Politics

5:38am

Wed January 4, 2012
Media

Iowa Race Fit Many Convenient Story Lines For Media

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 8:51 am

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the center of attention at rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

At the start of his show yesterday morning, MSNBC's Chuck Todd could not contain his glee: "It's caucus day. Finally! I've been waiting for this day for 3 1/2 years."

Speak for yourself, Chuck.

In the build-up to the Iowa caucuses, we heard about the ground game, the expectations game, the endorsement game, and the super PACs. And we get the justification: It's blood sport, it's a vetting process, it's a surge, it's a generous slathering of awesome on an Iowa corn dog.

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5:08am

Wed January 4, 2012
It's All Politics

Can Santorum Translate His Iowa Triumph Into N.H. Success?

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 8:56 am

Susan Carroll of Atkinson, N.H., reacts to news of a Santorum lead at a caucus-watching party at Santorum's New Hampshire campaign headquarters in Bedford. Carroll is the Santorum campaign's Tea Party liaison for the state and describes herself as the owner of a small business that offers "artistic services."
John W. Poole NPR

Rick Santorum's stunning finish in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses Tuesday breathed life into his dogged campaign and had his New Hampshire supporters dreaming of a top-three spot for him in next week's Granite State primary.

But the path to a good finish in New Hampshire is not an easy one. Santorum's evangelical bona fides are bound to matter much less than in Iowa. And Mitt Romney, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts, has consistently held wide leads in preference polls.

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5:05am

Wed January 4, 2012
Politics

Legislative Leadership Series: Frank McNulty

Randolph M Hildreth Creative Commons

In advance of the 2012 legislative session – KUNC’s state capitol reporter is talking to key leaders in the state House and Senate about their expectations and priorities. On Monday and Tuesday we heard from members of the Senate. Today we move to the House and hear from Speaker and Republican Frank McNulty…

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4:55am

Wed January 4, 2012
It's All Politics

Iowa Offers Little Clarity For GOP Field

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 7:50 am

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks during his caucus night rally in Johnston, Iowa, on Tuesday.
Chris Carlson AP

You might think that after a spectacular night of political drama, one in which Mitt Romney eked out an eight-vote victory over Rick Santorum in Iowa, we might have a little more to tell you than the GOP field is just as unsettled as it was before the caucuses.

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12:47am

Wed January 4, 2012
It's All Politics

Luntz Warns GOP: 'A War Is About To Break Out Within This Primary Field'

At Ron Paul's caucus night event in Ankeny, Iowa, most of his supporters were celebrating. Paul finished a strong third in Tuesday night's caucuses.

But one man in the crowd — famed Republican strategist Frank Luntz — was much more concerned with what happens next.

"I think over the next 24 to 48 hours the campaign's gonna get a little bit meaner, a little darker, and a little bit more personal, as the candidates now fight for their life," said Luntz, who spoke with NPR in between television appearances Tuesday night.

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