Washington (CNN) – Are you feeling uninspired this election season? Are you sick of all the attention being slathered on a small group of die-hard partisans in Iowa and New Hampshire? Do you think the political system's broken and your voice is ignored?
If you're looking for a change from the usual left-right, liberal-conservative, Democrat-Republican dynamic, you may get your wish. There's a new group in the 2012 election, and it's aiming to redefine presidential politics by going around the major party machines and putting an alternative choice on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
(CNN) – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman piled on criticism of Texas Rep. Ron Paul's past Thursday as he continued to hone his focus on New Hampshire with a new web ad.
In the one minute web video, Huntsman questioned Paul's integrity.
Coralville, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said he doesn't see Ron Paul as his main opponent but nonetheless proceeded to jab at the Texas Congressman, suggesting he's too radical and unelectable.
"Oh no, not really," Santorum said when asked if he sees Paul as his chief competitor. "But I am concerned on the national security issue that voters here in Iowa understand the real consequence of putting someone up in a race against Barack Obama who would be in the Dennis Kucinich wing of the Democratic party."
Coralville, Iowa (CNN) - Republican hopeful Rick Santorum –a man who experienced his first big bump Wednesday– said he's doing "pretty well right now" as he campaigned outside the college town of Iowa City Thursday. Referring to the media frenzy surrounding the candidate, one voter asked if it was "always a circus like this."
"No. This is the first day for things like this," Santorum said.
Cedar Falls, Iowa (CNN) - As another Republican front-runner fell in the polls in Iowa, steady-as-he-goes GOP candidate Mitt Romney appeared to see his moment.
The man who has watched a string of opponents alternately vault to the lead in Iowa was greeted by a host of good news when he arrived in the state Tuesday.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - On the heels of a new CNN/TIME/ORC poll showing him surging among Republicans in Iowa, Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign is scrambling to buy television time in New Hampshire.
A source familiar with the move told CNN that the campaign started to make media buys in New Hampshire on Thursday, and is planning run television and radio ads statewide beginning next Monday.
(CNN) – Texas Rep. Ron Paul captured the vote of an American Idol early Thursday when winner Kelly Clarkson tweeted her support for her fellow Texan's candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
"I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance," she said in a tweet too long to fit within the social media site's 140 character limit. "If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he's got my vote."
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - One of Michele Bachmann’s top campaign advisers is breaking with his own candidate to defend Kent Sorenson, the Bachmann campaign’s former Iowa chairman who publicly defected to Ron Paul on Wednesday.
Wes Enos, Bachmann’s Iowa political director, released a statement Thursday defending Sorenson from Bachmann’s accusation that Paul offered him money to switch allegiances.
Sioux City, Iowa (CNN)– Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had the option of ordering a sandwich special named after him during his first campaign stop at Sioux City's Coffee Works Thursday.
There were only about 10 people waiting for the presidential candidate, but luckily for the coffee shop, there were as many press – probably more – keeping the baristas busy.
New York (CNNMoney) - The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits took an upswing just before Christmas.
About 381,000 people filed initial jobless claims in the week ended Dec. 24, the Labor Department said Thursday. That marked an increase of 15,000 from the prior week. Economists were expecting claims to rise to 368,000.