Romney, Gingrich Spar in South Carolina
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Barbs flew between Mitt Romney and rival GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, as Mr. Romney stepped up efforts to discredit his most combative rival. ...

Romney tries to sidestep tax furor he ignited (AP)
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AP - Mitt Romney tried doggedly Wednesday to sidestep the political furor he had started a day earlier by revealing he pays federal taxes at a rate of about 15 percent, less than millions of middle-income American families. Newt Gingrich, his main r ...

TIME/CNN Poll: Romney Still Top Dog, but Gingrich Gaining in South Carolina
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GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney commands double-digit leads in South Carolina and Florida, but Newt Gingrich’s troubled campaign is showing signs of resurgence in the Palmetto State just three days before its pivotal primary, according to a ...

Newt Gingrich says his effective tax rate is 31%, proposes lowering it to Mitt Romney's 15%
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Thatcher and Reagan were socialists compared to what Newt Gingrich is proposing   ABC News: Newt Gingrich said today that he paid a 31 percent tax rate in 2010 and plans to release his tax returns for 2010 Thursday, followed by the 2011 documents. R ...

Is Romney Worried About Gingrich?
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Judging from the polls, Mitt Romney should feel comfortable about his position in the South Carolina Republican primary. According to the latest survey from Rasmussen, for example, the former Massachusetts governor leads with 35 percent of the vote. ...

Romney the focus of questions at anti-abortion forum, despite absence
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Greenville, South Carolina – Four of the five remaining presidential candidates appeared in Greenville, South Carolina Wednesday night at an anti-abortion forum sponsored by Personhood USA. But the missing candidate – Mitt Romney – was nonetheless pr ...

Babies and Barbeque on the Romney Trail
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Mitt Romney made an impromptu stop Wednesday at a BBQ restaurant as he campaigns around South Carolina. The GOP front-runner is starting to see signs of a surge in his rival Newt Gingrich. WSJ's Sara Murray reports. ...

Gingrich Florida-bound after South Carolina
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Easley, South Carolina (CNN) – Newt Gingrich said Wednesday he's going to Florida even if he comes in second place behind Mitt Romney in South Carolina's Saturday primary. Asked by a reporter if Florida is "definitely a go," the presidential candidat ...

Romney has fortune in Caribbean
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Mitt Romney's campaign admitted Wednesday that he has millions invested in funds in a Caribbean tax haven — but insisted the GOP front-runner is no tax dodger. ...

Perry: Romney abortion flip was for 'convenience' (AP)
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AP - Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that Mitt Romney changed his position on legalized abortion out of political convenience, one of the sharpest allegations leveled yet in the South Carolina GOP presidential primary. ...

Romney previews general election ads
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Rock Hill, South Carolina (CNN) – Three days before South Carolina's primary, Mitt Romney gave voters a glimpse of what his general election campaign would look like. Romney, the winner of the first two GOP primary season contests, has long sought to ...

Newt PAC Mocks Romney-Obama Debate Match-Up
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Watch an ad released by a super PAC supporting GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, parodying a potential debate match-up between President Obama and rival Mitt Romney. ...

Gingrich pushes back against Romney's new line of attack
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(CNN) – Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich responded Wednesday to new criticism from opponent Mitt Romney, who forcefully dismissed the former speaker's claims he helped create jobs while in Congress. Hitting back, Gingrich pointed to his w ...

With Nomination Almost in Reach, Romney Looks to Bury Gingrich Again in South Carolina
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Spartanburg, South Carolina With just days until the South Carolina primary looming as the last real hurdle on his march to the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney is trying to ward off a late charge from Newt Gingrich by raising questions about Gingr ...

In shift, Romney campaign targets Gingrich
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Spartanburg, South Carolina (CNN) - Mitt Romney hit Newt Gingrich over job creation claims Wednesday, the latest in a sudden escalation of attacks by Romney's campaign on the former House speaker. "The Speaker the other day at the debate was talking ...

President Obama: Romney Foreign Policy Attacks Will Wither in ‘Serious Debate’
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President Obama dismissed Republican rival Mitt Romney’s critiques of his foreign policy credentials Wednesday in an exclusive TIME interview, saying the GOP frontrunner’s attacks are little more than primary posturing that will wither under the glar ...

Mitt Romney’s rivals pounce on GOP prez candidate’s acknowledgement his tax rate is around 15% 
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Mitt Romney has yet to release his tax returns, but he's already brewing up a storm after acknowledging his tax rate is "probably" around 15%. The Republican presidential candidate's rivals pounced on his remarks, using it as evidence that the multim ...

Welcome to Low Country: A Compendium of South Carolina Political Ads
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Mitt Romney Team Romney has barraged South Carolina with television ads, radio spots, mailings and robo-calls, jabbing President Obama, defending Romney’s work at Bain Capital and denouncing GOP rivals. They’ve dialed up South Carolina voters with pr ...

South Carolina Race Tightens
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A new CNN/Time poll in South Carolina shows Mitt Romney slipping and Newt Gingrich gaining. Romney leads with 33%, followed by Gingrich at 23%, Rick Santorum at 16%, Ron Paul at 13% and Rick Perry at 6%. Said pollster Keating Holland: "Gingrich appea ...

Headlines you won't see in 2012: 'Income tax returns for last 12 years revealed by Romney'
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Release every income tax return for the past 12 years? Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney won't do it. But his dad did : In 1967, George Romney released his previous 12 tax returns (h/t: Jake Tapper )   Not only was George Romney the first candidate ...

Why Romney's Tax Returns Matter
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As First Read points out, "the central story of the past 10 days in the GOP presidential race has been about Mitt Romney's wealth and his business practices at Bain Capital." Adam Sorensen : "For Democrats, this is the perfect campaign issue. It lies ...

Is the GOP Race Tightening Again?
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A new Rasmussen national survey shows Mitt Romney just edging Newt Gingrich among Republican voters, 30% to 27%, with Rick Santorum at 15%, Ron Paul at 13% and Rick Perry at 4%. Key findings: "But the story in the new numbers, taken Tuesday night, is ...

Gingrich seizes on Romney's abortion record in South Carolina mailer
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Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - In a new mail piece hitting South Carolina households, Newt Gingrich is taking fresh aim at Mitt Romney's past support for abortion rights. The mailer has a similar message as a Gingrich television - currently airin ...

Mitt Romney Drowns Out South Carolina Competition With Robocall Campaign
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WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is running a drown-out robocall campaign in South Carolina in hopes of closing out the Republican primary in the... ...

Romney scared of Newt in S.C.?
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Mitt Romney’s campaign unleashed a multi-pronged attack against Newt Gingrich Wednesday — a sign the GOP front-runner could be worried about a surge from the ex-Speaker prior to South Carolina’s primary on Saturday. ...

Romney stops at smokehouse for barbecue fix
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Lexington, South Carolina (CNN) – Mitt Romney betrayed a weakness for pulled pork and a joking desire to see reporters covering his campaign "turn green" during a barbecue run through a South Carolina smokehouse Wednesday. The GOP candidate bounded o ...

Why is Mitt Romney suddenly attacking Newt Gingrich?
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Everybody knows Mitt Romney is inevitable, right? So why is his campaign releasing a new web ad and hosting a new conference call bashing Newt Gingrich in harsh, personal terms? Mitt Romney seems worried he didn't complete nuke Newt Gingrich the fir ...

WATCH: Mitt Romney Madness, South Carolina Edition
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An odd thing appears to be afoot in the Republican presidential nomination race: The closer Mitt Romney gets to the nomination, the further he seems... ...

Chris Christie tells Mitt Romney to release tax returns 'sooner rather than later'
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New Jersey's Republican Gov. Chris Christie this morning on NBC's Today Show, straddling the fence defending Mitt Romney's decision to release only his 2011 tax returns and to wait to do so until April and backing Rick Perry's demand that Mitt Romne ...

Romney Hits Gingrich, Hints at General Election Ads
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ROCK HILL, S.C. – Mitt Romney continued his criticism of former Speaker Newt Gingrich during an afternoon rally, accusing his GOP rival of jumping on the “bandwagon” of attacks started by President Obama. “I think the president’s attack on free enter ...

Romney leads in SC, but by tighter margin
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First Read: A new poll ahead of Saturday's South Carolina primary shows Mitt Romney in the lead, but with Newt Gingrich eating into the former Massachusetts governor's advantage. ...

Romney launches offensive against Gingrich
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First Read: Mitt Romney's campaign went on the offensive against Newt Gingrich on Wednesday amid signs the former speaker is rising in South Carolina. ...

Will Romney Stop Debating?
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Byron York reports Mitt Romney's presidential campaign "says it has not yet accepted invitations to participate in two high-profile debates leading up to the January 31 Florida primary, and a key Romney adviser is expressing fatigue and frustration ...

Romney Parks Millions in Offshore Investments
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"Although it is not apparent on his financial disclosure form, Mitt Romney has millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven," ABC News reports. "As the race for the Repub ...

Romney's Investments Taxed At 15 Percent
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In South Carolina Tuesday, Mitt Romney confirmed that he will release his tax returns. The subject came up in Monday night's GOP presidential debate. Romney also said his effective tax rate is around 15 percent. NPR's Scott Horsley has this look at t ...

If Romney clears Palmetto State, he could take them all (Daily Caller)
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Daily Caller - If Mitt Romney wins the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary, as polls suggest he may, the 2012 primary season will likely be recorded as one of the most decisive in history. ...

Romney Reveals 15 Percent Tax Rate as Republicans Target Him
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Mitt Romney estimated he pays an effective tax rate close to 15 percent and said he would release more details in April if he clinches the Republican presidential nomination, as his rivals crisscrossed South Carolina working to prevent that from happ ...

Mitt Romney Campaign Seeks To Stop Newt Gingrich's Rise In South Carolina
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Mitt Romney's campaign on Wednesday deployed two former members of Congress who served with Newt Gingrich in the 1990s to hammer the... ...

Romney Keeps Jabbing at Gingrich
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Mitt Romney kept knocking Newt Gingrich at campaign events Wednesday, a clear break from his earlier strategy of focusing on President Obama. ...

The Tax Return Cometh
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Although Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, and he is the runaway favorite in the polls, his image has taken a severe beating lately. His economic credentials are the foundation of his campaign, but it has become embarrass ...

Christie urges Romney to release tax returns
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One of Mitt Romney's top GOP supporters Wednesday urged the former Massachusetts governor to release his tax returns as soon as possible, arguing that full and rapid disclosure is the best strategy for the Republican front-runner. ...

Gingrich Attacks Romney on Abortion
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Watch an ad from Newt Gingrich's campaign, taking a swipe at rival Mitt Romney by alleging that he functioned as a "pro-abortion" governor. Courtesy of AP. ...

Gingrich campaign shows signs of momentum in South Carolina
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New polls and a strong debate performance favor Newt Gingrich with indications Mitt Romney feels threatened. Read more... ...

Romney Parks Millions in Offshore Tax Haven
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Although it is not apparent on his financial disclosure form, Mitt Romney has millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven. A spokesperson for the Romney campaign says Ro ...

Obama rebuts Romney's foreign policy criticism (AP)
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AP - President Barack Obama says Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney and his rivals are "playing to their base" in attacking his foreign policy record. ...

Romney’s shaky record on abortion draws attack from left and right
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As Saturday's South Carolina primary voting draws close, presidential candidate Mitt Romney is being savaged on the right for his shifting stance on abortion, just as he was savaged months ago on the left for his shifting stance on abortion. ...

Romney's tax rate rekindles fairness debate
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Mitt Romney’s estimate that he pays a 15 percent effective tax rate has suddenly become the dominant theme in the Republican campaign. ...

Santorum steps up attacks on rivals
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The GOP hopeful refuses to leave the fighting to Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. ...

Can a Republican Elitist Win?
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Mitt Romney’s off-hand revelations about his low tax rate and high speaker fees , combined with his growing list of Clueless Things Only a One-Percenter Could Say, raise a fundamental question: Is it possible for an elitist Republican to win a presid ...

Christie to Romney: release tax info 'sooner rather than later'
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(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, one of Mitt Romney's most popular and visible surrogates, said Wednesday the Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor should release his tax returns as soon as they're available. "I w ...

Super PAC aims to bolster Gingrich using animated debate between Obama, Romney
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Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – Winning Our Future super PAC is launching three television ads Wednesday, including one animated debate between Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. The ad is a clever cartoon that splices st ...

Gingrich says he pays 31% tax rate; will release records tomorrow
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(CNN) - Newt Gingrich, reacting to rival candidate Mitt Romney's recent remarks on his personal income taxes, said Wednesday he paid a tax rate of 31%, and pledged to release his income tax records imminently. Speaking at a press availability in Winn ...

Newt Mailer Hits Rival For Supporting 'Abortion Pills'
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Newt Gingrich is attacking Mitt Romney's past support for abortion rights in a mailer blanketing South Carolina households. The mailer, obtained by CNN, highlights Romney's... ...

Is it any wonder Mitt Romney has been hiding his tax returns?
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By Michael J.W. Stickings Well, under pressure from all sides, he's finally going to release them, and they will show, as he admitted yesterday , that his effective rate was about 15 percent . Think about that all you middle-class earners out there, ...

BLITZER’S BLOG: Gingrich tells me he smells victory
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Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – All of a sudden this contest is getting very exciting. In these final days before Saturday’s Republican presidential primary, the gap between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich seems to be narrowing – if you believe the ...

The Caucus: Gingrich Says His Tax Rate Was 31 Percent
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Newt Gingrich challenges Mitt Romney to release his tax returns. ...

Gov. Haley: Romney doesn’t have to release his tax returns [VIDEO] (Daily Caller)
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Daily Caller - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley told The Daily Caller that Texas Gov. Rick Perry challenging former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to release his tax returns is a “distraction” and “nothing but a political ploy.” ...

Romney Directed Millions to Mormon Church
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ABC News : "Underscoring the prominent, if little discussed role that Mitt Romney played as a Mormon leader, the private equity giant once run by the GOP presidential frontrunner carved his church a slice of several of its most lucrative business de ...

Romney: Gingrich Taking Credit for Jobs Like 'Al Gore Taking Credit for the Internet'
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SPARTANBURG, S.C., — Mitt Romney took a new line of attack against GOP rival Newt Gingrich, likening the former House speaker taking credit for creating jobs during his tenure in congress to former Vice President Al Gore saying he invented the Intern ...

Mitt Romney is Not a Popular Guy
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Mitt Romney might be more electable than his Republican competitors, but that has more to do with their complete unpopularity than it does with his overall standing in the public. Indeed, according to the latest survey from the Pew Research Center, R ...

Romney's Offshore Investments Revealed
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GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds millions of dollars in offshore investments, a new report from ABC News finds. While it is unclear whether any... ...

Chris Weigant: Not-Romney Race Killing Not-Romney's Chances
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To use a way-too-early 2012 Olympics metaphor, it won't matter who wins the epic struggle for silver and bronze, if Mitt Romney walks off the stage with the gold medal around his neck. ...

Mitt Romney doesn't pay 'a lot of money' in taxes
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(Clayton Ashley/TPM) Brian Beutler points out that, based on his own statement, quarter-billionaire Mitt Romney pays federal taxes at an effective rate of 15 percent. As noted here in December, the reason he gets to do this is because his earnings d ...

Business is Doing Alright
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At a rally this morning at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Mitt Romney deployed an unusual line in his stump speech. “I feel under attack” by Obama’s policies, said Romney, referencing the administration's policies on business. When y ...

Christie burns Romney on hidden tax returns
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has arguably been Mitt Romney’s most trusted and highest-profile campaign surrogate. Talk of Christie possibly serving as the Republican frontrunner’s running mate has been extremely common. ...

CNN/Time Poll: Race for South Carolina tightening
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Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - With three days to go until the first-in-the south primary, Mitt Romney remains in the lead in the Palmetto State, but according to a new poll, his advantage over Newt Gingrich is rapidly shrinking. A CNN/Time/ORC I ...

FiveThirtyEight: Does Gingrich Have Momentum in South Carolina?
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There are some hints that Newt Gingrich is gaining ground in South Carolina, perhaps at Mitt Romney's expense. But the evidence is not definitive yet. ...

Mitt Romney Stops for BBQ, Makes Fun of Press
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LEXINGTON, S.C. — Mitt Romney today made an impromptu pit stop at a barbeque joint, touring the smokehouse and poking fun at members of the press who started coughing from the overwhelming fumes in the smokehouse. “Listen to these guys over here, gos ...

Adam Luna: Mitt Romney for President: Two States, Two Languages, Two Faces
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We're seeing a blatant example of that right now with the Romney campaign's efforts to simultaneously run two very different campaigns in South Carolina and Florida. This duplicity only confirms Romney's shape-shifting ways. ...

What Romney's ‘not very much’ can buy
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Moneybags Mitt Romney says the nearly $350,000 he was paid for making speeches was “not very much.” Never mind that what the leading Republican presidential candidate considers chump change is seven times the median family income, which fell to $49,4 ...

Romney straps worker to roof of campaign bus
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Click for larger image. I assume most people have heard about Mitt Romney's dog-on-car incident , especially now that even Newt Gingrich is attacking him over it, but to recap briefly: back in the '80s, Mitt stowed the family dog in a carrier on the ...

Romney Floats a Whopper About the Navy
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Mitt Romney's grand entrance at his Wednesday morning pit stop at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina goes like this: He shows up 30 minutes late, bounds on stage without signing autographs, and, after a brief introduction, directs the au ...

The Caucus: A Case of Good Timing, Perhaps, in Romney's Tax Disclosure
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If Mitt Romney is the Republican presidential nominee, by the general election, his taxes might seem like old news. ...

Gingrich Warns of "Dirty" Romney Campaign
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After a national poll found Newt Gingrich surging again in the GOP presidential race, Newt Gingrich warned supporters it's going to get ugly, National Review reports. Said Gingrich: "I fully expect the Romney campaign to be unendingly dirty and disho ...

New Orwellian-Themed Santorum Ad Takes Aim At 'Establishment' and Romney
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AIKEN, SC – Rick Santorum is taking direct aim at Mitt Romney and the “establishment” in a new ad set to debut in South Carolina tomorrow. The ad, which will run in 60 and 90-second versions, is an homage to George Orwell featuring automaton-like vot ...

Romney Steps Up Attacks on Gingrich
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Mitt Romney is stepping up his attacks on Newt Gingrich ahead of Saturday's primary in South Carolina. ...

Paul Polls at 18% as Third Party Candidate
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A new Pew Research survey shows that a third-party campaign by Ron Paul would clearly work to President Obama's advantage: In this scenario, Obama would receive 44%, Mitt Romney would get 32% and Paul would get 18%. In a two-way general election matc ...

Why Romney Keeps His Tax Returns Private
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Reuters notes that it's not just Mitt Romney's low 15% tax rate that might deter him from releasing his tax returns. "His vast fortune is invested in dozens of funds linked to Bain Capital LLC, the powerhouse private equity firm he co-founded and le ...

What is Mitt Romney hiding?
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Releasing tax returns is so much a part of running for President nowadays that when a candidate refuses to disclose it immediately raises the question: What is he or she trying to hide? Mitt Romney, easily the richest candidate in the dwindling field ...

Romney Campaigns In S.C.
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigned in South Carolina Wednesday, just days ahead of Saturday's primary. Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Scott Horsley for more. ...

Mitt Romney's South Carolina 'victory' celebration draws puny crowd
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So here was Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney on Tuesday morning in Florence, South Carolina addressing a crowd of supporters: (Jim Young/Reuters) Looks like a happening time, right? He even did a victory dance of sorts, taking the stage with Queen ...

Romney Delivers a Low Blow to Gingrich
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Mitt Romney struck an especially low blow at Newt Gingrich in South Carolina Tuesday: He compared the former speaker to Al Gore. ...

Gingrich Lavished Praise On Private Equity When Paid To Deliver A Speech
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Although he's attacked rival Mitt Romney for his time spent at private equity firm Bain Capital, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich praised private equity "fulsomely"... ...

Santorum Ad Lumps Obama and Romney Together
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Watch an ad from Rick Santorum's campaign, portraying rival Mitt Romney and President Obama as similar on a host of issues. Courtesy of AP. ...

Obama's Dream Debate
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A Super PAC backing Newt Gingrich imagines a general election debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama in a new animated ad . ...

Romney tries to sidestep tax furor he ignited (AP)
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AP - Mitt Romney tried doggedly Wednesday to sidestep the political furor he had started a day earlier by revealing he pays federal taxes at a rate of about 15 percent, less than millions of middle-income American families. ...

Republicans make too little, poor people make too much
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Assholes. (Chris Keane/Reuters)   Newt Gingrich : New York City pays their janitors an absurd amount of money because of the union . You could take one janitor and hire 30-some kids to work in the school for the price of one janitor, and those 30 ki ...

Behind the Ad: Colbert Super PAC identifies Romney as a "serial killer"
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By Michael J.W. Stickings (Another installment in our " Behind the Ad " series.)   Who : Stephen Colbert, or rather "Stephen Colbert," or rather the pro-Colbert Super PAC known as Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow , now run by Jon Stewart, a ...

James Campion: Citizen Romney
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Citizen Romney is the new and improved candidate, who has smartly buried Willard Mitt Romney's Senate candidate/governor past as a fiscal and social liberal by selling himself as Business Man Deluxe. ...

Romney's First Ad Defending Bain Tenure
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Watch an ad from Mitt Romney's campaign, responding to the attacks on his tenure running the Bain Capital private equity firm in the 1980s and 1990s. Courtesy of AP. ...

Multimillionaire GOP front-runner Mitt Romney pays taxes at a lower middle-clas rate
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GOP front-runner Mitt Romney let slip Tuesday that he’s taxed at a middle class rate — not at the 35% rate that fat cats are supposed to pay — after reluctantly agreeing to release a year’s worth of tax returns. ...

Morning Must Reads: Wracked
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Almost a quarter of all ads run in South Carolina this week are knocking Gingrich. Gingrich allows that if he loses to Romney on Saturday, it’s all over. His PAC imagines a Obama-Romney debate. Santorum effort wracked by electability doubts. The Jour ...

Romney’s tax rate is only half the problem
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In the wake of his concession yesterday that he pays a lower tax rate than much of the American middle class , Mitt Romney has renewed discussion about his “15% problem.” As Alec MacGillis put it , “The country is going to spend much of the next ...

South Carolina evangelicals say Mitt Romney is not homophobic enough
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Thou shalt have an inexplicable, illogical fear of homosexuals, but in a sane and healthy way. And also, thou shouldn't think very highly of Mormons either. In some parts of the world—the parts that live in the 21st century—being homophobic isn't ex ...

Romney ahead in Ohio; neck and neck with Obama in match-up
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(CNN) - Mitt Romney led the Republican presidential pack in Ohio in a new a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, and stood in a statistical tie with President Barack Obama in the hotly-contested battleground state. Ohio holds its primary Ma ...

Newt Gingrich Says In 2010, He Paid 31 Percent In Taxes
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Gingrich said his goal was to bring tax rates down to the 15 percent Mitt Romney pays. ...

Another Poll Has Romney Way Ahead in South Carolina
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The latest Rasmussen poll in South Carolina shows Mitt Romney with a double-digit lead in the GOP presidential primary. Romney leads with 35%, followed by Newt Gingrich at 21%, Rick Santorum at 16%, Ron Paul at 16% and Rick Perry at 5%. ...

Newt-mentum Again?
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First Read : "There are some increasing signs -- though all of it anecdotal for now -- that Newt Gingrich is gaining some momentum three days before the South Carolina primary. First was his strong debate performance on Monday, from which his campai ...

Romney's rivals challenge his electability (AP)
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AP - Mitt Romney's Republican rivals are intensifying their efforts to erode if not eliminate his standing as the man most likely to defeat President Barack Obama this fall. ...

Multimillionaire Romney pays taxes at a lower middle-class rate
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GOP front-runner Mitt Romney let slip Tuesday that he’s taxed at a middle class rate — not at the 35% rate that fat cats are supposed to pay — after reluctantly agreeing to release a year’s worth of tax returns. ...

Christie: Romney should release taxes
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Romney ally Chris Christie joins the Republican presidential candidates' rivals in calling for Romney to release his tax returns ...

Clinton Sounds Off On 2012 Contenders
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Former President Bill Clinton said Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney can't say what they believe and get nominated in a GOP primary, in an interview... ...

Romney's speech income big money for most
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Washington (CNN) - Although Mitt Romney said his income from giving speeches is "not very much," speech-related income in the year surrounding the publication of his 2010 book was more than most Americans make in a year. Romney, the former Massachuse ...

Palin Almost Endorses Gingrich
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Sarah Palin told Fox News that if she were a South Carolinian, "I would vote for Newt" in the state's primary. However, the New York Times notes Palin "hedged her praise somewhat by suggesting she was going with Mr. Gingrich to prolong the Republican ...

Romney Sent Millions to Mormon Church
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Underscoring the prominent, if little discussed role that Mitt Romney played as a Mormon leader, the private equity giant once run by the GOP presidential frontrunner carved his church a slice of several of its most lucrative business deals, securiti ...

Romney's 15% Tax Bill: Too Much? Too Little?
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WSJ's John McKinnon reports on the debate stirred up by Mitt Romney unveiling his effective income-tax rate, 15%, and how that compares to sectors of the U.S. population. Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images ...

Romney as Multimillionaire Gets Break for Taxes Less Wage-Earner
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Under pressure from his Republican opponents, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney yesterday abandoned months of resistance and said he would make his 2011 tax return public in April. ...

Steve Israel: Mitt's Puny Tax Rate Will Help Democrats Win
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WASHINGTON -- News of the relatively meager tax rate Mitt Romney pays will "create fury" and help hand the Democrats control of the House of... ...

McCain’s 2008 opposition dossier on Romney: He’s weak and a flip-flopper 
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John McCain's entire 2008 opposition-research dossier on then-foe Mitt Romney has reportedly been found and posted online, thanks to BuzzFeed. The two politicians were bitter opponents for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. ...

Woman Who Got Cash From Romney Now Part of His Stump Speech
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The unemployed woman who was given cash by Mitt Romney last weekend has now become a line in the presidential hopeful’s stump speech. “I spoke with a woman the other day who with tears running down her face said, ‘Can you find... ...

Molinari vs. Gingrich
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Mitt Romney's campaign put former Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) in a new web ad knocking Newt Gingrich's leadership when he was Speaker of the House. Miami Herald : "Molinari's beef with Gingrich has a deeply personal aspect as well. Her husband, former ...

WATCH: O'Donnell Rips Romney Over Latest Gaffe
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Lawrence O'Donnell had some fun with Mitt Romney's awkward comments about his taxes and income on his Wednesday show. Romney got himself into a bit... ...

Florida Rep. Adams throws support behind Romney
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(CNN) - Mitt Romney announced the backing of another Florida representative Wednesday, looking to build momentum for the upcoming Sunshine State primary contest. Rep. Sandy Adams said in a statement she was looking for the candidate with the best sho ...

The Caucus: Rivals and Supporters Urge Romney to Release Tax Data
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Chris Christie, a prominent Romney supporter, urges full tax disclosure to combat "much ado about nothing." ...

When polished meets clumsy
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When compared against his Republican rivals, Mitt Romney is extremely slick. After nearly 18 years as a politician, and more than five years as a near-constant presidential candidate, the former governor is clearly smoother and better prepared than h ...

Daily Kos Elections Polling Wrap: Will Mitt Romney close the deal this weekend in South Carolina?
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With Republicans right on the doorstep of the South Carolina primary, the big question in the Palmetto State seems to be evolving. A few days ago, it was: is this the state where the GOP field finally trips up Mitt Romney on what, nominally, should ...

Quote of the Day
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"I've released all of my tax returns...and I released them every year after I filed them, right after I filed them, to the public of New Jersey so they can see everything. And I think that's the right way to go and that's what I would tell Gov. Romne ...

Christie Sends Message To Romney
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WASHINGTON -- Gov. Chris Christie is urging political ally Mitt Romney to immediately release his tax returns rather than waiting until April. The New Jersey... ...

Christie to Romney: Release tax return immediately (AP)
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AP - Gov. Chris Christie is urging political ally Mitt Romney to immediately release his tax returns rather than waiting until April. ...

Romney says he pays US taxes — about 15 percent (AP)
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AP - His wealth and taxes suddenly a campaign focus, Mitt Romney said Tuesday he pays an effective federal tax rate of about 15 percent. That's far less than if his earnings were wages rather than gains from investments and dividends, and the disclo ...

Gingrich calls Romney, Bain Capital 'exploitive' (AP)
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AP - Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is leveling a forceful new attack on rival Mitt Romney, calling the Republican front-runner's private equity firm "exploitive." ...

The Caucus: Romney Holds Solid Lead Over Rivals
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A new poll by The New York Times and CBS News shows Mitt Romney drawing support from critical Republican base groups around the country. ...

Political Wisdom: The Impact of Mitt’s 15%
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A roundup of notable political analysis on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's 15% tax rate. ...

Massive opposition file on Romney hits Internet, likely from 2008 McCain campaign (Daily Caller)
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Daily Caller - If you think you’ve already heard everything there is to know about Mitt Romney, think again. A 200-page document that appears to be Sen. John McCain’s entire 2008 election-year opposition research file on the former Massachusetts gove ...

Republican primary calendar tilts in Romney’s favor after South Carolina
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Votes in states where Mitt Romney is favored to win could add to the pressure on his GOP rivals to exit the race. Read more... ...

John McCain's 200-Page Mitt Romney Opposition Research Book From '08 Found Online
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The oft-discussed 200-page opposition research book compiled by John McCain's presidential campaign in 2008 against fellow candidate Mitt Romney has made its... ...

GOP candidates vie for backing of SC military vets (AP)
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AP - Mitt Romney has ex-POW John McCain vouching for him. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum highlights his time on the Senate Armed Services Committee. And former House Speaker Newt Gingrich frequently calls himself an "Army brat" who grew up o ...

Mitt Romney: Gosh, people get up early? And work? On TUESDAY?
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Mitt Romney is shocked to discover that people work on Tuesdays, in Florence South Carolina. (Jim Young/Reuters) One should excuse Mitt Romney for being so out of touch, given that he hasn't had to work for years: "[My tax rate is] probably closer t ...

What "Not Very Much" Income Is to Mitt Romney
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Up until now, Mitt Romney has refused to release his tax returns, something that he surely knew would eventually become an issue. And it isn't too hard to figure out why. When you're struggling to get past your image as an out-of-touch rich guy, havi ...

Gingrich Jabs Romney on Taxes
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The New York Times notes Newt Gingrich "poked fun" at Mitt Romney's acknowledgment that he paid about a 15% tax rate because his income was largely returns on investments. Gingrich has long proposed a 15% flat tax option for all taxpayers and said, " ...

McCain's Oppo File on Romney
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Found online: Sen. John McCain's entire 200 page opposition research file on Mitt Romney from the 2008 GOP presidential campaign. ...

Rick Santorum Attack Mailer In South Carolina Casts Mitt Romney As 'The Moderate'
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ABC News’ Michael Falcone and Shushannah Walshe report: COLUMBIA, S.C. — Rick Santorum is keeping his promise to sharpen the contrast with Mitt Romney in a new mailer arriving in the homes of South Carolina voters with just four days to go before Sat ...

Mitt Romney will Govern as a Tea Partier
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Jamelle Bouie Mitt Romney speaks to an audience in Charleston, South Carolina. Over at his blog, Jonathan Bernstein makes an important point about Mitt Romney’s place among the GOP field: Indeed, as far as I can tell there’s virtually no separation b ...

Tax return often an issue for White House hopefuls (AP)
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AP - Mitt Romney's promise to release his 2011 tax return in April follows the practice of leading presidential candidates that began after Watergate. If history is any lesson, questions and criticism will continue long afterward. ...

Bonus Quote of the Day
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"If I don't win the primary Saturday, we will probably nominate a moderate. And the odds are fairly high he will lose to Obama." -- Newt Gingrich, quoted by the Huffington Post , on what will happen if Mitt Romney wins the South Carolina primary. ...

Romney Unveils Tax Rate: 15%
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Mitt Romney revealed for the first time that his own effective income-tax rate has been in the neighborhood of 15% in recent years, reigniting a debate over tax policy and putting a focus on the front-runner's wealth. ...

I want to be unemployed like Mitt Romney
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Mitt Romney knows exactly what it's like to be unemployed , because he's been there. Mitt Romney sat at the head of the table at a coffee shop here on Thursday, listening to a group of unemployed Floridians explain the challenges of looking for work ...

Poll: Obama swamps Romney among youth, independent, Latino voters
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As prominent Tea Partiers desperately urge Republican lawmakers and Republican presidential primary voters to move further to the right, President Obama is racing ahead among independents. Public Policy Polling, delivering results today from its firs ...

White House: Romney's father released his tax forms
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The White House is taking aim at Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney, with White House press secretary Jay Carney noting that it was Mitt Romney's father, George Romney, who started the tradition of releasing his tax returns during a presidential cam ...

To defecate in terror: Mitt Romney gets Google-bombed
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By Nicholas Wilbur While the 99 percenters are destined to play a significant role in the 2012 presidential election, there is now another percent that very well may undermine the candidacy of Republican primary frontrunner Mitt Romney. Let us call ...

Santorum fights back against critics with barbs (AP)
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AP - Rick Santorum on Tuesday branded Mitt Romney a liberal, said Newt Gingrich's policy positions have been "all over the place" and laughed that Ron Paul has been running for president "since 1938," looking to capture the GOP presidential nominati ...

Mitt Romney says he pays just 15% in taxes, but won't release returns from before 2011
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During Monday's debate, Mitt Romney kinda sorta promised to release his tax returns in April. Today, he said at most he would release 2011's returns.   So Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's big stumble today was saying that $362,000 is ...

PPP: President Obama opens up lead over Mitt Romney
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(White House photo)   Public Policy Polling (PDF). January 13-16, 2012. Likely voters. ±3.7%. (Dec 16-18, 2011 results ): President Obama: 49 (45) Mitt Romney: 45 (47) First of all, we're pretty close to that phase of the 2012 campaign where we can ...

Why Romney's Super PAC Stance Doesn't Make Sense
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WASHINGTON -- In Monday night's GOP presidential debate, Mitt Romney attempted to sidestep questions about a pro-Romney super PAC by stating there was absolutely no... ...

The Caucus: Gingrich Renews Criticism of Romney's Record at Bain
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In the unusual setting of a business conference, Newt Gingrich offered a full-throated restatement of his criticism that some of Mitt Romney's deals exploited companies at the expense of workers so Bain could reap outsize profits. ...

Gingrich Launches Fresh Attack on Romney, Bain Capital
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Newt Gingrich renewed his attacks on Mitt Romney's work at Bain Capital. ...

Gingrich urges Santorum, Perry to drop out
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Florence, South Carolina (CNN) - Newt Gingrich is urging competitors Rick Santorum and Rick Perry bow out of the Republican presidential race so conservatives can rally behind one "anti-Mitt Romney" candidate. A reporter asked the former House speake ...

Why Mitt Romney’s Tax Rate Matters
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Mitt Romney stammered on Monday night when debate moderators asked him whether he’d release his tax returns.  “I hadn’t planned on releasing tax records, because the law requires us to release all of our assets, all the things we own. That I have alr ...

Behind the Ad: Rick Santorum goes after "liberal" Mitt Romney in South Carolina
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By Michael J.W. Stickings (Another installment in our " Behind the Ad " series.) Who : Rick Santorum attacks Mitt Romney.   Where : South Carolina. What's going on : It's pretty obvious. As Mark Halperin explains : "New Santorum South Carolina TV sp ...

The Romney Tax Rate Debate Begins
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GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney is a man of the people. ...

Romney looking to clinch GOP nomination in Florida (AP)
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AP - Florida crushed Mitt Romney's presidential ambitions four years ago. But this time, the GOP front-runner is working to ensure the state seals his nomination — regardless of what happens in South Carolina's primary on Saturday. ...

The Caucus: Gingrich Pokes Romney on Taxes
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Newt Gingrich poked fun at Mitt Romney's comment that he paid about a 15 percent tax rate because his income was largely returns on investments. ...

Incredibly, Mitt Romney Really Is the Republicans' Best Chance
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Barring the emergence of, in the immortal words of Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards, a dead girl or a live boy, it's all but certain that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for president. It's safe to say that there aren't too many Republican ...

Watch: Gingrich: Romney Could Pay Less Taxes Under My Plan
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Newt Gingrich talks about the importance of South Carolina, Romney's tax rate. ...

Santorum Lashes Out at Romney
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Rick Santorum lashes out at Mitt Romney as he tries to establish himself as the best anti-Mitt in the GOP presidential race. ...

White House Sends Message To Romney
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WASHINGTON -- The White House is suggesting GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney should release his tax returns, saying it's "established tradition" for presidential candidates to... ...

Romney's tax return headache
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Mitt Romney is running into tax trouble. Read more... ...

Romney Looks To Big Early State To Seal Nomination
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Four years ago, Florida crushed Mitt Romney's presidential ambitions. This time, the GOP front-runner is working to ensure the state seals his... ...

Romney hits back at rivals after debate
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Front-runner Mitt Romney fought back Tuesday against attacks by Republican presidential rivals the night before, defending his revised figure for jobs created by his former venture capital firm and denying that an ad by a super PAC supporting him is ...

Rivals Jockey to Be Primary Challenger
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The pivotal South Carolina primary is spotlighting a testy contest between Gingrich and Santorum over who is best equipped to take on GOP presidential front-runner Romney. ...

Richard (RJ) Eskow: What Mitt's Taxes Could've Paid For (If Not For His Cushy Tax Breaks)
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Mitt Romney isn't the candidate of the 1 percent. He's the candidate of the 0.01 percent. The 1 percent category begins four or five hundred thousand per year in income. They're what's called "the little people" in Romney circles. ...

Mitt Romney offers crash course in the Mittenese weasel hedging
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Twitter users thought Romney was dodging big time   Debate transcripts don't usually make for fun reading, but this is special: EVANS: Governor Romney, Speaker Gingrich, Senator Santorum and now vocally tonight Senator Perry — Governor Perry — are c ...

Romney: Licensed to hunt
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(CNN) – Mitt Romney poked fun at himself during Monday's Republican presidential debate, saying he wasn't the best outdoorsman on stage and confused the game he hunted during a recent trip. "I'm not going to describe all of my great exploits," the Re ...

White House suggests Romney release tax forms (AP)
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AP - The White House is suggesting GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney should release his tax returns, saying it's "established tradition" for presidential candidates to do so. ...

Is America Ready for a Mormon President? (ContributorNetwork)
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ContributorNetwork - COMMENTARY | Just four short years ago, the American people were discussing whether or not the country was ready for a minority President. After the election produced President Obama as the winner, that question was answered. Now ...

Romney says his effective tax rate is 15%
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Florence, South Carolina (CNN) – Mitt Romney said Tuesday he pays roughly a 15% effective tax rate on his income - an acknowledgment that the multi-millionaire pays a smaller percentage of taxes on his income than many middle-income Americans. "It's ...

Gingrich: His 15% Flat Tax Matches Romney’s Effective Tax Rate
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Newt Gingrich said he thinks it's "terrific" that Mitt Romney’s effective tax rate is around 15% -- the same rate he set for his proposed optional flat tax. ...

Romney Campaigns In South Carolina
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With just days to go before the South Carolina primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigned in Florence Tuesday. ...

Mitt Romney's Bain Capital Invested In Stericycle, A Company Now Targeted By Anti-Abortion Activists
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WASHINGTON -- One of the highest performing companies in which the private equity firm founded by Mitt Romney invested is now a top target of... ...

Gingrich Ups Pressure on Romney to Release Tax Returns
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Newt Gingrich continued to pressure Mitt Romney to release his tax returns. ...

Robert Reich: The Romney Tax Loophole
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A loophole in the tax laws allows private-equity managers like Romney to treat their compensation as capital gains. It's legal but it's a scandal. Income from employment is employment income, period. ...

Laura Ingraham Rips Romney, Praises Gingrich
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Conservative radio host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham tore into GOP candidate Mitt Romney on Monday. During an appearance on Fox News' morning program... ...

Romney Downplays Enormous Speaking Fees
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WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney has a new definition of "not much": $362,000. On Tuesday, the Republican presidential candidate finally admitted that the effective tax rate... ...

Mitt Romney's Nomination Looks Inevitable
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For all of last night's fireworks, the window of opportunity for any of Mitt Romney's rivals to knock him out of the top spot is... ...

Obama Leads Romney Nationally
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A new Public Policy Polling survey finds President Obama with his best standing in a general election match up against Mitt Romney since right after the killing of Osama bin Laden. Obama now leads Romney 49% to 44% nationally. Key finding: "It's not ...

Watch: Mitt Romney Reveals His Tax Rate
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GOP presidential candidate admits he pays 'closer to 15 percent.' ...

Forget $10k bets ... Mitt Romney says $362,000 is 'not very much' money
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Mitt Romney explains why he pays just 15 percent in taxes: “It’s probably closer to the 15 percent rate than anything,” Mr. Romney said. “Because my last 10 years, I’ve — my income comes overwhelmingly from some investments made in the past, whether ...

'Cut the pious baloney' about the NLRB
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When Newt Gingrich told Mitt Romney to “cut the pious baloney” at the second New Hampshire Republican debate, he wasn’t referring to the baloney that Romney and others have been talking about the National Labor Relations Board, but he should have be ...

Final Iowa results expected soon, may show Mitt Romney didn't actually win
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Who really won Iowa, Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney? And at this point, does it matter?   Iowa Republicans are currently tabulating the final certified results for their caucuses—and the results could show that the real winner was Rick Santorum, not M ...

Romney leads double digits in South Carolina (Daily Caller)
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Daily Caller - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney boasts a double-digit lead in South Carolina, according to two polls released on Tuesday, with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich his nearest competitor. ...

Santorum Says Opponent Is 'All Over The Place'
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AIKEN, S.C. -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is leveling harsh criticism against his rivals, calling Newt Gingrich "all over the place" and saying Mitt... ...

Romney thinks he pays about a 15 percent tax rate (Daily Caller)
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Daily Caller - After hedging on the issue during Monday’s Fox News debate, Mitt Romney now says he will release his tax returns later this year, and estimates the rate at which he pays to be about 15 percent. ...

Romney says he pays about 15 percent in income tax (AP)
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AP - Mitt Romney says he will release his tax returns in April and they will show he pays close to 15 percent of his income in taxes. ...

US-2012 President: 34% Romney, 15% Gingrich, 15% Santorum (Gallup 1/12-16)
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Gallup 1/12-16/12; 1,000 Republican registered voters Mode: Live telephone interviews Gallup release National 2012 President: Republican Primary 34% Romney 15% Gingrich 15% Santorum 12%... ...

Santorum tough on Romney aboard USS Yorktown
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Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina (CNN) – At a press conference aboard the USS Yorktown here this morning, Rick Santorum found himself at a loss for words when asked about Mitt Romney's consistent defense of a super PAC ad criticizing Santorum's support o ...

Out of The Quiet Rooms
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Even the most disciplined candidate can't get through an entire presidential campaign without uttering at least one or two gaffes, those emblematic statements journalists will mention again and again to provide vivid illustration of his or her charac ...

DGA Chair Martin O'Malley: Focus More On Mitt Romney As Governor, Less As Bain Corporate Raider
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- At least one top Obama surrogate is pushing for the party to shift the balance of its attacks on Mitt Romney away... ...

Romney's small crowd in Florence
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Florence, South Carolina (CNN) - The day after he was roundly targeted by his rivals in a contentious debate, the GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney spoke before a sedate audience of roughly 100 in a cavernous room in Florence, South Carolina. The candidate ...

Newt says a vote for Santorum is a vote for Romney is a vote for Obama... or something like that
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By Michael J.W. Stickings Desperate to do well in South Carolina and emerge as the only viable anti-Romney, The Newt is throwing darts in all directions. Shifting determinedly into negativity, he's launched some blistering (if for the most part accu ...

Santorum accuses Romney of dirty politics
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While releasing negative ad against Romney, Santorum decries ad from super PAC backing Romney ...

Romney stumbles on hidden tax returns
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Mitt Romney tends to shine in Republican presidential debates in large part because he generally seems prepared. Putting aside whether his answers are truthful or sensible, the former governor’s answers are generally polished — he gives the appearanc ...

Romney receives coveted ‘sugar daddy dating site’ endorsement (Daily Caller)
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Daily Caller - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has gained an endorsement he likely was not seeking — and one that his wife is unlikely to embrace. ...

GOP candidates come out swinging but did they hurt Romney?
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GOP contenders for President tried to turn leader Mitt Romney into a collective punching bag at the first of two South Carolina primary debates Monday night but the general consensus is that the former Massachusetts governor emerged pretty much unsca ...

Romney Corrects Hunting Flub
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Mitt Romney confused moose with elk as he described his last hunting trip. In Monday night's Republican debate in South Carolina,... ...

Huntsman Hides Attacks on Romney
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In an age when candidates post many of their videos and attacks on the internet, The Fix highlights one challenge facing Jon Huntsman as he pivots to supporting Mitt Romney: "Huntsman has been one of Romney's vicious critics on the trail, attacking t ...

Follow the moving goal posts
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Mitt Romney’s private-equity firm never tried to create jobs; it simply wasn’t the point of Bain Capital’s work. The goal was to generate wealth for Romney’s investors, not create jobs. Indeed, as Romney often found, the way to maximize profit was ...

The Caucus: Time Running Out for Romney's Rivals
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With just four days until the South Carolina primary, it is unclear what might be able to change the dynamic of a race that seems increasingly headed Mitt Romney's way. ...

5 Takeaways From The GOP's South Carolina Debate
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While his rivals scored points against Mitt Romney, none seemed to do anything to upend his candidacy. So the former Massachusetts governor still seemed to have a good shot at winning South Carolina, a state which has voted for every nominee since 19 ...

Mitt Romney Plays Dodgeball In Myrtle Beach Debate
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At the top of Monday night's debate, Fox News' Bret Baier invited Twitter users to weigh in on the quality of each candidate's responses to... ...

Will The Real Anti-Romney Ever Stand Up? (The Note)
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By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter) MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — It can’t be easy being one of Mitt Romney’s rivals at the moment. Try as they might, even some of their best arguments against his candidacy seem to fall short of ...

5 things we learned from Monday's debate
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For the first time in a while, front-runner Mitt Romney's rivals landed some blows when they went after him on his record as governor and his tax returns. ...

South Carolina GOP Debate Fact Check: Fiction Versus Reality
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WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich said Mitt Romney raised taxes as Massachusetts governor. Romney countered he cut taxes 19 times. Both were basically right, but decidedly... ...

After debate, Democratic operatives replay anti-Romney themes (Daily Caller)
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Daily Caller - Democratic flacks trumpeted their standard criticisms of Gov. Mitt Romney again on Monday night, added a few extra notes, and continued to ignore the other GOP candidates. ...

The Note's Must-Reads for Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates Jacqueline Fernandez, Jayce Henderson, and Amanda VanAllen MITT ROMNEY ABC News’ Gary Langer: “Riding Electability & Expectations, Romney Rolls to 35 Percent Support” Bolstered by the twin engines of elect ...

FACT CHECK: Distortions in GOP debate (AP)
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AP - Newt Gingrich said Mitt Romney raised taxes as Massachusetts governor. Romney countered he cut taxes 19 times. Both were basically right, but decidedly one-sided, in the Republican presidential debate Monday night. ...

Rick Santorum Blasts Mitt Romney Over Voting Rights
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Rick Santorum schooled Mitt Romney in classic Santorum fashion during the GOP debate in South Carolina Monday night, drawing him in and pouncing. A super... ...

Romney Will 'Probably' Release Tax Returns
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney moved a step closer to releasing his tax returns during Monday's debate, saying he would "probably" do it around April... ...

Monday Night Debate Liveblog #2: The Not Romneys become Not The Nominees
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Talk about it here. Watch it live on Fox or online . 6:18 PM PT : So now we're onto a spat between Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. It's sort of like watching bench players take batting practice. Mitt Romney is going to be the nominee, barring a massivel ...

Romney: I'll release tax records in April (AP)
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AP - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says he's "happy" to release his tax records and suggested he would do so in April if he becomes the Republican nominee for president. ...

Poll: Romney Rolls to 35 Percent Support
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Bolstered by the twin engines of electability and perceived inevitability, Mitt Romney’s on a roll, advancing in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll to a 2-to-1 lead over his closest competitor in support for the Republican presidential nominati ...

Romney well ahead in Florida, according to new poll
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(CNN) - Mitt Romney's attention may currently be on South Carolina, but a poll released Monday shows the former Massachusetts governor running well ahead of his rivals in Florida. Romney had the backing of 42% of likely Florida Republican primary vot ...

Mitt Romney Stands Behind DREAM Act Comment
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Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney doubled down on Monday on his opposition to the DREAM Act, a bill that would aid undocumented young people and that... ...

Romney: Scrap campaign finance laws (AP)
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AP - Mitt Romney says he'd like to scrap campaign finance laws that have given rise to a war of independent attack ads from political action committees. Romney said he'd instead like to allow candidates to accept unlimited donations and take respons ...

Rick Santorum Blasts Mitt Romney in New South Carolina Ad
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Though he pledged just hours ago to keep his campaign “above board,” and not go negative, Rick Santorum unveiled a bitingly critical new campaign ad that portrays rival Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama as political clones. ...

Santorum hits Romney: ‘Outright lies and hypocrisy’ [VIDEO] (Daily Caller)
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Daily Caller - In an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s radio show on Monday, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum went on the offensive against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Santorum, upset over the attack ad campaign a pro-Romney political a ...

Mitt Romney Leads The Way In Battle Of The Robo-Calls In South Carolina
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ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports: MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The telephones of Republican voters in South Carolina are ringing off the hook this week and more often than not its Mitt Romney or one of his allies on the other end of the line. Some... ...

Gingrich Halts Attacks on Romney’s Work at Bain
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Newt Gingrich ditched attacks on Mitt Romney's work at Bain Capital and instead questioned the former Massachusetts governor's electability. ...

Huntsman Ends Presidential Bid to Throw Support Behind Front-Runner Romney
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Jon Huntsman Jr. dropped out of the Republican presidential race and endorsed Mitt Romney, saying the party should unite behind the former Massachusetts governor as the candidate “best equipped” to defeat President Barack Obama. ...

CNN's Candy Crowley falls for bogus Mitt Romney talking point
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Mitt Romney's already got Fox in his pocket. He doesn't need CNN, too.   Greg Sargent and Steve Benen challenge CNN's Candy Crowley for this exchange on CNN yesterday: CROWLEY: But couldn't that huge gap, which is a pretty big gap between those who ...

Jon Huntsman Drops Out, Backs Mitt Romney
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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman exited the race for the Republican presidential race today, telling reporters in Myrtle Beach, S.C., that it is time for the GOP to unite behind frontrunner Mitt Romney. ...

It's official: Jon Huntsman drops out, endorses Mitt Romney
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It's official: Jon Huntsman has dropped his bid for the 2012 Republican nomination and has endorsed Mitt Romney. Sadly, due to a lack of interest in the candidate that most voters didn't even know was running, coverage of his announcement and endors ...

S.C. Gov. Haley defends Romney amid graphic tea party slams
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Mitt Romney's most prominent tea party supporter in the state, responded to some of the group's harsh criticisms of the former Massachusetts governor on Monday. Her response came a ...

Huntsman suspends White House bid, backs Romney ahead of S.C. primary
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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman suspended his presidential campaign Monday and endorsed front-runner Mitt Romney in a South Carolina news conference where he was surrounded by his family and supporters. ...

Mitt Romney the Serial Killer
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Stephen Colbert announced last Thursday that he would form an exploratory run for the president in South Carolina. But, much as his real counterparts acted like true candidates long before their campaigns became official, Colbert's faux presidential ...

Mitt Romney's total support draws nearly even with next three GOP hopefuls combined
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There really wasn't a lot of talent on that stage, was there?   I'll admit, I'm one of the dopes who is surprised that Republicans are on the brink of choosing the father of Obamacare as their presidential nominee, but without an extraordinary turn ...

Wendell Potter: Mitt Romney's Health Care Fantasy World
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Mitt Romney has taken a lot of heat since he said during a discussion about health care shortly before the New Hampshire primary that, "I... ...

Nikki Haley's Tea Party Secret
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Gov. Nikki Haley kept her focus on defeating President Barack Obama and kept quiet on her support of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney while speaking... ...

The Republican Field on Martin Luther King: It's Complicated
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On Monday, the five remaining GOP presidential candidates will celebrate Martin Luther King Day by gathering in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and debating Rick Santorum's thoughts about Mitt Romney's response to Newt Gingrich's condemntation of Newt ...

Mitt feels wrath of Obama on econ 
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President Obama's attack dogs snarled at GOP front-runner Mitt Romney on Sunday in an effort to derail his hopes for a South Carolina victory. David Axelrod, a senior adviser to Obama’s reelection campaign, told CNN’s “State of Union” that Romney’s c ...


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