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New Hampshire Voters Prepare to Go to the Polls

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The University of New Hampshire Survey Center estimates that 56 percent of the people voting in the Republican primary will be registered Republicans. This means that 44 percent of voters who will participate in Tuesday's primary are undeclared, a noticeable increase from 2008's primary. The same poll also found that Mitt Romney has a slight lead among both groups. To figure out what's been persuading voters either way, The Takeaway speaks with three New Hampshire conservatives.

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What's So Funny About Politics?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

While the most recent leg of the 2012 GOP campaign trail has been marked by eight vote leads, libertarian bluster, and plays to religion, it can also be defined by a lack of one key political ingredient: humor. The seriousness of all the candidates thus far has left voters on both sides of the aisle yearning for effortlessly funny former frontrunners like Bob Dole and John McCain. And, as Pete Dominick, comedian and CNN contributor has noted, boring politics makes for bad politics.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Final Pre-Iowa Debate Recap

Friday, December 16, 2011

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, and Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway, discuss what went down at last night's GOP debate - the last before the Iowa caucuses.

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As Cain Suspends Campaign, Newt Moves Forward

Monday, December 05, 2011

Over the weekend a new poll conducted by The Des Moines Register found Newt Gingrich in the lead, with the support of 25 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers. The poll was conducted before Herman Cain suspended his candidacy on Saturday, and it gave stark evidence of the former Godfather CEO's fall from favor: Cain was tied with Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann for last place. With Cain’s campaign on hold, and the Iowa Caucus just a month away, Republican presidential candidates are competing for the backing of his former supporters.  

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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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The Brian Lehrer Show

GOP Foreign Policy Debate Round-Up

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for the Takeaway, and Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, discuss last night's GOP debate and go through what the candidates did and didn't say about foreign policy.

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This Week's Agenda: GOP Campaign, Super Committee

Monday, November 14, 2011

This week, all of the Republican presidential candidates are back on the campaign trail. Former speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Representative Michele Bachmann will all visit Iowa. Meanwhile, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney heads to Florida, and Cain will be in Wisconsin. President Obama travels to Australia, steering clear of the Congressional "super committee" as its deadline to shave $1.2 trillion from the U.S. budget grows near. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Herman Cain and the 9-9-9 Plan

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tax policy reporter at Bloomberg News, Richard Rubin gives analysis of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain's 9-9-9 economic plan and explains what tax experts are saying about the proposal.

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GOP Candidates Debate Economy, 999 (and 666) in New Hampshire

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

So much of the debate was about the 9-9-9 plan. It wasn't about how Romney wants to fix the economy. It wasn't about what President Obama has failed to do. It was about whether 9-9-9 would work and whether it's a good idea. And so Herman Cain is really influencing the debate.

—  Anna Sale, It's a Free Country's political reporter, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Recapping the GOP Presidential Debate

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Last night, eight GOP presidential hopefuls gathered at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California for the fourth Republican debate this year. It was the first presidential debate for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was in the lead in a recent poll. Perry and Romney sparred over their job creation records and other issues, often overshadowing the six other candidates.

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Recapping the GOP Debate in Iowa

Friday, August 12, 2011

Last night eight Republican presidential candidates gathered at the Iowa State University in Ames for a televised debate. The eight debaters were: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former pizza chain executive Herman Cain, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Who said what, and which candidate fared best?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Iowa Turning Point

Thursday, August 11, 2011

From the debate tonight through to the Ames Straw Poll on Saturday, the next 48 hours in Iowa are a critical test for GOP presidential hopefuls. Congressional correspondent for Bloomberg News Lisa Lerer offers context and analysis of the coming days.

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Jon Huntsman: The GOP's Next Big Thing for 2012?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

As Republicans reacted to Monday's GOP debate, another candidate entered the fray. Jon Huntsman, former Utah governor and ambassador to China under President Obama, said that he will announce his candidacy for president. Huntsman only recently left his post as ambassador.

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Mitch Daniels Not Running in 2012

Monday, May 23, 2011

Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana announced over the weekend that he would not be seeking the Republican nomination for president, telling the Indianapolis Star, “I love my country, but I love my family more.” A popular governor with significant experience in the private sector who is known as an intellectual heavyweight on fiscal reform issues, Daniels was considered a favorite of many conservative pundits. Among a relatively weak field of potential Republican candidates, Daniels stood out as someone who could both appeal to the party’s conservative base, and the political center in a general election.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Romney's Dilemma

Monday, May 16, 2011

Glen Johnson, politics editor at Boston.com, discusses Mitt Romney's health care record in Massachusetts and how it will factor into the 2012 race.

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Trump not Running for Prez, Still Sure He'd Win

Monday, May 16, 2011

Donald Trump released a statement Monday announcing he would not seek the Republican nomination in 2012.

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Republican Debate Reaction: How Do We Look?

Friday, May 06, 2011

Tim Pawlenty's the most important sleeper in the race. He has good ties to all segments of conservatives and in the Republican party. He's bright, he's articulate, he doesn't have foot-in-mouth disease; last night he handled the most difficult questions, and he did it well. Pawlenty, who does have presidential presence, will begin to rise.

Charles (Chuck) Dunn, professor of government at Regent University, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Favored GOP Candidates Skip First Presidential Debate

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The first Republican Presidential Debate is tonight in Greenville, South Carolina. But few of the GOP’s leading contenders will be there. Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich are all opting out of the debate. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley warned that Republican candidates who ignore South Carolina do so at their own peril. "Anyone that discounts South Carolina is making a huge mistake," Governor Haley told Fox News.

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The 2012 GOP Field: What's Going On?

Monday, April 25, 2011

The energy right now in the Republican party is over fiscal issues...this fear about America becoming more like Europe in terms of a social welfare state. That said, there are still a lot of conservatives who vote in primaries and participate in caucuses that are driven by a set of cultural issues. In a place like Iowa especially, we're talking about an electorate that is perhaps half or over half self-identified born again evangelical.

Jonathan Martin, senior political writer at Politico, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Rick Santorum: Provocateur of the Right

Thursday, April 14, 2011

In a primary bid, Santorum probably has as much working against him as for him amongst Republicans—it depends on how far to the right you like your presidential candidates.

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