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Santorum’s handlers struggle to keep him on message

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 […]

Battle-weary Republicans just want primary fight to end

Battle-weary Republicans just want primary fight to end

To hear some weary rank-and-file Republicans tell it, the increasingly bitter fight for the party’s presidential nomination can’t end quickly enough. “It’s going to get pretty nasty, the longer it goes, with the mudslinging,” says Marilyn Duley of Hamilton, Ohio. “I’ll just be glad when it’s over.” Other GOP loyalists argue that patience is virtue […]

Santorum hoping for help from Gingrich

Santorum hoping for help from Gingrich

Short on money and staff, Rick Santorum needs help to remain a viable threat to front-runner Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. One strategist hopes it will come from another rival, Newt Gingrich. Top adviser John Brabender says Santorum’s future may depend upon Gingrich leaving the race. The former House speaker […]

Michigan, Arizona primaries give Romney a needed boost

Michigan, Arizona primaries give Romney a needed boost

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney regained frontrunner status in the tangled race for the Republican nomination for President Tuesday with wins in the Michigan and Arizona primaries. But the wins — while significant — still show Romney has a long fight ahead in his pursuit of the nomination. His win in Michigan — his self-declared […]

Primary results showcase a crippled Republican party

Primary results showcase a crippled Republican party

Mitt Romney‘s narrow win in Michigan is unlikely to ease lingering doubts about his candidacy or head off the possibility of a long and divisive presidential nominating fight that is damaging Republican chances in November’s general election. The close result in Michigan at least temporarily returned Romney to his frontrunner status and averted an outbreak […]

Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton? Hey, it could happen

Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton? Hey, it could happen

The other day, a good friend came up with an interesting scenario for the ultimate result of the chaotic race for the Republican presidential nomination. But first, let me say that my friend has broad political experience on local, state and national stages, having worked as an adviser on several presidential campaigns. I must add […]

Democrats could be key factor in Michigan GOP primary

Democrats could be key factor in Michigan GOP primary

Republican social conservative Rick Santorum could see an uptick in support during Tuesday’s presidential primary in Michigan from an unlikely voting bloc: hardcore Democrats. Democratic activists and strategists have launched a campaign to push fellow Democrats and independents to vote for Santorum to try to derail the more moderate frontrunner Mitt Romney, a Michigan native […]

Santorum still winging it

Santorum still winging it

After a shaky performance in Wednesday’s Republican debate in Mesa, Arizona, Rick Santorum did something rare for presidential candidates in his situation: He walked into the “spin room,” the raucous space where campaign advisers ply reporters with reasons why their candidate won the debate. Other candidates typically leave such post-game cleanup to surrogates. Not Santorum. […]

Obama says failed GOP policies drive up gas prices

Obama says failed GOP policies drive up gas prices

President Barack Obama on Thursday assailed Republicans for what he described as a flawed and dishonest strategy for reducing gas prices, predicting his rivals would offer nothing but more drilling and political promises of $2-a-gallon gas. Said the president: “The American people aren’t stupid.” “That’s not a plan, especially since we’re already drilling. That’s a […]