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.
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."
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.
(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.
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.FULL STORY
(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."
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.FULL STORY
(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."
(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.