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Jan 18, 2012

Romney aims to stay away from his income tax issue

SPARTANBURG, South Carolina (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sought on Wednesday to stay away from the issue of how much he pays in taxes a day after acknowledging that his income tax rate is about 15 percent, but a key ally joined rivals’ calls for Romney to release his tax returns.

During a campaign speech in Spartanburg, Romney avoided mentioning the comment he made a day earlier that his income tax rate is “probably closer to 15 percent than anything,” making it lower than the rate paid by most wage-earning Americans.

Jan 17, 2012

Republicans leap to attack Romney at debate

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (Reuters) – The Republican presidential hopefuls attacked front-runner Mitt Romney’s business record and his failure to release his tax returns on Monday, looking to halt his growing momentum during the early stages of a debate in South Carolina.

Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum challenged Romney on his record and urged voters to take a critical look at the former Massachusetts governor, who leads the race to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama.

Jan 17, 2012

Republicans leap to attack Romney at debate

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (Reuters) – The Republican presidential hopefuls attacked front-runner Mitt Romney’s business record and his failure to release his tax returns on Monday, looking to halt his growing momentum during the early stages of a debate in South Carolina.

Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum challenged Romney on his record and urged voters to take a critical look at the former Massachusetts governor, who leads the race to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama.

Jan 17, 2012

Republicans look to slow Romney momentum at debate

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (Reuters) – A newly trimmed field of five Republican presidential hopefuls opened a South Carolina debate on Monday that gives front-runner Mitt Romney’s rivals one of their final chances to derail his growing momentum.

The debate came hours after former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman dropped out of the 2012 Republican race and endorsed Romney, bolstering the former Massachusetts governor’s already formidable lead for his party’s nomination. Romney won the first two state nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire this month.

Jan 16, 2012

Rivals hope to stop Romney momentum at debate

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (Reuters) – A newly trimmed field of five Republican presidential hopefuls meets on Monday in a South Carolina debate that gives front-runner Mitt Romney’s rivals one of their final chances to derail his growing momentum.

The debate comes hours after former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman dropped out of the 2012 Republican race and endorsed Romney, bolstering the former Massachusetts governor’s drive for his party’s nomination. Romney won the first two state nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire this month.

Jan 16, 2012

In South Carolina, attorney general says voting rights at risk

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, appearing at a Martin Luther King holiday rally in South Carolina, warned on Monday that voting rights laws are still at risk and said aggressive enforcement of those laws is “a moral imperative.”

Weeks after his Justice Department blocked a South Carolina voter identification law it said would make it harder for tens of thousands of voters, mostly minorities, to cast a ballot, Holder said the principle of electoral equality was still endangered.

Jan 12, 2012

Gingrich warns in South Carolina about “moderate” Romney

ROCK HILL, South Carolina (Reuters) – Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich, back on conservative turf in South Carolina, warned on Wednesday that nominating a “moderate” like Mitt Romney was a recipe for defeat in November’s election.

A day after a poor fourth-place finish in New Hampshire, Gingrich urged South Carolina conservatives to rally around his candidacy or face the likelihood Romney will be the Republican nominee to challenge President Barack Obama on November 6.

Jan 11, 2012

Gingrich warns S.C. voters about “moderate” Romney

ROCK HILL, South Carolina (Reuters) – Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich, back on conservative turf in South Carolina, warned on Wednesday that nominating a “moderate” like Mitt Romney was a recipe for defeat in November’s election.

A day after a poor fourth-place finish in New Hampshire, Gingrich urged South Carolina conservatives to rally around his candidacy or face the likelihood Romney will be the Republican challenger to President Barack Obama in November.

Jan 11, 2012

Republicans head to South Carolina, guns blazing

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Republican presidential contenders brought buckets of cash and sharpened rhetoric to South Carolina on Wednesday for an intense 10-day battle that may define whether anyone can stop front-runner Mitt Romney’s march to the party’s nomination.

Despite fierce attacks from his rivals, the former Massachusetts governor captured neighboring New Hampshire’s primary 16 points ahead of the rest of the field on Tuesday, to go two-for-two at the start of the nomination race after his narrow victory in Iowa’s caucuses a week earlier.

Jan 10, 2012

Perry pleads for second look in South Carolina

ANDERSON, South Carolina (Reuters) – After rejection in Iowa and surrender in New Hampshire, Republican Rick Perry has pinned his fading presidential hopes on a long-shot resurrection in deeply conservative South Carolina.

But Perry, the Texas governor who jumped to the top of opinion polls when he entered the race in August, trails badly in a state that once seemed tailor-made for his blend of Christian faith and anti-Washington rhetoric.

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      "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."
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