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Obama Looks to Recapture Youth Vote with Direct Appeals (and Rockstars)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Obama still has the support of young people — he scored a 55-percent approval rating in a Harvard Institute of Politics poll of young Americans conducted in February and March — but approval rating is a lot different than an excitement rating.

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Trump to Iowa: 'I'll Shake Hands with Everybody'

Friday, March 04, 2011

Donald Trump's continuing to lay the groundwork for a presidential run, and talking big about his grassroots outreach.

"I will meet many, many people, maybe all of people," Trump told The Des Moines Register. "If I decide to run, I will be shaking hands with everybody."

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Newt Gingrich: Preparing for an Iowa Harvest?

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich is announcing today that he's launching an “exploratory phase” to test the waters for a presidential run in 2012. His spokesperson told an Georgia radio host on Thursday that he’s launching a website, NewtExplore2012.com, but Gingrich is not forming a formal federal exploratory committee yet.

The rumors of Gingrich’s yen to take the oval office after a single Obama term have been swirling for over a year. He has been planting seeds in Iowa, a state whose early caucus is often a soothsayer for winning the Republican primary. For that reason, Gingrich has visited Iowa nine times in the past two years.

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Sarah Palin Fuels 2012 Talk at Long Island Luncheon

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin did nothing to tamp down speculation about her 2012 plans during a speech in Long Island on Thursday.

When asked who would make the ideal Republican challenger, she said she couldn't offer any names, before adding, “What I would look for is a mom, somebody who's administered locally, state, interstate with energy issues, so maybe a mayor, a governor, an oil commissioner, maybe somebody who's already run for something, vice president. I don't know!”

“It's going to be a blast to see who does offer themselves up,” Palin said.

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The Donald: Trump in 2012?

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Donald might be ready for the big time. 

The billionaire and reality-show star flirted with a presidential run on Thursday, to much applause from a crowd of assembled conservatives gathered for the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference convention. He took the stage mugging and waving, his steps in time with the O’Jays “For the Love of Money.”

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CPAC Debate Is Not What Will Get You Elected

Friday, February 11, 2011

On the opening day of the conservative lovefest CPAC, who would show up but Donald Trump. Trump attacked President Obama's leadership and said that the United States is "becoming a laughingstock" around the world.

I can’t resist but to suggest that the self-inflating loudmouth billionaire has now made CPAC the laughingstock of many Republican voters who may not be in the mood for yet another unqualified, preposterous gazillionaire toying with throwing his hat in the ring.

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Presenting Pawlenty, or 'T-Paw'

Thursday, January 13, 2011

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My desire to cut spending and reduce the size and role of government is not driven by polls or a series of check marks on a scorecard of how to win an election. I've simply had enough with the growth of government. And I'm not alone. People all over America have had enough, too.

Tim Pawlenty, former Governor of Minnesota, from his book Courage to Stand: An American Story

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