(CNN) - Newt Gingrich's tax and budget plans would add $7 trillion to the U.S. debt over the rest of this decade, should he become president and get everything he wants from Congress. Rick Santorum would not fare much better.
Ron Paul's plans, on the other hand, would slowly reduce deficits, based on his idea of ending a host of government agencies, including doing away with the Federal Reserve.
(CNN) – The motto for the organization Tea Party Patriots is "100% Grassroots, 100% of the time."
And to keep that philosophy, the group's co-founder Mark Meckler recently paid a visit to Cincinnati. Ohio's primary is part of "Super Tuesday," meaning the Buckeye State has seen its share of the Republican presidential contenders.
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(CNN) – Bill Burton finds he's a lot busier. "There's definitely more interest and energy around our effort," Burton tells CNN Radio.
Last week, Obama for America 2012 manager Jim Messina let the word go forth it was OK by President Obama for his backers to give unlimited contributions to Priorities USA Action, a Super PAC co-founded by Burton.
Washington (CNN) – Bob Walker has time to rest and talk with a visiting reporter at his Washington office. There's less need to be on the road for the Newt Gingrich backer, surrogate and national campaign chairman.
A former congressman from Pennsylvania, Walker spent a lot of time in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, helping his old friend.
Washington (CNN) – Former Republican Florida Governor Bob Martinez can see much of the state from his office atop a downtown Tampa building. And he's watched the battle for the Florida primary get intense and at times nasty with bemusement.
"For those of us who live in Tampa, and are involved in [planning] the 2012 convention, it certainly is generating an awful lot of excitement."
(CNN) – You wouldn't know it by the Iowa caucus results and latest polls here in New Hampshire and South Carolina. But Newt Gingrich remains the second choice for Republicans nationwide, according to the Gallup daily tracking poll.
"I'm the only national conservative candidate," Gingrich told CNN Radio Friday. His past as House speaker brings significant name recognition with older voters, to be sure. But Gingrich has been unable to translate the national recognition into second place status in any of the first states to go in the nomination process.
(CNN) - The publisher of New Hampshire's largest paper, the conservative Union Leader, has a front-page warning for "conservative Republicans and like-minded independents" in the Granite State.
Joseph McQuaid says they "had better rally around their one strongest candidate or face the very real prospect of having Barack Obama walk all over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney."
Washington (CNN) – They know better than to propose legislation in the current political atmosphere, but two political opposites came to terms Thursday on keeping Medicare solvent. They are left wondering, however, if their political parties will.
Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Budget Committee Chairman who sparked an outcry this year by proposing to privatize all of Medicare gave in a lot. So too, liberal Sen. Ron Wyden, a member of the Special Aging Committee, who is bound to spark an outcry from many within his own party.
(CNN) - Start with "No Budget, No Pay!" That's the first recommendation of a group looking to get Congress to be more productive and collegial.
It means if Capitol Hill legislators cannot work out a complete budget on time - something that has not been done in years - they should not get paid. That radical notion is the first of a dozen suggestions from No Labels, a bipartisan grassroots organization started a year ago.
(CNN) – Listen as CNN's Candy Crowley, host of "State of the Union," previews her prime time Sunday interview with former President George W. Bush about his new memoir, "Decision Points."