Decorah, Iowa (CNN) - It was a rare sight, but Callista Gingrich, wife of GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich, stepped in front of the microphone to introduce her "husband and best friend" at a pizzeria Tuesday.
As much as the former House speaker boasts of his wife's involvement in his campaign, she rarely speaks on the record or at campaign events. She is a familiar face on the campaign trail and at book signings, often standing next her husband at the podium, but she rarely takes center stage herself.
(CNN) - Rick Santorum is hitting Iowa radio with a spot highlighting his conservative credentials, mentioning praise from politicians beloved by socially conservative voters.
The spot, called "Unite," was released Tuesday on Santorum's website.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Turn on the TV here in the Hawkeye State, and you'll get inundated with a barrage of Republican presidential campaign commercials, with many of them negative in nature.
"If Washington's the problem," says the narrator in an ad by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign, "why trust a congressman to fix it?" The ad goes on to criticize rival candidates Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, Rep. Michele Bachmann of neighboring Minnesota, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. "Among them, they've spent 63 years in Congress, leaving us with debt, earmarks and bailouts."
Davenport, Iowa (CNN) - One week before the GOP presidential candidates face off in the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney took the fight to Vice President Joe Biden in a speech the campaign billed as his closing argument Tuesday.
"You frankly have to feel sorry for Joe Biden," Romney told a standing-room-only audience in Davenport, where many chuckled at the mention of the gaffe-prone vice president. "I mean, four years ago he warned us about Barack Obama. Turns out he was right."
(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry revealed a hardening in his stance on abortion Tuesday, telling a crowd in Iowa that he opposed abortions in all cases, including when a woman had been raped or the victim of incest.
Previously, Perry had not opposed the procedure in cases of rape or incest, or when the mother’s life was threatened.
Des Moines (CNN) - Forget all of the complaints about the Iowa caucuses. It may be good for everyone else that the Hawkeye State is going first.
With a week and counting until the caucuses on January 3, one of the state's top Republican leaders is amazed by Iowa's most unsettled field of candidates so close to the finish line.
(CNN) - Rick Perry, whose campaign suffered a blow when the Republican Party of Virginia rejected its petition to appear on the state's primary ballot, challenged the "constitutional validity" of the ballot rules Tuesday.
Perry's campaign filed suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District, saying the statutes in Virginia law regulating access to the primary ballot were "among the most onerous in the nation and severely restrict who may obtain petition signatures."
(CNN) - Moments after saying that his campaign would not veer into negative messaging, presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich sharply criticized rival Mitt Romney on Tuesday for refusing to condemn television advertising produced by a pro-Romney organization.
"All I'd say, Mitt, if you want to run a negative campaign and attack people, at least be man enough to own it," Gingrich said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
Dyersville, Iowa (CNN) - As he vows on the stump not to counter negative attacks against him, Newt Gingrich blasted his opponents with some intense criticism of his own Tuesday.
On CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" Gingrich lambasted both Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Massachussetts Governor Mitt Romney. He said he would not vote for Paul if he were the GOP nominee and called the candidate outside the mainstream. On Romney, Gingrich said the candidate should be "man enough to own" the negative advertising being run in Iowa by a third party group that supports him.