Barack Obama

Obama set to defend policies on Israel

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 […]

Super Tuesday: A super headache for the GOP?

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 […]

Campaign promises: No, you can’t have it all

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 […]

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 […]