Paul primary victory unlikely, candidates agree
December 29th, 2011
06:47 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul primary victory unlikely, candidates agree

(CNN) – Though the Republican presidential candidates differ on whether they would support Ron Paul as their party's nominee, they agree it is a choice they will never have to make.

"He's not going to, Wolf," Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" on Thursday. "It's never going to happen. Never going to happen, Wolf. It is never going to happen."
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Jon Huntsman • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
Top Bachmann aide out after flap over campaign switch
December 29th, 2011
06:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Top Bachmann aide out after flap over campaign switch

(CNN) - Michele Bachmann confirmed Thursday that another key member of her presidential campaign was no longer working for her.

"He quit," Bachmann said of former Political Director Wes Enos. Bachmann was speaking on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." The Ron Paul campaign put out a release noting that he was "recently terminated" by the Bachmann campaign.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Ron Paul
BLITZER'S BLOG: Political turbulence in Iowa
December 29th, 2011
04:36 PM ET
2 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Political turbulence in Iowa

(CNN) - I’m just back from a couple days in Iowa where I had a chance to sit down with Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. I also spoke with Iowans who are planning on attending Tuesday night’s caucuses. Here are some impressions:

Romney is confident about his chances of winning in Iowa and then in New Hampshire. His campaign’s internal polling is looking good. He’s getting nice crowds on his Iowa bus tour. Things seem to be moving in the right direction for his campaign.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa
Santorum launches new radio ad after Iowa bump
December 29th, 2011
03:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum launches new radio ad after Iowa bump

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Rick Santorum is aiming to capitalize on his fresh bump in the polls with a new radio ad set to air statewide in Iowa.

It's Santorum's first paid media effort in Iowa since a CNN/TIME/ORC International poll released Wednesday showed the conservative former Senator leaping into third place among Republicans ahead of next Tuesday's caucuses.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Iowa • Rick Santorum
Bachmann, former ally bicker after campaign switch
December 29th, 2011
03:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Bachmann, former ally bicker after campaign switch

(CNN) – A day after Michele Bachmann's Iowa campaign chairman jumped ship to the Ron Paul campaign, the two sides are still arguing over what transpired before the news broke.

Kent Sorenson was Bachmann's Iowa chairman since early in the campaign, but announced at a Paul event Wednesday he was joining the Texas congressman's campaign only hours after he appeared with Bachmann at one of her events.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
Dole calls old Iowa allies to push Romney
December 29th, 2011
02:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Dole calls old Iowa allies to push Romney

(CNN) - Bob Dole is calling Republican leaders in Iowa to make the case for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to a longtime Dole ally in Washington and two Republican sources in Iowa who were among those contacted.

Dole, who placed first in the Iowa caucus in 1996 before going on to become the Republican nominee, is personally making the appeals to veteran activists who supported Dole's own campaign in the Hawkeye State.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bob Dole • Iowa • Mitt Romney
Gingrich's 'wild and wooly' Iowa tour
December 29th, 2011
02:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich's 'wild and wooly' Iowa tour

Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) – On his first stop of the day at an empty coffee shop, Newt Gingrich asked one of the patrons if they had any advice for the Republican presidential candidate who appears to be losing his grip on voters here.

After picking up a coffee with his wife Callista, Gingrich walked up to a handful of people standing around a table. "Any advice?"
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
Perry ad in Iowa calls GOP rivals DC insiders
December 29th, 2011
01:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Perry ad in Iowa calls GOP rivals DC insiders

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - For the second time this week, a new TV commercial by Rick Perry paints some of the his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination as Washington insiders, while touting the Texas governor's anti-Washington credentials.

Perry's presidential campaign tells CNN that the new 30-second spot will start running Thursday statewide in Iowa, just five days ahead of the January 3 caucuses, which kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar.
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Radio spot from Perry hits Santorum on earmarks
The answer: Rick Santorum, the Perry campaign says in this radio ad.
December 29th, 2011
12:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Radio spot from Perry hits Santorum on earmarks

(CNN) - Rick Perry's campaign wasted no time going after Rick Santorum following the release of a new CNN/Time/ORC International poll that showed the former Pennsylvania senator surging into third place in Iowa.

In a new radio ad released by Perry's team Thursday, Santorum is portrayed as a free-spending Washington insider who voted for earmarks and wasteful spending during his time in Congress.

Watch a web version of the ad here.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Rick Perry • Rick Santorum
Occupy vs. Ron Paul
December 29th, 2011
12:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Occupy vs. Ron Paul

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Five members of the Occupy the Caucus movement in Des Moines Iowa were arrested this morning while blockading the entrance to Ron Paul's campaign headquarters.

Using their iconic mic-check speaking style, the protestors spoke out against Ron Paul's campaign pledge to close the Environmental Protection Agency if elected.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Occupy Wall Street • Ron Paul
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