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Santorum campaign on hold due to daughter’s illness

FORT MYERS, Florida — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum put campaigning in Florida on hold Sunday, as his daughter, Bella, was hospitalized just days before a key primary vote. Two days before Florida’s winner-takes-all primary, Santorum spent the day in Pennsylvania, where his three year-old was admitted to a Philadelphia…

Bachmann: Tea party ‘has been only a force for good’

Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Sunday defended the tea party movement, saying that it had “been only a force for good.” “The [Republican] Party has changed so much for the better,” Bachmann told CBS host Bob Schieffer. “The tea party has infused the energy and excitement. And really,…

Keystone pipeline to be linked to U.S. highway bill: Boehner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers will try to force the Obama administration to approve the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline by attaching it to a highway bill that Congress will consider next month, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday. President Barack Obama earlier this month denied TransCanada’s application…

Palin: Gingrich will ‘clobber’ Obama

Failed Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin all but endorsed Newt Gingrich on Saturday, saying Florida voters should “rage against the machine, vote for Newt.” Fox News host Jeanine Pirro asked the former Alaska governor how Gingrich could claim that he was not a Washington insider after being in Congress…

Romney roars into double-digit lead in Florida: polls

MIAMI — White House hopeful Mitt Romney has opened up a commanding double-digit lead in Florida against main rival Newt Gingrich in their Republican nomination battle, the latest two polls showed on Sunday. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and millionaire venture capitalist who is considered the party establishment’s favored candidate,…

Arizona Republicans elect ousted Russell Pearce as vice chairman

Less than three months after he lost his seat in a recall election, Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce won election Saturday to be vice chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. The self-proclaimed “tea party president” of the state Senate had proven a controversial figure in Arizona politics. Pearce was the…

Gingrich: Romney has ‘policy of carpet bombing’ opponents

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Sunday said that he had an uphill battle to win the GOP nomination because “Massachusetts liberal” Mitt Romney was “carpet bombing” him with negative ads. Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Gingrich why polls showed him losing over 15 points in Florida in less…

Rep. Huelskamp pushes to ban same sex ceremonies at military facilities

In the response to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) introduced legislation this week that would prohibit marriage or marriage-like ceremonies on military installations for same sex couples. He said the bill, the Military Religious Freedom Protection Act, would ensure “that our military facilities are…

Pennsylvania General Assembly names 2012 ‘the year of the Bible’

The Pennsylvania General Assembly this week passed a non-binding resolution that declares 2012 as “the year of the Bible.” “As not only Pennsylvania, but the United States, continues to face great tests and challenges, House Resolution 535 serves as a reminder that we must look to our faith in God…

Ron Paul: TSA ‘totally voids’ the Fourth Amendment

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said on Sunday that airport security should be turned over to private corporations because the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) effectively “voids” the Fourth Amendment. Paul’s son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), claimed last week that he had been “detained” by the TSA for refusing an…

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