State of the Union Early Bird for January 29, 2012
January 29th, 2012
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State of the Union Early Bird for January 29, 2012

 (CNN)-It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

It's a Florida edition of the Early Bird, with its primary just two days away.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our interview with GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul today at 9am/12pm ET.

GOP 2012

Mitt Romney holds solid lead in Florida, Times/Herald/Bay News 9 poll shows

A new Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll found Romney easily beating Newt Gingrich among likely Republican primary voters, with 42 percent support to Gingrich's 31 percent. Rick Santorum trails with 14 percent, followed by Ron Paul at 6 percent.

Romney leads in every region of the state — and by 16 percentage points in Tampa Bay. The two Republican front-runners are closest in conservative North Florida, where Romney has 36 percent support and Gingrich 31 percent.

Paul Says He Has No Intention of Dropping Out

Paul dismissed suggestions he would back any of his GOP rivals.

"I think that's premature. We have a ways to go," Paul said, adding he was glad they were speaking favorably about some of his libertarian-leaning views.

Republican Ron Paul to campaign in Colorado on Tuesday

Ron Paul will make a series of campaign stops along the Front Range on Tuesday — one week before Colorado Republicans hold their Feb. 7 caucuses.

Gingrich teams works on 'persuading the undecided' in Florida

Romney gains momentum in Florida; Cain endorses Gingrich

The former House speaker, who has drawn large and enthusiastic crowds all week, said he would become the nominee if he wins Florida. And if he doesn’t, he said, he would be back in Tampa for this summer’s Republican National Convention.

“I will go all the way to the convention,” Gingrich said. “I expect to win the nomination. You just had two national polls that show me ahead. Why don’t you ask Governor Romney what he will do if he loses since he is behind in both national polls?”

In Florida, Romney vs. Gingrich is a fight for GOP's direction

FLORIDA

A Governor Still Trying to Become a Politician

Florida's calendar crashing pays off

CONGRESS

Gingrich campaign brings up comparison of Republican revolutions

“The difference is that Gingrich had managed to focus the anger of the Republican Party on clear, specific legislative goals,” said Steven Gillon, a professor at the University of Oklahoma who has watched Gingrich’s career. “Whereas, the Republicans in this Congress are simply angry.”

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  1. Mark

    I think it is reasonable to question the intelligence and judgement of anyone who would want the Republican nomination. The Republican behavior in the legislative branch and their consistent support of the 1% at the expense of the 99% is not something most would want to be associated with. I get a bad feeling from "Republican" that wasn't there decades ago. It's my conscience talking to me.

    January 29, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  2. diridi

    Romney is totally a waste. He ships the jobs overseas. very nasty idiot. Economy is going good. It is slowly moving forward, and up ward. Good sign. Obama2012.
    PS: Obama needs strong security till election is over. Nation needs Obama.

    January 29, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. diridi

    Any one who has head on neck, and see some truth, an educated, will vote for Obama. None of these Republican pigs are even worth for a dime...truth, truth, truth, truth.....

    January 29, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. guest99

    Hoot for Newt. I loved the Bill Clinton and New Gingrich days. If we get 4 more years of Oboma we just have to look towards the following election when we know he will be out.

    January 29, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |