol Hill between Democrats and Republicans over extending the payroll tax cut was causing damage to the GOP.

"It is harming the Republican Party," McCain said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "It is harming the view, if it's possible anymore, of the American people about Congress. And we've got to get this thing resolved."
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Filed under: Congress • John McCain • Taxes • TV-The Situation Room
RNC outraises DNC in November
December 20th, 2011
05:48 PM ET
3 years ago

RNC outraises DNC in November

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee on Tuesday reported bringing in $7.1 million last month, down from $8.5 million raised in October.

Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee raised $6.5 million, with $10.5 million cash on hand and $7.8 million in debt, according to a Democratic official with knowledge of the numbers.
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Filed under: 2012 • Reince Priebus • Republicans • RNC
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