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Republican Voters Roundtable

Thursday, February 09, 2012

The Takeaway continues its series where we talk with voters to see what the political and economic situation feels like on the ground. With the annual Conservative Political Action Conference kicking off Thursday night, we gathered Republican voters to give their opinion on the current state of the GOP. Joining the roundtable discussion are Karen Martin, organizer of the Spartanburg Tea Party; Brad Cranston, pastor at Heritage Baptist Church and member of Iowa Baptists for Biblical Values; William Smith, a conservative blogger for FirstInTheNation.US; and Lisa, a Ron Paul Supporter out of Michigan.

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The Takeaway

Rick Santorum Wins Big in Colorado and Minnesota

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Rick Santorum's campaign team is waking up this morning after landing a big hit last night. He won the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses plus the non-binding Missouri primary. You can be sure Santorum will use this latest twist to try and persuade more conservatives to rally around him as the most credible alternative to Mitt Romney. 

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The Takeaway

What's the Difference Between a Caucus and a Primary?

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

On Tuesday, Colorado and Minnesota will hold their Republican caucuses, either confirming or casting doubt onto Mitt Romney's lead. But why some states hold caucuses instead of primaries — or in the case of Missouri, use both — in order to determine how many delegates they'll send to a party's national convention is largely a matter of taste.

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The Takeaway

Florida Primary Told in Tweets

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Political die-hards know how to truly gauge the mood of the country this primary season. You have to keep one eye on the television and one eye on Twitter. Sure you can read the story in the paper the next day, but the excitement develops in real time through a stream-of-conscious and subconscious that comes right into our laptops and iPhones. Takeaway co-host John Hockenberry takes a look at how the story of Florida's GOP primary unfolded on the ubiquitous social media tool.  

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The Takeaway

Eric Cantor Addresses Voters' Frustrations

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What happens in the Florida Primary is not just important to Florida, Romney, Gingrich and the gang. This is a campaign year for everyone in the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate. And while Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is in a safe seat in his own district he's leading the charge to get more GOP members into the House and Senate.

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The Takeaway

Who Was Saul Alinsky?

Monday, January 23, 2012

It's a name that doesn't come up often. But it's a name that GOP presidential hopeful, Newt Gingrich has been repeatedly bringing up throughout his campaign. Alinsky was an influential community organizer in Chicago during the first half of the 20th century. And Gingrich uses the name when he wants to attack President Obama. So who was Alinsky and what is his role in American politics? Lynn Sweet is Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times. Sandy Horwitt is author of "Let Them Call Me Rebel: The Life & Legacy of Saul Alinsky."

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The Takeaway

GOP Initiates Hispanic Outreach Effort

Thursday, January 19, 2012

George W. Bush made significant gains in attracting Hispanic voters, traditionally a strongly Democratic voting bloc, during his time in office. But those gains disappeared in 2008 when Barack Obama won more than two-thirds of the Latino vote. Despite the unpopularity of his administration's deportation strategy, Latin voters support Obama more than his Republican rivals. Realizing that they are missing a portion of the electorate that continues to grow, the GOP has initiated a Hispanic Outreach Effort for the 2010 election.

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The Takeaway

Rick Perry Drops from Presidential Race

Thursday, January 19, 2012

CNN is reporting this morning that Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry will drop his bid for the nomination just days ahead of the South Carolina primary. Perry drops his bid amid tepid poll numbers as candidates will scramble to pick up what little support he had. Mitt Romney faces his biggest test as the Iowa GOP also announced today that he may not have won their caucus. Republican political consultant Ron Christie joins the program to let us know how this will impact the race.

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The Takeaway

Fascist, Marxist, Socialist: The Misuse of Political Terms

Thursday, January 19, 2012

When President Obama's political opponents describe his administration's ideological bent, harsh words are often tossed into the fray. Whether it's Socialism, Marxism or Fascism, the President’s first term has been marred with accusations of adherence to a number of controversial ideologies. Is there any truth behind these heavily loaded terms? James Morone, political scientist and author, speaks about the many "isms" used to describe the Obama administration.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Why the GOP Lost Black Voters

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

As we head into what everyone seems to agree will be the defining contest for the GOP, I find myself wondering whether African Americans have a reason to vote Republican.

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The Takeaway

Grover Norquist on Mitt Romney's Tax Issues

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has come under pressure to make public his tax returns: We know he pays tax, but how much tax? A moment of disclosure from the former Massachusetts governor who says most of his income comes from past investments. Most of us pay, lets say a little more: Mitt has told us he may release his tax returns in April, but his rivals want him to do so sooner. Grover Norquist, is the president of Americans for Tax Reform.

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The Takeaway

A Look at GOP Voters in South Carolina

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

In Iowa it was intense sincerity, in New Hampshire it was sophisticated ambivalence, what's the pulse of South Carolina voters. Anna Sale has been our non-scientific emissary to voters and voter sentiment in each of these GOP contests. Anna tell us about two events in the state yesterday that give us a snapshot of two important voting blocs in this all important conservative, southern, primary contest.

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Romney Fights Off Attacks in South Carolina to Remain the Front Runner

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Only four days left until the South Carolina Republican presidential primary. That means only four days for the candidates to derail front-runner Mitt Romney off the path to the GOP nomination. At last night's debate in Myrtle Beach Romney fended off attacks on his business record, his personal wealth, and his moral character.

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The Takeaway

Jon Huntsman Exits the GOP Race

Monday, January 16, 2012

And then there were five. Jon Huntsman is expected to announce today that he is ending his bid for the White House and will endorse Mitt Romney. Huntsman pinned his hopes on a strong showing in the New Hampshire primary where he finished a soft third last week. What does this mean for the rest of the campaign? Joining the show is Jim Rutenberg, reporter for our partner The New York Times and Ron Christie, Republican political strategist, CEO of Christie Strategies, and former special assistant to President George W. Bush.

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The Takeaway

Voters Show Tepid Support for Front Runner Mitt Romney

Thursday, January 12, 2012

We have been talking about the attack ads aimed at Mitt Romney in South Carolina and wanted to reach out to his supporters in the Bible Belt to find out how they are feeling about this. But it hasn't been an easy task. Different from the Libertarians rallying around Ron Paul or the Tea Party supporters Mitt Romney's base seems a bit more reserved. Joining us is Kathy Courtland from Houston, Texas.

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The Takeaway

New Hampshire's Impact on the GOP Field

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A decisive, but not surprising, victory last night for Mitt Romney. He won the New Hampshire primary last night with almost 40 percent of the vote. But he doesn't emerge for the state as the presumptive nominee yet, and the devil is in the details. Ron Christie, Republican political strategist, political contributor for the Takeaway and It’s a Free Country, and John Zogby, president of the polling firm Zogby International, discuss Tuesday night's outcome.

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The Takeaway

Competing Economic Plans for 2012

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

As the GOP field narrows itself down we wanted to take a closer look at each candidate's economic plan for the 2012 election. Which candidate is addressing your concerns about the economy, and what initiatives will have a positive impact on the size of your wallet? American Public Media's Marketplace has a good shapshot of each candidate's economic plan. We've put a more comprehensive view of the candidates' positions below.

On Thursday's show, Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich will try to explain the difference between each economic vision. Have a question about who will address your concerns? Tell us what issue you'd like the next president to tackle at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE. 

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

One Down...What We Learned on Iowa Caucus Night

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's "The Agenda" and Kate Wells, Iowa Public Radio reporter discuss the results of last night's Iowa GOP Caucus. 

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The Takeaway

A Photo-Finish for Romney in Iowa

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

In one of the closet presidential contests in history, Mitt Romney was declared winner of Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses by a mere eight votes. Romney took 24.6 percent of the vote, barely edging out rival Rick Santorum, who was carried to the top of the polls with the support of evangelical Christians. Young caucus-goers helped deliver libertarian Congressman Ron Paul a close third place finish, with 21.4 percent of the vote. The night was perhaps most disappointing for one-time front-runners Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. Bachmann finished last, with only five percent of the vote. Perry announced he would suspend his campaign after placing just ahead of Bachmann.

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