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Jon Stewart: GOP field full of ‘zombies’ who ‘don’t know they’re dead’

It’s been a seemingly endless cycle of boom and bust for Republican presidential hopefuls over the last few months. First Michele Bachmann took a surprising lead, winning the Iowa straw poll and enjoying a couple of months at the head of the pack. Then a series of gaffes and misstatements…

Republican candidates court Iowa insiders

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Five Republican presidential hopefuls auditioned for Iowa’s party insiders at a fund-raising dinner on Friday, sparing each other from criticism but dishing up plenty of red-meat attacks on Washington and President Barack Obama. Two months before Iowa kicks off the battle for the Republican presidential…

Will “Obamacons” turn back to Republicans in 2012?

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – In contrast to 2008, Democratic President Barack Obama cannot count on a wave of support for his re-election bid next year from well-known moderate Republicans. Unhappy with Obama’s handling of the economy, conservative backers from three years ago are either sitting on the fence or have thrown…

Fox poll shows new momentum for Romney campaign

Results of a national Fox News poll released today show former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney retaking the lead in the field of Republican presidential hopefuls. Romney polled at 23 percent according to the new poll, inching over Perry’s 19 percent vote share. Romney only gained 1 percent since the last…

Obama embarks on campaign-style Midwest bus tour

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hits the road on Monday for a Midwestern bus tour that he hopes will leave doubts over his leadership behind in Washington. But the three-day trip throughIowa, Minnesota and Illinois – three states seen as vital to his 2012 re-election campaign — could put him in front of voters who,…

Texas Rep. Ron Paul wins another presidential straw poll

Republican Congressman Ron Paul won the latest straw poll to gauge popularity ahead of the 2012 presidential race in a key South Carolina county. The libertarian-leaning Texas congressman won the Lexington county Republican Party presidential straw poll on Saturday, with 16 percent of the 139 ballots cast. Former Massachusetts governor…

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…

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