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Grassley knocks GOP 2012 field: ‘Only two or three of them are qualified to be president’

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) doesn’t seem to have much faith in his party’s 2012 field. Grassley, a 20-year senator and the top Republican on the powerful finance committee, told Radio Iowa that “only two or three of them are qualified to be president.” Raw Story asked Grassley’s…

Newt Gingrich gave $350,000 to oust Iowa justices that legalized same sex marriage

GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich last year donated at least $350,000 to a social conservative campaign that successfully ousted three Iowa Supreme Court Justices who ruled in favor of same sex marriage in the state. After the Iowa high court unanimously voted in April 2009 to legalize same-sex marriage in…

New Rumsfeld documents highlight Gingrich’s involvement with Iraq War

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) might have been persona non grata in certain Republican circles early in the aughts after he resigned the Speakership, divorced his wife and married a much-younger aide, but he was more than welcome in the Pentagon under then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Documents released…

Whoops: Gingrich praises NAFTA for shipping out American jobs

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich found himself in a bit of a log-jam with his inner-conservative Monday night. Appearing on a conservative talk radio program, Gingrich praised the Clinton-era North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), taking the decidedly internationalist view that it was positive because it created jobs in Mexico.…

Gingrich officially exploring presidential bid (VIDEO)

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) announced Thursday that he was opening an exploratory bid for the Republican presidential campaign. He is the first major Republican to do so. Gingrich and his wife, Callista, released a statement on their new website newtexplore2012.com. “We are excited about exploring whether…

Coburn: I would not support Gingrich for president

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) is set to take steps this week towards exploring a possible presidential run, but he hasn’t convinced conservative Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) to support him. In an interview with C-SPAN Wednesday, Coburn was clear that the former speaker wouldn’t be getting his vote in…

Fox News suspends Gingrich, Santorum for signaling presidential runs

Fox News has suspended contributors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for 60 days effective immediately, citing their apparent intentions to launch presidential campaigns Fox News anchor Bret Baier made the announcement Wednesday that the former House Speaker and Pennsylvania senator will be “suspended” as they have “signaled possible runs” for…

Richard Burr: Newt Gingrich won’t be the GOP nominee in 2012

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) bluntly predicted that Newt Gingrich would fail to secure the Republican nomination in 2012, after the former House speaker declared he was exploring a presidential bid. Burr was first elected to the House in 1994 on the coattails of the Gingrich-led Republican takeover of…

Report: Fox News gave GOP presidential candidates $55 million in free advertising

Being on the Fox News payroll has its advantages. Not only did five potential Republican candidates get regular paychecks from the network last year, but they also got something even more valuable: airtime Liberal watchdog group Media Matters found that the five received about $55 million in free advertising over…

‘Be more careful’ with your words, Gingrich warns Palin

Newt Gingrich wants fellow Fox News employee Sarah Palin to think before she speaks. A Washington Post/ABC News poll (.pdf) showed that Palin’s approval had plummeted following her use of the term “blood libel” in the wake of shootings in Tucson, Arizona that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords…

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