Wise-guy Christie: I'll 'be back Jersey-style'
December 30th, 2011
12:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Wise-guy Christie: I'll 'be back Jersey-style'

West Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stood outdoors without an overcoat on a blustery Iowa morning and played the wise-guy to GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

"Let me tell ya," he told an audience of roughly 600 people standing outside a Hy-Vee grocery in West Des Moines. "You people disappoint me on Tuesday, you don't do what you are supposed to on Tuesday for Mitt Romney - I will be back Jersey-style, people. I will be back."
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Filed under: Chris Christie • Iowa • Mitt Romney • New Jersey
Professor questions Iowa's place in elections, creates a stir
The Capitol building lights up for the holidays in Des Moines, Iowa.
December 30th, 2011
12:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Professor questions Iowa's place in elections, creates a stir

(CNN) – While the visiting national news media focuses on the latest utterances of Republican presidential hopefuls in advance of the January 3 caucuses, many Iowans have found a bone to pick with a journalism professor - from the University of Iowa, no less - who wrote:

"Whether a schizophrenic, economically depressed, and some say, culturally challenged state like Iowa should host the first grassroots referendum to determine who will be the next president isn't at issue. ... In a perfect world, no way would Iowa ever be considered representative of America, or even a small part of it. Iowa's not representative of much."

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa
Obama campaign: President to address Iowa supporters Tuesday via web chat
December 30th, 2011
11:49 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign: President to address Iowa supporters Tuesday via web chat

Washington (CNN) – As Republican presidential hopefuls continue whirlwind campaign events in Iowa in advance of next week's caucuses, the Obama campaign is planning for the president to speak to his Iowa supporters via the web Tuesday night while the GOP caucus results come in.

A Democratic campaign official told CNN the technology is new and is a version of the web chat feature "Skype" but on a much larger scale.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • President Obama
Romney and allies step up South Carolina efforts
December 30th, 2011
11:29 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney and allies step up South Carolina efforts

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Mitt Romney has added two veteran Republican operatives to his small team in South Carolina as the state's primary nears.

And a super PAC backing Romney's presidential bid is now running television ads in the Palmetto State attacking the immigration stances of Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, two candidates who hope their southern roots help them appeal to South Carolina voters.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jim DeMint • Mitt Romney • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
In early book, Rep. Ron Paul criticized AIDS patients, minority rights and sexual harassment victims
December 30th, 2011
10:07 AM ET
2 years ago

In early book, Rep. Ron Paul criticized AIDS patients, minority rights and sexual harassment victims

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul has distanced himself from a series of controversial newsletters from the 1980s and 1990s that bore his name and included inflammatory and racially charged language.

As the newsletters burst into view, first during his 2008 presidential bid and again in recent weeks after he climbed to the front of the Republican race in Iowa, Paul has blamed the writings on ghostwriters. He said he was not aware of the "bad stuff," as he described it.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul
Gingrich considers paid Freddie Mac ad
December 30th, 2011
10:04 AM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich considers paid Freddie Mac ad

Carroll, Iowa (CNN) - The barrage of negative ads about Newt Gingrich's ties to Freddie Mac has proven so effective that Gingrich himself is considering fighting back with airtime.

Gingrich told a group of 100 or so people gathered at the Santa Maria Vineyard and Winery Thursday evening he is thinking about putting out an ad to address the claim he lobbied on behalf of Freddie Mac at the time of his lucrative multi-year consulting contract.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Fannie Mae • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
President Obama visits Pearl Harbor memorial
December 30th, 2011
08:04 AM ET
2 years ago

President Obama visits Pearl Harbor memorial

Honolulu (CNN) – President Barack Obama has now done what every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has done - visited the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Accompanied by his wife, Obama Thursday marked this year's 70th anniversary of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attacks by laying a wreath inside the memorial and scattering white, yellow and purple flower petals in the water above the wrecked ship.

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Filed under: Hawaii • President Obama
Front runners take short break from Iowa this weekend
December 30th, 2011
07:56 AM ET
2 years ago

Front runners take short break from Iowa this weekend

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - With four days to go until the caucuses, the two candidates at the top of the field are taking a short break from campaigning in the Hawkeye State.

After a stumping all day Friday in Iowa, Rep. Ron Paul heads home to Texas to spend New Year's weekend with his wife. The Paul campaign tells CNN the congressman, who's making this third bid for the White House, resumes campaigning in Iowa Monday morning.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Ron Paul
Romney and Paul battle for top spot in new Iowa poll
December 30th, 2011
07:48 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney and Paul battle for top spot in new Iowa poll

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - A new survey released Friday offers further proof that the political landscape in the Hawkeye State has changed, with just four days to go until the caucuses.

An NBC News/Marist poll indicates that 23% of likely Iowa GOP caucus goers say they support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with 21% backing Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Romney's two point margin is well within the survey's sampling error.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Polls • Ron Paul
DNC video asks 'What is Mitt Romney hiding' in tax returns
December 30th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

DNC video asks 'What is Mitt Romney hiding' in tax returns

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's refusal to release his income-tax return became the object of national Democrats' indignation Friday with the release of a web video accusing the GOP hopeful of breaking with a longstanding political tradition.

The Democratic National Committee's spot, called "What is Mitt Romney Hiding," flips though past Republican presidential candidates who have released their income-tax information. The DNC highlights one notable example - George Romney, the candidate's father.
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Filed under: 2012 • DNC • Mitt Romney
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