Le Mars, Iowa (CNN) - GOP candidate Mitt Romney pledged Saturday to veto any effort by Congress to create a path to citizenship for young adults in the United States illegally.
Romney's declaration was not out of step with previous statements he has made about the issue, but it appeared to be the first time the candidate directly said he would veto a congressionally-backed effort.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney and Ron Paul remain neck-and-neck in Iowa among likely Republican caucus-goers, according to a poll released Saturday by the state's largest newspaper.
The Des Moines Register poll showed Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, with 24% and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with 22%. The No. 3 spot went to former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania with 15%, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 12%, Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 11% and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with 7%.
Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) - Late Saturday afternoon, GOP candidate Mitt Romney was still debating how to spend his New Year's Eve.
The presidential hopeful, who will be in Des Moines with his wife, Ann, said he had checked a local website to survey their options.
Knoxville, Iowa (CNN) - It was slightly off script for GOP contender Rick Santorum to make a pit stop at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa.
After all, he’s been the marathon man of the Iowa caucuses.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - When Texas Gov. Rick Perry leaves the Hawkeye State after Tuesday's caucuses, he's heading straight to South Carolina instead of New Hampshire.
The Perry GOP presidential campaign says the Texas governor will meet and greet voters in the Palmetto State on Wednesday. A release from Perry's campaign in South Carolina said he will make appearances in Aiken and North Augusta on January 4. Perry's national campaign also said he will visit the conservative stronghold of Greenville the same day.
(CNN) - According to the President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, the president has been the target of negative ads from outside groups totaling tens of millions of dollars - even before the first voting in the Republican primary has begun.
By their tally, outside groups like Crossroads GPS, Americans for Prosperity, the Republican National Committee, Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama, and the Coalition for American Jobs have spent $16.6 million dollars on anti-Obama ads nationwide. These groups have spent $1.5 million on anti-Obama ads in Iowa alone, according to Obama’s campaign.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Saturday reluctantly signed a defense authorization bill, saying he was concerned about some in Congress who want to restrict options used by counterterrorism officials.
"I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists," he said of the $662 billion legislation.FULL STORY
UPDATE 1/1/12 6:50 p.m. ET: On Sunday, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli reconsidered a proposal he made Saturday to ease the state's ballot restrictions by the March 6 primary.
"After working through different scenarios with Republican and Democratic leaders to attempt to make changes in time for the 2012 Presidential election, my concern grows that we cannot find a way to make such changes fair to the Romney and Paul campaigns that qualified even with Virginia's burdensome system," Cuccinelli said in a statement.
(CNN) - Four candidates left off the Virginia Republican primary ballot joined Rick Perry Saturday in suing the state's board of elections over laws they say are "unconstitutional."
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum joined the lawsuit, originally filed Tuesday, challenging provisions that determine who can appear on the primary ballot.
(CNN) - CNN Political Reporter Shannon Travis catches up with GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann as she makes a final push in Iowa.
Atlantic, Iowa (CNN) - Here in Iowa, just days before the first votes are cast in the 2012 presidential election cycle, Newt Gingrich is gambling that he can stay competitive with a "positive, solutions-oriented" campaign that the candidate himself is dubbing a "great experiment."
"It's a little bit daunting but we're going to continue to be positive," said Gingrich, after citing a recent survey analyzing political advertising that found nearly half of the ads in Iowa have been attack spots against the former House speaker.