A report this morning by Politico chief political correspondent Roger Simon includes thisbombshell about Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan:
Though Ryan had already decided to distance himself from the floundering Romney campaign, he now feels totally uninhibited. Reportedly, he has been marching around his campaign bus, saying things like, “If Stench calls, take a message” and “Tell Stench I’m having finger sandwiches with Peggy Noonan and will text him later.”
The “stench” [...]
Mitt Romney made Iowa state fund-raising history Tuesday evening by bringing in between $1.8 and $2 million at an event in West Des Moines, a Romney aide confirmed.
“Because of your participation and your presence here tonight, this event, in this room at this time is the largest and most successful presidential fundraiser we have ever had in the history of the state of Iowa,” David Oman, Romney’s Iowa state chair, [...]
DES MOINES, Iowa – Caucus night was chaotic in many places, with hundreds of voters, candidates showing up and the throngs of media who followed. The world’s eyes were on Iowa. But in the quiet town of Moulton, Appanoose County, a caucus of 53 people may just blow up the results.
Edward True, 28, of Moulton, said he helped count the votes and jotted the results down on a piece of paper [...]
(Reuters) – Slipping in polls under an onslaught of attacks, Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich promises to wage a sharper and more aggressive campaign in the final two weeks before Iowa kicks off the party’s nominating race.
Gingrich says he will be quicker to respond to attacks and more agile in getting his message across to voters who may have lost faith in him after rivals launched a withering barrage of [...]
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Taking seriously an apparent threat from a notorious collective of computer hackers, the Iowa Republican Party is boosting the security of the electronic systems it will use in two weeks to count the first votes of the 2012 presidential campaign.
Investigators don’t know if the threat is authentic, but it has nonetheless led the state party to confront a worst-case scenario. Their fear: an Iowa caucus [...]
ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — Texas Rep. Ron Paul is emerging as a significant factor in the Republican presidential race, especially in Iowa.
He’s been long dismissed by the GOP establishment, but the libertarian-leaning candidate is now turning heads beyond his hard-core followers – and rising in some polls – just weeks before the state holds the leadoff presidential caucuses and four years since his failed 2008 bid.
Paul’s sharp criticism of government [...]
The first votes of the 2012 presidential campaign will be cast on the third day of the new year, according to a schedule announced Monday evening by the Iowa Republican Party.
State GOP Chair Matt Strawn made his proposed Jan. 3 date for the Iowa caucuses official — in a statement that lamented the compressed campaign schedule and urged that the voting not be moved up any further.
Iowans will begin the [...]
Washington (CNN) – A panel of Florida legislators bucked national Republican Party rules Friday and approved a motion to hold the state’s presidential primary on Jan. 31 of next year.
The move, crafted to ensure that Florida goes fifth in the nominating process, is certain to scramble the presidential primary calendar and push the first contest of the GOP nomination fight into the early days [...]
(Reuters) – Four U.S. states holding contests early in 2012 to choose the Republican presidential nominee threatened on Thursday to leapfrog Florida if it goes ahead with a primary election date of January 31.
Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina are the only four states permitted by the Republican National Committee (RNC) to hold primaries or caucuses earlier than March 6, the date dubbed [...]
AMES, Iowa – The preseason is over for the Republican presidential field. When the top eight declared candidates take the stage at the Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State University at 9 p.m. Eastern tonight, they will be playing for keeps.
With voters anxious about the future of the nation, President Obama already out on the campaign trail (including a Michigan factory stop and another big-buck New [...]
DES MOINES, Iowa – U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was hailed in Iowa Saturday as an emerging party player for his government-shrinking, deficit-cutting message — nearly four years after his father championed similar themes but was excluded from a Republican presidential forum because of his poor showing in the polls.
The Kentucky senator’s message sounded much like the one delivered by his father, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul [...]