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Will Tuesday be super for Mitt Romney?

As Super Tuesday approaches, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to have regained momentum in his quest for the Republican Presidential nomination. In Ohio, the state that many political watchers consider critical and key among the 10 state contests Tuesday, Romney has closed what was once a double-deficit lead by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum to a tie. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released over the weekend shows Romney and Santorum tied at 32 percent.  Most political experts feel Santorum must win in Ohio to keep his campaign alive. Some felt the same way about Michigan, where Santorum fell from a double-digit
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Ron Paul to tornado victims: Get insurance, not federal aid

Libertarian Texas Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul Sunday said victims of tornadoes that spread death and destruction across the  South and Midwest don’t deserve federal aid. Said Paul on CNN’s State of the Union: There is no such thing as federal money.  Federal money is just what they seal from the state sand steal from you and me.  The people who live in tornado alley, just as I live in hurricane alley, they should have insurance. Paul said he does see a role for the National Guard to provide assistance but he also believes the Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Cantor endorses Romney for GOP Presidential nod

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Sunday endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for President. Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, said Romney is the only candidate with a “pro-growth, pro-jobs plan for the future.”  His endorsement comes just two days before the Virginia primary where only Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul appear on the GOP ballot. One GOP strategist told Capitol Hill Blue Sunday that Cantor’s endorsement is “a surprise that came out of the blue.” “I didn’t see that one coming,” Lawrence Olsen said. Cantor called Romney’s programs best for the party because they create jobs and “make
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Romney notches another win, looks towards Super Tuesday

A Washington state victory in hand, Mitt Romney is looking ahead to Tuesday’s 10-state bonanza that features contests from Alaska to Ohio to Massachusetts, millions in campaign spending and the largest single day of voting yet in the Republicans’ topsy-turvy primary race. The former Massachusetts governor won Saturday night’s low-turnout caucuses, adding another win to his tally and gaining momentum in his drive to the GOP nomination. Leading in delegates to the GOP’s national convention, Romney looked to defend his front-runner standing even while rivals Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul sought to keep their candidacies afloat. “The voters
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Limbaugh apologizes for calling student a slut

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh apologized Saturday to a Georgetown University law student he had branded a “slut” and “prostitute” after fellow Republicans as well as Democrats criticized him and several advertisers left his program. The student, Sandra Fluke, had testified to congressional Democrats in support of their national health care policy that would compel her college to offer health plans that cover her birth control. “My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir,” Limbaugh said on his website. “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the
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Obama set to defend policies on Israel

President Barack Obama is fighting back against Republicans who claim he is not fully supporting Israel, saying the efforts by his opponents are playing politics with the volatile middle east. Still, Obama is treading politically-sensitive waters Sunday when he tried to defend his differences with the Jewish state over Iran’s nuclear program in a speech before Israel’s primary lobbying group in America. He also faces a tense meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Monday. “The President is walking a political tightrope,” political scientist Andrew Gallimore tells Capitol Hill Blue. “Anything perceived as less than
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Super Tuesday: A super headache for the GOP?

For Republicans, “Super Tuesday” will not be quite as super as it used to be. In recent presidential campaigns, the wave of state contests on the same day in February or March has been a defining moment, often settling the Republican race. That will not happen this Tuesday, when 10 states hold Super Tuesday contests that could boost Mitt Romney as the clear front-runner but will not hand him the nomination. Rule changes by Republican Party leaders have stretched out the 2012 nomination process, essentially ensuring it will continue at least into April, and possibly to June. The idea behind
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Ohio: The perfect political microcosm for campaign 2012?

Ohio’s Super Tuesday primary is proving to be the perfect microcosm of the nation’s unruly race for the Republican presidential nomination: Mitt Romney is spending lots of money, Rick Santorum is aggressively courting conservatives and Newt Gingrich is counting on big ideas to swing votes his way. Of the 10 states weighing in on Tuesday, Ohio offers the hottest contest. And with its diverse population, reputation as a presidential battleground and preoccupation with the same economic worries that nag the nation at large, Ohio seems destined to foreshadow the shape of the campaign as it heads toward November. “You seem
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Campaign promises: No, you can’t have it all

Is there any impulse greater in politics than to promise people the sun and the moon? Each in their own way, the Republican candidates heading into Super Tuesday primaries are telling Americans they can have “it all” — plentiful energy without pain at the pump, jobs without deeper debt, thriving factories like the days of yore, a renaissance at every dusty turn. Call it the can-do spirit or, as Barack Obama liked to put it, “Yes we can.” But, seriously. No independent economist believes manufacturing will come rushing back against the global economic tide if the government merely backs off
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Santorum’s handlers struggle to keep him on message

Rick Santorum‘s advisers outlined a new strategy for staying on message in the hours after he lost to Mitt Romney in Michigan’s Republican presidential primary. Just as quickly, the strategy fell by the wayside. It was a victim of the disorganization that’s marked the Santorum campaign and raised questions about his ability to compete against Mitt Romney over the long haul. “They could be much better on discipline,” said Republican operative Michael Dennehy, a top aide for Sen. John McCain four years ago. “They’ve been very open about their change in messaging after Tuesday’s election. It lasted about 12 hours.”
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