Oklahoma City (CNN) - Speaking in one of the top energy-producing states in the country, Rick Santorum tailored his stump speech here on Thursday to appeal to a raucous crowd of domestic energy-loving Okies.
Reaffirming his support for domestic natural gas production using hydraulic fracturing (or fracking), Santorum called those who oppose the process purveyors of a "reign of environmental terror."
Washington (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who endorsed Newt Gingrich after his own presidential bid faltered, said Thursday that the Republican presidential race is still a long way from over.
Perry said that Rick Santorum's victories in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado on Tuesday indicate that Republicans are not yet ready to get behind Mitt Romney's frontrunning candidacy.
UPDATE 9:58 p.m. ET: Rick Santorum's campaign confirmed Wednesday they raised $1 million in the past 24 hours, with $800,000 coming from online donations.
Santorum will be a guest on CNN's "John King, USA" at 6 p.m. ET Thursday.
(CNN) – The day after winning big in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado, Rick Santorum’s campaign said they received an overwhelming response online, at one point seeing their website crash because of high volume.
A source with the campaign said Santorum’s website received twice as much traffic Wednesday as the day following the Iowa caucuses, which Santorum ultimately won.
Washington (CNN) - The Republican parties of Georgia and Ohio will partner with CNN next month for a "Super Tuesday" debate, state GOP officials announced Thursday.
Georgia, 76, and Ohio, 66, have the most delegates at stake on March 6, when 10 states hold either a primary or caucus.
Washington (CNN) - Flash back four years ago.
Mitt Romney dropped his bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination in his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The former Massachusetts governor, at the time one of the conservative alternatives to eventual GOP nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona, went on to win CPAC's much-watched presidential straw poll, the second of this three straight victories at the annual gathering of conservative leaders.
Washington (CNN) - Conservatives gathered Thursday for the first day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that promised speeches from and discussions with leading Republican lawmakers, analysts and pundits. The three day meeting in Washington will culminate with a much-watched straw poll Saturday. Check back here for updates from our reports and producers throughout the day and watch the remarks live here. Read more here.
9:28 p.m. ET - Ryan also weighed in on the current flap over required health insurance coverage for contraception. The Wisconsin representative said it was an example of the "government inventing a new right that trumps the constitutional right to freedom of faith."
9:22 p.m. ET - Ryan called for a president in the style of the late President Ronald Reagan.
"Boldness and clarity create the best opportunity for a winning coalition," he said.
9:17 p.m. ET - Ryan said trust in the government was at an all-time low because the size of government was at an all time high.
He added that the election could not just be a referendum on Obama, but rather a choice between two visions from America.
9:14 p.m. ET - Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, speaking at an evening dinner event, said "We only have nine months to beat Barack Obama."
5:50 p.m. ET - Romney meets privately with conservative leaders at CPACFULL STORY
(CNN) – Team Mitt Romney continued to take on rival Rick Santorum over his fiscal record while serving in the Senate, following his trifecta of wins Tuesday.
The campaign is scheduled to hold a conference call Thursday and issued a barrage of campaign statements criticizing the former Pennsylvania senator for his past support of earmarks and "reckless spending."
(CNN) - Ten states are being granted waivers to free them from parts of the No Child Left Behind law, a White House official told CNN Thursday.
President Barack Obama will make the announcement Thursday, saying that the states "that have agreed to implement bold reforms around standards and accountability will receive flexibility from the most burdensome mandates of No Child Left Behind," the official said.FULL STORY
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Working in private equity can be lucrative. But leaving private equity can really pay, as everyone has learned recently from Mitt Romney.
The leading GOP presidential candidate is still pulling in millions from Bain Capital, a private equity firm he founded in the mid-1980s and retired from in 1999.FULL STORY