Rick Santorum

Romney, Santorum already looking towards Ohio

Romney, Santorum already looking towards Ohio

Regardless of the outcome of Republican presidential primaries in Michigan and Arizona on Tuesday, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum appear headed for a showdown next week in Ohio. Both candidates plan to dash there later this week. The candidates and their allies already are spending heavily on advertising in the Buckeye State. It’s one of […]

Rick Santorum continues his racist themes

Rick Santorum continues his racist themes

Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is resurrecting an old, racist theme on the campaign trail, trying to link food stamps with minorities and suggesting only black people receive welfare benefits in America. On Saturday, Santorum said: Talk to minority communities, not about giving them food stamps and government dependency but about creating jobs so that […]

Gingirch, stuck on sidelines, plots another comeback

Gingirch, stuck on sidelines, plots another comeback

Largely on the sidelines of the GOP race, Newt Gingrich is pinning his fleeting Republican presidential hopes on Georgia, where his political career began, and a cluster of states that vote the same day. He’s likely to sustain two more losses before Super Tuesday — in Michigan and Arizona, two states he’s ceded to rivals […]

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 […]

Republicans may regret focus on social issues

Republicans may regret focus on social issues

The longer GOP presidential candidates compete for conservative activists’ favor, the more they risk alienating centrist voters who might feel that arguments over birth control are crowding out talk about how to create jobs. Wednesday’s televised debate highlighted the dilemma. The four contenders engaged in long, sometimes dense discussions of Planned Parenthood, education policy and […]

Lies, damn lies and GOP debates

Lies, damn lies and GOP debates

  Twenty Republican presidential debates later, the head-scratching claims kept coming. Did Mitt Romney really cut taxes as Massachusetts governor, as he asserted yet again? Or did he raise them by hundreds of millions of dollars, as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum alleged? And how could Newt Gingrich have given the nation four balanced budgets […]

Romney closes gap in new poll of Michigan voters

Romney closes gap in new poll of Michigan voters

A barrage of television ads and closer scrutiny of a surging Rick Santorum have closed the gap in Michigan as a new poll shows Mitt Romney closing what once was a 15-point deficit to four percentage points. Still, with a week to go before a crucial primary that could make or break Romney’s once seemingly […]