(CNN) - Republican Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana responded Friday to recent reports that show he doesn’t live in the state he’s been representing for more than 35 years.
The longtime senator told CNN he maintains a residence for “political purposes” in Indianapolis but doesn’t live at the physical address-staying in hotels around the state, instead.
Las Vegas (CNN) - Most of the remaining Republican presidential candidates spent Friday barnstorming across Nevada - one day before that state's critical first-in-the-West presidential caucuses.
Front-runner Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul crisscrossed the state, focusing in large part on its battered economy. Nevada's has been particularly hard hit by the economic downturn, with a high number of home foreclosures and an unemployment rate that recently soared to an all-time high of 14.9%.
Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney is counting on his contacts and organization from his 2008 victory in the Nevada caucuses to help propel him to a victory on Saturday.
He has the endorsement of the lieutenant governor, eight of 10 state senators and two members of Congress and has stayed in contact with other Nevada officials.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has parted ways with debate coach Brett O'Donnell, a Romney campaign source confirmed Friday.
O'Donnell, a former Michele Bachmann adviser who also did debate prep sessions with John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008, was given credit in several media reports as the man behind Romney's impressive back-to-back debate performances in Florida.
(CNN) – When Nevada Republicans go to caucus on Saturday, they will cast paper ballots for their favoured presidential candidate.
At the local precinct caucuses, voters will hear speeches from representatives of the candidates, then vote. They are required to have registered by Jan. 20, and 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by Nov. 6 - Election Day - are eligible to vote at the caucus. Absentee votes are accepted only from active duty military and their family members.
(CNN) - Asked what a Gingrich administration would do should Israel decided to strike Iran, the Republican presidential candidate said Friday he would offer support for the Jewish state.
"I would say, if you believe the survival of your country is at stake, what is it we could do to help you?" Gingrich said in an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
Fulton, Missouri (CNN) – The Republican Party of Indiana announced Friday that just three of the four remaining Republican presidential candidates had filed enough signatures to qualify for a place on the state's primary ballot. Forty-three delegates will be up for grabs in Indiana at the state's primary on May 8.
Mitt Romney will officially be on the ballot. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul both submitted enough signatures but must get those signatures certified by the state's secretary of state by February 10. The state party deemed however that Rick Santorum's submission had fallen short.
(CNN) - Despite the looming caucuses, advertising spending in Nevada has yet to pick up considerable steam, according to figures released by the Campaign Media Analysis Group.
Silver State frontrunner Mitt Romney has led ad spending in the state since last Friday, funneling $249,220 into 590 spots, 427 of which were negative and 163 of which were positive. "Restore Our Future," the PAC supporting the former Massachusetts governor's candidacy, spent an additional $73,240 on 123 negative ads in the state.
(CNN) - Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval said he was not insulted when Newt Gingrich canceled a previously scheduled meeting with the first term governor.
Sandoval said the two were scheduled to meet, upon Gingrich's request, but that he was later told the former House speaker "had to cancel."
(CNN) – In some of his harshest words yet, Newt Gingrich explained Friday why he didn't call rival Mitt Romney after the former Massachusetts pulled a decisive Florida primary victory earlier in the week.
Pointing to Romney's post-South Carolina campaign strategy, which turned noticeably negative against the former House speaker, Gingrich said Romney didn't earn any kudos.