The Republican presidential primary candidates are preparing to add to their delegate totals Tuesday with two big-ticket states in the South, where Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich need to excel to stay competitive.
Mitt Romney, on the other hand, acknowledged he doesn’t need to win Alabama or Mississippi to stay in the nomination hunt even as he expressed confidence — backed by late polling — that evangelical and socially conservative voters in the South think he’s the one to win the White House back from President Obama. View full article »
The remaining Republican presidential candidates treated Jon Huntsman’s endorsement of Mitt Romney as he bowed out of the race Monday much they way they treated Huntsman during his candidacy — with barely a glance.
“I like Jon Huntsman. I actually got a chance to meet him and his wonderful wife and family and I wish him the very, very best, and he brings something to the table. But this is a race about who’s going to be the strong conservative against Barack Obama,” Rick Santorum told Fox News. View full article »
A federal judge has ruled that Rick Perry and three other Republican presidential candidates will not be added to Virginia’s primary ballot.
District Court Judge John Gibney Jr. rejected their requests, arguing that they filed their challenges to Virginia’s stringent ballot requirements too late.
“They played the game, they lost, and then they complained about the rules,” he said. View full article »
Republican presidential candidates are spending their final hours before Tuesday evening’s vote pressing the flesh and making one last appeal to Iowa’s caucus-goers, who they are counting on to upend the pundits and polling data and offer big surprises on election night.
For Rick Santorum, whose late surge is the timeliest in the twisting and turning race, perseverance is paying off after nearly a year of glad-handing. View full article »
Mitt Romney returned to the airwaves in Iowa Monday with a new ad that takes a more positive tone than the Republican presidential candidate’s supporters had been going with before the Christmas break, talking about making government “simpler and smaller and smarter.”
“It is a moral imperative for America to stop spending more money than we take in,” Romney says in the ad in which he touts his former role as chief executive. “The experience of balancing budgets is desperately needed in Washington and I will take it there.” View full article »