Boone, Iowa (CNN) - Even as they grapple with mediocre poll numbers, a gaffe-prone candidate and internal staff feuding, Rick Perry's advisers are confident that a top-three caucus finish is within reach on Tuesday.
The reason? Organization.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - With three days to go until the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum's campaign is going up with a new TV commercial which says the former senator from Pennsylvania is the most qualified Republican presidential candidate to take on President Barack Obama.
The Santorum campaign says the ad starts running statewide in Iowa on Saturday. A top Santorum aide tells CNN the 30-second spot, which will be accompanied by radio commercials and direct mail, is the campaign's closing ad in the Hawkeye State and will run through Tuesday's caucuses, which kick off the primary and caucus calendar.
Urbandale, Iowa (CNN) - In an empty parking lot off New York Avenue, the rumpling sound of a plastic Herman Cain 2012 banner can be heard flapping in the wind. The sign on the window at Cain's headquarters here still reads, "Come in, we're open." Inside, a table full of bumper stickers, yard signs and buttons gathers dust.
It's a haunting scene for the presidential candidates pinning their hopes on a respectable finish in the January 3 Iowa caucuses, a reminder that a candidate who has the nation talking can suddenly put a period on the end of the sentence.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Mitt Romney chose to ignore his GOP rivals at an event in New Hampshire Saturday, opting instead to issue a sharp line of attack against President Barack Obama.
Romney, who is running well ahead of his competitors in the Granite State, said Obama would be remembered only as a “footnote” in history.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - One of Jon Huntsman's chief strategists is calling for an aggressive campaign in South Carolina, even if the former Utah governor falls short of winning the New Hampshire primary - the centerpiece of his nomination strategy.
Richard Quinn, a top Huntsman consultant and veteran South Carolina Republican operative, sent a memo to campaign manager Matt David and senior adviser John Weaver this week calling for a robust effort in the Palmetto State.
(CNN) - Newt Gingrich, the subject of seemingly endless negative advertising in Iowa, will get some positive reinforcement on television this weekend when the conservative publication Newsmax airs a half-hour special promoting the candidate.
The "The Newsmax 2012 Election Special," hosted by Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, will air on "major broadcast outlets" in Iowa throughout the weekend, according to the publication.
(CNN) - Gary Johnson, who announced this week he was withdrawing from the 2012 Republican race to seek the Libertarian presidential nomination, urged his Iowa supporters Saturday to back Ron Paul in Tuesday's caucuses.
Libertarians have long identified with Paul's views, which espouse limited American military involvement abroad and a reduced role for government at home.
(CNN) - In their weekly addresses Saturday, President Barack Obama and Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson looked back on the landmark legislative battles of 2011 while reminding listeners of the issues on the table in 2012.
Speaking from Honolulu, Obama said it was “good to see” Congress extend the payroll tax cut, and praised Americans for making their voices heard.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - It may be New Year's Eve weekend, but with the Iowa caucuses closing in, there will be no holiday for all but one of the Republican presidential candidates.
Rep. Ron Paul is heading home to Texas to spend the holiday with his wife. But his campaign said the congressman will be back on the trail Monday morning.FULL STORY
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - A popular social conservative radio talk show host whose program is heard statewide in Iowa is backing Newt Gingrich for president.
Steve Deace's endorsement comes four days before the Hawkeye State's January 3 caucuses, which kick off the Republican presidential primary and caucus calendar.