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Apr 4, 2012

Romney graduates from front-runner to underdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With a sweep of three presidential primaries on Tuesday, Mitt Romney graduated from Republican front-runner to underdog in a November match-up against Democratic President Barack Obama.

Romney’s wins in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. gave him a prohibitive lead in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination, analysts said, and effectively consigned chief rival Rick Santorum to also-ran status.

Apr 1, 2012

Santorum won’t quit White House race; top Republican calls for an end

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate’s top Republican called on his party to unite behind leading presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday as rival Rick Santorum vowed to stay in the race beyond a likely defeat in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell stopped short of endorsing Romney in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” show. But McConnell did say the former Massachusetts governor would make an “excellent nominee” and left little doubt about whom he supported in the battle to take on Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.

Mar 25, 2012

US spending cuts bite in Paul Ryan’s home town

, March 25 (Reuters) – Republican U.S.
Representative Paul Ryan’s budget-cutting vision has made him a
hero to conservatives across the country. It’s less popular in
his home town.

As Ryan’s proposal to slash taxes and spending started to
move through Congress last week, local officials in this humble
Rust Belt city scrambled to recover from last year’s cutbacks.

Mar 18, 2012

Obama should fire advisers over gas prices: Romney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday called for President Barack Obama to fire three top administration officials as he sought to harness voter anger over rising gas prices ahead of nominating contests in Puerto Rico and Illinois.

Top rival Rick Santorum, meanwhile, promised a crackdown on pornography and stood by comments he made earlier in the week that predominantly Spanish-speaking Puerto Rico should make English its official language if it wants to achieve statehood.

Mar 15, 2012

Obama campaign turns to Biden for common touch

TOLEDO (Reuters) – In a presidential election that could feature two Harvard-trained candidates not known for their common touch, President Barack Obama’s campaign deployed a new weapon on Thursday: Vice President Joe Biden.

With a tough re-election fight looming in November, Obama campaign officials hope Biden’s back-slapping demeanor and humble origins will help win the support of blue collar voters.

Mar 13, 2012

Afghanistan killings put new pressure on Obama, Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – What a difference a few weeks can make.

Just as President Barack Obama was enjoying the fruits of an improving economy and a bitter fight among Republican presidential contenders, rising gas prices and a massacre in Afghanistan have put a spotlight on potential vulnerabilities for the Democrat’s re-election campaign.

The killings of 16 civilians in an Afghan village on Sunday, allegedly by a U.S. Army sergeant, were a reminder that unpredictable world events can suddenly change the narrative of Obama’s bid to hold on to the White House in the November 6 election — and give Republicans an opening for criticism.

Mar 9, 2012

Factbox: Romney’s long March could lead to sunny April

By Andy Sullivan

(Reuters) – The Republican presidential nominating contest could stretch into June after front-runner Mitt Romney failed to force his rivals from the race in this week’s “Super Tuesday” contests in 10 states.

Romney could be in for a rough couple of weeks as the battle shifts to conservative-leaning states in the South and the Midwest in March, but analysts say he could possibly wrap up the nomination with a strong showing in April.

Mar 8, 2012

Santorum left at the altar by fellow Catholics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rick Santorum has put his Catholic faith front and center as he courts religious conservatives in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. That may be hurting his chances with a crucial group of voters: his fellow Catholics.

Santorum has lost the Catholic vote consistently in states that have held nominating contests so far, exit polls show.

Mar 5, 2012

Limbaugh tries to cap fallout from ‘slut’ comment

WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) – U.S. conservative
broadcaster Rush Limbaugh said he had gone too far when he
branded a birth-control activist a “slut,” as he scrambled on
Monday to defuse a controversy that has driven advertisers from
his influential radio show.

In apologizing, the firebrand talk-show host couldn’t resist
taking a swipe at his opponents.

Mar 2, 2012

Is the long primary schedule hurting Republicans?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For Republicans, “Super Tuesday” will not be quite as super as it used to be.

In recent presidential campaigns, the wave of state contests on the same day in February or March has been a defining moment, often settling the Republican race. That will not happen this Tuesday, when 10 states hold Super Tuesday contests that could boost Mitt Romney as the clear front-runner but will not hand him the nomination.

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