John's Feed
Mar 3, 2012

In Ohio, Republicans try to stick to economic issues

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (Reuters) – After a week in which the race for the Republican presidential nomination often was a forum for divisive social and religious issues, the campaign turned Friday toward jobs and the economy, key issues in the upcoming “Super Tuesday” contests.

Rick Santorum, fighting to stay within sight of Republican front-runner Mitt Romney and score a game-changing victory in Ohio’s primary on Tuesday, stuck mostly to calls for less government regulation and lower taxes in making his pitch to Ohio manufacturers and entrepreneurs.

Mar 1, 2012

Republicans pick their fights for “Super Tuesday”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican presidential hopefuls are heading into next week’s “Super Tuesday” contests with different game plans but the same goal: find the most friendly terrain to make a stand.

As the state-by-state race goes national with 10 contests on Tuesday, the cost and scope of fighting on a coast-to-coast battlefield is forcing the four remaining Republican candidates to focus on states where they have the best chance to pull off a win.

Feb 29, 2012

Long, divisive White House fight is sapping Republicans

WASHINGTON, Feb 29 (Reuters) – Mitt Romney’s narrow
win in Michigan is unlikely to ease lingering doubts about his
candidacy or head off the possibility of a long and divisive
presidential nominating fight that is damaging Republican
chances in November’s general election.

The close result in Michigan at least temporarily returned
Romney to his frontrunner status and averted an outbreak of
panic among Republicans worried that staunch social conservative
Rick Santorum could doom the party in the November election.

Feb 27, 2012

Santorum win in Michigan could be chaos for GOP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican presidential race faces a potential turning point on Tuesday in contests in Arizona and Michigan, where upstart Rick Santorum threatens to plunge an already unpredictable nominating battle into chaos.

Mitt Romney, the former front-runner and presumed nominee, and Santorum are in a close race in Michigan, the state where Romney was raised and his father was an auto executive and popular governor.

Feb 26, 2012

Santorum win in Michigan could be chaos for Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican presidential race faces a potential turning point on Tuesday in contests in Arizona and Michigan, where upstart Rick Santorum threatens to plunge an already unpredictable nominating battle into chaos.

Mitt Romney, the former front-runner and presumed nominee, and Santorum are in a close race in Michigan, the state where Romney was raised and his father was an auto executive and popular governor.

Feb 22, 2012

Santorum’s push on social issues a challenge for Romney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s hard-charging focus on social issues has created a quandary for rival Mitt Romney, who usually prefers to steer clear of such sensitive topics and stress his business credentials.

By warning of “the dangers of contraception,” claiming that some pre-natal tests should not be covered by insurers because the tests encourage abortions and accusing Democratic President Barack Obama of following “phony theology,” Santorum has staked his candidacy on appeals to the social conservatives who are especially influential in Republican nominations.

Feb 15, 2012

Arizona is Romney’s to lose, Santorum threatens

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney faces a new challenge in Arizona’s February 28 presidential primary, where the growing momentum of rival Rick Santorum could threaten to derail what had been an expected romp for the on-again, off-again front-runner.

Romney was counting on Arizona to be his safety net as he fell behind Santorum in polls nationally and in his native state of Michigan, which holds a crucial primary the same day.

Feb 10, 2012

Facing more key votes, Romney can’t afford another stumble

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Many Republicans may have growing concerns about their presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, but no one is pushing the panic button – yet.

That could change quickly, however, if Romney does not reverse Tuesday’s three-state losing streak to Rick Santorum by winning in Arizona and Michigan on February 28, and then having a strong showing in 10 “Super Tuesday” contests on March 6.

Feb 9, 2012

Biden says contraceptives fight can be worked out

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday the White House was working to address concerns raised by the Catholic church over a new rule on contraceptives, and he believed an escalating election-year battle over the issue would be resolved.

The rule, announced on January 20, requires religious-oriented groups such as charities, hospitals and universities, but not churches, to provide coverage for birth control as other health insurance providers must do. The Catholic Church opposes most methods of birth control.

Feb 9, 2012

In upcoming contests, pressure is on Romney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Many U.S. Republicans may have growing concerns about their presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, but no one is pushing the panic button – yet.

That could change quickly, however, if Romney does not reverse Tuesday’s three-state losing streak to Rick Santorum by winning in Arizona and Michigan on February 28, and then having a strong showing in 10 “Super Tuesday” contests on March 6.

    • About John

      "John Whitesides has covered U.S. politics, elections and Congress for 13 years, based in Washington. He joined Reuters in Asia, where he worked as an editor and correspondent in Hong Kong."
    • Follow John