Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 12/13/2011

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Washington journalists and politicos and, well, just about everyone who needs news in real time is addicted to Twitter. In a new feature on Election2012, we’ll flag each morning several tweets containing news driving the day on the campaign trail.

Here is what the political Twittervese is talking about three weeks from the Iowa caucuses:

Newt Gingrich is instructing his team to take the high road in a memo posted by Matt K. Lewis on the Daily Caller. “We will run a positive campaign focused on our country’s future. We will not be running any negative advertising,” Gingrich writes.

Meanwhile the Mitt Romney campaign is escalating its attacks on the new “frontrunner.”

St. Petersblog’s Peter Schorch reports about the newest member of the pile-on after Romney’s big debate gaffe .

Political ads like “ Big Dog” and “Serial Hypocrisy” have had election watchers buzzing. Jon Downs, a George W. Bush campaign alumnus who created them, says “Driving eyeballs to our stuff maybe takes a little more work or creativity than if you are Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.” The story:

USA Today/Gallup Swing States poll finds Obama trailing in a hypothetical matchup between Romney and Gingrich in 12 crucial states, while enthusiasm is higher among Republicans than Democrats in those states.

(Poll numbers aside, @AnneKornblut writes today that, internally, the Obama team is starting to revisit that “hope” thing:

The top story on (thanks, Mr. Drudge) is Hank Stuever’s critique of Chelsea Clinton’s “boring” debut segment on “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” What did you think of it? Weigh in here:

Candidate Week @WashingtonPost: Michele Bachmann’s consistent conservatism never waffles. Donna St. George profiles the 2012 contender:


What must-read stories did we miss? Flag them on Twitter using #CampaignReads. We will feature them in an Election2012 blog post each afternoon.

Yesterday’s #campaignreads feature:

Today’s events

From @PBSNewsHour’s Political Calendar

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: 11:30 a.m. hosts a town hall in Belle Plain, Iowa; 2:30pm addresses employees of VGM & Associates in Waterloo, Iowa; 5 p.m. hosts a town hall in Manchester, Iowa; 7:30 p.m. addresses the National Contract Management Association in Marion, Iowa

Texas Rep. Ron Paul: 7 p.m. holds a town hall in Peterborough, N.H.

President Obama: “In the morning, the President will do a round of regional television interviews with WVEC, Norfolk, Va.; WEAR, Pensacola, Florida; KOAA, Colorado Springs, Co; and KIRO, Seattle, Washington ... the President will talk to anchors from television stations that have large military communities in their markets to discuss the enormous sacrifices and achievements of the brave Americans who served in the Iraq war ... will also discuss his efforts to extend the payroll tax cut and prevent taxes from going up on 160 million Americans ... Later in the morning, the President will deliver remarks at a campaign event in Washington, DC. There will be pooled press coverage for the

Extras: (h/t @2Chambers)

1 p.m.: The Atlantic holds a discussion on “The 2012 Election: Newswomen Covering National Politics.” Participants include Ann Compton of ABC News; Mara Liasson of National Public Radio; Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post; and Linda Douglass of Atlantic Media Company.


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