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The Christie Tracker Podcast

The Chairman's Dinner

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

How a dinner with David Samson allegedly led to a special flight path… and a federal probe.

The Christie Tracker Podcast

Chris Christie's New Hampshire Plan

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The polls say he’s dead. The NH town halls bring a jolt of life.

The Takeaway

Anti-Establishment Fervor In, GOP Elders Out?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney yesterday, following the former Massachusetts governor's lopsided victory in Illinois. But whereas that might have been the gold-standard endorsement a few years back, the seal of establishment approval isn't so sought after these days. Anna Sale, reporter for It's a Free Country, looked into the changing face of the Republican Party and joins us to discuss these changes and the implications on the GOP as we once knew it.

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It's A Free Country ®

Fundraising Falters, but Paul, Supporters Look to Convention

Thursday, March 22, 2012

If he could run on enthusiasm alone, Paul would be riding high. But when it comes to cash, all signs point to Ron Paul’s well drying up, slowly but surely.

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The Takeaway

Romney and Santorum Battle in Illinois

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

After a strong victory in Puerto Rico's primary race last week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is hoping to repeat his success with a win in the Illinois primary. Romney and a Super PAC backing him have spent more than $3 million in Illinois. At stake are 54 delegates — and the chance to reclaim momentum. Although polling in Illinois has consistently shown Romney in the lead, Santorum's victories in neighboring Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri suggest he has built support in the region.

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The Takeaway

Vice President Santorum? A Look Ahead to the Republican Pick for V.P.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Coming up... a conversation beyond the bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Who will be running as the Republican's VP in 2012? Ron Christie and Jennifer Rubin join The Takeaway.

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The Takeaway

Ohio and Georgia GOP Chairs Talk Super Tuesday

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

By the numbers, Georgia is the biggest prize this Super Tuesday with 76 delegates. Perhaps most telling will be Newt Gingrich’s performance in his home state: if he wants to stay competitive in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, he’s going to need a decisive victory in the Peach State. Ohio, with 66 delegates of its own, may be the biggest psychological prize. Many have declared this the race to watch, as no Republican nominee has ever become president without winning the swing state in the general election.

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The Takeaway

Does the GOP Need to Fix its Primary System?

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Here's a question you may not have asked yourself: why does the Republican party hold primaries and caucuses at all? Is there a better system than the long, drawn out process of staggered elections which push and pull the political momentum towards different candidates at different points in the cycle? Wouldn't it be easier to have all of the states elect their nominee at once? Or is there another way entirely to choose our political leaders? 

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The Takeaway

Super Tuesday and Latino Voters

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

A Fox Latino poll of likely voters released earlier this week showed 70 percent supporting President Obama and just 14 percent supporting Governor Mitt Romney. The same poll also seems to indicate that the Republican party is having trouble winning new Latino voters -- and keeping Latino voters who have favored the GOP in the past. Poll numbers indicated that four of five Latinos who voted for Obama in 2008 planned vote for him again later this year. Meanwhile, among Latinos who voted for Republican Arizona Senator John McCain four years ago only 40 percent now say they support Obama.

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The Takeaway

What's at Stake on Super Tuesday?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Voters in 10 states weigh in on the Republican presidential line-up today in Super Tuesday primary elections and caucuses around the country. Four hundred and thirty-seven delegates are up for grabs -- but also at stake is the momentum of the campaign. Who is out there voting today? Is the Republican primary voter demographic in Idaho and Alaska the same as in Tennessee and Georgia? And who are they voting for?

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The Takeaway

Marco Rubio's Mormon Past Comes to Light

Friday, February 24, 2012

Senator Marco Rubio generated a lot of positive buzz at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in January. A dynamic young catholic Latino from Florida, Rubio charmed crowds with his sense of humor and looked like he could be the perfect young vice-presidential candidate. However, on Thursday BuzzFeed broke the story that Rubio was, for a few years of his life, Mormon.

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The Takeaway

Republicans Duke It Out with Attack Ads

Thursday, February 16, 2012

With the Michigan primary almost two weeks away, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are waging war against each other through televised attacks ads. On Wednesday, Rick Santorum responded to a Super PAC funded Romney ad that claimed he was a "big spender" by depicting Romney as "Rombo." A Mitt Romney look-a-like, "Rombo," is seen shooting mud with a machine gun at cardboard pop-ups of Rick Santorum.

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The Takeaway

A Recap of Last Night's Florida Debate

Friday, January 27, 2012

Mitt Romney came prepared during last night's CNN debate in Florida. The former Massachusetts governor fending off attacks about his record and personal finances as Newt Gingrich failed to build of his late momentum. The primary in the Sunshine State is just days away. A new CNN poll shows the two frontrunners are in a dead heat, with Romney leading Gingrich 36 percent to 34 percent. The primary is less than a week away, and the stakes are high. The winner-takes-all state has 50 delegates, more than Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina combined.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SOTU and Debates

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker magazine, talks about the Republican candidates, the president's speech and his New Yorker piece on post-post-partisanship.

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The Takeaway

Gingrich's Landslide South Carolina Victory

Monday, January 23, 2012

On Saturday, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich pulled in 40 percent of the 600,000 primary votes in South Carolina in what has been called the largest Republican primary in history. Significantly, nearly two-thirds of these voters were evangelical or born-again Christians. This win comes in the wake of news that Mitt Romney did not in fact win the Iowa caucuses, and means that there has been no consistent candidate across these three key tests of presidential mettle. 

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The Takeaway

A Look Back at Newt Gingrich's Career

Monday, January 23, 2012

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has had a long political career. But along the way, as Mitt Romney's SuperPAC Restore our Future gleefully points out, he accrued 84 ethics complaints during his tenure in the House, and accepted a $1.6 million donation from Freddie Mac. But that's not the whole list of Gingrich's malfeasance, public or personal. The Takeaway looks back at the triumphs — and scandals — that have trailed him.

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The Takeaway

Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in the 2012 Primary

Monday, January 23, 2012

While political mud-slinging is de riguer in primary races, 2012 has brought several not-so-thinly-veiled anti-Muslim soundbytes from its frontrunning candidates. Last week, Newt Gingrich said that he would not support a Muslim president unless they would "commit in public to giv[ing] up Sharia." Rick Santorum also expressed his thoughts on Islam, saying that the concept of equality "doesn’t come from Islam" or "Eastern Religions." Instead, he said, "it comes from the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."

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The Takeaway

Voters Discuss Past and Future GOP Races

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Three voters give their thoughts on the past two tests of presidential mettle and on what lies ahead. When Iowan Brad Cranston last joined the program, he was disappointed by Bachmann withdrawing her bid but was shifting towards Santorum. Staunch Gingrich supporter and New Hampshire resident Karen Gallant — who lived in Massachusetts during Romney's governorship — remains unimpressed by the GOP frontrunner. And South Carolinian Karen Martin is currently unenthusiastic about any candidate.

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The Takeaway

Romney Takes Decisive Win in New Hampshire Primary

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Despite focusing all of his campaign's attention on New Hampshire instead of Iowa, former U.S. ambassador to China John Huntsman came in third in Tuesday's primary. Independent favorite Ron Paul took second place with 23 percent of the vote while Iowa caucus victor Mitt Romney won a comfortable lead at 39 percent. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent and Anna Sale, reporter for It’s a Free Country, the politics website for our co-producer WNYC, give their thoughts on what these results mean for the rest of the GOP race.

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The Takeaway

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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