(CNN) – Most Americans agree with the decision to end the war in Iraq, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday. Almost eight in ten said they support removal of combat troops from that country by the end of this year.
And although 96% are proud of U.S. troops who served in Iraq, just one in three consider the war a victory and more than half call it a stalemate.
(CNN) – As Republican presidential candidates race to meet Thursday's deadline to get on Virginia's primary ballot, a new poll out Wednesday shows Newt Gingrich topping opponent Mitt Romney in the state.
The results come the same day Gingrich travels to Virginia to try and collect the 10,000 signatures needed to secure a spot on the ballot for the state's Republican primary on Super Tuesday - March 6.
(CNN) – With 13 days to go until the Iowa caucuses, a new poll indicates that Rep. Ron Paul of Texas sits atop the field of Republican presidential candidates in the state that holds the first contest in the primary and caucus calendar.
According to an Iowa State/Gazette/KCRG survey released Wednesday, 28% of likely Iowa GOP caucus goers say Paul, the longtime congressman who's making his third bid for the White House, is their first choice for the Republican nomination, with 25% backing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Paul's three point margin over Gingrich is well within the survey's sampling error.
Keene, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney defended the use of negative TV advertisements in the GOP primary campaign, saying they would prepare Republicans to face President Obama in the fall.
"If you can't stand the relatively modest heat in the kitchen right now, wait until Obama's Hell's Kitchen shows up," Romney said Wednesday at a campaign stop in Keene, New Hampshire. "Obama's putting together a billion dollars. He's going to be attacking us day and night."
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CNN: Political dispute creates GOP split between House and Senate
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.
CNN: What's behind Obama's rising poll numbers?
The gridlock and partisanship that threatens to ruin Christmas in Washington could be an election year gift for President Barack Obama's campaign.
Oskaloosa, Iowa (CNN) – Newt Gingrich pressed on White House rival Mitt Romney Tuesday to condemn super PACs from engaging in negative campaign tactics on a candidate’s behalf.
The independent expenditure committee in question, Restore Our Future, is spending millions on television, radio and mailer pamphlets supporting Romney and attacking the former House speaker.