Romney’s selection of Ryan as running mate redefines White House race

Romney’s selection of Ryan as running mate redefines White House race

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate could dramatically shift the race for the White House into a debate between two sharply contrasting views of government spending and debt and its role in the daily lives of Americans. In choosing Ryan – a budget hawk […]

GOP wants cuts to social programs to protect military budgets

GOP wants cuts to social programs to protect military budgets

Republicans in the House of Representatives on Monday will fire their first shots of the next deficit-reduction battle, advancing legislation to cut nearly $380 billion largely from social programs while protecting defense spending. The cuts to food stamps, child tax credits and Medicaid healthcare for the poor, among others, are certain to stall in the […]

Santorum’s show playing to mostly empty rooms

Santorum’s show playing to mostly empty rooms

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s rural road show is running out of gas. The candidate once considered the last remaining serious contender to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP Presidential nomination is playing to nearly empty houses. Campaigning in Wisconsin, where he hopes the rural redneck vote will pull help him upset frontrunner […]

GOP budget plan: A hot campaign issue

GOP budget plan: A hot campaign issue

The new debt-slashing budget plan pushed by House Republicans heated up as a presidential campaign issue Sunday as the proposal’s architect, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, sparred with top Democrats over its political fallout and downplayed the possibility he could be tapped as a vice presidential candidate. Senior White House adviser David Plouffe dismissed the […]

GOP ‘Pledge’ driven by polls, not philosophy

GOP ‘Pledge’ driven by polls, not philosophy

Billed as a Pledge to America, the House Republican campaign manifesto is as much political straddle as conservative call to action, long on poll-tested goals, short on controversial specifics and designed to reassure independent voters who abandoned the party in the last two elections. “It’s not intended to be a party platform. It’s not intended […]

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