News of the New Hampshire Primary gives pundits plenty to chew on this week. Later this year, momentum will flag and campaigns will wear on. Absent an imminent vote or sex scandal, media-makers occasionally flirt with exciting uncertainties – or as Steve Kornacki calls them, political red herrings.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is benefiting from the endorsement of Arizona senator John McCain. Some voters are ready to translate their trust in McCain into a vote for Romney.
John McCain has long been popular in New Hampshire. He trounced George W. Bush in the 2000 primary and edged out Mitt Romney in 2008. At a packed event in the historic Peterborough town hall, McCain urged people to get behind his former rival.
Republican Mitt Romney looks to solidify support here after his narrow win in Iowa.
New Hampshire is supposed to be where Mitt Romney wins big. But his first event only half filled a school gymnasium. With John McCain at his side, Romney cast himself as a candidate capable of uniting all Americans.
“I want America to remain one nation under god. I want to bring us together. I want to restore the principles that made us the hope of the earth, I don’t want to transform America into something that we don’t recognize. I want to restore America.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is drawing sharp distinctions between himself and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the final days of the New Hampshire primary. Gingrich presents himself as a consistent conservative.
Speaking to reporters in Concord, Newt Gingrich said Mitt Romney’s record puts him at odds with the bulk of the Republican party. Gingrich underscored two features of the Massachusetts health insurance plan enacted under Romney.
“Included state funded abortions. Included specifically designating Planned Parenthood as a part of Romneycare.”
Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 1:50 pm
Saying he's there "to make sure we make Mitt Romney the next president of the United States of America," 2008 Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain just returned to New Hampshire to endorse the White House bid of his one-time rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
McCain and Romney fought a hard battle for the GOP nomination n 2008, after which Romney endorsed the Arizona senator.
Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 12:09 pm
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann announced Wednesday that she is suspending her campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. The conservative provocateur finished a disappointing sixth in Tuesday's caucuses in Iowa, with just 5 percent of the vote.
"Last night the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice," Bachmann said at a mid-morning news conference in West Des Moines. "So I have decided to stand aside."
Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 10:35 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Republicans may not necessarily agree on whom should be their party's presidential nominee. But they're fairly unanimous that the contest won't take a truly decisive turn until it reaches the Palmetto State.
And Tuesday night's inclusive results in the Iowa caucuses in which Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum could each declare victory, with Romney declared the winner by just eight votes should do nothing to dispel that notion.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who got just 5 percent of the vote in Iowa's caucuses, referred to herself Tuesday as the "true conservative who can and who will defeat Barack Obama in 2012." On Wednesday, she bowed out of the race.
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry addressed supporters in West Des Moines late Tuesday after an unimpressive performance in Iowa's caucuses.
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared with wife Callista (right) at his Iowa caucus night rally in Des Moines.
Iowa proved a road to victory for Mitt Romney, but it was a road to nowhere for Michele Bachmann.
"Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, and so I have decided to stand aside," Bachmann said Wednesday at a West Des Moines news conference. The Minnesota congresswoman decided to end her 2012 presidential bid after finishing sixth in Tuesday's caucuses in Iowa — the state where she was born and where, just five months ago, she won a Republican straw poll in Ames.
Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 12:33 pm
The photo finish in Iowa — officially, Mitt Romney bested Rick Santorum by only eight votes — has catapulted Santorum into the front ranks of Republican presidential hopefuls.
"This is huge news for Santorum," says Charlie Arlinghaus, who directs a conservative think tank in New Hampshire. "I don't think there's a way to spin the results without saying he's the big winner tonight."
New Hampshire supporters of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum are celebrating this morning. They are working to capitalize on Santorum’s tie for first place in Iowa.
Less than four weeks ago, the former Pennsylvania Senator was stuck in single digits in the Iowa polls. That’s about where he stands today in New Hampshire and his backers are hoping for a similar surge in next week’s primary.
State campaign co-chair, Bill Cahill, says Santorum aims to consolidate the social conservative vote in the Granite State.
Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 2:47 am
At Ron Paul's caucus night event in Ankeny, Iowa, most of his supporters were celebrating. Paul finished a strong third in Tuesday night's caucuses.
But one man in the crowd — famed Republican strategist Frank Luntz — was much more concerned with what happens next.
"I think over the next 24 to 48 hours the campaign's gonna get a little bit meaner, a little darker, and a little bit more personal, as the candidates now fight for their life," said Luntz, who spoke with NPR in between television appearances Tuesday night.