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Romney tops the other GOP losers in Nevada

  As expected, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the Nevada caucuses. As expected, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich finished a distant second but vowed to stay in the race until the bitter end. As expected, Texas Congressman Ron Paul finished an even-more-distant third but his small but ardent band of supporters treated it like a victory. And former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum finished dead last and, as usual, no one knows what to expect from him. Turnout in Nevada was dismal at best and some results are not yet reported but Romney leaves the state with the
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Romney appears headed for another victory in Nevada

GOP Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney goes into the Nevada caucuses Saturday with as much as a 20 percentage point lead in the polls while former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich lags back in second, Texas Congressman Ron Paul is third and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum brings up the rear. Polls put Romney at 45 percent and Gingrich at 25.  The only question appeared to if Paul, who does well in caucus states, can challenge Gingrich for second. “Romney has three things going for him Nevada,” political scientist Charles Moran tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “He has the money, he
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Newt Gingrich’s latest — and most blatant — hypocrisy

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, the Republican bomb thrower who turned dissension into public policy, now says he is “sick and tired” of candidates who deploy divisive tactics. Now Gingrich says he is the candidate to “unite America.” Say what? “I want to be a President for all Americans,” Gingrich said Wednesday. This from the man who turned the U.S. Congress into a political divide larger than the Grand Canyon.  This from the man who — as Speaker — turned Congress into a backbiting snake pit where compromise became a dirty word and coalitions sank into a swamp
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Romney’s clueless remarks about the poor is a major gaffe

GOP Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, fresh off victory in the Florida primary, planted his Gucci-clad shoe firmly into his mouth Wednesday with a gaffe that got worse the more he tried to spin. Romney, trying to explain how his campaign is focused on the plight of the American middle class, said he is “not concerned about the very poor” because they’re OK with a  “safety net.”  He didn’t just say it once, but three times. In American politics, one does not say he or she is not concerned about the poor and if you’re a Republican trying to corral all
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Romney takes Florida but the race is far from over

Mitt Romney, as the polls predicted, took the Florida primary by double digits, posting a 14 percent win over South Carolina winner Newt Gingrich: 46 percent to 32. Rick Santorum finished a distant third with 13 percent and Ron Paul brought up the rear with just seven percent. But as Romney celebrated his win, a closer look at the returns showed the former Massachusetts governor still has a long way to go to win the hearts and minds of most Republicans. Gingrich still carried several rural counties in Florida, including the very conservative north.  He lost votes to Santorum and
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As Florida votes, Newt scrambles, Mitt cruises

With his campaign back on cruise control, a confident Mitt Romney appeared ready to capture the Florida GOP primary Tuesday, collected the state’s winner-take-all delegates and re-assume control of the the wild and woolly Republican contest for the right to challenge Barack Obama in November. A floundering Newt Gingrich tried to score political points with Florida’s larges contingent of Jewish voters by concentrating on an old Romney decision to block state funding of kosher meals for the elderly while governor of Massachusetts but polls going into the primary showed the former Speaker lagging far behind. Reuters/Ipso showed Romney leading with
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Romney showing strength on eve of Florida primary

A battered and bruised Newt Gingrich continued to slip in Florida pre-primary polls Sunday, dropping 12 -15 percentage points behind surging frontrunner Mitt Romney, depending on the survey. Even an endorsement from former candidate and fellow adulterer Herman Cain couldn’t stem the momentum shift to Romney as Gingrich struggled to stop the defections. Said Gingrich on Fox News Sunday: He has a basic policy of carpet-bombing his opponent.  I give Gov. Romney’s campaign due respect for the sheer volume of negativity that they use and the sheer amount of money they raise on Wall Street. Romney responded by suggesting Gingrich
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How Ron Paul used racist newsletters to wipe out debts, get rich

Texas Congressman Ron Paul left the House of Representatives at the end of 1984 deeply in debt, owing $765,000 to various creditors, some of whom threatened to take him to court. His ill-fated and unsuccessful run for the Senate in 1984 didn’t help his precarious financial situation.  He needed to make money and make it fast. So with the help of his former chief of staff, Lew Rockwell, Paul hit upon a quick money-making scheme:  A series of racially-provocative newsletters published under his name. Paul wrote the economic themes of the newsletters, capitalizing on fear of government, hatred of the
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Romney retakes lead in latest Florida polls

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, coming off a strong debate performance that left challenger Newt Gingrich off balance and muttering to himself, is up 9-10 points in two new polls of Republican voters for Tuesday’s crucial Florida primary. A Quinnipiac University Poll gives Romney a 1o point edge — 38 to 28 percent — over the former Speaker of the House while Voter Survey Service for Sunshine State News shows Romney at 40 percent with Gingrich at 31. Backbenchers Rick Santorum and Ron Paul both lag far behind.  Santorum, admitting he’s tired and almost out of campaign funds, headed home
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Romney, Gingrich square off in second Florida debate

GOP Presidential frontrunners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich sparred with each other in the second pre-Florida primary debate Thursday night with disputes over immigration, housing and their personal finances. Romney showed his anger openly when he chastised Gingrich for a Spanish language radio ad that called the former Massachusetts governor anti-immigrant. “The idea that I am anti-immigrant is repulsive. You should apologize,” Romney told Gingrich. The former speaker of the house, under fire from within GOP circles for the tone of the ad, pulled it. Romney went after Gingrich for his fat-cat consulting deal with housing giants Fannie Mae and
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