Politics

12:05am

Wed January 4, 2012
It's All Politics

Gingrich Takes on 'Massachusetts Moderate' As Campaign Moves To N.H.

A volunteer works the phones Tuesday at Newt Gingrich's New Hampshire campaign headquarters in Manchester.
Alex Wong Getty Images

It's on to New Hampshire for at least some of the Republican presidential candidates, and The Associated Press reports that Newt Gingrich will take out a full-page ad in the New Hampshire Union Leader Wednesday contrasting himself as a "bold Reagan conservative" against Mitt Romney, who he labels a "timid Massachusetts moderate."

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11:37pm

Tue January 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Rick Perry To Reassess Bid After Loss In Iowa

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he will return to his home state and "assess the results" of Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, after getting just 10 percent of the vote.

"With the voters' decision tonight in Iowa, I decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight's caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race," Perry said.

He was originally scheduled to campaign in South Carolina on Wednesday, but those plans were put on hold after his distant fifth-place finish.

The Associated Press adds:

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9:14pm

Tue January 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Iowa Voters Prepare For A Long Night, With An Eye Toward New Hampshire

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 9:10 pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro reporting from the campaign trail in Des Moines Tuesday night spoke to a supporter of Mitt Romney, who was locked in a close race with GOP rivals Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

"I'm not really surprised," said Colleen Boyle. "Santorum's put in a lot of effort here, so it does make sense that he surged ahead in the polls."

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6:22pm

Tue January 3, 2012
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Asked If Social Conservatives Are Hurting GOP, Gingrich Invokes Reagan, Himself

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 6:19 pm

At a coffee shop in Muscatine, Iowa, Tuesday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was asked whether nominating a social conservative might sink the party's chances of winning the White House in November.

Muscatine is in a more moderate part of eastern Iowa, and the man who asked the question told Gingrich there are many business people — fiscal conservatives — who don't agree with the GOP platform positions on abortion, gay rights and other issues. The man asked Gingrich if social conservatives are throwing fiscal conservatives "under the bus."

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6:08pm

Tue January 3, 2012
It's All Politics

As Republicans Caucus, Obama Campaign Buys Premium Iowa Ad Space

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 6:04 pm

President Obama is using Iowa's largest newspaper to get his message across as Republicans compete in the Iowa caucuses, the first-in-the-nation nominating contest.

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