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Rick Santorum

On April 13, 2011, Rick Santorum, a former United States Senator from Pennsylvania, announced he would 'test the waters' for a presidential run in 2012. 

Party Affiliation: Republican

Web site: http://www.ricksantorum.com/explore/

Slogan: Fighting to Make America America Again

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The Patchwork Iowa Vote: Where they Won and Why it Matters

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won in the state’s wealthier more urban counties – the wealthy Monied Burbs, exurban Boom Towns and collegiate Campus and Career locales. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won all the other county types including the agricultural Tractor Country, culturally conservative Evangelical Epicenters and aging Emptying Nests.

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The Takeaway

Evangelicals Push Santorum to Strong Showing

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

After months of being written off as an un-electable candidate, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum nearly won Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses, losing to Mitt Romney by just eight votes. The Santorum surge, as it has come to be known, is credited largely to the Catholic candidate's strong support from evangelical Christians. CNN exit polling found that 34 percent self-identified evangelicals caucused for Santorum Tuesday, 19 percent supported Ron Paul, and that both Romney and Newt Gingrich took 14 percent of their votes.

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The Takeaway

Romney Wins Iowa By 8 Votes

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney edged out former Senator Rick Santorum by just eight votes in Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses. After spending most of the night locked in a dead heat with Santorum and Rep. Ron Paul, Romney was declared the winner early Wednesday morning with 24.6 percent of the vote. Paul finished in third place, followed by Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann. Perry announced he would suspend his campaign to return to Texas.

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Opinion: For the Back of the Pack, it's Decision Day

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

While many focus on who the winner of the Iowa Caucus will be later this evening, the true question to be answered is whether certain candidates ranking near the bottom in the minds of voters will get the message that their best course of action is to drop out.

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After Bachmann, A Look at the When and Why to Call it Quits

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Following her sixth place finish in the Iowa Caucuses last night, in which she only got five percent of the vote, Michele Bachmann announced this morning that she's ending her campaign for president.

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Opinion: What To Expect Out Of Iowa

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Opening day rarely decides the baseball season. Opening night isn't the entire run of a Broadway show. But these first public moments do help shape the next steps.

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Track: Iowa Caucus Returns

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The map on this page shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 99 counties, but, using Patchwork Nation, it shows how the candidates are doing in each of Iowa’s eight types of county – from the wealthy Monied Burbs to the rural agricultural Tractor Country counties. It will fill in with data as the results from the caucuses come in.

 

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The Final Pitch in Iowa, by Air and on the Ground

Monday, January 02, 2012

For Republican hopefuls, it's the final full day of campaigning in Iowa. And at least in the television ads the candidates are putting their names and faces to, it's all positive in their final pitches.

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The Takeaway

GOP Makes Final Push in Iowa

Monday, January 02, 2012

The Republican presidential hopefuls spent their New Year's weekend trying to differentiate themselves from each other and convince Iowans to caucus for them on Tuesday. Front-runner Mitt Romney tried to fend off a new challenge from Rick Santorum, who has surged in recent days to the top of the polls. Ron Paul, who spent his New Year at home in Texas, also stands to make a strong showing in Tuesday's caucuses. The Democratic Party has stepped up efforts in Iowa as well, targeting Romney for his record of laying off workers while CEO of private equity firm Bain Capital.

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Opinion: Iowa DOES Represent the Country, Thank You Very Much!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Where else could Barack Obama have gotten his start except by winning the Iowa Caucuses and where else could Pat Robertson been given a chance to even try for the toughest job in the nation? Nowhere, I say!

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Days Before The Iowa Caucus, Is Santorum In and Gingrich Out?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

With five days to go until the Iowa caucus, all six contenders for the Republican presidential nomination are making their rounds in small towns across Iowa. Newt Gingrich's poll numbers continue to fall in the Hawkeye state, opening up the possibility for another candidate to overtake the lead. Hopefuls who have stuck it out since the beginning — like Rick Santorum and Ron Paul — have experienced a recent uptick in popularity.

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Opinion: Be Thankful for Iowa

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Politics is a professional sport here, and nothing is more important than the presidential caucuses. We have saved the rest of you Americans the horrible job of winnowing the field of GOP Presidential candidates.

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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: Tonight's Debate is Ron Paul's Moment

Thursday, December 15, 2011

If voters can briefly look past Bachmann's inexperience, Perry's ineptitude and Gingrich's infidelities, why not give Paul a second glance?

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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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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: 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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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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GOP Foreign Policy Debate: A Live Tweet Recap

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Perry is working on his statesmanlike gestures. And he seems to have reduced the dosage on his nerve tonic.

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