Tales from the Trail

Biden welcomes Navy ship home for the holidays

December 8, 2011

MAYPORT, Fla. – Vice President Joe Biden made an unscheduled stop during a visit to Florida on Thursday to greet 350 sailors from the USS Gettysburg as they came home after seven months at sea.

Romney takes a swing at Obama golf habit

December 7, 2011

Most presidents have their hobbies. George W. Bush loved to clear brush on his Texas ranch, and to take long mountain bike rides. Bill Clinton played the saxophone. John Quincy Adams reportedly liked to skinny-dip in the Potomac River.

RickPerry.com reroutes visitors to Ron Paul’s 2012 site

By Reuters Staff
December 7, 2011

By Karen Brooks

Update, 6:30pm ET: RickPerry.com is no longer sending visitors to ronpaul2012.com.

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Gingrich and Trump plan ‘Apprentice’ show for poor kids

December 5, 2011

After a meeting with Newt Gingrich in Manhattan this morning, Donald Trump announced plans to start an 'Apprentice'-style program for children from New York City's poorest schools. The idea, apparently hatched during their meeting, is an extension of Gingrich's scheme to hire poor schoolchildren for jobs typically occupied by adults -- including janitor and librarian -- because, as he put it last week, these kids “have no habit of showing up on Monday; they have no habit of staying all day; they have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ — unless it’s illegal.”

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Gingrich airs first TV ad in Iowa: ‘Is the America we love a thing of the past?’

December 5, 2011

Newt Gingrich has released his first television ad of the campaign, an optimistic rebuttal to anyone who thinks "the America we know and love is a thing of the past." Set to air in Iowa this week, the spot mixes uplifting music (from the soundtrack to the film Rudy) and imagery -- wheat fields, a picket-fence home flying an American flag, factory workers, the Iowa State Capitol building -- with footage of Gingrich making the case that "together...we can rebuild America":

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Gingrich reiterates plan to hire poor kids as school janitors

December 1, 2011

Speaking in Iowa today, Republican frontrunner Newt Gingrich repeated his idea for schoolkids in poor neighborhoods to take over some of the jobs adults are normally employed to do -- greeter, for instance, or assistant librarian or janitor -- in exchange for cash and, apparently, lessons in work ethic.

from Political Theater:

Cain sums up world powers with foreign policy map

December 1, 2011

Herman Cain's presidential campaign has released its "Vision For Foreign Policy & National Security," a tidy seven-page summary of the candidate's take on exactly twenty countries, accompanied by an even tidier map classifying the states in Cain's own terms.

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Romney denies history of “flip-flops” in Fox interview

November 30, 2011

In an long and sometimes tense interview with Fox's Bret Baier on Tuesday, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney defended himself against alleged policy "flip-flops" on immigration, health care, and other issues put forward in a DNC attack ad released earlier in the week.

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Palin supporters air “Run, Sarah, Run!” ad in Iowa

November 29, 2011

The organization Conservatives4Palin is running an ad in Sioux City, Iowa, this week urging Sarah Palin to reconsider running for president in 2012.

GOP presidential field – looking Perry promising?

May 26, 2011

With polls showing President Barack Obama beating any current 2012 Republican presidential hopeful, some party leaders are casting around for additional contenders, especially those who are well-known and might appeal more to the party’s most conservative wing.