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Pawlenty drops out of the presidential race

WASHINGTON — Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty announced on Sunday he is dropping out of the Republican presidential contest, after a distant third place finish in a key test vote. Pawlenty made the announcement after finishing with 2,293 votes Saturday in Iowa’s Ames Straw Poll — seen as a key…

Michele Bachmann wins Ames straw poll

AMES, Iowa (Reuters) – Michele Bachmann narrowly won the Iowa straw poll of Republicans on Saturday in the first big test of the 2012 presidential campaign, as Texas Governor Rick Perry formally launched a White House bid that could reshape the race. Bachmann, a representative from Minnesota, edged out Ron…

Rep. Steve King blasts Rick Perry for ‘stepping on’ Ames Straw Poll

Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa took issue with Texas Gov. Rick Perry “strategic” decision to announce his presidency on the same day as the Ames Straw Poll, wondering if the governor thinks Iowans are “a bunch of country bumpkins?” “Rick Perry has strategically decided he’s going to try to…

Republican presidential candidates head to Iowa

AMES, Iowa — Extreme partisan rhetoric and market havoc have raised the stakes of two early tests in Iowa this week for the unsettled crop of Republican candidates vying to challenge US President Barack Obama. Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann is hoping to chip away at the lead of frontrunner Mitt…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry to announce presidential bid on Saturday

Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry will announce he is running for President of the United States during a speech in South Carolina on Saturday, according to Politico. Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history and has recently come under fire for an evangelical Christian prayer rally that he initiated…

Bachmann warns politicians ‘looting’ America in latest Iowa TV ad

Republicans presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann championed her vote against raising the debt limit in her third television advertisement. The ad, entitled “Believe It,” began airing statewide in Iowa on Wednesday. “Back in Washington, politicians are looting the treasury and bankrupting our nation,” Bachmann says in her 30-second spot. “And Barack…

Radio ad urges Iowans to write in Rick Perry on Ames Straw Poll

A political action committee founded by former New York Senate candidate David Malpass is running radio advertisements in Iowa urging people to write in Texas Governor Rick Perry’s name on the Ames Straw Poll ballot, according to the Des Moines Register. Politico reported that Iowa Republican leaders left Perry and…

Gingrich finance team quits as campaign faces $1 million debt

A comeback for Republican presidential candidate appeared less likely Tuesday as two more high level staffers reportedly departed with the campaign carrying at least $1 million in debt. Fundraising director Jody Thomas and fundraising consultant Mary Heitman both resigned, according to The Associated Press. The setback comes less than two…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s prayer event is ‘meant to convert non-Christians’: progressive group

The progressive advocacy group People For the American Way chastised Texas Governor Rick Perry on Monday for his “inappropriate” plans to host a Christian prayer summit at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Perry has proclaimed August 6 as a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance”…

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