(CNN) – Republican Rep. Elton Gallegly of California will not seek re-election and plans to retire at the end of his term, his office announced Saturday.
"Serving in Congress and representing my home for 25 years is the greatest experience I could have ever asked for," the 13-term congressman said in a statement. "Working with our country’s leadership on a daily basis in striving to move toward a better, stronger and more vibrant America for more than two decades has been a dream come true. The decision to step aside at this time did not come lightly."
Hollis, New Hampshire (CNN) - Long-standing evangelical leader Gary Bauer is set to endorse Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, according to a campaign source.
Bauer, current chairman of the Campaign for Working Families and a 2000 Republican presidential candidate, will formally declare his support for Santorum during a campaign stop in South Carolina on Sunday.
(CNN) – Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman called it stupid. His rival Ron Paul denounced it. But perhaps most appalled by a "China Jon" ad on YouTube were Hindus in America.
An amateurish video posted by Paul supporter NHLiberty4Paul questions Huntsman's American values, shows Huntsman, a former ambassador to China, speaking in Mandarin and calls him the "Manchurian Candidate."FULL STORY
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (CNN) - With a World War II-era military tank behind him and two critical debates ahead of him, Newt Gingrich gave his most muscular performance in weeks at a town hall Saturday.
Speaking at a WWII museum in Wolfeboro, the historian and Republican presidential candidate made reference to another former governor of Massachusetts who ran for president.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer announced on Sunday he will not suspend his GOP presidential campaign. Even though his efforts have gained little traction, Roemer said he will remain in New Hampshire "every minute of every hour of every day to make my case."
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman will pick up his first congressional endorsement in the final days before the New Hampshire primary, CNN has learned.
Rep. Richard Hanna, a first-term Republican congressman from New York, has decided to back Huntsman, two sources said Saturday.
(CNN) – As the field of GOP nominees for president narrows, the remaining crop of those seeking to replace Barack Obama geared up Saturday for a pair of pivotal weekend debates in New Hampshire, just days ahead of the nation's first primary.
Front-runner Mitt Romney, who eked out a narrow eight-vote victory ahead of former Sen. Rick Santorum in the Iowa caucus, has since surged past his competition in the Granite State.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Bypassing two GOP presidential candidates known for their Catholic faith, five former U.S. Ambassadors to the Holy See threw their support behind frontrunner Mitt Romney, a devout Mormon.
In a letter blasted out by Romney's campaign on Saturday, the ambassadors lauded the former Massachusetts governor for understanding "the importance of strong families as pillars of a vibrant economy and a flourishing polity."
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will take on rival Rick Santorum in a new ad in South Carolina, less than two weeks before the state's first-in-the-South primary.
In the commercial, set to begin airing Monday on statewide cable TV, Paul hits the former Pennsylvania senator as a "corporate lobbyist and Washington politician" with a "record of betrayal."
Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - Despite lingering suspicions about his Mormon religion among some evangelicals here, Mitt Romney is embracing his faith in a new mail piece that began hitting South Carolina households on Saturday.
The glossy fold-out brochure, provided to CNN from a voter who received it, seeks to turn Romney's deeply-held religious convictions and his 42-year marriage into assets in a state where roughly six in ten Republicans call themselves "born again" or evangelical Christians.