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Perry entry roils White House race

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Texas Governor Rick Perry formally enters the 2012 White House race on Saturday, looking to supplant Mitt Romney as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination to take on President Barack Obama. After months of campaigning in all but name, Perry was to make his candidacy official at…

Palin bursts into Iowa in time for bustling conservative weekend

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s One Nation bus tour is on the road again, and it’s headed for Iowa — just in time for one of the most-watched pre-2012 weekends. The Ames Straw Poll, a prominent all-Iowa Republican straw poll, is set for this Saturday at Iowa State University. Rep.…

Pawlenty, Huntsman attack Romney on health care

WASHINGTON – Two rivals for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination are attacking former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney where it hurts the most: health care. The moves mark the start of the race to challenge Romney, the clear frontrunner, by highlighting his key vulnerability with the conservative base. Former Minnesota governor…

Former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty formally announces 2012 campaign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty acknowledged on Monday that his presidential campaign will not match Republican rival Mitt Romney’s fund-raising prowess, saying his candidacy would be more like “a good solid Buick” than a BMW. Trailing in national opinion polls, Pawlenty hopes to become a leading candidate…

Tea Party faithful rally against taxes

WASHINGTON — As spending debates rage in Washington, thousands of conservative Tea Party loyalists rallied nationwide Saturday against taxes and big government, fired up for a 2012 US election battle. Several dozen Tea Party movement rallies kicked off, including in Madison, Wisconsin, where 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin…

Huckabee leads Republicans for president: poll

BOSTON (Reuters) – Mike Huckabee holds a small lead in the field of potential Republican presidential candidates, while Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin have slipped, according to a Gallup Poll released on Friday. Gallup’s survey of 1,000 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents taken on March 18-22 put support for former Arkansas…

Former governor Pawlenty eyes 2012 Obama fight

WASHINGTON – Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, announced Monday he was formally exploring a 2012 challenge to President Barack Obama. “We have a great country, but we’re headed in the wrong direction. We need a real debate with President Obama, so the American people can decide how to…

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