Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (CNN) – Mitt Romney's rivals put his corporate record under the microscope in a Republican presidential debate Monday, with most of his GOP opponents looking to dislodge the party's frontrunner from his perch ahead of South Carolina's primary on Saturday.
The issue of poverty also factored prominently into the Martin Luther King Jr. Day match-up where a large studio audience roared in support or disdain over candidates' stated positions.
(CNN) – Conservative talk show host Mike Huckabee said Mitt Romney's campaign was not authorized to use his voice in a new web video released Monday.
The ad, "Huckabee," featured quotes from the former Arkansas governor's radio show last week when he called on Republicans to stop criticizing Romney's corporate career at Bain Capital.
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(CNN) - Rick Santorum's campaign on Monday released a scathing new television ad comparing Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney to President Barack Obama.
The 30-second spot, set to begin airing statewide in South Carolina on Wednesday, pairs Romney with the president on a number of issues, including federal bailouts and health care reform.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney's attention may currently be on South Carolina, but a poll released Monday shows the former Massachusetts governor running well ahead of his rivals in Florida.
Romney had the backing of 42% of likely Florida Republican primary voters in the poll from the American Research Group. That was well ahead of his closest competitor Newt Gingrich, who was at 25%. Florida's January 31 primary is the site of the next battle after Saturday's South Carolina contest.
Washington (CNN) - Only 11% of Americans approve of how Congress is handling its job, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Monday.
That's a new record for this measure on a CNN survey; the previous all-time low approval rating for Congress was 14%, set in August, at the very end of the debt ceiling debate which resulted in an unpopular agreement between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill. The poll indicates that 86% say they disapprove of how Congress is handling its duties.
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential rivals Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich delivered one-two political punches against Mitt Romney on Monday as both men tried to convince a few hundred tea party activists to support their candidacies.
Santorum and Gingrich gave separate, back-to-back speeches at the Myrtle Beach convention sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots and the South Carolina Tea Party. Ron Paul was slated to speak third, but an organizer announced that the Texas congressman had showed up and left because of a scheduling snafu.
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Washington (CNN) - Rick Santorum has seen a surge in support both in terms of money and interest since this weekend's backing of his GOP presidential candidacy by a majority of a prominent group of evangelical leaders, according to his campaign.
Senior campaign adviser John Brabender told CNN online contributions are up 50% over what was coming before Saturday. That infusion of cash, he said, has allowed the campaign to add several hundred thousand dollars to their previously purchased $1.5 million ad buy in the state.
(CNN) - A key Rick Perry supporter, South Carolina state Sen. Larry Grooms, withdrew his support for the Texas governor and urged Perry to drop his presidential bid, the legislator's office announced Monday.
"I still believe he would be a great national leader, but campaigns are tough and early mistakes and missed opportunities have taken their toll," the state senator said in a statement. "Now is the time to get out and pass the baton to another leader that can take the message to the next level."
Washington (CNN) – The number of Americans who say economic conditions in the country are "very poor" has dropped dramatically, according to a new national survey.
But according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday, most of those people switched from describing the economy as "very poor" to "somewhat poor." The survey also indicates there's been little change in President Barack Obama's approval rating.