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Feb 1, 2012

Analysis: Lean weeks ahead for Gingrich in presidential race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For Newt Gingrich, February could be the longest month.

Despite Tuesday’s resounding defeat in Florida, the former speaker of the House of Representatives has vowed to battle front-runner Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential race until the party formally nominates a candidate in August.

Jan 27, 2012

Romney holds 8-percentage point lead in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Reuters) – Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has opened up a lead of 8 percentage points over rival Newt Gingrich in a Reuters/Ipsos poll in Florida, as he regains front-runner status in the Republican race.

The online poll released on Friday showed Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and private-equity executive, ahead of Gingrich by 41 percent to 33 percent among likely voters in Florida’s January 31 Republican primary.

Jan 27, 2012

In retiree-heavy Florida, health reform not a popular topic

PALM HARBOR, Florida (Reuters) – There’s one small-government idea that Republican presidential candidates are reluctant to discuss in this retiree-heavy state: their plans to rein in health care costs for the elderly.

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, front-runners for the Republican nomination to face Democratic President Barack Obama on November 6, both support reforms to the Medicare government health insurance program for the elderly that could help set federal spending on a sustainable course.

Jan 27, 2012

Much heat, little light on housing in Florida debate

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Reuters) – Republicans presidential candidates have taken a hands-off policy on the U.S. housing crisis. At a debate on Thursday in Florida, it devolved into finger pointing.

A question about the government’s involvement in the mortgage market prompted a fierce exchange between front-runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich about who had closer ties to the troubled housing-finance firms that many conservatives blame for the housing crisis.

Jan 25, 2012

Focusing on Romney, Obama campaign plans Bain attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s campaign is preparing to attack Republican Mitt Romney’s business record with video of former workers from a Kansas City steel mill that went bankrupt while owned by Bain Capital, the company Romney co-founded.

The move is the latest sign that Obama’s campaign is firmly focused on the former Massachusetts governor despite Romney’s decisive loss to Newt Gingrich Saturday in the Republican presidential primary in South Carolina.

Jan 24, 2012

Gingrich firm releases Freddie Mac contract

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In an attempt to deflect attention over his involvement with Freddie Mac, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s former consulting firm on Monday released a contract he had with the troubled mortgage firm.

The 16-page document covered a consulting agreement only for work done in 2006 and shed little light on Gingrich’s duties. The document calls for a $25,000-a-month in fees for the year.

Jan 23, 2012

Details of Gingrich work for Freddie Mac to emerge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s former consulting firm will release details of his work for troubled mortgage firm Freddie Mac on Monday, according to a company spokeswoman.

The disclosure could shed light on whether the housing-finance firm paid Gingrich $1.6 million in consulting fees for his historical acumen, as he has claimed, or his influence in Washington, as rivals for the Republican presidential nomination charge.

Jan 19, 2012

Republicans’ stance on housing recovery carries risks

GAFFNEY, South Carolina (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has a blunt message for voters such as Jim Shackleford who are trapped by falling housing prices: You’re on your own.

Santorum and other Republican candidates say the government should do little, if nothing, to ease the housing crisis that plunged the country into recession and continues to weigh on the recovery.

Jan 15, 2012

In flap over S. Carolina law, old tensions and a campaign issue

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Reuters) – The state that fired the first shot in the Civil War is once again battling the government in a racially charged conflict that is drawing heated rhetoric from Republican presidential candidates.

South Carolina is in a standoff with Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration over a new state law that would require residents to produce a photo ID before they could vote. Federal officials say it could disproportionately keep black voters away from the polls.

Jan 6, 2012

Special report: Romney’s steel skeleton in the Bain closet

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – It was funny at first.

The young men in business suits, gingerly picking their way among the millwrights, machinists and pipefitters at Kansas City’s Worldwide Grinding Systems steel mill. Gaping up at the cranes that swung 10-foot cast iron buckets through the air. Jumping at the thunder from the melt shop’s electric-arc furnace as it turned scrap metal into lava.

“They looked like a bunch of high school kids to me. A bunch of Wall Street preppies,” says Jim Linson, an electronics repairman who worked at the plant for 40 years. “They came in, they were in awe.”

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