Leading Perry backers head to Iowa for final push
January 1st, 2012
08:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Leading Perry backers head to Iowa for final push

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Rick Perry is enlisting his most prominent supporters for a major rally on the eve of the Iowa caucuses as he makes his final push for a third place finish on Tuesday, CNN has learned.

On Monday night, in the appropriately named Iowa town of Perry, the Texas governor and his family will hold their final event of the day alongside Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, both of whom endorsed Perry early in the race.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Perry
Bachmann: Polls not a good measure of support
January 1st, 2012
08:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Bachmann: Polls not a good measure of support

(CNN) - Despite a last place finish in a key poll two days before the Iowa caucuses, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann vowed Sunday that her supporters will carry her through Tuesday and beyond in the primary and caucus calendar.

Bachmann, who won the Iowa straw poll in August, came in at 7% in the Des Moines Register poll published Saturday night, behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
Huntsman offers up own money for bid
January 1st, 2012
07:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Huntsman offers up own money for bid

(CNN) - Jon Huntsman is reaching into his own pockets to prop up his presidential campaign.

The former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China will match donations to his campaign dollar-for-dollar until midnight Sunday, according to a statement from Team Huntsman.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Jon Huntsman
Romney goes on offense
January 1st, 2012
05:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney goes on offense

Atlantic, Iowa (CNN) - After days of cautious stump speeches on patriotism and economic renewal, Mitt Romney went sharply on the offensive Sunday, making oblique jabs at his rivals and attacking President Barack Obama for his Iran policy.

Speaking to members of the media at a crowded diner in Atlantic, Romney laid out contrasts with several of his GOP rivals as the Tuesday caucus date grew near.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney
Why do Iowa's evangelicals wield so much political clout?
January 1st, 2012
05:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Why do Iowa's evangelicals wield so much political clout?

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - At first blush, it's just another standard-issue political rally.

Inside Mitt Romney's Iowa headquarters – a former Blockbuster store on a commercial strip outside downtown – Romney and his wife, Ann, are introduced by former presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty and his wife, Mary.

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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • Iowa
Dems prepare response in Iowa
January 1st, 2012
05:20 PM ET
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Dems prepare response in Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Democrats are planning to respond to the Republican presidential candidates who remain the focus in Iowa ahead of Tuesday's caucuses.

The Democratic National Committee opened the Des Moines war room Sunday, which will serve as the "home base for all rapid response activities" including press conferences and media events, according to DNC Press Secretary Melanie Roussell.
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Filed under: 2012 • DNC • Iowa • Republicans
Gingrich: I was 'Romney-boated'
January 1st, 2012
05:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich: I was 'Romney-boated'

Marshalltown, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said he feels "Romney-boated" by the barrage of negative ads run against the former House speaker by a super PAC that supports rival candidate Mitt Romney.

"For a state this size, to spend that number of dollars in negative ads aimed at one candidate is pretty amazing," Gingrich said Sunday at a press availability in Marshalltown, Iowa.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
Murdoch tweets support for Santorum
January 1st, 2012
04:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Murdoch tweets support for Santorum

(CNN) - In one of his first ever tweets, media mogul Rupert Murdoch offered praise for Rick Santorum on Sunday, just two days before the Iowa caucuses.

"Good to see Santorum surging in Iowa. Regardless of policies, all debates showed principles, consistency and humility like no other," Murdoch wrote.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Santorum • Rupert Murdoch • Twitter
PHOTO: Happy 'Newt' Year
January 1st, 2012
03:04 PM ET
2 years ago

PHOTO: Happy 'Newt' Year

Ames, Iowa (CNN) – Newt Gingrich supporters in Iowa hope 2012 will be a "Happy 'Newt' Year."


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
Santorum defends 2008 Romney endorsement
January 1st, 2012
02:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum defends 2008 Romney endorsement

(CNN) - Republican White House hopeful Rick Santorum faced questions Sunday about his endorsement of Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential bid and said he only supported the former Massachusetts governor in hopes of keeping Sen. John McCain from winning the nomination.

"I made the political judgment, right or wrong," the former Pennsylvania senator said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I did not think [McCain] was the right person, based on my experience and deep knowledge of his record, that he was the right person to be the nominee."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
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