(CNN) - In 2012, a strong Web presence must be part of every political hopeful's strategy.
On the eve of Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, the first official contest of this year's presidential campaign, we take a look at how the seven Republican hopefuls are presenting themselves in the digital world of social media.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Herman Cain said Monday Mitt Romney will still face an uphill battle for the nomination even if he wins the first two Republican presidential contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.
"It is not game over," the former GOP White House hopeful said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Daniel Bradshaw, a young barber at Platinum Kutz in central Des Moines, hovers over a customer's half-trimmed head, clippers in hand, talking about the good old days of 2008.
"Yeah, I was all for Obama. He was the man!" proclaimed Bradshaw, 32, whose friends call him "Mr. Puerto Rico" and whose colleagues sometimes refer to him as "Mr. Steal-Your-Client." As he brushed the hair clippings off his apron, he goes on: "I even got to meet him, once. He was all that."
Or so he thought. Bradshaw, like many of his fellow Democrats, feels let down.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Though the candidates themselves are wary of naming possible running mates, a top Democrat on Monday said a ticket pairing presidential hopeful Mitt Romney with rising Republican star Marco Rubio would be "extreme."
"If there's with a ticket like that, it would be the most extreme ticket in history when it comes to immigration," Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who both represents Florida in Congress and is Chair of the Democratic National Committee, said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
(CNN) –President Barack Obama returns Tuesday to a chilly Washington, going from a family holiday in Hawaii to a decidedly different climate rife with political battles, overseas crises and continued economic uncertainty.
The president and his family left from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam outside Honolulu around 5:40 p.m. (10:40 p.m. ET), on an overnight flight that should land them in the nation's capital around 7:30 a.m ET Tuesday.FULL STORY
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CNN) – White House hopeful Newt Gingrich had stinging criticism Monday for presidential candidate Ron Paul, who is holding onto second place on the eve of the Iowa caucuses.
The former House speaker has been the target of negative advertisements from Paul and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. But in an interview with the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Gingrich all but dismissed the Texas congressman's attacks, saying he doesn't think Paul is electable.
(CNN) - Fox News contributor Alan Colmes apologized Monday night for making "hurtful" comments about the events following the 1996 death of Rick Santorum's infant son.
Earlier in the day, Colmes claimed Santorum took the baby home, after living for only two hours, and "played with it for a couple of hours so his other children would know that the child was real."
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Ad spending in the Hawkeye State has been fast and furious the past couple of weeks, with much of the barrage of campaign commercials negative in nature. But regardless of the recent surge, the Republican presidential candidates are behind the pace of their predecessors four years ago.
The GOP presidential campaigns and the independent super PACs supporting them had spent nearly $5.5 million through Friday on ad buys in Iowa this cycle, according to numbers from Campaign Media Analysis Group. That number is certain to go up after a spate of ads in the closing days before the caucuses.
Polk City, Iowa (CNN) - Rising GOP contender Rick Santorum is brushing off a chief Republican concern about his campaign: a stunning 18-point loss in his race for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006.
"I lost an election in the worst election year for Republicans in the history of our state," Santorum said to CNN.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – In a sign of his confidence across the early state playing field, Mitt Romney will leave New Hampshire and campaign in South Carolina on Thursday.
Two GOP sources informed CNN of travel plans on Monday, the eve of the Iowa caucuses.