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Published: 04/19/11

GOP Voters in Early States Embrace a Trump Presidential Bid

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GOP Voters in Early States Embrace a Trump Presidential Bid

WASHINGTON -- Out with Sarah. In with The Donald. President Barack Obama has launched his re-election bid in a low-key manner, but the Republican Party's search for a challenger seems stranger by the day. GOP celebrities like Sarah Palin aren't getting much buzz. Mainstream candidates like Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty aren't getting much traction. It's people once considered highly unlikely to compete seriously for the party's nomination who are creating big stirs in early voting states, a reflection of an unformed and uncertain GOP presidential field. Republican activists in Iowa, New...

Published: 04/14/11

Likely GOP Presidential Candidates Slam Obama Budget Plan

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Likely GOP Presidential Candidates Slam Obama Budget Plan

CONCORD, N.H. -- The Republicans vying to challenge President Barack Obama next year are universally panning his budget proposal as political gimmickry and another example of his inability to lead. The likely candidates lined up Wednesday against Obama's budget proposal, which would cut the federal deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years by eliminating health care fraud, raising taxes on the wealthy and paring defense spending. Republicans cast it as a hollow response to spending outline proposed earlier by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. "It was as if Ryan was the president and (Obama) was a desperate...

Published: 04/13/11

Gingrich: Obama's Tax Plan a Job-Killer

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Gingrich: Obama's Tax Plan a Job-Killer

ATLANTA -- Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich blasted a budget address by President Barack Obama as "a sadly political speech of remarkable demagoguery." The former U.S. House speaker was in Atlanta Wednesday scooping up money for his likely Republican White House bid. He told The Associated Press that Obama's new proposal to couple spending cuts with tax hikes on the wealthy is "a job-killing big-government defending avoidance of responsibility." Gingrich said to suggest such large tax increases in a still-struggling economy "is to claim the Herbert Hoover award." Hoover was...

Published: 04/8/11

46 Percent of Mississippi Republicans Want Interracial Marriage Banned

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
46 Percent of Mississippi Republicans Want Interracial Marriage Banned

A new poll gauging Mississippi Republicans' preferences going into the 2012 election ended up revealing something more startling: 46 percent of GOP voters in the state think interracial marriage should be illegal. Results were announced Thursday by Public Policy Polling, a polling firm based in North Carolina. The company asked 400 Republican primary voters about their preferences for candidates for state and national offices, as well as their views on interracial marriage. jupiterimages In Mississippi, 46 percent of GOP primary voters think interracial marriage should be illegal,...

Published: 03/26/11

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Hammer Health Care

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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Hammer Health Care

DES MOINES, Iowa - A handful of high-profile Republicans who may be eyeing the White House told hundreds of conservative activists Saturday that most Americans agree with their values, and insisted that opposition to the president's health care overhaul could help the GOP make historic gains in 2012. Rep. Michele Bachmann, a tea party favorite, got the noisiest reception when she told about 500 people gathered in Des Moines that voters are ready to overturn the federal health care law and oust President Barack Obama during next year's election. Charlie Neibergall, AP Rep. Michele...

Published: 03/24/11

Newt Gingrich's Sudden About-Face on US Intervention in Libya [VIDEO]

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Newt Gingrich's Sudden About-Face on US Intervention in Libya [VIDEO]

Newt Gingrich was all over President Barack Obama back on March 7 for not moving against Moammar Gadhafi, calling for an immediate no-fly zone over Libya and declaring that "this is a moment to get rid of him. ... Get it over with." Interviewed on Fox News, the former House speaker said that "the idea that we're confused about a man who has been an anti-American dictator since 1969 just tells you how inept this administration is. ... The United States doesn't need anybody's permission. ... All we have to say is that we think that slaughtering your own citizens is unacceptable and that we're...

Published: 03/10/11

Why Gingrich Needs to Find His Inner Victim

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Why Gingrich Needs to Find His Inner Victim

Newt Gingrich has always been a hard guy to feel sorry for, given his blustery and often bilious political opinions and an indulgent personal life marked by three marriages and a chilling indifference to the dire circumstances of his jilted spouses. As David Frum put it, "It's not the infidelity. It's the arrogance, hypocrisy, and -- most horrifying to women voters -- the cruelty. Anyone can dump one sick wife. Gingrich dumped two." And yet Gingrich's latest explanation for his tendency to stray from his vows -- an attempt to soften his image with the public ahead of an expected run for the...

Published: 03/10/11

Newt Gingrich or Woody Allen: Who's More Honest About Cheating?

By  David Corn - Politics Daily
Newt Gingrich or Woody Allen: Who's More Honest About Cheating?

Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker and not-quite-official 2012 Republican presidential aspirant, has been spouting dumb comments and tossing rhetorical stink bombs for decades. He recently suggested that President Barack Obama is "so outside our comprehension" that his behavior can only be explained by his supposed "Kenyan, anti-colonial" mindset. During the 1990s, his political action committee, GOPAC, disseminated a memo to Republican candidates with a list of suggested words they should use when describing Democratic opponents. That list included "sick," "pathetic," "betray," "bizarre,"...

Published: 03/9/11

Gingrich: Love of Country Contributed to Affair

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Gingrich: Love of Country Contributed to Affair

ATLANTA -- Newt Gingrich says his passion for his country contributed to his marital infidelity. In an interview posted Wednesday by The Christian Broadcasting Network, Gingrich - who recently converted to Catholicism - said he had sought God's forgiveness for mistakes in his past. "There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate," Gingrich said. "What I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn't trapped in situation ethics, I was...

Published: 03/9/11

Newt Gingrich: My Love of America Made Me Love a Lot of Other Things

By  Torie Bosch - AOL News
Newt Gingrich: My Love of America Made Me Love a Lot of Other Things

Patriotism-inspired adultery? Newt Gingrich, who may be a contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, spoke obliquely recently about his extramarital affairs. "There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate," he said during an interview with CBN. Watch: Gingrich, who is married to his third wife, has admitted that he cheated on his first two wives. He reportedly initiated the divorce from his first wife, Jackie Battley, while she...

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