Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum’s risky running game

Rick Santorum’s risky running game

As Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum fought for his political life in 2006, his ally Senator Arlen Specter offered a word of advice: Just stop talking. What Specter meant was that Santorum should stop talking about social issues, according to Adrienne Baker Green, a Specter aide who witnessed the exchange. Santorum’s outspoken style on issues such […]

Super Tuesday showdown: Hype or a defining day for GOP?

Super Tuesday showdown: Hype or a defining day for GOP?

On the eve of their Super Tuesday showdown, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum strained for an edge in Ohio on Monday and braced for the 10 primaries and caucuses likely to redefine the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Newt Gingrich, though winless for more than a month, campaigned in Tennessee and issued a stream […]

Will Tuesday be super for Mitt Romney?

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 […]

What’s so ‘super’ about Super Tuesday?

What’s so ‘super’ about Super Tuesday?

Super? Maybe not this time. But it is a Tuesday, one with the biggest payout of the Republican presidential primaries. Super Tuesday, slimmed down to half its 2008 size but still doling out one-third of the delegates needed to win, probably won’t settle much. Sure, it could nudge Newt Gingrich out of the race, or […]

Romney notches another win, looks towards Super Tuesday

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 […]

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 […]

Ohio: The perfect political microcosm for campaign 2012?

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, […]

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 […]