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Apr 25, 2012

Gingrich to quit Republican presidential race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Newt Gingrich is expected to withdraw next week from the U.S. Republican presidential contest, people familiar with the campaign said on Wednesday, a day after Mitt Romney added to his commanding lead with primary wins in five states.

Gingrich will keep his scheduled stops in North Carolina, this week and leave the race on Tuesday, Fox News said. He was expected to endorse Romney, the television network said.

Apr 24, 2012

Gingrich to reassess bid for U.S. Republican nomination

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tuesday could be the final stop of Newt Gingrich’s wild ride of a presidential campaign.

The Republican candidate told NBC News he would reassess his candidacy depending on his finish in Delaware, one of five northeastern states holding presidential primaries Tuesday, and the state where Gingrich has campaigned most heavily.

Apr 19, 2012

Famed Fenway Park becomes hot prop of political campaigns

By Samuel P. Jacobs

(Reuters) – Legendary Boston baseball venue Fenway Park has been a theater of drama and heartbreak for Red Sox fans in its century-long history, but this year it is entering a whole new league.

Major League Baseball’s old jewel has become the hottest prop of the political season, gracing the campaigns of Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney and local Senator Scott Brown, and hosting one of the nation’s top political talk shows.

Apr 19, 2012

Rove rides again, as a force behind Romney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly a decade ago he was dubbed “Bush’s Brain,” for his influence in guiding Republican George W. Bush to the U.S. presidency.

This year, Karl Rove could be Mitt Romney’s brawn.

Perhaps no one, besides Romney himself, will have a greater influence on the course of the Republican presidential campaign this fall than Rove, the brash, often-controversial architect of Bush’s two successful bids for the White House.

Apr 16, 2012

Romney taps loyalist to search for running mate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney has picked longtime aide Beth Myers to guide his selection of a vice-presidential running mate, one of the first major decisions Romney will make as the likely Republican nominee for president.

As Romney transitions from a primary contender to general election candidate, his choice of Myers suggests that he will continue to rely upon a core group of loyalists, many of whom, like Myers, date to Romney’s days as Massachusetts governor a decade ago.

Apr 12, 2012

In real time, Twitter charges feisty White House campaign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the U.S. presidential campaign took shape this week, Mitt Romney’s staff made what it hopes will be a momentous move: Ann Romney, the candidate’s wife, joined Twitter.

Romney made her debut on the social networking site Wednesday in response to a Democratic strategist who said the former Massachusetts governor’s wife had “never worked a day in her life.”

Apr 11, 2012

Analysis: U.S. House Republican freshmen feel heat from all sides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Representative Michael Grimm’s office was filled with conservative Tea Party activists one day last month and they weren’t happy.

Why, they asked, hadn’t the first-term lawmaker done more to slash U.S. government spending? Why, months earlier, had Grimm broken ranks with the Tea Party by voting – with another 173 of the House’s 242 Republicans – to raise the U.S. debt limit?

Apr 9, 2012

Obama puts taxes at center of campaign fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With his Republican opponent now almost certain to be Mitt Romney, a multi-millionaire, President Barack Obama is trying to put fairer taxes at the center of his re-election campaign, but a new poll suggests the message may fall flat in swing states.

Obama will talk about taxes in Florida on Tuesday when he delivers a speech in support of the “Buffett Rule,” a measure to insure a 30 percent tax on income over $1 million earned by wealthy Americans.

Apr 8, 2012

U.S. Congress’ spring break a time for voters to vent

CLAREMONT, New Hampshire (Reuters) – At home in New Hampshire, the land of Yankee skepticism, U.S. congressman Charlie Bass was being asked to explain his support for the new Republican budget.

“What I have heard is that it would end Medicare as we know it,” a nurse from Charlestown, New Hampshire, told Bass during a town hall meeting last week, holding a printout of an e-mail in her hand.

Mar 28, 2012

Is it the end for Gingrich, or just a new course?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Newt Gingrich visited a zoo in Maryland on Tuesday, and admired the howls of endangered red wolves (“Four wolves make quite a noise,” the Republican presidential hopeful noted in a Twitter message).

Meanwhile, to some Republicans, his campaign seemed to be going to the dogs.

Hours later came reports that Gingrich had fired his campaign manager and his cash-strapped campaign had laid off a significant portion of its full-time staff.

    • About Samuel

      "Sam is a Reuters correspondent covering the 2012 campaign. Previously, he was an associate editor at Newsweek and a staff reporter for The Daily Beast. His writing has also appeared in The Boston Globe and The New York Observer."
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