Post Politics: January, 2012

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Most hyperbolic campaign ever?

Could it be possible that the 2012 presidential race is already on track to be one of the most hyperbolic in recent memory?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:22 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Mitt Romney sings ‘America the Beautiful’ (VIDEO)

VIDEO | Mitt Romney wrapped up his Florida campaign by crooning an entire verse of the patriotic hymn.

By Philip Rucker  |  08:22 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Covering the Florida primary with #2012Unfiltered

The Florida #2012Unfiltered gallery is up. Our reporters have snapped photos from Miami to Pensacola as they have trailed the Republican candidates vying for the state’s delegates in Tuesday’s primary.

By Natalie Jennings  |  07:37 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Gingrich camp: If Santorum weren’t running, we’d be winning Florida

Gingrich’s Florida co-chairman said Monday that Santorum has been drawing votes from the former House speaker.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:09 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Romney gets the facts wrong on Gingrich’s ethics case

The former House speaker was reprimanded and did resign. But the events occurred nearly two years apart and were unrelated.

By Karen Tumulty  |  03:58 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 01/30/2012

RNC chairman stands by statement comparing Obama to Italian ship captain

Reince Priebus defended the comment comparing Obama to Italian cruise ship captain on Fox News Channel Monday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:27 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Outside group spending skyrockets in 2012 presidential race, report finds

Campaign ad spending by outside groups has jumped this presidential cycle due to the surging influence of so-called “super PACs,” a new study shows.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:08 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaign spending, campaign ads, super pacs

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Wasserman Schultz: Priebus ‘crossed the line’ comparing Obama to Costa Concordia captain

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz calls on her GOP counterpart, Reince Priebus, to apologize for comparing the president to the Costa Concordia captain.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:47 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Gingrich casts Romney as George Soros favorite

The former House speaker is seizing on comments made by the liberal financier last week.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:20 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Gingrich invokes Nancy Reagan in defending his role during Reagan years

He recalled that in 1995, the former first lady had said: “Just as Barry gave the torch to Ronnie, Ronnie has passed on the torch to Newt.”

By Karen Tumulty  |  11:15 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Rick Santorum: Daughter Bella almost died, but has rallied

Rick Santorum said his 3-year-old daughter was hospitalized with pneumonia, but is bouncing back.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  11:12 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  isabella santorum

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Santorum to return to campaign trail

Rick Santorum will return to the campaign trail Monday afternoon as his youngest daughter recovers in the hospital.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  08:29 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/30/2012

On Tea Party Patriots call, three GOP candidates make their pitch

Whither the Florida tea party vote? That is the question. And we may not know the answer until Tuesday’s Sunshine State primary.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 01/29/2012

Rick Santorum’s children take his place on the campaign stage in Florida

Santorum canceled his Sunday campaign events to be with his youngest child, who is hospitalized.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  03:12 PM ET, 01/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 01/29/2012

Newt Gingrich: Romney ‘carpet-bombing’ opponents

Newt Gingrich escalated the negative campaigning between himself and GOP rival Mitt Romney on Sunday.

By Lisa Rein  |  02:34 PM ET, 01/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 01/29/2012

Rick Santorum cancels Sunday campaign plans to be with ill daughter Bella

Campaign says Santorum's five older children, led by eldest Elizabeth, 20, will host a rally on his behalf.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  11:15 AM ET, 01/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 PM ET, 01/28/2012

Rick Santorum’s daughter Bella is hospitalized; candidate cancels Sunday morning campaign plans

The candidate is canceling Sunday campaign appearances because his daughter has been admitted to a Philadelphia hospital.

By Washington Post editors  |  09:50 PM ET, 01/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rick santorum, presidential election

Posted at 09:31 PM ET, 01/28/2012

Herman Cain endorses Newt Gingrich

Former presidential contender Herman Cain is throwing his support to Newt Gingrich.

By Amy Gardner and Karen Tumulty  |  09:31 PM ET, 01/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  herman cain, newt gingrich, election 2012, presidential election

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 01/28/2012

In Florida, Romney and Gingrich spar via surrogates

This week, a team of Romney surrogates has followed Gingrich across Florida, clashing with his spokesman.

By Amy Gardner  |  05:32 PM ET, 01/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 01/28/2012

John Voight, John McCain stump for Romney

With John McCain and actor Jon Voight pumping up the crowd, the candidate promises to “take back the White House.”

By Philip Rucker  |  11:58 AM ET, 01/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mitt romney, florida primary, romney campaign

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 01/28/2012

Gingrich: No role model for students?

The former speaker says kids should work their way through college. According to a 1995 profile, that’s not what he did.

By Karen Tumulty  |  11:46 AM ET, 01/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:47 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Romney says Gingrich is ‘like Goldilocks’

The increasingly confident, and increasingly punchy, Mitt Romney took a fresh swipe at his competitor for the GOP presidential nomination, likening the former House speaker to the fairy tale character “Goldilocks.”

By Philip Rucker  |  09:47 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Newt Gingrich’s tweet-worthy week | @MentionMachine

Newt Gingrich was mentioned more times on Twitter and in the media during the past week than any of his other Republican rivals.

By Natalie Jennings  |  07:10 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  @MentionMachine

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Mitt Romney on Space Coast promises ‘commitment to American exceptionalism’ — not moon colonies

Mitt Romney told a Space Coast audience he would assemble top experts to study what the space program’s mission should be.

By Philip Rucker  |  06:15 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Puerto Rico governor Fortuño endorses Romney

The endorsement from Luis Fortuño, one of the Republican Party’s rising stars, can give a boost to Romney’s efforts to court Hispanic Republicans.

By Philip Rucker  |  04:06 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Newt Gingrich: I’m shocked by Mitt Romney’s ‘total dishonesty’

Newt Gingrich called Mitt Romney’s comments at last night’s debate “the most blatantly dishonest performance by a presidential candidate I’ve ever seen,”

By Amy Gardner  |  02:21 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, election 2012, florida primary

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Mitt Romney makes forceful bid for Fla. Latino vote

The former governor promoted his immigration and foreign policy agenda, and used particularly tough language to describe his stance against Fidel Castro’s Cuba.

By Philip Rucker  |  01:48 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 01/27/2012

After strong debate performance, Santorum says ‘our time will come’

Coming off a widely praised performance in Thursday night’s debate, Santorum insists he is in the Republican race for the long haul.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  11:42 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/27/2012

#CampaignReads: Share your must-read election stories with Post Politics

Campaign Reads features the best 2012 election coverage, as suggested by Post Politics readers on Twitter.

By Amanda Zamora  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Florida Republican debate in Jacksonville | Live updates

The latest updates on tonight’s GOP debate in Jacksonville, Florida.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:10 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Newt Gingrich endorsed by Duke Cunningham

Newt Gingrich has reportedly received a former House colleague’s endorsement.

By Dan Eggen  |  06:23 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Florida Republican debate: Where and when to watch

Where and when to watch.

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:27 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Jon Huntsman, Jr. to chair Huntsman Cancer Foundation

Former GOP presidential contender Jon Huntsman Jr. succeeds his father as chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:44 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Ahead of debate, Romney focuses on Obama, while Gingrich calls primary rival ‘hypocritical’

Ahead of tonight’s debate, Mitt Romney focuses on President Obama, while Newt Gingrich calls his primary rival “hypocritical.”

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:09 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Newt Gingrich misspoke in attack against media on open marriage question

Gingrich misspoke

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Republican presidential candidate former House speaker Newt Gingrich makes a point during the opening question of a debate at the North Charleston Coliseum Jan. 19., in South Carolina.

when he accused ABC of airing an unfair report about his second marriage.

By Amy Gardner  |  09:15 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 PM ET, 01/25/2012

Gingrich pledges moon colony during presidency

Newt Gingrich told a crowd along Florida's Space Coast that he would establish a permanent colony on the moon, and develop a spacecraft that can get to Mars, by the end of his second term as president.

By Amy Gardner  |  10:20 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 01/25/2012

Romney accuses Gingrich of pandering to Florida’s Latino voters on immigration

The former Massachusetts governor accused Gingrich of pandering to Florida’s Latino voters by mocking Romney’s stance on immigration.

By Roz Helderman  |  05:04 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election2012

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 01/25/2012

John McCain slams Gingrich on earmarks

The Romney camp launches its latest attack on Gingrich’s tenure as House speaker.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:22 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Mitt Romney: Banks that foreclose ‘aren’t bad people’

At an event designed to highlight President Obama’s failure to end the foreclosure crisis, Mitt Romney said banks that foreclose on homes aren’t “bad people.”

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  05:56 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 01/24/2012

RNC prebuts Obama’s State of the Union with TV ad

The Republican National Committee is slamming Obama on the economy ahead of tonight’s address.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:26 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich financial documents

Read all of the financial documents released by Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in the past week.

By Matt DeLong  |  12:46 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Mitt Romney charges Obama will not offer true State of the Union

Mitt Romney sharpened his attack on President Obama’s economic record at a speech designed to counter Obama’s State of the Union address.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:34 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 01/24/2012

As Newt Gingrich rises, Mitt Romney camp ramps up criticism of his leadership as speaker

Romney’s team is trotting out lawmakers to take aim at Gingrich's tenure as House speaker.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:11 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Florida Republican debate in Tampa | Live updates

The latest updates on tonight’s Florida GOP debate in Tampa.

By Felicia Sonmez and Natalie Jennings  |  10:52 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Ron Paul deploys his Web army on the TSA | @MentionMachine

Ron Paul tweeted about his son being “detained” in Nashville. And his base agreed followed suit.

By Natalie Jennings  |  07:32 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  @mentionmachine

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Miriam Adelson, wife of billionaire who gave to Gingrich super PAC, promises another $5 million

Miriam Adelson, wife of the gambling mogul who helped make Gingrich competitive in South Carolina, has promised his super PAC more money.

By James V. Grimaldi  |  07:01 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Newt Gingrich to release Freddie Mac documents ahead of Tampa debate

The former House speaker will release his contract at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Monday.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  05:58 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Mitt Romney taps former Bachmann strategist for debate prep

Brett O’Donnell, a former top Bachmann strategist and debate coach, is working with the Romney campaign.

By Felicia Sonmez and Amy Gardner  |  04:34 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Florida Republican debate: Where and when to watch

Where and when to watch.

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:55 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 01/23/2012

J.C. Watts defends Newt Gingrich on Freddie Mac

Former congressman says Gingrich was never a part of the discussions on Capitol Hill about Freddie Mac.

By Amy Gardner  |  01:25 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Gingrich: Romney will lose in Florida

“I think the people of Florida will prefer big solutions to small negative attacks,” Gingrich said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:54 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Romney attacks Gingrich on Freddie Mac work, ties rival to Florida housing slump

Mitt Romney will use the backdrop of Florida’s depressed housing market to launch a fresh offensive against rival Newt Gingrich here Monday, highlighting his consulting work for Freddie Mac and calling on him to publicly release his records relating to the mortgage giant.

By Philip Rucker  |  12:48 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 01/22/2012

Rick Santorum says he’ll release tax records this week

Santorum promised Sunday that he will release his tax records as early as Tuesday.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:06 PM ET, 01/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 01/22/2012

Newt Gingrich has created a ‘food stamp king,’ Clyburn says

The former House speaker’s South Carolina win was fueled in part by comments aimed at driving a wedge between voters on the issue of race, James Clyburn says.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:36 PM ET, 01/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 01/21/2012

Newt Gingrich wins South Carolina Republican primary (live updates, photos, video)

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich stormed to victory in South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary tonight.

By Felicia Sonmez, Natalie Jennings, Amanda Zamora and Melissa Bell  |  10:00 PM ET, 01/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 01/21/2012

Twitter volume on the most tumultuous day of the campaign | @MentionMachine

By Natalie Jennings  |  11:10 AM ET, 01/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 01/21/2012

Romney to participate in Florida debates

The former Mass. governor had earlier hedged on whether he would participate in debates in Florida next week.

By Philip Rucker  |  10:12 AM ET, 01/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 PM ET, 01/20/2012

A Saturday showdown at Tommy’s Ham House

It’s a ham-off.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:06 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Newt Gingrich takes aim at Mitt Romney for ‘07 Castro gaffe

For days, Mitt Romney has been seeking to use Newt Gingrich’s past against him. Now, the former House speaker is returning the favor in a Spanish-language radio ad.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:41 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Herman Cain, Stephen Colbert join forces in Charleston, S.C. (Tweets, pictures, video)

We compiled tweets, pictures and video of the grand finale, featuring Cain. Check them out after the jump.

By Natalie Jennings and Amanda Zamora  |  04:21 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Stephen Colbert, Herman Cain hold joint event in South Carolina

The “Rock Me Like a Herman Cain South Cain-Olina Primary Rally” is coming.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:05 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Newt Gingrich’s woman problem

The former House speaker has been polling poorly among women nationally, according to recent surveys.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:29 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Newt Gingrich targeted by fake CNN alert in South Carolina

It wouldn’t be South Carolina if there weren’t dirty tricks.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:19 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 01/20/2012

Election 2012: What should the primary role of government be in your life? Tell us with #MyGovernment

And which presidential candidate’s priorities align best with your view of good government?

By Amanda Zamora  |  11:48 AM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/20/2012

Newt Gingrich cancels SRLC appearance because of sparse attendance

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich canceled a planned appearance after only a handful of supporters and conference attendees showed up

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 01/20/2012

Romney campaign attacks Gingrich as ‘granddaddy of earmarks’

The former Massachusetts governor’s campaign is unloading on the former House speaker’s practice of pork-barrel spending.

By Philip Rucker  |  09:37 AM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 PM ET, 01/19/2012

2012 South Carolina GOP debate liveblog

All the updates on tonight’s Charleston debate and other campaign-trail developments.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:49 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:41 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Newt Gingrich releases his 2010 tax returns

The former House speaker releases his returns, as promised.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:41 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Mitt Romney to’99 percent’ protester: ‘America’s right and you’re wrong’

Romney got into a heated back-and-forth at a campaign event Thursday with a man who asked him what he would do to support America’s bottom “99 percent” of income earners.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:31 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Newt Gingrich looking confident in South Carolina

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  05:46 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Newt Gingrich: Rick Perry endorsement ‘will make a very big difference’

The former House speaker tells PBS that the Texas governor’s endorsement “will make a very big difference.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:24 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 01/19/2012

#2012Unfiltered at the South Carolina primary

Our team uses the iPhone app Instagram and the hashtag #2012Unfiltered to capture campaign trail scenes.

By Natalie Jennings  |  05:02 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 01/19/2012

GOP lawmaker blasts ‘erratic, self-serving narcissism’ of Newt Gingrich

Two days out from the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich’s past is haunting him like never before.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:16 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Rick Perry out, Santorum wins Iowa, Gingrich’s ex-wife speaks out: Can you predict what’s next in this race?

From Rick Perry’s announcement that he’s quitting the GOP race and throwing his support behind Newt Gingrich to Santorum’s Iowa win, there have been numerous developments in the GOP race. What’s next?

By Bethonie Butler  |  01:36 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Newt Gingrich: Ex-wife Marianne’s interview ‘tawdry and inappropriate’

Facing continued scrutiny of his personal life, Newt Gingrich called comments by his ex-wife Marianne Gingrich “tawdry and inappropriate.”

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  01:24 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Focus on Family founder James Dobson endorses Rick Santorum

The move, which had been expected for days, comes two days before the pivotal South Carolina primary.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:06 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Stakes raised for Mitt Romney ahead of Thursday night debate

Thursday morning was not a good one for Mitt Romney.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:24 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Marianne Gingrich, Newt Gingrich’s ex-wife tells ABC News: ‘He was asking to have an open marriage’

Marianne Gingrich tells ABC News in an interview to be aired Thursday night that the former House speaker “was asking to have an open marriage.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:19 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Rick Perry ends presidential campaign (Video, tweets)

Perry is expected endorse former House speaker Newt Gingrich upon his withdrawal from the race.

By Natalie Jennings  |  10:51 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Sen. Rob Portman endorses Romney

By Philip Rucker  |  10:49 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Republican Debate: Where and when to watch

The 2012 Republican candidates debate for the fourth time this month Thursday night in Charleston, S.C.

By Natalie Jennings  |  07:45 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Des Moines Register: Santorum edged Romney in Iowa by 34 votes

The Des Moines Register reported Thursday morning that Mitt Romney’s narrow lead in the Iowa caucuses disappeared when officials certified the vote count.

By Debbi Wilgoren  |  07:05 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Mitt Romney has millions of dollars in Caribbean tax haven, report says

Mitt Romney has millions of dollars invested in a Cayman Islands registry that allows him to minimize the amount of taxes he pays, ABC News reports.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:12 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Mitt Romney: Obama Keystone decision ‘shocking’

The presiden’ts move is “shocking” and “revealing,” Mitt Romney says.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:27 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Newt Gingrich to release tax returns Thursday; calls Romney campaign ‘dirty and dishonest’

An upbeat Newt Gingrich closed out a town hall meeting here Wednesday with a prediction that Mitt Romney’s campaign will come after him hard between now and Saturday.

By Dan Balz  |  04:25 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Mitt Romney likens Newt Gingrich to Al Gore

Mitt Romney calls Newt Gingrich’s job creation claims exagerrated, like like “Al Gore taking credit for the Internet.”

By Philip Rucker  |  02:24 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Santorum says the only woman he’s ever sat on a couch with is his wife

The claim is a not-so-subtle dig at Newt Gingrich, who appeared seated next to Democrat Nancy Pelosi in a 2008 ad on climate change.

By Roz Helderman  |  01:50 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Newt Gingrich food stamp, child janitor comments spark heated House floor debate

On the chamber’s second day back in session for 2012, lawmakers engaged in debate over some of Gingrich’s campaign-trail remarks.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:58 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Is Newt Gingrich surging in South Carolina?

Gingrich and his supporters are launching multiple ad campaigns to make the most of the momentum they say Gingrich gained from Monday’s debate.

By Amy Gardner  |  12:26 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Sarah Palin: I’d vote for Newt Gingrich in South Carolina

“If I had to vote in South Carolina, in order to keep this thing going, I’d vote for Newt,” Palin told Sean Hannity Tuesday night

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:20 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Rick Perry defends criticism of Turkey, charges that leaders ‘allow for honor killings’

Rick Perry isn’t walking back his criticism of Turkey – even after the foreign ministry for the U.S. ally called on the Texas governor and GOP White House hopeful to renounce his remarks.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:43 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Newt Gingrich vs. the negative ads – round two

For the former House speaker, South Carolina is deja vu all over again.

By Felicia Sonmez and T.W. Farnam  |  05:45 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Newt Gingrich says he’d be ‘delighted’ with Rick Santorum endorsement

The former House speaker says he’d be pleased to be endorsed by his rival, who remains in the GOP race.

By Felicia Sonmez and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:41 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Rick Perry debate remarks condemned by Turkish Foreign Ministry

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry is accusing the Texas governor of making “unfounded and inappropriate allegations” about the country at the GOP presidential debate Monday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:13 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Democratic National Convention to be shortened from four days to three

The length of the Democratic National Convention will be three days instead of four, Democrats announced Tuesday morning.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:40 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Mitt Romney to release tax returns, estimates rate at about 15 percent

The GOP presidential candidate estimates his tax rate to be at about 15 percent.

By Philip Rucker and Jia Lynn Yang  |  12:10 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Mitt Romney backs super PACs, but says ads should be accurate

The GOP front-runner told reporters that super PACs becoming larger than campaigns themselves is “a very bad idea.”

By Philip Rucker  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 01/17/2012

Rick Santorum still holding out hope for an Iowa win, two weeks after caucuses

The former Pennsylvania senator says he’s hopeful that the certified results will show him leading Mitt Romney.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:42 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 PM ET, 01/16/2012

2012 South Carolina primary debate liveblog

The latest updates on tonight's Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate in South Carolina.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:25 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 01/16/2012

South Carolina debate: Where and when to watch

How to follow Monday night’s debate between the Republican presidential candidates.

By Natalie Jennings  |  05:42 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 01/16/2012

Mitt Romney takes 23-point lead over GOP rivals in national Gallup poll

The former Massachusetts governor solidifies his GOP front-runner status.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:41 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 01/16/2012

Evangelical leaders’ vote to endorse Santorum was sharply divided, participants say

Several participants in the vote among evangelical leaders say the announced outcome of a strong backing for the former Pennsylvania senator is misleading.

By Karen Tumulty  |  01:27 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 01/16/2012

Jon Huntsman withdraws from 2012 presidential race (video)

Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr. is expected to quit the 2012 Republican presidential race today.

By Amanda Zamora  |  10:37 AM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 01/16/2012

Gingrich, Perry pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

The Republican presidential candidates recalled the slain civil rights leader’s courage and vision at a breakfast of community leaders.

By Dan Balz  |  10:22 AM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/16/2012

Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney faced off over 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics

The two GOP contenders have a history of rivalry — as well as of close family ties.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 01/16/2012

Jon Huntsman’s exit: Whom will it help?

Huntsman’s exit from the GOP race helps one person most: himself.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:00 AM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/15/2012

Rick Perry defends Marines accused of urinating on Afghan corpses

The Texas governor argued that the administration overreacted to the video.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:45 PM ET, 01/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 01/15/2012

Stephen Colbert super PAC hits Mitt Romney on Bain record (VIDEO)

“I’m exploring right now,” Colbert told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning. “I’m a one-man Lewis & Clark, and I’m just looking for my Sacagawea.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:33 AM ET, 01/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 01/15/2012

Huntsman, Romney win S.C. newspaper endorsements

The two GOP contenders win the backing of influential Palmetto State newspapers.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:17 AM ET, 01/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:50 PM ET, 01/14/2012

Mitt Romney gives cash to financially struggling woman at South Carolina rally

At a South Carolina rally, Mitt Romney responded to a woman’s tale of hard times by pulling cash out of his back pocket to help her pay her bills.

By Philip Rucker  |  07:50 PM ET, 01/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 01/14/2012

Mitt Romney’s complex relationship with religion, family explored in new book

In “The Real Romney,” due out Tuesday, veteran Boston Globe reporters portray a man defined by dichotomies.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:15 PM ET, 01/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 01/14/2012

Santorum wins support of evangelical leaders at Texas meeting

More than 150 evangelical leaders met Friday night to debate their preferred candidate in the GOP presidential race.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:17 PM ET, 01/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/14/2012

Warmer times for Santorum in S. Carolina

Though still trailing in polls, the socially conservative candidate draws more applause here than in New Hampshire.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Mitt Romney’s big week in @MentionMachine

The @MentionMachine leaderboard for the past week shows Romney with the momentum in S. Carolina.

By Natalie Jennings  |  05:09 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  @mentionmachine

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Rick Perry ballot challenge denied by Virginia judge

A federal judge in Virginia has rejected a lawsuit by Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and three other GOP presidential hopefuls challenging their disqualification for the Virginia primary ballot.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:16 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Mitt Romney S.C. radio ad makes pitch to Christian conservatives

The GOP presidential candidate woos South Carolina’s evangelical Christians with a new radio ad.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:55 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 01/13/2012

GOP freshmen grabbing big roles in 2012 primary race

An odd thing has happened along the campaign trail: House Republican freshmen, not leaders, have taken starring roles in the presidential primary.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:40 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry’s Bill Clinton problem

Gingrich and Perry are in a position that in some ways bears similarities to where Bill Clinton found himself at about the same point in the Democratic presidential primary.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:41 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 01/13/2012

Stephen Colbert hands super PAC to Jon Stewart, will run for president... of South Carolina

The comedian and Charleston native is forming an exploratory committee to run for President of the United States of South Carolina.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:07 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Grimm: Bain attacks on Romney must stop

Staten Island’s Michael Grimm is the latest Republican to call for an end to attacks on Romney’s tenure at Bain.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:48 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 01/12/2012

John McCain to Huckabee: I didn’t tell Thompson to stay in ’08 race

As the GOP primary moves to South Carolina, two of the 2008 presidential contenders are re-litigating an old fight.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:19 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Election 2012: Match the super PAC with the candidate (quiz)

Can you match the name of the super PAC with the candidate it supports?

By Felicia Sonmez and T.W. Farnam  |  02:31 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Mitt Romney picks up Missouri endorsements

Mitt Romney rounds up support in the Show Me State.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Rick Perry ‘vulture’ attack on Romney costs him influential S.C. supporter

The Texas governor’s criticism of the former Massachusetts governor as a “vulture capitalist” has cost him at least one prominent supporter.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:26 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 01/12/2012

Mitt Romney defends his work with Bain Capital

The GOP candidate conceded that some of the businesses his company took over shed jobs under his watch, but said that many more added jobs.

By Amy Gardner  |  11:55 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 01/12/2012

Newt Gingrich: South Carolina will be ‘Armageddon’

Gingrich says that the attacks in South Carolina will be fast and furious.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:19 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Gingrich camp defends candidate’s attacks on Romney’s Bain record

A spokesman for Newt Gingrich denies that the campaign is backing away from criticizing the front-runner’s work at Bain.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:51 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Jon Huntsman urges Republicans to halt Bain attacks on Romney

Huntsman on Wednesday joined the chorus of Republicans urging Mitt Romney’s opponents to tone down their attacks on the former Massachusetts governor over his time at Bain Capital.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  05:19 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Romney on Bain attacks: I didn’t expect Gingrich to be ‘first witness to the prosecution’

Romney says about the attacks on his Bain tenure: I didn’t expect Gingrich to be “first witness to the prosecution.”

By Amy Gardner and Felicia Sonmez  |  05:04 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Newt Gingrich strikes semi-populist tone in South Carolina

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  04:50 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Huntsman late N.H. surge lacked social media buzz of Santorum Iowa rally

Real-time conversation about Jon Huntsman never proved he had the “Huntsmentum” his campaign was predicting.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:57 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  @MentionMachine

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Newt Gingrich: If Mitt Romney wins South Carolina, ‘he’s probably going to be the nominee’

Gingrich makes a prediction about South Carolina.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:58 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Herman Cain: Rick Perry ‘wasn’t deep on any of the issues’

Cain says Perry had a lot of hoopla but not a lot of substance.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:59 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Mitt Romney looks ahead to Florida primary

Romney’s financial advantage will likely be be most useful in large states like Florida where he will be able to purchase expensive television advertising.

By T.W. Farnam  |  12:45 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Republican attacks on Mitt Romney’s Bain record blasted by Americans for Prosperity

Tea-party aligned Americans for Prosperity is denouncing GOP candidates’ criticism of Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:03 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Rick Perry doubles down on ‘vulture capitalist’ criticism of Mitt Romney

When it comes to the GOP battle over Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, it appears New Hampshire was only the beginning.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:29 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Mitt Romney: South Carolina not concerned about electing ‘pastor-in-chief’

Will South Carolina’s conservative GOP electorate be as welcoming to Mitt Romney as New Hampshire’s voters were? Romney hopes the answer is “yes.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:41 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Mitt Romney wins New Hampshire primary | Live updates

Updates, photos, video, tweets

By Felicia Sonmez, Natalie Jennings and Washington Post Campaign Team  |  11:00 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:59 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Ron Paul New Hampshire primary night speech (TEXT)

Ron Paul delivers remarks to supporters after his second-place finish.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:59 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:57 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Mitt Romney’s New Hampshire primary speech (TEXT)

The text of Mitt Romney’s New Hampshire primary victory speech.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:57 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Newt Gingrich accuses Mitt Romney of ‘looting’ during Bain tenure

“I’m for capitalism. ... I’m not for looting,” Gingrich says, doubling down on his criticism of Romney.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:15 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Mitt Romney’s chances in GOP race defended by top super PAC American Crossroads

After taking heat from his rivals in New Hampshire, tMitt Romney was defended by the super PAC American Crossroads.

By Dan Eggen  |  04:07 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 01/10/2012

New Hampshire primary: Voters head to the polls (video)

A time-lapse video of voters heading to the polls in Manchester.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:54 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Ron Paul faithful go to work ahead of the New Hampshire primary (VIDEO)

Ron Paul’s supporters are enthusiastic about their candidate.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:47 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Jon Huntsman: Mitt Romney is ‘a homeboy’ in New Hampshire

Huntsman sums up his rival’s advantage in the Granite State in one word.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:31 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney encounter the mayhem of New Hampshire primary day

Gingrich likened a protest scene at his campaign event to Mardi Gras, but “not nearly as much fun.”

By Amy Gardner and Philip Rucker  |  12:05 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 01/10/2012

Rick Santorum’s sweater vests become a fundraising incentive ahead of New Hampshire primary

Act now and you too can get your very own Rick Santorum sweater vest.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:27 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 01/10/2012

New Hampshire primary 2012: How to track candidates, results

Polls in New Hampshire are open! The PostPolitics team is here to guide you from the last-minute scenes to the poll results.

By Natalie Jennings  |  11:04 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 01/10/2012

One New Hampshire volunteer’s path to Santorum

A political junkie, stay-at-home dad and part-time political consultant crosses the New Hampshire primary off his bucket list.

By Karen Tumulty  |  09:02 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/10/2012

New Hampshire Primary Day: Midnight votes in Dixville Notch, Hart’s Location

It’s New Hampshire primary day!

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Newt Gingrich: Mitt Romney ‘owes all of us a press conference’ on Bain

It’s no-holds-barred now in the GOP presidential primary, as candidates try to capi­tal­ize on a Mitt Romney misstep.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:47 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Gingrich sees N.H. ‘wide open’ — for third place

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, campaigning Monday in Nashua, N.H., called New Hampshire a “wide open” race, at least for third place.

By Dan Balz  |  04:08 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Romney: ‘I like being able to fire people who provide services to me’

“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me,” Romney told a breakfast crowd Monday. “You know, if someone isn’t giving the good service, I want to say, ‘I’m going to go get someone else to provide this service, too.’ ”

By Philip Rucker  |  03:13 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rungrid1107

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Mitt Romney’s ‘fire people’ comment ignites more attacks from opponents

Romney’s answer to a question about health-insurance policy that included the remark is being criticized by his Republican and Democratic rivals and circulated widely in the blogosphere.

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:51 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Todd Palin endorses Newt Gingrich: Report

The First Dude likes what he sees in Newt Gingrich.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:54 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 01/09/2012

New Hampshire: Jon Huntsman’s Mitt Romney problem

The GOP primary candidate is facing a popular frontrunner with a home turf advantage.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:27 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Rick Santorum declines to hit Mitt Romney on Bain

The former Republican senator acknowledged Monday that a second-place finish for him in New Hampshire is unlikely.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  01:11 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 01/09/2012

Why New Hampshire Republicans have turned away from the tea party

The answer is a mix of the national and the local.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:02 AM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:35 PM ET, 01/08/2012

Ron Paul, riding momentum in N.H. polls, reaches out to undecided voters

The Republican presidential candidate sets his sights on voters who have not made up their minds — with mixed results.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:35 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 01/08/2012

Ron Paul: ‘Israel should be the Hong Kong of the Middle East’

Ron Paul defends his stance toward Israel at a campaign event in Meredith, N.H.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:56 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 01/08/2012

Mitt Romney says he feared getting ‘pink slip’

The Republican presidential candidate aggressively defended his work as a venture capitalist and told voters here Sunday that he personally has worried about being laid off.

By Philip Rucker  |  04:36 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 01/08/2012

Gingrich hits Romney on mortgage comment, reaches out to Hispanics

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:23 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 01/08/2012

Jon Huntsman riding wave of popularity from N.H. debate performance

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  03:15 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/08/2012

New Hampshire debate: Romney, Santorum on gay rights (video)

Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum hold firm to their opposition of same-sex marriage, but oppose discrimination.

By Amanda Zamora  |  12:45 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 01/08/2012

New Hampshire debate, round two: Mitt Romney fields sharp attacks from Republican candidates

Live blogging Facebook/Meet the Press debate

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:20 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Debates

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/08/2012

New Hampshire debate: Perry recalls three agencies to cheers (video)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry got a few laughs during Sunday’s Meet the Press / Facebook debate, but this time he was in on the joke.

By Amanda Zamora  |  12:15 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 01/08/2012

New Hampshire debate: Romney says ‘politics is not a career’ (video)

Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney found himself on the defensive for much of Sunday’s Meet the Press / Facebook debate.

By Amanda Zamora  |  11:45 AM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/08/2012

New Hampshire debate: Meet the Press / Facebook debate transcript

Full transcript of this mornings New Hampshire debate between the Republican presidential candidates

By  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 01/08/2012

2012 New Hampshire primary debate liveblog

Live updates on Saturday night’s ABC News/WMUR debate in Manchester.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:01 AM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 PM ET, 01/07/2012

2012 ABC/Yahoo!/WMUR New Hampshire GOP primary debate (Transcript)

The transcript for Saturday night’s New Hampshire debate.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:38 PM ET, 01/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 01/07/2012

Rick Santorum draws passionate reactions from all sides in New Hampshire

Rick Santorum may be more of a “full spectrum” conservative than he’d imagined.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  07:02 PM ET, 01/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 01/07/2012

Gingrich raring to go for Saturday’s debate

The onetime front-runner hosted a well-attended town hall in New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon.

By Amy Gardner  |  03:59 PM ET, 01/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 01/07/2012

Rick Santorum to get Gary Bauer endorsement Sunday

Leader in the social conservative movement is expected to endorse Santorum on Sunday in S.C.

By Dan Balz  |  03:32 PM ET, 01/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 01/07/2012

The view from Camp Huntsman: in ‘to the bitter end’

Huntsman held a meet-and-greet in Plymouth on Saturday afternoon — and many of his supporters were volunteers from out-of-state.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:30 PM ET, 01/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/07/2012

Romney warns N.H. supporters: Don’t take win for granted

Former governor leads handily in polls but reminds voters that such measures are ‘very fluid.’

By Philip Rucker  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 01/07/2012

Three days out from New Hampshire: Will voters choose the road less traveled?

The weekend brings a flurry of activity by GOP hopefuls, including pivotal debates tonight and tomorrow morning.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:40 AM ET, 01/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/07/2012

New Hampshire Republican debates: When and where to watch

By Natalie Jennings  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 PM ET, 01/06/2012

Romney defends his millions

A voter confronts Romney with an unusual question: would he be willing to give up some of his millions so middle-class Americans could get a tax cut?

By Philip Rucker  |  09:00 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:55 PM ET, 01/06/2012

Romney leads by double digits in N.H.: NBC/Marist poll

New N.H. poll has Romney pulling away from the pack, although Santorum’s support is also in the rise.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:55 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:44 PM ET, 01/06/2012

Ron Paul laying Nevada groundwork

The Texas Republican is hoping for a strong showing in the Silver State.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  07:44 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 01/06/2012

Rick Perry tweets photo of himself ‘just relaxing’ at shooting range

In what seems to be quickly becoming its own genre, Rick Perry tweeted the latest photo of himself Friday — a shot of the Texas governor firing a pistol at an Austin-area shooting range.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:31 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 01/06/2012

@MentionMachine: Media mentions count

Besides monitoring Twitter mentions, another major component of @MentonMachine is the data it supplies on media mentions of the 2012 candidates.

By Natalie Jennings  |  06:19 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  @MentionMachine

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 01/06/2012

Rick Santorum faces aggressive heckling from gay rights, Ron Paul and Occupy supporters

The barbs appearing to come from a combination of gay rights activists, Ron Paul supporters and Occupy Wall Street protesters. 

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  05:53 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 01/06/2012

Social conservatives may rally around Santorum before Florida — but could that be too late?

Could Rick Santorum face the same problem that Mike Huckabee faced in 2008?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:20 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 01/06/2012

Chris Christie, Tim Pawlenty to join Romney on the N.H. campaign trail

Romney will get some Jersey-style help this weekend in New Hampshire.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:16 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 01/06/2012

In new S.C. TV ad, Gary Bauer and pro-Israel group hit Ron Paul on foreign policy

A TV ad by Gary Bauer and a pro-Israel group knocks the candidate on foreign policy before the South Carolina primary.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:48 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 01/06/2012

Romney S.C. radio ad slams Obama on NLRB-Boeing dispute

The GOP presidential candidate takes aim not at his GOP primary rivals, but at President Obama, criticizing him on the NLRB-Boeing dispute.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:57 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Romney hammers Obama on economy, ignores jobs report

A better-than-expected jobs report did not stop the former Massachusetts governor from hammering the president on jobs in South Carolina.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:45 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2012, Mitt Romney, John McCain

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Four days before New Hampshire primary, Iowa tally not over yet

Did Mitt Romney really win Iowa?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Report: Santorum raises $2 million in two days since Iowa caucuses

Rick Santorum’s campaign has pulled in $2 million in the two days since the former Pennsylvania senator came just a hair shy of winning in Iowa.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:59 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 01/05/2012

The New Hampshire primary: Small state, big stage

Joel Achenbach tells our readers what makes New Hampshire’s primary pivotal.

By Natalie Jennings  |  06:41 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Rick Santorum compares same-sex marriage to polygamy, in spirited exchange at N.H. college

Rick Santorum took on a restive New Hampshire college audience over the issue of same-sex marriage.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  06:29 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 01/05/2012

McCain: ‘Stupid’ to dwell on past Romney criticism

Sen. John McCain said today that it was “foolishness, it’s stupid,” to dwell on his past criticisms of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

By Rachel Weiner  |  05:19 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, John McCain, Campaign 2012

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Ron Paul on Cordray appointment: ‘The president is not a dictator or a king’

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) on Thursday became the latest presidential hopeful to criticize President Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:37 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Sarah Palin to be closing speaker at CPAC conference

Sarah Palin will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 CPAC conference, marking the first time that the former Alaska governor will speak at the annual conservative gathering.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:44 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 01/05/2012

McCain blasts Santorum on ‘pork-barrel spending’

No sooner did Sen. John McCain endorse Mitt Romney than he slammed Rick Santorum for congressional earmarking.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:07 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Santorum says he was no ‘junior partner’ in Congress

The former Pennsylvania senator rejected a dismissive evaluation of his congressional record by rival Newt Gingrich.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  01:55 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Gingrich’s Florida campaign to be co-chaired by ex-gubernatorial hopeful Bill McCollum

Former congressman and 2010 gubernatorial hopeful Bill McCollum will spearhead the former House speaker’s Florida campaign.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:53 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 01/05/2012

Mitt Romney calls Obama a ‘crony capitalist’

Gop presidential candidate accused the president of engaging in “political payback” to the labor unions that have supported his campaigns.

By Philip Rucker  |  10:49 AM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 01/05/2012

John McCain to Newt Gingrich: ‘Politics isn’t beanbag’

Newt Gingrich is ‘very unhappy’ about campaign attacks, says Sen. John McCain, one day after endorsing Mitt Romney.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:28 AM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 01/05/2012

Gingrich: I’ll draw ‘direct and sharp’ contrast with Romney; no ‘negative baloney’

The former House speaker says the contrast will be focused on the issues, not on character attacks.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:23 AM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Santorum says fund-raising has taken off

Fresh off a photo-finish with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in Iowa, Rick Santorum attracts crowds and funds as he appeals for votes in New Hampshire.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  11:32 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Palin: Still trying to decide on a GOP candidate

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) said Wednesday night that she hasn’t yet settled on a GOP presidential contender, even though her former running mate, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), announced his endorsement of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) earlier in the day.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:46 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 PM ET, 01/04/2012

2012 New Hampshire primary debate liveblog

Live updates on Saturday night’s ABC News/WMUR debate in Manchester.

By Felicia Sonmez and Natalie Jennings  |  08:30 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Rick Perry Virginia ballot suit open to other GOP contenders, judge says

A Va. federal judge rules that three GOP presidential contenders can join Perry’s lawsuit challenging his disqualification from the state’s primary ballot.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:27 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 01/04/2012

How the #IAcaucus played out on Twitter | @MentionMachine

The @MentionMachine launched in time to illustrate the biggest story of the Iowa caucuses — Rick Santorum’s burgeoning momentum.

By Natalie Jennings  |  05:05 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  @MentionMachine

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Gingrich super PAC uses McCain ’08 Web ad ‘Two Mitts’ to slam Romney

Newt Gingrich is welcoming John McCain’s endorsement of Mitt Romney — by using the Arizona Republican’s own Web ad against him.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:23 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Santorum’s Iowa caucus speech (full text and video)

Rick Santorum’s caucus-night speech to supporters in Johnston, Iowa.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:43 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Mitt Romney braces for sharp attacks as New Hampshire primary approaches

Somehow the former Massachusetts governor has made it this far in the contest without facing a sustained assault.

By Philip Rucker  |  01:21 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Gingrich starts out mellow, then attacks Romney in N.H. appearance

The Republican presidential candidate meandered through a primer on the origins of our political system and the rights of Americans.

By Joel Achenbach  |  12:45 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Mitt Romney’s Iowa caucus speech (full text and video)

“On to New Hampshire!” former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney told supporters at the Hotel Fort Des Moines

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:45 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Rick Perry: ‘Here we come, South Carolina!’

Rick Perry says he’s heading to South Carolina, despite his fifth place finish in Iowa.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:50 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Time for the Huntsman surge?

Says Mary Kay Huntsman of her husband Jon: “He won’t be on the end of the stage here in New Hampshire. He’s not a shooting star, he’s a rising star.”

By Joel Achenbach  |  09:45 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Romney is ‘pretty pleased’ with Iowa win

But the GOP presidential candidate stopped short of boasting too much about what was effectively a tie with former senator Rick Santorum.

By Philip Rucker  |  09:41 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Perry spent more than $300 per vote in Iowa; Santorum, only 73 cents

Perry spent more than $300 per vote in Iowa; Santorum, only 73 cents Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) came in first place in Iowa — when it comes to money spent per vote.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Mitt Romney declared winner of Iowa caucuses (photos, video, tweets)

Photos, video, tweets from the campaign trail and caucus halls.

By Felicia Sonmez, Natalie Jennings and Amanda Zamora  |  02:38 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Santorum says ‘moderate’ McCain’s endorsement of Romney not a surprise

Santorum says ‘moderate’ McCain’s endorsement of Romney not a surprise

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:35 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Report: McCain to endorse Romney in New Hampshire on Wednesday

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will endorse former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s (R) presidential bid on Wednesday, BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith reports.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:33 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Palin: ‘Worst thing’ GOP can do is marginalize Ron Paul supporters

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) said Tuesday night that Republicans who would marginalize Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) are making a big mistake.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:51 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Obama addresses Iowa Democrats: Full text of remarks

President Obamaaddressed Iowa Democrats as their Republican counterparts worked to help pick who will face him in November.

By Terri Rupar  |  10:25 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Obama’s pitch to Iowa Democrats

Obama addresses Iowa Democrats via video.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:27 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:08 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Gingrich to run full-page ad in N.H. slamming Romney as ‘timid Massachusetts moderate’

Gingrich pledged in the strongest terms yet Tuesday that he plans to mount a more aggressive campaign to defend against the millions in negative TV ads that his rivals and their supporters have run in Iowa and elsewhere.

By Amy Gardner  |  09:08 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:27 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Iowa caucus trivia in tweets

When it comes to understanding the complicated Iowa caucus process and history, simpler explanations are better.

By Natalie Jennings  |  07:27 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Iowa caucus 2012: candidates, schedule and how it works

Here are the details you will need to follow the first nominating contest of the 2012 election.

By Natalie Jennings  |  06:15 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Newt Gingrich attacks Mitt Romney on the day of the Iowa caucus

Are Newt Gingrich’s attacks on Mitt Romney about to go over the top?

By Amy Gardner  |  04:10 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 01/03/2012

What happens if Mitt Romney comes in third in Iowa?

The expectations game can cut both ways for presidential candidates.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:57 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Obama vs. Obama — vs. Obama

Both Democrats and Republicans began Iowa caucus day Tuesday wanting to relive the magic of Barack Obama’s historic victory there four years ago.

By Peter Wallsten  |  12:15 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Rick Santorum’s closing argument in Iowa: Don’t settle

In the mad-dash final hours before Iowans caucus to choose who they think should be the Republican nominee for president, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum’s message has come down to this: Don’t settle for anything less than a pure conservative.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  11:40 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Iowa caucuses: Where are the candidates’ events on vote day?

Iowa caucus day is here!

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:18 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Mitt Romney kicks off Iowa caucus day with Des Moines

By Dan Balz  |  11:05 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Rick Santorum wins Rupert Murdoch endorsement

Murdoch is new to Twitter. He began tweeting on Saturday using the handle @rupertmurdoch.

By Beth Marlowe  |  09:14 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 01/03/2012

@MentionMachine tracks the presidential candidates: Who’s up, who’s down on Twitter?

In the 2012 campaign season, social media has been the writing on the wall. Now @MentionMachine monitors Twitter for political candidate mentions, revealing trends and spikes that show where the conversation is and why.

By Cory Haik, Amanda Zamora and Natalie Jennings  |  12:01 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  @MentionMachine

Posted at 10:19 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Is an upset in Gingrich’s future?

Even Newt Gingrich isn't sure, apparently. The Republican presidential candidate and former House speaker told reporters at a farm exhibit in Walford Monday: "I don't think I'm going to win.” But he later told campaign staff something different.

By Amy Gardner  |  10:19 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:22 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Romney to campaign in South Carolina

Candidate unveils plans for a campaign swing through South Carolina later this week, signaling that the southern state would be the next major battleground in the Republican presidential race.

By Philip Rucker  |  09:22 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Santorum implores Iowans to make sure a conservative is in the mix

The former Pennsylvania senator encouraged Iowans to make sure a conservative stays in the mix.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  09:14 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:24 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Mitt Romney in Iowa stop: Obama would ‘poison the very spirit of America’

Mitt Romney swooped through Marion, one of his Iowa strongholds, on Monday afternoon, rallying hundreds of supporters on the eve of the caucuses by attacking President Obama with some of the harshest rhetoric yet.

By Philip Rucker  |  08:24 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Santorum: Ron Paul belongs to ‘Dennis Kucinich wing of the Democratic Party’

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum (R) is swinging hard at Rep. Ron Paul as the Iowa caucuses loom, arguing that the Texas Republican’s views on foreign policy are more in line with liberal anti-war Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich than with the Republican Party.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:56 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Ron Paul: Fear and loathing on the campaign trail

Talk to an Iowa GOP caucus-goer about Ron Paul and you’ll witness the uneasy dynamic his ascendant candidacy has created within the politics of the Republican Party.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:27 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Ron Paul in Iowa: Rand and Ron offer double dose of liberty

If you want wall-to-wall press coverage of a campaign speech, hold a rally in the lobby of the downtown Des Moines Marriott, the main media hotel.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:44 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Santorum gets campaign boost from Jim Bob Duggar of ‘19 Kids and Counting’

Jim Bob Duggar, star of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” piled a dozen of his 19 children onto a bus with the words “Rick Santorum for President” emblazoned on the side and drove it to Iowa on Monday to support Santorum.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  01:56 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Ron Paul airs closing TV ad in New Hampshire

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:14 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Newt Gingrich in Iowa says Obama shouldn’t take 2012 salary

Gingrich called upon Obama to forgo his federal salary in 2012 because he will spend much of the year campaigning. He also questioned the president’s knowledge of the Constitution.

By Amy Gardner  |  12:12 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 01/02/2012

Mitt Romney in Iowa keeps focus on Obama

Mitt Romney doubled down on his pitch to Republicans in Iowa that he is the best-equipped candidate to defeat President Obama and to turn around the nation’s economy.

By Philip Rucker  |  11:32 AM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 01/02/2012

2012 Iowa caucus: Where are the candidates spending their final day of campaigning?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:03 AM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 AM ET, 01/02/2012

In ‘God’s country,’ Santorum wins converts

In some of Iowa’s deeply conservative pockets, previously undecided voters are increasingly turning to Rick Santorum as their pick. What won them over?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:55 AM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:04 PM ET, 01/01/2012

Santorum strikes religious, not economic, theme in small-town Iowa

The former Pennsylvania senator and GOP presidential hopeful delivered a speech heavily laden with religious imagery and marked by the kind of impassioned delivery that has made him an appealing choice among social conservatives in Iowa.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:04 PM ET, 01/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:44 PM ET, 01/01/2012

Romney compares Obama to Kardashians

The Republican presidential candidate dismisses President Obama as an empty man of false promises.

By Philip Rucker  |  07:44 PM ET, 01/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 01/01/2012

Mitt Romney: Santorum has spent his career in government

In his final Iowa push, Mitt Romney suggests that Rick Santorum lacks the private sector skills necessary to turn around the nation’s economy.

By Philip Rucker  |  06:00 PM ET, 01/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 01/01/2012

Gingrich: Romney ‘would buy an election, if he could’

Newt Gingrich today returned fire following a steady stream of negative ads from a super PAC backing Mitt Romney.

By Amy Gardner and Matt DeLong  |  05:51 PM ET, 01/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 01/01/2012

Rick Santorum appearance sparks tears, prayers in western Iowa

There were tears at Rick Santorum’s event today, but unlike at an earlier Newt Gingrich appearance, they were shed by Santorum supporters, not the candidate.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:11 PM ET, 01/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 01/01/2012

Gingrich event draws more press than Iowa voters

If there were 300 people in the Ames, Iowa restaurant, at least 200 were journalists.

By Amy Gardner  |  02:41 PM ET, 01/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 01/01/2012

Ron Paul denies ‘9/11 trutherism’ accusation

The Texas congressman got a bit heated today when he was asked about a longtime former aide’s accusations.

By Matt DeLong  |  12:35 PM ET, 01/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/01/2012

Bachmann: Iowa chairman’s defection shows her ‘momentum’

Rep. Michele Bachmann, trailing in the polls, said today that the defection of her Iowa chairman to Rep. Ron Paul’s camp shows her “momentum.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 01/01/2012

Will Rick Santorum’s ‘Ask, don’t tell’ message help with Iowa’s independent-minded voters?

Rick Santorum is trying to tap into Iowa voters’ famous independent-mindedness.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:52 AM ET, 01/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:14 PM ET, 12/31/2011

In Iowa, it’s ‘electability’ versus ‘sincerity’ – plus a dose of Ron Paul antipathy

In two Iowa cities Saturday, backers of Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum cited sharply contrasting priorities.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:14 PM ET, 12/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 PM ET, 12/31/2011

Iowa caucuses: Volunteers for Gingrich, Santorum, Bachmann scramble for votes

Campaign volunteers work furiously to line up support, as the caucus vote approaches.

By Amy Gardner  |  09:35 PM ET, 12/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:17 PM ET, 12/31/2011

Romney campaign greets Iowa poll results calmly, but candidate is in buoyant mood

Romney aides didn’t pop any champagne when the Des Moines Register poll showed their candidate in front. But the candidate himself is in a good mood.

By Philip Rucker  |  09:17 PM ET, 12/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:50 PM ET, 12/31/2011

Santorum on Register poll: ‘We’re the campaign with momentum’

Rick Santorum says new poll numbers from the Des Moines Register show Iowa conservatives are rallying around him as an alternative to Mitt Romney

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  08:50 PM ET, 12/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:10 PM ET, 12/31/2011

Romney pledges to veto federal DREAM Act for immigrants

For the first time, Mitt Romney said outright that he would veto a proposal that would provide a pathway to citizenship for certain illegal immigrants.

By Philip Rucker  |  08:10 PM ET, 12/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 12/31/2011

Four GOP presidential candidates join Perry challenge to Virginia primary ballot rules

Rep. Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman have joined Gov. Rick Perry’s challenge to Virginia primary ballot rules.

By Amy Gardner and Anita Kumar  |  04:32 PM ET, 12/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 12/31/2011

Santorum draws voters, media in small-town Iowa

His campaign has appeared gleeful about, if a little taken aback by, the sudden interest.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:09 PM ET, 12/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 12/31/2011

Three days out from Iowa caucuses: The Des Moines Register poll cometh

What’s in a poll? Pretty much everything, if it’s the Des Moines Register poll and you’re a GOP presidential hopeful.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:16 AM ET, 12/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 12/31/2011

Palin, Daniels, Barbour and Cain on what the GOP field should focus on in Iowa – and beyond

Four prominent GOP non-presidential contenders offer advice on what the party should focus on in Iowa – and beyond.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:31 AM ET, 12/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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