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Dec 14, 2011

Obama bolstered by Republican fight, economic gains

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s re-election hopes in 2012 could be getting brighter as the bruising Republican nomination fight intensifies and the struggling U.S. economy shows signs of hope.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Wednesday found Obama dramatically expanding his advantage over Mitt Romney to 8 percentage points, up from a 1-point deficit in early November, and leading Republican frontrunner Newt Gingrich by 13 points.

Dec 12, 2011
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Iowa’s religious conservatives up in air on 2012 U.S. election

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(Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (L), former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) (second from L) and U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) look on as U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) makes a point during the Republican Party presidential candidates debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, December 10, 2011. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

Frozen by indecision, Iowa’s politically powerful religious conservatives are still on the sidelines in the Republican presidential race less than a month before the state’s kick-off nominating contest. After helping to propel Mike Huckabee to victory over Mitt Romney in the state in 2008, many of Iowa’s evangelicals are struggling this time to choose among the handful of Republican candidates vying for their support.

Dec 12, 2011

Gingrich fights off rivals in Iowa debate

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Surging frontrunner Newt Gingrich fought off heavy attacks in a presidential debate in Iowa on Saturday from Republican rivals who portrayed him as a Washington insider and questioned his judgment.

Gingrich, described by some critics as rash and petulant, kept his cool as his Republican rivals criticized him for making up to $1.6 million from housing giant Freddie Mac, for saying Palestinians were an “invented” people and for his troubled marital past.

Dec 11, 2011

Gingrich takes fire from rivals in Republican debate

DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Surging front-runner
Newt Gingrich came under heavy fire in a presidential debate in
Iowa on Saturday from Republican rivals who portrayed him as a
Washington insider who profited from his contacts at taxpayer
expense.

Hoping to halt his quick rise in the polls, the Republican
contenders led by Mitt Romney described Gingrich as a member of
the Washington establishment who took $1.6 million from housing
giant Freddie Mac .

Dec 10, 2011

Iowa’s religious conservatives up in air on 2012

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Reuters) – Frozen by indecision, Iowa’s politically powerful religious conservatives are still on the sidelines in the Republican presidential race less than a month before the state’s kick-off nominating contest.

After helping to propel Mike Huckabee to victory over Mitt Romney in the state in 2008, many of Iowa’s evangelicals are struggling this time to choose among the handful of Republican candidates vying for their support.

Dec 10, 2011

Gingrich vs Romney rivalry in Iowa debate spotlight

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – The budding rivalry between surging Republican Newt Gingrich and former frontrunner Mitt Romney will take center stage on Saturday in the first of two presidential debates in Iowa over the next five days.

Gingrich, Romney and four other White House contenders will make their case to voters in a race polls show is still up for grabs less than a month before Iowa kicks off the state-by-state Republican nominating contest.

Dec 10, 2011

Romney hits Gingrich on Medicare reform

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney hit surging presidential rival Newt Gingrich on Friday over Medicare reform but left the toughest criticisms to surrogates who hinted at Gingrich’s troubled marital past.

One day before a debate in Iowa, which holds the first contest in the Republican nominating race in less than a month, Romney also contrasted his business experience and leadership with Gingrich’s “30 or 40 years in Washington.”

Dec 9, 2011

Republican Romney hits Gingrich over Medicare plan

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney hit surging presidential rival Newt Gingrich in Iowa on Friday for attacking a Republican plan to reform Medicare but left the harshest criticism to his campaign surrogates.

On a visit to Iowa, which holds the first contest in the Republican nominating race in less than a month, Romney reminded voters Gingrich had attacked U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan last spring as “right-wing social engineering.”

Dec 8, 2011

Rebel conservative Paul lurks in close Iowa race

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Could Republican Ron Paul, the libertarian longshot with a loyal army of supporters, steal the first big prize of the 2012 presidential race in Iowa?

While the heavyweight fight between rivals Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney hogs the headlines, Paul has steadily climbed into contention in the state that kicks off the Republican nominating contests on January 3.

Nov 29, 2011

Cain campaign crumbling after affair allegation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Herman Cain told aides on Tuesday he would reassess the viability of his struggling campaign after an Atlanta woman accused him of conducting a 13-year extramarital affair.

The allegations could be the end of the political line for Cain, who led the Republican White House race barely more than a month ago but has nosedived in polls after a series of sexual harassment charges and campaign missteps.

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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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