Major Catholic group backs Santorum
January 5th, 2012
03:03 PM ET
8 years ago

Major Catholic group backs Santorum

(CNN) – Rick Santorum, who frequently talks about his faith on the campaign trail, received the backing of a major Catholic group on Thursday.

CatholicVote.org, which bills itself as a non-partisan grassroots lobbying organization of "committed Catholics," threw its weight behind the rising Republican presidential hopeful, saying he was the candidate best equipped to win "the political arguments."
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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • Rick Santorum
It was an ad battle in Iowa, report finds
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry greets supporters waiting to hear the results of the caucus at the Sheraton January 3, 2012 in West Des Moines, Iowa.
January 5th, 2012
02:31 PM ET
8 years ago

It was an ad battle in Iowa, report finds

(CNN) – The airwaves in Iowa were especially full in the last days before residents cast their votes in the Hawkeye State caucuses, according to a report from the Campaign Media Analysis Group.

The report showed Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, who placed fifth in the contest, channeled the most funds into the state between Jan. 1 and the Jan. 3 voting date. The Texas governor spent approximately $1.91 million in the state as part of his $2.26 million total spending that included spots in New Hampshire and on national cable. "Make Us Great Again," a super PAC supporting his candidacy contributed an additional $844,890 into Iowa. They spent over $2 million in Iowa, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Republicans
Soledad Reports: Voters motivated by Christian faith in N.H.
January 5th, 2012
02:20 PM ET
8 years ago

Soledad Reports: Voters motivated by Christian faith in N.H.

Note: Watch "Starting Point" with Soledad O'Brien weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET on CNN and check back here as she files reports from New Hampshire.

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Elizabeth Lempka and Make Keohan met through St. Andre Bessette church. Tommorow is the saint's feast day and they decided to celebrate by going to a town hall for Rick Santorum.

"Bessette was an illiterate humble man who was this little guy who worked in the New Hampshire. He was good and kind," said Elizabeth.
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Filed under: New Hampshire • Religion
New Gingrich ad employs old tactics
January 5th, 2012
02:14 PM ET
8 years ago

New Gingrich ad employs old tactics

Plymouth, New Hampshire (CNN) – Newt Gingrich has pledged not to go "negative" but made a point the night of the Iowa caucuses that he would go "comparative" and sometimes that might appear negative.

A new Gingrich television ad that debuted Thursday compares his "bold" economic plan to the "timid" plan of Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Newt Gingrich
Union Leader publisher sends voters a reminder
January 5th, 2012
01:57 PM ET
8 years ago

Union Leader publisher sends voters a reminder

(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."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
Soledad Reports: Santorum leaves impression
January 5th, 2012
01:40 PM ET
8 years ago

Soledad Reports: Santorum leaves impression

Note: Watch "Starting Point" with Soledad O'Brien weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET on CNN and check back here as she files reports from New Hampshire.

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Heather Javalgi came to hear Rick Santorum with her son and came away impressed by his stand on the economy. Her husband is a high school math teacher and she is a stay at home mom. She feels if she can be conservative with her money then so can the government.

She made the choice to stay home with her children and knew she would sacrifice "a new TV or a car." She feels like she can do that too and not rely on entitlements – a theme Santorum laced through part of his speech.
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Poll: Romney remains way ahead in New Hampshire
January 5th, 2012
12:52 PM ET
8 years ago

Poll: Romney remains way ahead in New Hampshire

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Five days before the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary, a new survey indicates that Mitt Romney remains the overwhelming front-runner.

According to a Suffolk University/7 News two day tracking poll, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts has the support of 41% of likely Republican New Hampshire primary voters. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is a distant second, at 18%.
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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Poll
Another Kennedy to Congress?
January 5th, 2012
11:32 AM ET
8 years ago

Another Kennedy to Congress?

(CNN) - Another member of the Kennedy clan may be headed to Congress.

Joseph P. Kennedy III, son of former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, announced his plans Thursday to explore a run for the 4th congressional district in Massachusetts, soon to be vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Barney Frank.
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Filed under: Congress • Joseph Kennedy III • Massachusetts
After notable absence, Palin to attend CPAC
January 5th, 2012
11:13 AM ET
8 years ago

After notable absence, Palin to attend CPAC

(CNN) - Sarah Palin will deliver the closing address at February's closely-watched Conservative Political Action Conference after declining invitations to the annual event in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

In a statement Thursday, an organizer of the event said Palin was a "hero" to American conservatives.
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Filed under: CPAC 2012 • Sarah Palin
Soledad Reports: Emotional voter takes election seriously
January 5th, 2012
10:28 AM ET
8 years ago

Soledad Reports: Emotional voter takes election seriously

Note: Watch "Starting Point" with Soledad O'Brien weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET on CNN and check back here as she files reports from New Hampshire.

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Shannon Desilets is a physical therapist from Pembroke who has a 5th grader. She says she is taking this election very seriously and gets very emotional about it.
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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire
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