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Independent Voters on the 2012 Campaign

Thursday, January 26, 2012

This week President Obama begins his first campaign tour of the 2012 election, touring five key swing states this week: Iowa, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Michigan. The independent or undecided voters in these crucial states are what will decide the 2012 election. The Takeaway turns to two such voters to see which issues are most important to them.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Primary Politics in the Palmetto State

Friday, January 20, 2012

On Thursday, Texas Governor Rick Perry ended his presidential bid and endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, less than 48 hours before the South Carolina primary. Adam Beam, who covers politics for The State, talks about the unsettled primary race in the Palmetto State and why polls are showing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney neck-and-neck with Gingrich.

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Opinion: Don't Be Surprised When Ron Paul Wins Iowa

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ron Paul has drawn huge and passionate crowds, which the media could not report because Paul was not one of the “viable” front-runners who could get the nomination.

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Opinion: Debate Report Card - Paul Flops, Bachmann Attacks, Perry as Tebow?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Ron Paul was clearly a loser in this debate. He got into an unnecessary argument over U.S. foreign policy towards Iran, nuclear weapons, and reinforced his support for a neo-isolationist foreign policy.

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Opinion: Romney, Gingrich and the French Connection

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

After months - if not years - of anti-intellectual, willfully isolationist, science-skeptical positioning, they've found themselves with two front-runners who are just a little too worldly.

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Romney Tries to Reassure New Hampshire Voters

Monday, December 12, 2011

After taking a week off to campaign and fundraise elsewhere, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney returned on Sunday to New Hampshire, the only early state where he still holds his lead over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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Opinion: Iowa Debate Report Card - Newt Wins by Not Losing

Sunday, December 11, 2011

GOP Drake University Debate Results – Steffen Schmidt Saturday night's GOP debate in Des Moines, Iowa consolidated Newt Gingrich’s front-runner status. Although targeted by all the contenders and directly attacked by Rick Perry, who lectured the audience that "if you cheat on your wife, you will cheat on your business ...

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Newt Ascendant: Your Guide to Gingrich

Monday, December 05, 2011

When Newt Gingrich first formed his presidential exploratory committee back in March of 2011, we wondered if this was the "Return of the Mack." Once he jumped into the race, his staff jumped ship, his campaign sank into debt, and we stopped wondering. However, the unlikely events of the last month—Perry's "Oops," the Cain Train's fantastic derailing, Romney's continued "meh"—have us, and the electorate, taking a second look. This is your guide to Gingrich, complete with some things you might not know about the latest Republican hopeful to make a grab for the Not-Mitt-Romney mantle.

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The Gingrich-Cain Mutual Admiration Campaign

Monday, December 05, 2011

Former presidential candidate Herman Cain will reportedly endorse Newt Gingrich’s bid for the presidency today, underscoring the thrust of momentum the former Speaker has picked up with Cain’s exit.

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Opinion: What the Cain Train Derailment Means for the GOP Field

Sunday, December 04, 2011

In suspending his campaign Saturday, onetime presidential contender, short flash-in-the-pan, and former Godfather’s Pizza executive Herman Cain thundered, “I’m not going away!” Here's why that might not be such a good thing for the other GOP candidates.

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Opinion: Is the GOP's Isolationism Here to Stay?

Friday, December 02, 2011

As a proud conservative, I am a firm believer in President Ronald Reagan’s famous 11 Commandment not to speak ill of a fellow Republican. At the same time, I’ve been mulling over a statement made by Texas Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) during a recent presidential debate that has ...

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Opinion: Does Mitt Romney Have a Mormon Problem?

Thursday, December 01, 2011

The burning question of whether Mitt Romney’s faith will be a liability in his quest for the 2012 Presidential nomination is plaguing Iowa pundits as we try to predict the GOP caucus in January.

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Opinion: Are You Smarter Than a Frontrunner?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Slammed as the Stupid Party, the GOP turns to Newt Gingrich as its new egghead savior.

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Opinion: Newt's Pivot to Middle Pays off in NH

Monday, November 28, 2011

Gingrich is playing a fake to the center in order to influence independents and moderate Republicans.

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Opinion: Huntsman's Failure Shows GOP's Extremism Problem

Saturday, November 26, 2011

It’s only a matter of time before it’s Rick Santorum’s turn.

Why not? Why shouldn’t Rick get his moment at the head of the GOP pack? The merry-go-round of candidates who have shared the top spot alongside Mitt Romney has now stopped on Newt Gingrich, but can’t last for long. ...

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Opinion: The Questions We Should be Asking the GOP Candidates

Friday, November 25, 2011

We are now recovering from gazillionth GOP presidential debate, and there is no end in sight. The ratings show that people are enjoying watching the contenders slug it out, but they can obscure the questions the candidates should be getting grilled about.

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Gingrich’s Immigration Stance: Heart or Calculated Gambit?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Newt Gingrich’s comments on immigration during Tuesday’s CNN debate sparked a maelstrom. He suggested that some immigrant families, including those with members who are in the country without papers, should not be broken up.

“I don't see how the party that says it's the party of the family is ...

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GOP Book Report: Highlights from the 2012 Campaign Reads

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What did voters learn about the candidates—their biographies, their politics, their vision for the country—through more than just the news stories and blog posts and 140-character updates?

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Watch: Asked About Libya, Cain Stays on Message

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Presidential hopeful Herman Cain isn't going to be tricked into any more embarrassing Libya flubs.

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