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Santorum predicts ‘two-person race’ after Tuesday

In an interview Friday with Bloomberg TV’s Political Capital with Al Hunt, former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) estimated that the tradewinds of the Republican Party are beginning to blow in his favor, and could even knock a couple of his opponents right out of the race in a matter of…

In shift, Obama campaign targets Santorum on economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign regularly rips Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney for his economic policies. On Tuesday, it added former Senator Rick Santorum to its list of top targets. In a sign of the growing seriousness with which the president’s team takes the former Pennsylvania lawmaker,…

Top Santorum donor: Women could use aspirin ‘between their knees’

In a startling outburst Thursday, the multimillionaire who’s given most to a super PAC supporting former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) for president remarked that universal contraception coverage for women shouldn’t be needed because, “Back in my day, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives.” “The gals put it between their knees…

Stephen Colbert: ‘Santorum surge’ just got real

According to Stephen Colbert, you can tell that things are looking up for former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) when “the most influential voice of the 19th century, George Will” is writing Op Ed columns calling him the “fun candidate” in the GOP race for the 2012 presidential nomination. Colbert quotes…

Iowa Republicans favor Romney to win

With less than 48 hours to go before the state officially kicks off the nation’s presidential election season, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has emerged atop the GOP field among Iowa Republicans, polling data revealed Monday. Despite Romney’s narrow lead over Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who he’s beating 24 percent…

Iowa’s religious conservatives up in air on 2012

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Reuters) – Frozen by indecision, Iowa’s politically powerful religious conservatives are still on the sidelines in the Republican presidential race less than a month before the state’s kick-off nominating contest. After helping to propel Mike Huckabee to victory over Mitt Romney in the state in 2008, many…

McCain chides Republican candidates on ‘torture’

Senior US Senator John McCain on Monday rebuked Republican presidential candidates who came out in favor of a harshinterrogation tactic known as waterboarding, bluntly calling it “torture.” “Very disappointed by statements at SC (South Carolina) GOP (Republican) debate supporting waterboarding. Waterboarding is torture,” McCain said on his official Twitter feed. Several of…

Cain, Romney in tight Republican race in Iowa: poll

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican White House hopefuls Herman Cain and Mitt Romney are in a tight race in Iowa, which kicks off next year’s presidential nominating contests, according to a closely watched opinion poll published on Saturday. The poll conducted for The Des Moines Register showed Cain, a…

GOP candidates make reducing power of federal courts a campaign issue

Even though the U.S. federal court are hardly hotbeds of liberal sentiment by most standards, their willingness to uphold freedom of speech, the separation of church and state, and equal protection for gay and lesbian citizens has frequently irked conservatives. Now a majority of would-be Republican presidential candidates appear to…

Perry, Bachmann take swipes at Cain in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republicans Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann took veiled swipes at surging presidential rival Herman Cain on Saturday as six of the party’s White House hopefuls courted social conservatives at an Iowa forum. Appearing separately before about 1,000 conservative activists, the Republican candidates all pledged to…

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