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What is Mitt Romney hiding?

Releasing tax returns is so much a part of running for President nowadays that when a candidate refuses to disclose it immediately raises the question: What is he or she trying to hide? Mitt Romney, easily the richest candidate in the dwindling field of GOP presidential hopefuls, refuses to release his tax forms. Why? Good question. What is the former Massachussets governor hiding. We already know he is rich.  We know he made a fortune from Bain Capital.  So what’s the big secret? Romney, after weeks of stonewalling, agreed Tuesday to release his most current tax return but not the
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GOP candidates come out swinging but did they hurt Romney?

GOP contenders for President tried to turn leader Mitt Romney into a collective punching bag at the first of two South Carolina primary debates Monday night but the general consensus is that the former Massachusetts governor emerged pretty much unscathed. “It wasn’t one of Romney’s best debate performances but his opponents needed a knockout punch and they didn’t land one,” GOP analyst Andrea Collins told Capitol Hill Blue after the debate. Most debate watchers interviewed agreed that Romney held his own while others felt former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich may have fired up his supporters with a typically
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Ron Paul flies first class and sticks taxpayers with the tab

Texas Congressman Ron Paul, the GOP presidential candidate who rants and rails against government waste, doesn’t mind sticking it to taxpayers when it comes to his own comfort. The Associated Press discovered Paul billed taxpayers 52 grand for traveling by air between Washington and his Congressional district since May 2009, flying first class on at least 31 round trip flights and another dozen one-way trips. As a Congressman, Paul qualifies for a low government rate if he purchases the cheaper economy tickets but chooses instead to shell out double that amount for full-fare, fully-refundable tickets, that — among other things
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A tired-looking Ron Paul returns to South Carolina after four-day absence

A tired-looking Ron Paul showed up in South Carolina Sunday after a four-day disappearing act that has some close aides wondering if their candidate is running short on stamina. Paul, the oldest candidate in the GOP presidential sweepstakes, often takes time off between primaries but his latest absence from a key primary campaign leaves some observers and even ardent supporters thinking the candidate needs more than just a few days off.” “Dr. Paul is tired.  Campaigning for President is hard work,” says Terry Andrews, a Paul supporter.  “But he’s in great shape.” Others aren’t so sure.  Paul has shown increasing
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Santorum stepping up attacks on Romney, Paul

A fired up Rick Santorum, saying he is upset over attacks from Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, plans to hold a press conference Monday to say campaigns are too negative. Then he will go negative himself with strong attacks on both Romney and Paul. Many see South Carolina as Santorum’s last chance to prove his close second-place finish in Iowa wasn’t a fluke.  After a miserable showing in New Hampshire, a bad finish in South Carolina could finish Santorum’s campaign. So, in desperation, he will condemn negative campaigning before launching his own scorched-earth attacks on the two he see as
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Jon Huntsman latest casualty in GOP sweepstakes

Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor whose campaign never caught on, plans to quit the GOP Presidential race today. Close campaign aides tell Capitol Hill Blue that Huntsman told his staff Sunday night and will announce his departure from the race in a press conference where he will also endorse current GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney. “It’s over,” a disheartened campaign aide said.  “We tried but we just couldn’t make it work.” Huntsman’s announcement comes one day after he gained an major endorsement in South Carolina from The State newspaper. “Too little, too late,” the aide said.  “It’s over.” Some campaign
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Boehner fed up with obstruction by tea party GOP Reps

Speaker of the House John Boehner, fed up with the Republican freshman House members supported by the so-called “populist” tea party movement, is ignoring their whines and stonewalling and will work towards a compromise to avoid another public relations disaster on tax cuts and budget deals. Capitol Hill Blue has learned that a frustrated Boehner recently told his close aides “to hell with them,” referring to many of the 85 freshman Republicans installed in Congress in 2010 by the tea party movement. Polls show growing buyers remorse among voters who supported the tea party-backed Republicans in 2010 and Boehner —
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Bombastic Gingrich draws Republican ire

When Newt Gingrich stepped down as Speaker of the House and resigned from Congress amid an ethics scandal over a book deal and revelations that he was once again dumping a wife because of an affair with a younger woman, Republicans on Capitol Hill breathed a sign of relief. Newt was gone…or so they thought. Gingrich may have left elected office but he did not disappear into the shadows as so many in the GOP hoped. “Newt Gingrich is a political vampire,” one former aide tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “It would take a wooden stake to kill his ego, his
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Pathetic GOP field turns perennial losers into contenders

In a Twilight Zone political season where a celebrity-seeking real estate developer, a serial adulterer, a sexual predator, a brain-dead Texas governor and an intellectually-challenged Congresswoman can be touted as leading contenders at one time or another, it should come as no surprise that losers like Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul now find themselves one-two-three in the race for delegates for the GOP nomination for President. For different reasons, no one in the crowded field of GOP pretenders deserves to be President.  Among the three delegate leaders, one is a shape-shifting political package molded by pollsters and strategists,
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Romney wins New Hampshire: Can he be stopped?

After back-to-back wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, the question now for the muddled Republican field of Presidential contenders is:  Can Mitt Romney be stopped? Romney cruised to an easy win in New Hampshire Tuesday, capturing nearly 40 percent of the vote and leaving a field of other pretenders — led by Ron Paul with 23 percent — far behind. “It’s a convincing win to be sure,” GOP analyst Stan Wilson tells Capitol Hill Blue, “but it’s a win with an asterisk because it’s a win over second-tier candidates.” Political professionals say that in a perfect political world — a
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