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Jan 9, 2012

Rivals unleash fire against Republican favorite Romney

CONCORD, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican front-runner Mitt Romney emerged on Sunday from back-to-back debates in New Hampshire a bit dinged but not seriously dented as rivals stepped up attacks to slow his march toward the presidential nomination.

Two days before voters in the small New England state head to the polls for the first 2012 primary election, Romney took heat on a number of topics: his record as governor of neighboring Massachusetts, the attack ads run by an outside group on his behalf and a suggestion he would wither in the face of attacks from Democratic President Barack Obama.

Jan 8, 2012

Republicans get another chance to pounce on Romney

CONCORD, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidates were given one last chance to pounce on front-runner Mitt Romney in a televised debate on Sunday, just two days before voters in New Hampshire head to the polls.

Attacks on Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, were teed up in the NBC/Facebook debate in Concord, New Hampshire, when other candidates were asked whether Romney would be able to defeat President Barack Obama.

Jan 8, 2012

Romney sails through soft Republican debate

GOFFSTOWN, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney fended off a few attacks on his business record on Saturday and sailed through a high-stakes debate that his rivals used to jockey for position as his conservative alternative in the race for the White House.

Expected to be a punching bag, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts with a big lead in New Hampshire got a major break as his main rivals stopped short of going all-out negative against him and instead squabbled among themselves.

Jan 8, 2012

Republican rivals target Romney at debate

GOFFSTOWN, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican rivals tried to knock front-runner Mitt Romney off his pedestal by questioning his record as a business executive on Saturday at a high-stakes debate days before the key New Hampshire primary election.

Conservatives Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich wasted little time in attacking Romney at an ABC News debate, seeking to stop the former Massachusetts governor from running away with New Hampshire and possibly getting set to win the Republican nomination to run for U.S. president in November’s election.

Jan 7, 2012
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RuPaul to Republicans — don’t be a drag

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Drag queen RuPaul crashed New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary scene on Saturday to clear up a possible case of mistaken identity for voters who might not have been paying close attention.

Most would not mistake the notorious celebrity — singer, actor, reality TV star and the first drag queen supermodel — for Ron Paul, the crusty, 76-year-old Congressman and former obstetrician. But just in case…

Jan 7, 2012

Huntsman outraged at ad targeting adopted daughters

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman and members of his family expressed outrage on Friday at an advertisement targeted at his adopted daughters by a group supporting rival Ron Paul.

An online ad authored by “NHLiberty4Paul” shows footage of Huntsman with daughters Gracie, who was adopted from China, and Asha, adopted from India, when they were infants.

Jan 6, 2012

Santorum rise draws Romney closer to culture wars

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The sudden rise of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who has emphasized his Christian faith on the campaign trail, is threatening to draw front-runner Mitt Romney into difficult territory – the culture wars.

Romney has talked about job creation on a daily basis, bashed Democratic President Barack Obama relentlessly, and cast himself as an experienced businessman who can fix the economy since launching his second bid for the White House in June.

Jan 5, 2012
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Santorum sees “harm” to children with same-sex parents

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A Rick Santorum town hall meeting in New Hampshire turned heated on Thursday when the conservative candidate was asked to explain why he, personally, would be affected if same-sex marriages were legalized, and how his opposition squared with his long riff about the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The meeting ended with Santorum getting booed by much of the crowd in Concord, which included many college and high-school students, after suggesting that children raised by same-sex parents are being “harmed.”

Jan 5, 2012

Republican candidates slam Obama for appointments

SALEM/MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republicans hoping to be chosen to run against President Barack Obama in the 2012 election blasted him on Thursday for bypassing Congress to fill politically sensitive posts.

He upset Republicans by making four recess appointments – naming Richard Cordray to run the new Consumer Financial Protection Board and filling three vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board.

Jan 3, 2012

Huntsman tries to turn up heat on Romney in N. Hampshire

DEERFIELD, New Hampshire (Reuters) – They are handsome, wealthy and Mormon. They are former governors – and distant cousins – who are vying to become the Republican nominee for president this year.

In this campaign, however, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

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      "Ros Krasny is Boston Bureau Chief, leading coverage of the New England scene. She was previously a regional Federal Reserve correspondent based in Chicago, and spent many years writing about agricultural commodity markets with Bridge News and Knight-Ridder Financial news."
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