Group backing Gingrich hits Romney for health care law and Bain record
January 14th, 2012
10:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Group backing Gingrich hits Romney for health care law and Bain record

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – Two television ads linking Mitt Romney to President Barack Obama’s health care law and challenging his jobs record were released by a super PAC backing Newt Gingrich Saturday.

Winning Our Future is saturating South Carolina television and radio markets with ads targeting presidential frontrunner Romney leading up to the decisive January 21 Republican primary.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
Romney gives cash to struggling supporter at rally
January 14th, 2012
07:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney gives cash to struggling supporter at rally

Sumter, South Carolina (CNN) – Mitt Romney gave a handful of cash Saturday to a woman who had told him she was struggling financially after an event in Sumter, South Carolina.

An aide said the GOP candidate gave the supporter "what he had on him" - about $50 or $60.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • South Carolina
Evangelical leader says GOP race far from clinched
January 14th, 2012
06:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Evangelical leader says GOP race far from clinched

(CNN) - Bob Jones III, an influential evangelical leader and chancellor of the fundamentalist Christian Bob Jones University, said in an interview set to air Sunday that the race for the 2012 GOP nomination is by no means wrapped up.

"I don't think this thing has been anywhere close to being nailed down yet, and probably not until the voter actually goes into the booth and casts his vote. Everything is up for grabs, in my estimation," Jones told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
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Filed under: 2012 • Religion • TV-State of the Union
Romney super PAC pummels Santorum and Gingrich by mail
January 14th, 2012
05:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney super PAC pummels Santorum and Gingrich by mail

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - "Restore Our Future" – a super PAC backing Mitt Romney - has saturated the television airwaves in South Carolina with more than $2 million worth of ads attacking Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

But the group has also stepped up its direct-mail campaign against the two Republicans in the past 48 hours.
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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum • South Carolina
Tim Scott, the ultimate undecided voter
January 14th, 2012
01:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Tim Scott, the ultimate undecided voter

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Just one hour before heading into the Sottile Theater at the College of Charleston to host a presidential forum for South Carolina voters, Republican Congressman Tim Scott told reporters that he still hasn’t decided who he’s going to vote for –let alone who he might endorse.

“My goal is really not to figure out Romney versus the anti-Romney, which is what’s shaping up,” Scott said, before laying four specific qualities – character, competency, values and faith – that will ultimately shape his decision. “Those four qualities, I’m going to sit down and create a little matrix for myself and come to a decision in the next few days.”
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Filed under: 2012 • South Carolina • Tim Scott
Christian conservative leaders vote to support Santorum
January 14th, 2012
12:50 PM ET
3 years ago

Christian conservative leaders vote to support Santorum

(CNN) - A meeting of Christian conservative leaders resulted in the group backing GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins announced Saturday.

The group heard pitches from surrogates for Republican candidates on Friday, and voted to support Santorum after voting on Saturday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum
Santorum: Obama would 'destroy' Romney in November
January 14th, 2012
11:02 AM ET
3 years ago

Santorum: Obama would 'destroy' Romney in November

Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - Rick Santorum delivered a stark warning to South Carolina voters Saturday, telling them Mitt Romney is a sure loser in November if he becomes the Republican presidential nominee.

"Don't buy all this baloney that we need a moderate to win," Santorum told about 200 people gathered at Tommy's Country Ham House in Greenville. "We need someone with strong core convictions who is going to appeal to the voters in the states we need to win and that's not him. That's us."
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Gingrich calls out own super PAC, sort of
January 14th, 2012
07:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich calls out own super PAC, sort of

UPDATE: Gregg Phillips, managing director for Winning our Future, responded to Gingrich's request by writing an open letter to Mitt Romney, asking the candidate to answer five questions about his time at Bain.

Phillips writes, "We will agree to revise our ads and/or the video to reflect any errors that may be present in the current version of the video. To do this, however, we respectfully request you answer a few questions that might help guide our review."

The questions for Romney revolve around the timing of his departure from Bain. Phillips asks: "When did you leave Bain for good – full time or part time? When did you relinquish controlling interest in Bain, any Bain projects or Bain funds? When did you resign as the CEO? When was the last Bain document submitted to the government denoting you as an executive at Bain? When did you receive the final check from Bain for any investment in which you had and interest?"

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called on the super PAC supporting his candidacy to remove inaccuracies in an ad and video, or pull the two off the air, but failed to cite any specific errors in the spots.

"Winning Our Future," the super PAC supporting the former House speaker is currently airing an ad in South Carolina, which features clips from the longer movie, "King of Bain." The nearly half hour video criticizes rival GOP hopeful Mitt Romney over his history as CEO at Bain Capital.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
Obama pushes DC reform, Republicans hit back
January 14th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama pushes DC reform, Republicans hit back

(CNN) – In his weekly address Saturday, President Barack Obama encouraged congressional leaders to grant him executive branch reorganization powers.

The president, echoing comments he made Friday, said he would replace the Commerce Department, rearrange lower-tier agencies and elevate the Small Business Administration to a Cabinet-level post.
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