Post Politics: March, 2012

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Romney attacks ‘Barack Obama’s Government-Centered Society’ in Wisconsin speech

Speaking in Wisconsin, Mitt Romney delivers a passionate defense of America’s free enterprise system, which he said has been under attack by the Obama administration.

By Philip Rucker  |  04:40 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, economy, Wisconsin

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Romney under fire for PAC donation to anti-gay marriage group

A state PAC run by Mitt Romney gave $10,000 to a group that has come under scrutiny for plans to “drive a wedge” between African-Americans and gays, documents show.

By Dan Eggen  |  03:59 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Gay rights, Gay marriage

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

Romney, Ryan to campaign together in Wisconsin on Saturday

The House Budget Committee chairman will join the GOP front-runner at two events.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:08 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Army reprimands reservist who appeared onstage at Ron Paul Iowa rally

The soldier appeared onstage in uniform at Rep. Ron Paul’s January caucus-night rally in Iowa.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:41 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jess Thorsen, Iowa, presidential election, Republican Party

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Gingrich hails Paul Ryan endorsement as ‘great achievement’ for Romney

Newt Gingrich calls Rep. Paul Ryan’s endorsement of Mitt Romney a “great achievement” for the GOP frontrunner.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:09 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 03/30/2012

Will Newt Gingrich abide by RNC rules? (Friday’s Trail Mix)

How the campaign may try to fulfill a party requirement that any candidate nominated at the convention must have won at least five states.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:27 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:58 PM ET, 03/29/2012

At Jelly Belly HQ, Santorum slams Obama for ‘whispering off-camera’ to Medvedev

The former Pennsylvania senator delivered a blistering critique of President Obama’s foreign policy Thursday night.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:58 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 03/29/2012

With Kenny Rogers nod, George H.W. Bush endorses Romney in Houston

The former president quoted the son of Houston and country music legend in his endorsement of Mitt Romney.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  07:01 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 03/29/2012

John Kerry: GOP PACs want to ‘swiftboat’ Obama

Sen. John Kerry notes a $3 million donation to a super PAC supporting Mitt Romney from Texan Bob Perry, who helped fund the “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” ads that attacked Kerry in 2004.

By Dan Eggan  |  05:45 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Sheldon Adelson meets with Romney backers, says Newt Gingrich is ‘at the end of his line’

The billionaire backing Newt Gingrich may be reconsidering his support of the former House speaker’s struggling campaign.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:03 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Romney, Obama to address Newspaper Association of America conference next week

Obama and Romney are among the featured guests at the Newspaper Association of America conference in Washington, D.C.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:03 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Spotted: ‘Senator Marco Rubio Stands With Mitt’ web ad

Less than 12 hours after the rising GOP star announced his endorsement of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor’s camp is up with a Web ad touting the move.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:06 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Santorum to deliver foreign policy address at Jelly Belly headquarters

The former senator is bringing his campaign to the jelly bean company headquarters in an homage to Ronald Reagan.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:47 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:23 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Gingrich fields question from former child janitor at Georgetown event

Offended alum confronts struggling candidate over statement, made in the earlier days of the campaign, that poor students should work as child janitors.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  07:23 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Medvedev comment marks second time in a week Romney chided for campaign trail rhetoric

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said a comment by Romney about Russia “smells of Hollywood.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:02 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 03/28/2012

George H.W. Bush to endorse Romney on Thursday

The former president becomes the latest establishment Republican to rally behind the GOP frontrunner.

By Philip Rucker and Felicia Sonmez  |  11:41 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, George H.S. Bush, Republican Party, presidential election

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Newt Gingrich: ‘Romney has to earn this’

Former House speaker says he’s staying in the GOP presidential race and not conceding the nomination to Mitt Romney.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:57 PM ET, 03/27/2012

What does Romney really think of Santorum?

During an appearance on “The Tonight Show,” Romney said what he really thinks of Rick Santorum.

By Philip Rucker  |  08:57 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:44 AM ET, 03/27/2012

How much will health care matter in 2012? (Tuesday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | It’s worth keeping in mind that even as the economy shows signs of improvement, economic issues remain paramount on voters’ minds.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  07:44 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Newt Gingrich: I’m staying in the race

The former House speaker says he’s not dropping out until Mitt Romney secures 1,144 delegates.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:02 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Republican presidential debate, ‘South Park’-style

Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul get the “South Park “ treatment.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:48 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Romney assails ‘Obamacare’ as part of broader ‘attack on economic freedom’

The GOP front-runner admonished the law and cast it as part of a broad federal overreach by Obama.

By Philip Rucker  |  02:43 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/26/2012

On Supreme Court steps, Rick Santorum slams Mitt Romney as lacking credibility on health care

Santorum's camp is seizing on Monday’s oral arguments on the national health-care overhaul to slam Romney.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Mitt Romney calls Obama’s open-mike comment to Medvedev ‘alarming and troubling’

The GOP frontrunner slammed Obama for an unscripted moment with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

By Philip Rucker and Felicia Sonmez  |  02:25 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Santorum to campaign at Supreme Court

Santorum is bringing his campaign to the steps of the Supreme Court Monday, the first day of oral arguments on the constitutionality of the national health-care law.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:19 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Where is Ron Paul? (Monday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | If you’ve noticed that Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) seems to be keeping a lower profile lately, you’re not alone.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:41 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 03/25/2012

Obama adviser smacks down Gingrich’s comments on Trayvon Martin

David Plouffe fired back in unusually harsh terms Sunday in response to former House speaker Newt Gingrich.

By Matt DeLong  |  11:31 AM ET, 03/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Santorum on potential 2016 bid: Are you kidding me?

Former senator Rick Santorum dismissed the notion that he may run for president again in 2016 if his current bid doesn’t pan out.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:23 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Santorum, presidential election, Republican Party

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Obama gives people reason to believe he’s Muslim, Gingrich says

The statement at an event in Louisiana comes as Gingrich struggles to stay relevant in the GOP nominating contest.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:30 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Trayvon Martin case has been poorly handled, Santorum says

“Well, ‘Stand Your Ground’ is not doing what this man did,” Santorum said at a campaign event in Louisiana.

By Felicia Sonmez and Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:45 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Rick Santorum

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Romney attacks ‘Obamacare’ ahead of Louisiana primary

Mitt Romney gave a forceful denunciation of President Obama’s signature health care law in Louisiana on the two-year anniversary of its signing.

By T.W. Farnam  |  02:12 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Santorum to campaign in Wisconsin this weekend

The GOP presidential hopeful heads to the next big battleground state.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:27 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Can Mitt Romney win over Louisiana conservatives? (Friday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | A suggestion by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) that Romney is looking more and more like the nominee could be a sign that conservatives are coalescing.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Romney camp: Santorum is ‘Obama’s MVP’

Mitt Romney’s campaign makes the case that Rick Santorum is only helping Democrats by staying in the race.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:42 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Romney aide jokes about rise in Etch A Sketch stock

Eric Fehrnstrom tweeted Thursday afternoon, ‘I’ll mention Mr. Potato Head next.’

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:32 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Etch a Sketch: The trend that can’t be erased (and other metaphors)

A meme of this magnitude — and propensity to inspire metaphors — deserves a name. Dana Milbank called it a “Toy Story” and variations of Etch a Sketch-gate have been tossed around. What should we dub the flap?

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:53 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/22/2012

‘Romney’s tough words toward China sound very empty,’ writes Chinese newspaper chief

Hu Xijin writes in Foreign Policy that Mitt Romney’s rhetoric on China amounts to “hollow threats.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Nikki Haley to campaign for Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania

Haley will visit Camp Hill, Pa., on Friday to address the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, an annual conservative summit, on Romney’s behalf.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:43 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Negative ads: Is it the campaigns, or the super PACs? (Thursday’s Trail Mix)

Trail Mix: The super PACs, not the candidates, are the ones airing the most negative ads in the race.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:48 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Romney on Etch A Sketch-gate: ‘The issues I’m running on will be exactly the same’

The former Massachusetts governor took a question from reporters in the hope of tamping down the media firestorm.

By Aaron C. Davis and Felicia Sonmez  |  06:17 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  juvenile sentencing, minors, capital crimes

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Santorum slams Romney for aide’s ‘Etch A Sketch’ comments

The general election may be the Etch A Sketch phase of the presidential campaign, but the GOP primary remains in Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots mode.

By Felicia Sonmez and Nia-Malika Henderson  |  03:47 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Will Mitch Daniels be the next influential GOPer to endorse?

The Indiana governor isn’t likely to jump into the endorsement game any time soon.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:47 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Romney adviser: Campaign is like an Etch A Sketch

Erich Fehrnstrom said Wednesday that “you can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again” in the fall general election campaign.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:28 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Ron Paul to Jay Leno: Secret Service protection is ‘a form of welfare’

“Well, it’s a form of welfare,” Paul said when asked byJay Leno why he doesn’t have Secret Service protection.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:25 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ron Paul, Jay Leno, Secret Service

Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Mitt Romney still has work to do after Illinois win (Wednesday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | Tuesday’s big win was a boost for Romney, but exit polls suggest the electorate remains dissatisfied.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:14 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Mitt Romney goes on attack (Speech transcript, video)

Mitt Romney was relaxed and sunny as he laid into President Obama Tuesday night, fresh off his second big win in less than a week.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:37 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2012, Rick Santorum

Posted at 10:26 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Rick Santorum: ‘Big things are adrift’ (Video, Speech transcript)

Rick Santorum gave a rambling, populist speech after losing the Illinois primary, one that showed he has no intention of dropping out of the race.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:26 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2012, Rick Santorum

Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Pro-Romney super PAC gets donations from seven payday lenders

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:09 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:55 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Record low voter turnout in Chicago

By Felicia Sonmez  |  07:55 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Obama shouldn’t have let his daughter go to Mexico, Santorum says

By Felicia Sonmez  |  07:43 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Illinois election officials: Ballot problem will likely delay GOP primary results

The problem in some counties: the ballots are too wide to fit in the optical scanning machines, which tally the votes.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  02:20 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Illinois, presidential election, Illinois primary, Republican Party

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Paul Ryan: My budget won’t hurt GOP presidential hopefuls

The House Budget Committee chairman said Tuesday that he doesn’t expect his new plan to harm the GOP presidential nominee come November.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:41 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 03/20/2012

John McCain: Mitt Romney ‘has not done as well as we had hoped’

The Arizona senator says he thinks Romney will win Illinois today but acknowledges that the former Massachusetts governor has not lived up to expectations.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:24 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:48 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Illinois primary day: Can Santorum’s attacks bring down Romney? (Tuesday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | The Santorum camp is throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Mitt Romney, who is the favorite in today’s primary in Illinois.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  07:48 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Romney: ‘I don’t see how a young American can vote for a Democrat’

Romney told an Illinois crowd that when it comes to the issue of federal spending, Republicans are the party that’s on the side of young people.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:13 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Rick Santorum invokes spirit of Ronald Reagan in Illinois campaign push

In a last-minute campaign push in Reagan’s hometown, Santorum cast himself as the GOP race’s true conservative.

By Dan Balz  |  03:48 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Mitt Romney at University of Chicago: Obama’s policies attack ‘economic freedom’

In a speech at the University of Chicago, Romney said Obama had “attacked the cornerstone of American prosperity.”

By Philip Rucker  |  02:59 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Santorum to spend Illinois primary night in Gettysburg, Pa.

The move suggests his presidential campaign is not necessarily banking on a win in the Land of Lincoln on Tuesday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:46 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Coming off Puerto Rico win, Romney pushes hard in Illinois

The former Massachusetts governor is leading in the polls, and in an effort to drive up turnout among his supporters, is crisscrossing the state today.

By Philip Rucker  |  02:35 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Rpmney, Illinois, Illinois primary' presidential election, Republican Part

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Sen. Scott Brown pokes fun at Santorum, Romney at South Boston roast

The Republican senator had a little fun at Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum’s expense Sunday at the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day political roast, a ritual of Massachusetts politics.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:30 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Rick Santorum’s camp hits Mitt Romney on Bain tenure

The criticism comes two months after Santorum defended Romney from similar attacks by Newt Gingrich and then-candidate Rick Perry.

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

Posted at 12:10 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Mitt Romney stumps in Illinois ahead of primary

Mitt Romney looks ahead to the general election, joking that he may win all 50 states and even contest President Obama’s overwhelmingly Democratic home town of Chicago.

By Philip Rucker  |  12:10 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 03/18/2012

Mitt Romney courts women voters in Illinois, calls Obama and Santorum ‘economic lightweights’

“This president doesn’t understand the economy,” Romney said

By Philip Rucker  |  02:04 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 03/18/2012

Rick Santorum: Obama administration is soft on pornography

Former senator defends statement that Obama’s Justice Department “seems to favor pornographers over children and families.”

By Matt DeLong  |  01:30 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 03/18/2012

Mitt Romney on gas prices: Fire the ‘gas hike trio’

Mitt Romney said Sunday there is “no question” that President Obama is to blame for rising gas prices.

By Matt DeLong and Philip Rucker  |  11:25 AM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:56 PM ET, 03/17/2012

Ahead of Ill. primary, Romney blasts Obama on gas prices, defends his own wealth

Calling the president an “economic lightweight,” Romney said Obama is now noticing the public anger and political damage the pump prices have caused.

By Dan Balz  |  08:56 PM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 03/17/2012

In Puerto Rico, Romney and statehood inextricably linked

The candidate’s short stump speeches were infused with the Caribbean island’s hopes of becoming the 51st U.S. state.

By Philip Rucker  |  02:24 PM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 03/16/2012

John Kerry tied to controversial Bain Capital investment

Both Mitt Romney and former presidential candidate John Kerry have invested in a company that

By Tom Hamburger  |  06:32 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Obama visits Chicago, Atlanta for fundraising blitz

President Obama is out on the trail Friday, holding a series of fundraisers in Atlanta and his political home base of Chicago.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:28 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Christie stumps for Romney in Illinois

Challenging the argument that Mitt Romney’s wealth is somehow disqualifying, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said, “Do we really want a failure in the White House?”

By Dan Balz  |  03:06 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Newt Gingrich’s campaign: Good for the GOP? | @MentionMachine

One argument for Gingrich extending his longshot bid is reinforced when closely inspecting @MentionMachine and other social media analytics.

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:57 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  @MentionMachine

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Mitt Romney to return to Illinois this weekend

Polls show Romney and former senator Rick Santorum locked in a tight race in the state.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:36 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Puerto Ricans slam Santorum for saying the territory should adopt English if it wants statehood

The GOP contender was blasted for saying that if the U.S. territory wants statehood, it must adopt English as its main language.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:02 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Chris Christie to campaign for Romney in Illinois on Friday

The New Jersey governor will stump for the GOP frontrunner in a key primary state.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:55 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Chris Christie, Illinois, Illinois primary, presidential election, Republican Party

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Romney to Fox News: ‘I don’t think you’re shilling for anyone’

The former Massachusetts governor defended the network from an accusation made by Rick Santorum.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:09 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Republican race is ‘between Mitt Romney and a deadlocked convention,’ Talent says

A top Romney surrogate, former Missouri senator Jim Talent, sketches out what he says is the Republican choice.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:20 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, presidential election, Republican Part

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Quiz: Which Republican candidate matches your beliefs?

So who should you choo

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:56 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/15/2012

At Illinois GOP dinner, a gloomy Gingrich bemoans ‘methodically and deliberately stupid’ political system

The former House speaker delivered a gloomy speech Wednesday night near Chicago.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 03/15/2012

One Illinois Republican voter’s journey to a presidential pick

Richard Waddell, a retired engineer and salesman of industrial storage equipment, is a former Romney supporter, who considered switching to the Gingrich camp for a while before going with his son’s pick — Santorum.

By Paul Kane  |  06:30 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Illinois Republican primary, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Barack Obama

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Crowd or no crowd, Gingrich soldiers on after Mississippi, Alabama losses

At Gingrich’s first event after his Deep South losses this week, there were all the trappings of a campaign event, except one – the supporters.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:22 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Why Rick Santorum isn’t guaranteed to win Newt Gingrich’s supporters

The answer has everything to do with electability.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:22 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Rick Santorum’s moral appeal

TRAIL MIX | Electability wasn’t enough to win GOP primaries in Alabama, Mississippi.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:12 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Alabama Gov.: Romney’s Mormon religion 'a problem' in GOP primary

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:43 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Gingrich camp lays out half-time strategy

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:09 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:17 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Romney slams Obama on the economy at Missouri event

By Felicia Sonmez  |  07:17 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Romney: Rick Santorum is ‘at the desperate end of his campaign’

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:29 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Alabama, Mississippi primaries: No Romney speech likely

The former Massachusetts governor isn’t likely to deliver remarks as tonight’s results roll in.

By Felicia Sonmez and and Jerry Markon  |  04:23 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 03/13/2012

On day of Deep South primaries, Romney goes to Missouri

His decision to skip Alabama and Mississippi today may be an effort to lower expectations in the two states.

By Jerry Markon  |  02:08 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Rick Santorum, former Fox News contributor, accuses Fox News Channel of ‘shilling’ for Mitt Romney

The GOP presidential contender unloaded on his former employer on Brian Kilmeade’s radio show.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:23 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Gingrich stays on, sets sights on state votes to come

Gingrich had predicted victories in nearby Alabama and Mississippi, but advisers say that even a "strong" showing was enough to go on.

By Amy Gardner  |  01:02 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Mississippi primary: Light turnout, glitches at the polls

Polls in Mississippi have been open for five hours, and the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports that there have been a few mishaps, including late-opening polls in a few precincts.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:29 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Alabama Gov. Bentley votes for Rick Santorum

The endorsement comes just as voters are going to the polls in the Yellowhammer State’s presidential primary.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:21 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Will Newt Gingrich’s gas price promise pay off? (Tuesday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | Would the former House speaker be able to deliver on his promise of $2.50-a-gallon gasoline as president? Let us know your thoughts.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:47 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, Alabama primary, Mississippi, Mississippi primary, gasoline prices, oil

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Gas prices, Afghanistan, federal budget: Which issue is most important to you? (Poll)

President Obama’s highest disapproval ratings came when asked about gas prices, and his highest approval ratings were on Afghanistan. So how will voters decide how to cast their vote in the fall?

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reader poll

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Rick Santorum says U.S. owes apology in Afghanistan killings

The slayings of 16 Afghan civilians on the heels of a wave of violence that broke out after the Koran burnings has brought the Afghanistan conflict to the forefront.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:01 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich vie for southern delegates (Monday’s Trail Mix)

Will Santorum be able to translate the momentum from his wins Saturday into wins in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 03/11/2012

Rick Santorum: Romney ‘doesn’t tell the truth’ on health care

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:50 AM ET, 03/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:24 PM ET, 03/10/2012

Santorum gambles on shifting away from economy amid signs of recovery

Santorum is arguing that maybe it’s not the economy after all, stupid.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:24 PM ET, 03/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:16 PM ET, 03/10/2012

Romney camp claims victory in Saturday’s delegate count

Rick Santorum may have won the Kansas GOP caucuses, but Mitt Romney’s camp is touting Saturday’s overall delegate haul.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:16 PM ET, 03/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:54 PM ET, 03/10/2012

Kansas county GOP chairman on Romney: ‘Apparently, he chose to go to Guam today’

Some in Wichita are wondering whether the former Massachusetts governor has been less focused on deep-red Kansas than on the distant territory of Guam.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  07:54 PM ET, 03/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 03/10/2012

Santorum wins Kansas GOP caucuses

The win is a boost to Santorum as he tries to make the case for a one-on-one race against Mitt Romney.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:38 PM ET, 03/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Mitt Romney wins Guam

The former Massachusetts governor gets all nine of Guam's delegates.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:59 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Santorum sketches out a path forward in the delegate race

Rick Santorum says there are still plenty of unknowns in the delegate race that could allow him to push ahead of Mitt Romney.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:59 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Gingrich vows to stay in race

The GOP presidential hopeful did not look like a man wrapping up his campaign at a rally in Gulfport, Miss.

By Krissah Thompson  |  07:03 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Santorum blasts Romney: ‘Who do you trust?’

Rick Santorum wants a one-on-one battle against Mitt Romney for the GOP nod -- and he’s stepping up his attacks on the Republican frontrunner.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:35 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney: Kansas, Kansas politics, presidential election, Republican party

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Westboro Baptist Church picketers show up at Santorum’s Topeka event

More than a dozen members of the Westboro Baptist Church, which is considered a hate group, showed up Friday afternoon outside a Rick Santorum campaign event in Topeka, Kan.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:32 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Mitt Romney makes no mention of positive jobs report

In a campaign appearance in Jackson, Miss., Mitt Romney crtitized Obama’s handling of the economy without mentioning the new, positive jobs report

By David Fahrenthold  |  03:10 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Ron Paul: Unemployment rate is ‘probably closer to 20 percent’

Friday’s jobs report was only a token sign of progress for the economy, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) said at a campaign event in Kansas.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:27 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Is Gingrich winning over Southern voters?

Newt Gingrich, who has staked the future of his campaign on winning in Mississippi and Alabama next week, is seeing his focus pay off.

By Krissah Thompson  |  01:23 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Mitt Romney wins support of former Alabama governor Bob Riley

The endorsement gives Romney’s campaign the backing of a top Republican in one of the Deep South states that vote next week

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:02 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:42 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Who will win rural Kansas? (Friday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are both barnstorming the Sunflower State ahead of Saturday’s GOP caucuses.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:42 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:22 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Santorum says he could knock Gingrich out of race quickly

Rick Santorum says that if he could force Gingrich out of the race by a strong showing in the next week’s primaries, he would still have a chance to overtake front-runner Mitt Romney — despite Romney’s lead in the all-important delegate count.

By David Fahrenthold  |  08:22 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Romney plays up Southern connections

The former Massachusetts governor held his first rally in Mississippi on Thursday evening, in Port of Pascagoula.

By Krissah Thompson  |  06:41 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Rick Santorum’s delegate woes: Trying hard in some states; in others, not so much

The Santorum campaign’s organizational missteps mean he’s out at least 30 delegates in upcoming races.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:57 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Is it time for Republicans to elect the ‘most conservative’ candidate? (Voters’ voices)

Primary voters say attempts to elect a moderate Republican in recent elections have failed, and that it may be time for a ‘true conservative.’

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:32 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Gingrich dances; rallies seeking to keep campaign alive in Mississippi

The former House speaker also spent his first night on the campaign trail in Mississippi dancing with his wife Callista.

By Krissah Thompson  |  11:16 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Matt Romney to visit Guam, Northern Mariana Islands

Mitt Romney’s second son is stumping for his dad on two U.S. territories that will hold GOP caucuses this weekend.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:39 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Who’s winning the women’s vote? (Thursday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | There wasn’t a big gender gap in Tuesday’s primaries, but if you dig a little deeper, there’s some bad news for Rick Santorum.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:48 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Santorum, Super Tuesday, polls, Republican Party, Mitt Romney, presidentail election

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Santorum: Romney thinks he’s ‘ordained by God’ to win Republican nod

“If the governor thinks he’s now ordained by God to win, then let’s just have it out,” Rick Santorum said of Mitt Romney.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:44 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Kansas, Kansas politics, presidential election, Republican Party

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Gingrich pumps gas in Alabama, chides Obama on energy policy

Gingrich stopped at a Texaco gas station to film a YouTube video, where he again promised to get gas down to $2.50 per gallon.

By Krissah Thompson  |  05:26 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Newt Gingrich intensifies Deep South strategy, shifting resources to Alabama, Mississippi

Newt Gingrich is canceling campaign events scheduled for Kansas at the end of the week to shore up support in Alabama and Mississippi.

By Krissah Thompson  |  11:55 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Newt Gingrich, Super Tuesday, presidential election, Republican Party

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Romney campaign argues his delegate lead is nearly insurmountable

Mitt Romney’s top aides moved aggressively Wednesday to argue that Romney had won more than half of all delegates awarded to date.

By Philip Rucker  |  11:03 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:56 AM ET, 03/07/2012

What Georgia means for Newt Gingrich and the GOP race (Wednesday’s trail mix)

Never mind the states Romney or Santorum won Tuesday night. It’s Gingrich’s victory in his home state of Georgia that could have the biggest impact on the race.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:56 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Mitt Romney: Super Tuesday speech (Transcript, video)

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney delivered his Super Tuesday remarks from Boston on Tuesday night after winning primaries in Vermont, Virginia and Massachusetts.

By Kenneth W. Smith Jr.  |  12:15 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Newt Gingrich’s Super Tuesday speech (full transcript, video)

Newt Gingrich greeted cheering supporters in Atlanta, Ga., after picking up a primary win in his home state. Read the full text of Gingrich’s speech.

By Amanda Zamora  |  11:40 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Rick Santorum’s Super Tuesday speech (full transcript, video)

By Amanda Zamora  |  10:27 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Ron Paul: Super Tuesday speech (Transcript, video)

Ron Paul spoke in North Dakota on Tuesday night, March 6, as results were coming in from the Super Tuesday primaries.

By Kenneth W. Smith Jr.  |  10:21 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:57 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Only Romney sends surrogates to Tennessee GOP event

Rick Santorum won the Tennessee primary, but Mitt Romney’s surrogates were putting a positive spin on his loss.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  09:57 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Earmarks? Taking one for the team? Not such a bad thing, say some Santorum backers (voices)

“Either Romney doesn’t understand that or he’s being disingenuous,” says one Santorum supporter.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  07:34 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Santorum, Ohio, Ohio primary, Super Tuesday

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 03/06/2012

A voter suggestion: Gingrich should be White House ideas man, not president

“He should sit there and just ... write every one down,” Tennessee voter says of Gingrich. She cast her ballot for Romney.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  05:34 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Super Tuesday: In Tennessee, some Santorum fans

Among the major Super Tuesday states, Tennessee’s contest is the one where former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum had been, for a time at least, doing best.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:49 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tennessee, Super Tuesday, Rick Santorum

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Super Tuesday: Ohio voters passionate about Obama, if not the GOP field

But when it comes to the GOP field, voters in North Canton are a little less than enthusiastic.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:58 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ohio, Ohio primary, Super Tuesday, presidential election, Republican Party

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Gingrich, at Space Camp in Huntsville: ‘America has a destiny in space’

Speaking at Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., Gingrich says, “America has a destiny in space. That’s who we are.”

By Amy Gardner  |  03:39 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Newt Gingrich, Space exploration, presidential campaign, Super Tuesday, Republican Party

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Super Tuesday: For Ohio voters, it’s still (mostly) about the economy

Voters in the Buckeye State go to the polls today, and the economy’s still foremost on their minds.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:07 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Super Tuesday: Washington Post covers Republican primary results

By Washington Post Staff  |  10:39 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Super Tuesday: Tell us about the scene in the Republican primary battlegrounds | #VoteWatch

You can help us complete our coverage of Super Tuesday by sending photos and descriptions.

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:45 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Democratic senator chides Romney for ‘overheated’ rhetoric on Iran

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) issued a pointed statement singling out Romney on Monday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:10 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Super Tuesday — and a bump in the delegate road for Santorum (Tuesday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX I Santorum’s camp has repeatedly brushed aside the fact that he is forfeiting a lot of delegates in Ohio and Virginia.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Georgian voters set to deliver state’s delegates to ... whom?

State’s delegate share is the largest on Super Tuesday.

By Krissah Thompson  |  11:09 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Cain: Gingrich gas plan the new ‘9-9-9’

Former GOP candidate hails Gingrich’s promise to push the price of a gallon of gas under $2.50, or as the Georgia businessman puts it: “Two-Five-Zero.”

By Amy Gardner  |  10:43 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Across the country, volunteers gear up for big Election Day

Away from the rallies and the candidate meet-and-greets, a presidential campaign looks like this:

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  10:03 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Mitt Romney rallies electric crowds in Idaho

The candidate who critics say can’t excite Republicans did just that when he touched down in Idaho for a quick rally.

By Philip Rucker  |  05:40 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Ann Romney: ‘Heavyweight champion’

After Mitt Romney called his wife a “heavyweight” at an Ohio event, Ann Romney took the microphone and played along.

By Philip Rucker  |  04:03 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 03/05/2012

In Ohio, Santorum blasts Romney for ad spending, says voters don’t trust him

Santorum returned to his criticism of Romney’s conservative record, contending that his GOP rival is a political opportunist who shifts course depending on what’s “fashionable” at the time.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:38 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Newt Gingrich touts surge in Tennessee polls, predicts Georgia win

Gingrich touted positive polls in Tennessee and predicts win in Georgia. But he acknowledged that without his home state, his bid could die.

By Amy Gardner  |  01:32 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Mitt Romney asked if Cantor endorsement comes with flame-retardant hairspray

Question was asked by an Ohio voter.

By Philip Rucker  |  01:32 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Santorum loss in Ohio would make it ‘more difficult’ for him to win nomination, Portman says

“I think it’s more damaging to Rick Santorum if he doesn’t win” in Ohio, Sen. Rob Portman, a Romney supporter, said to reporters.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:07 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Ohio, Rick Santorum and the fight for the middle class (Monday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | Can Rick Santorum win middle class voters in Ohio and other Super Tuesday states?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 03/04/2012

In South, Mitt Romney’s attacks against rivals more subtle

Mitt Romney campaigned Sunday in his most unfriendly territory – the South.

By Philip Rucker  |  04:21 PM ET, 03/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 03/04/2012

Mitt Romney says Iran ‘will have a nuclear weapon’ if Obama reelected

 Romney’s comments came just over an hour after Obama urged Israel and its American supporters to give sanctions a chance.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:25 PM ET, 03/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 03/04/2012

Rick Santorum says ‘survivor’ campaign must now narrow to two candidates

GOP hopeful shrugs off tightening polls in Super Tuesday states and hints that Gingrich should bow out.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:12 PM ET, 03/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/04/2012

Rick Santorum on ballot troubles: We’ve had ‘very limited resources’

Santorum defended himself from charges made by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s (R) camp that he has “flunked” the campaign organization test.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:07 PM ET, 03/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 03/04/2012

‘SNL’ lampoons Mitt Romney’s Michigan victory (video)

VIDEO | Days after Mitt Romney eked out a victory in his home state, ‘Saturday Night Live’ satirized the event in its opening sketch.

By Matt DeLong  |  11:54 AM ET, 03/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 03/04/2012

Newt Gingrich: Rush Limbaugh was right to apologize to Sandra Fluke

Newt Gingrich on Sunday said he was glad Rush Limbaugh apologized to Sandra Fluke for calling her a slut.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:01 AM ET, 03/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/04/2012

Barbara Bush records robo-calls for Mitt Romney in Ohio, Vermont

The former first lady has recorded a message for automated calls to Ohio voters urging them to support Romney in Tuesday's Republican presidential primary.

By Philip Rucker  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 PM ET, 03/03/2012

Romney campaign says Santorum ‘flunked’ organization test

Romney’s team says rival failed organization test, leaving him at a disadvantage on Super Tuesday.

By Philip Rucker  |  11:00 PM ET, 03/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 PM ET, 03/03/2012

Romney wins Washington caucus

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) has won the Washington state straw poll, the Associated Press projected Saturday night.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:53 PM ET, 03/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:33 PM ET, 03/03/2012

Obama to deliver commencement address at Barnard College

The announcement comes after the president stepped into a debate over religious-affiliated institutions and contraception.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:33 PM ET, 03/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 03/03/2012

In story of missing teen, Romney shows his human side

The retelling of how Mitt Romney dropped nearly everything to find a partner’s daughter comes as his campaign aiming to show him in a softer light.

By Philip Rucker  |  06:21 PM ET, 03/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 03/03/2012

Romney: Obama sent troops to fight undefined mission in Afghanistan

With U.S. troops in harm’s way, Obama has not defined Afghanistan mission, GOP candidate says, calling it “disturbing.”

By Philip Rucker  |  05:25 PM ET, 03/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Romney super PAC preparing for split decision on Super Tuesday

The major super PAC backing Mitt Romney is again dumping huge sums into upcoming primaries and caucuses.

By Felicia Sonmez and T.W. Farnam  |  01:29 PM ET, 03/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 03/03/2012

Why the Washington state caucuses are a tossup (Today on the trail)

A few factors unique to the state make it tough to gauge who will come out ahead Saturday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:47 AM ET, 03/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Seattle Times backs Romney as ‘default choice’ in Washington caucuses

The Seattle Times is backing former former Mass. governor in tomorrow’s Washington state GOP caucuses – by “default.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:30 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Obama calls Sandra Fluke, Georgetown law student assailed by Rush Limbaugh

President Obama today called the Georgetown University law student assailed by Rush Limbaugh over her testimony at a hearing on contraception.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:55 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh, Contraception, Birth Control, Health Care, President Obama

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Romney focuses on Obama in Washington state caucus campaign

Buoyed by fresh polling results, Mitt Romney today looked past his GOP opponents and focused on President Obama.

By Philip Rucker  |  01:34 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, presidential campaign, Washington caucuses, Republican Party

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Is Rick Santorum losing the middle class?

A new poll in Ohio shows Santorum’s 19-point lead over Romney among middle-class voters narrowing to 5 points.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:59 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Who will take Washington state? (Friday Trail Mix)

Friday Trail Mix: Saturday is caucus day in Washington state. We take a look in today’s video.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:36 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:14 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Newt Gingrich: Will #250gas drive him back to contention?

Newt Gingrich is known for grandiose ideas, but his newest one is getting a boost from a medium that emphasizes concision.

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:14 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Mitt Romney, bringing sexy back

Them other boys don’t know how to act.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:50 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Santorum camp accuses Michigan GOP of ‘political thuggery’ in awarding delegates to Romney

Santorum’s campaign is accusing Michigan Republicans of engaging in “political thuggery” for awarding the state’s two at-large delegates to Romney.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:04 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Rick Santorum slams Mitt Romney on ‘Blunt amendment’ birth control exemption

Santorum hammered Romney for an interview Wednesday in which the former Massachusetts governor appeared to say that he did not support the amendment.

By Nia-Malika Henderson and Philip Rucker  |  01:20 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Mitt Romney: ‘I have worn a garbage bag for rain gear myself’

Romney made light of remarks he made over the weekend in which he poked fun at a group of poncho-wearing NASCAR fans.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:47 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Mitt Romney: Obama ‘should be hanging his head’ for regulating oil companies

Romney accused President Obama of trying to “stifle” oil production by over-regulating energy companies.

By Philip Rucker  |  11:45 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Andrew Breitbart’s death a great loss, Santorum and Romney say

Rick Santorum told reporters that he was “crestfallen” to hear the news that conservative publisher and activist Andrew Breitbart had died. Mitt Romney also expressed his sorrow.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  11:10 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andrew Breitbart, Rick Santorum

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Pipefitters endorse Obama, despite Keystone decision

Despite Obama’s rejection of a federal permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, the union, which supports the pipeline, endorsed his reelection.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:17 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:47 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Why doesn’t the tea party like Ron Paul? (Today’s Trail Mix)

A funny thing happened on the campaign trail: Ron Paul lost the tea party vote, big time.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:47 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Romney camp says candidate supports Blunt amendment on contraceptive coverage

After he said Wednesday that he didn’t want to be pulled into the debate, his campaign took a position on Senate amendment.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:46 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Mitt Romney camp: Santorum ‘cheated’ in Michigan

Mitt Romney’s (R) camp claimed Wednesday that former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) “cheated” in Michigan by launching robocalls encouraging Democrats to vote in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:50 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Ohio voter asks Mitt Romney to show he has a heart

The former Massachusetts governor acknowledges that it’s sometimes hard for campaigning politicians to project their humanity to voters.

By Philip Rucker  |  05:00 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Olympia Snowe: Senate GOP, Dems working in ‘parallel universe’

The Maine Republican senator, who announced her pending retirement Tuesday, lamented the “dysfunction” present in Washington.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:25 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Gingrich super PAC spokesman: Santorum ‘might win if he could speak English’

Rick Tyler says Rick Santorum “might win if he could speak English.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:45 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  presidential election, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, campaign finance

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Mitt Romney talks tough on China during Ohio visit

Romney focused squarely on the economy as he addressed a small rally, and accused Obama of being “walked all over” by China.

By Philip Rucker  |  12:39 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  election-2012

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Santorum camp: Democratic robocalls were ‘absolutely not’ a mistake

The former Pennsylvania senator’s campaign says the ads targeting Democratic voters were a good idea.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:59 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Romney’s Arizona, Michigan wins: Live chat with us at 11:30 a.m.

David Fahrenthold chats with readers at 11:30 a.m.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Arizona or Michigan — which state is a bigger win for Mitt Romney? (Today’s trail mix)

VIDEO | Romney had two big wins Tuesday — but which matters more? We take a look in our new daily campaign-trail video, Trail Mix.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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