Tales from the Trail

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Rick Perry denounces “Obama’s war on religion” in new TV ad

December 7, 2011

Governor Rick Perry accuses President Obama of leading a "war on religion" in his latest ad, a thirty second spot airing in Iowa that also condemns gays serving openly the military and regulations on school prayer.

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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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Huntsman accuses Romney of flip-flop gymnastics in new ad

December 3, 2011

Jon Huntsman has published a new web ad hammering Romney for changing, if not his stance, then at least his tone on key campaign issues.

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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.

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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.

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Atlanta woman details alleged thirteen-year affair with Herman Cain

November 29, 2011

An hour after Herman Cain announced on live television that he expected to soon face another accusation of infidelity, Atlanta's FOX 5 news aired a segment with a local woman named Ginger White who claimed to have engaged in a thirteen-year affair with the Republican presidential candidate.

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Cain warns of impending accusations from new woman

November 28, 2011

Herman Cain was scheduled to appear on CNN's "The Situation Room" this afternoon to talk about his "9-9-9" tax plan and his new, six-minute animated video, "9-9-9: The Movie," which advocates for his alternative to the "dorky mechanical monster" that he says symbolizes the federal tax code.