Perry bets Iowa fortunes on robust ground game
December 31st, 2011
02:48 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry bets Iowa fortunes on robust ground game

Boone, Iowa (CNN) - Even as they grapple with mediocre poll numbers, a gaffe-prone candidate and internal staff feuding, Rick Perry's advisers are confident that a top-three caucus finish is within reach on Tuesday.

The reason? Organization.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Perry
Santorum's closing argument on Iowa TV
December 31st, 2011
02:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum's closing argument on Iowa TV

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - With three days to go until the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum's campaign is going up with a new TV commercial which says the former senator from Pennsylvania is the most qualified Republican presidential candidate to take on President Barack Obama.

The Santorum campaign says the ad starts running statewide in Iowa on Saturday. A top Santorum aide tells CNN the 30-second spot, which will be accompanied by radio commercials and direct mail, is the campaign's closing ad in the Hawkeye State and will run through Tuesday's caucuses, which kick off the primary and caucus calendar.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum
In Iowa, true believers ignore politics' fickle winds
December 31st, 2011
02:21 PM ET
3 years ago

In Iowa, true believers ignore politics' fickle winds

Urbandale, Iowa (CNN) - In an empty parking lot off New York Avenue, the rumpling sound of a plastic Herman Cain 2012 banner can be heard flapping in the wind. The sign on the window at Cain's headquarters here still reads, "Come in, we're open." Inside, a table full of bumper stickers, yard signs and buttons gathers dust.

It's a haunting scene for the presidential candidates pinning their hopes on a respectable finish in the January 3 Iowa caucuses, a reminder that a candidate who has the nation talking can suddenly put a period on the end of the sentence.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa
Romney claims Obama will be a ‘footnote in history’
December 31st, 2011
01:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney claims Obama will be a ‘footnote in history’

(CNN) - Mitt Romney chose to ignore his GOP rivals at an event in New Hampshire Saturday, opting instead to issue a sharp line of attack against President Barack Obama.

Romney, who is running well ahead of his competitors in the Granite State, said Obama would be remembered only as a “footnote” in history.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
Huntsman adviser calls for aggressive South Carolina push
December 31st, 2011
11:49 AM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman adviser calls for aggressive South Carolina push

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - One of Jon Huntsman's chief strategists is calling for an aggressive campaign in South Carolina, even if the former Utah governor falls short of winning the New Hampshire primary - the centerpiece of his nomination strategy.

Richard Quinn, a top Huntsman consultant and veteran South Carolina Republican operative, sent a memo to campaign manager Matt David and senior adviser John Weaver this week calling for a robust effort in the Palmetto State.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • South Carolina
Gingrich compared to Reagan in Newsmax Iowa special
December 31st, 2011
10:08 AM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich compared to Reagan in Newsmax Iowa special

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich, the subject of seemingly endless negative advertising in Iowa, will get some positive reinforcement on television this weekend when the conservative publication Newsmax airs a half-hour special promoting the candidate.

The "The Newsmax 2012 Election Special," hosted by Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, will air on "major broadcast outlets" in Iowa throughout the weekend, according to the publication.
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Filed under: Newt Gingrich • Ronald Reagan
Johnson urges Iowa backers to caucus for Paul
December 31st, 2011
09:39 AM ET
3 years ago

Johnson urges Iowa backers to caucus for Paul

(CNN) – Gary Johnson, who announced this week he was withdrawing from the 2012 Republican race to seek the Libertarian presidential nomination, urged his Iowa supporters Saturday to back Ron Paul in Tuesday's caucuses.

Libertarians have long identified with Paul's views, which espouse limited American military involvement abroad and a reduced role for government at home.
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Filed under: 2012 • Gary Johnson • Iowa • Ron Paul
Weekly addresses look ahead to 2012
December 31st, 2011
09:18 AM ET
3 years ago

Weekly addresses look ahead to 2012

(CNN) - In their weekly addresses Saturday, President Barack Obama and Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson looked back on the landmark legislative battles of 2011 while reminding listeners of the issues on the table in 2012.

Speaking from Honolulu, Obama said it was “good to see” Congress extend the payroll tax cut, and praised Americans for making their voices heard.
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Filed under: Johnny Isakson • President Obama
No holiday break for candidates as Iowa caucuses near
December 31st, 2011
08:32 AM ET
3 years ago

No holiday break for candidates as Iowa caucuses near

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - It may be New Year's Eve weekend, but with the Iowa caucuses closing in, there will be no holiday for all but one of the Republican presidential candidates.

Rep. Ron Paul is heading home to Texas to spend the holiday with his wife. But his campaign said the congressman will be back on the trail Monday morning.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa
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