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After Internet blackout, all GOP candidates agree SOPA sucks

Following the protests Wednesday that saw dozens of websites go dark in opposition to federal anti-piracy legislation, the four remaining Republican presidential candidate said the U.S. House’s bill would be a disaster for freedom on the Internet. During a debate in South Carolina Thursday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former…

Romney still struggling to woo conservatives

GREENVILLE, South Carolina — Republican voters in this Bible Belt state are still yearning for a bedrock conservative as their presidential candidate, even as Mitt Romney seeks to win them over. “I don’t understand why he’s running in South Carolina,” said Myron Chorbagian at a conservative forum here, adding Romney…

Santorum, not Romney, declared winner in Iowa

WASHINGTON — The Republican Party on Thursday declared Rick Santorum the winner of the Iowa caucuses, upending frontrunner Mitt Romney who was originally shown to have won the first-in-the-US presidential nomination vote two weeks ago. A certified vote count showed Santorum 34 votes ahead of Romney, in a sure boost…

Romney scolds protester for asking about the 99 percent

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took a page out of the Chris Christie playbook on Thursday and berated an Occupy Wall Street activist for asking him how he would support less-wealthy Americans. Romney was signing autographs outside his campaign headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina when a man asked, “What will…

Colbert plans South Carolina rally with Herman Cain

By Grace Wyler He may not have been a great presidential candidate, but there is no doubt that Herman Cain is a marketing genius. In the lead-up to his hyped-up “unconventional endorsement” in South Carolina today, the one-time GOP frontrunner has teamed up with none other than Stephen Colbert to make sure that his political comeback doesn’t go…

Evangelical leader compares Gingrich to Italian cruise ship captain

One evangelical leader says that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is like the Italian captain whose cruise ship sank — because the former House Speaker was sailing on his own personal love boat when he cheated on his first and second wives. Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council…

Gingrich surges, takes lead in four South Carolina polls

With only two days to go before the crucial South Carolina Republican primary, four polls have found that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is edging out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Gingrich claimed his biggest lead over Romney, 34 to 28, in a survey (PDF) published by the Democratic-affiliated Public…

Ron Paul hot air balloon cited for ‘improper lane use’

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has been warned about “improper lane use” after his hot air balloon backed up traffic for miles on a South Carolina highway. The South Carolina Highway Patrol asked two supporters to deflate the balloon bearing Ron Paul’s name, which was hovering near…

Gingrich suggests he will ‘ignore’ Roe v. Wade

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Wednesday said that he wouldn’t abide by Supreme Court rulings if they made the “wrong decision.” Speaking to a forum of anti-abortion activists in South Carolina, the candidate suggested that he would ignore the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, according to…

Perry drops out of presidential race, endorses Gingrich

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) announced on Thursday that he was suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination to the presidency and endorsing his rival, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA). “I have come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign,”…

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