Mitt Romney

Environmentalists wonder: What are Republicans smoking?

Environmentalists wonder: What are Republicans smoking?

Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama blocked construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline as a gift to environmentalists. Newt Gingrich calls Obama “President Algae” for supporting research on biofuels. And Rick Santorum says Obama’s environmental views constitute a “phony theology” that prioritizes the earth over people. The leading Republican presidential hopefuls have cast Obama […]

‘Tis the political season to be silly

‘Tis the political season to be silly

Silly-season pollen seems to have infected the campaign trail. On the Democratic side, the excitable Vice President Joe Biden made the jaw-dropping claim that the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was unsurpassed in its audacity by anything that has happened since the 16th century — that’s right, for 500 years. Among Republicans, a punchy […]

GOP establishment uniting to back Romney

GOP establishment uniting to back Romney

The Republican establishment started to coalesce around Mitt Romney in earnest on Wednesday, with Jeb Bush and other leading Republicans pressuring Rick Santorum to leave the race after a thumping in the Illinois primary. But, on what should have been a triumphant day, Romney found himself having to defend his conservative credentials anew after one […]

Grueling campaign leaves candidates exhausted, mistake-prone

Grueling campaign leaves candidates exhausted, mistake-prone

It’s a good thing the GOP presidential race slows down from here: The candidates are even more tired than the voters. And, boy, does it show. Mitt Romney, who scaled back his public schedule this week to get a break, has slept in his own bed just twice since Christmas. Rick Santorum‘s been making the […]

Romney sees Illinois win as turning point

Romney sees Illinois win as turning point

Mitt Romney says he’s “almost there” in his six-year pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination after defeating Rick Santorum in the Illinois GOP primary. “Tonight’s win means we are that much closer to securing the nomination, uniting our party, and taking on President Obama,” the Republican front-runner wrote in a campaign email sent late Tuesday. […]

GOP primary circus: Endless campaign still looking for a winner

GOP primary circus: Endless campaign still looking for a winner

Mitt Romney‘s methodical accumulation of Republican delegates is no thing of beauty, and the public is reacting in kind. The 2012 presidential race thus far is drawing rather tepid interest despite high stakes that include pivotal decisions about the weak economy and the fate of President Barack Obama’s massive health care overhaul. Generally speaking, voter […]

Illinois voters wanted candidate to beat Obama

Illinois voters wanted candidate to beat Obama

Voters hunting for a candidate who can defeat President Barack Obama and with the proper experience helped vault Mitt Romney to victory Tuesday in Illinois’ presidential primary, according to results of an exit poll of voters. His win was also powered by robust margins from people worried about the economy and federal deficits. Main challenger […]

Tea party rookie beats veteran GOP congressman

Tea party rookie beats veteran GOP congressman

A rookie Congressman with Tea Party support beat a veteran Republican twice his age on Tuesday in a primary contest between incumbents forced by Democratic gerrymandering of the electoral map designed to gain congressional seats in November. Freshman Republican Adam Kinzinger, 34, declared victory over 20-year Representative Don Manzullo, who turns 68 this month, in […]

Romney scores key victory in Illinois primary

Romney scores key victory in Illinois primary

Mitt Romney won the Illinois Republican presidential primary Tuesday night, re-establishing himself as the frontrunner. Returns show Romney beating rival Rick Santorum easily.  With 63.66 percent of the votes counted, Romney leads with 47 percent to Santorum’s 35 percent.  Ron Paul is a distant third at 9 percent and Newt Gingrich breaks up the rear […]