Tales from the Trail

Perry vs. rivals in Republican debate

September 8, 2011

There were eight candidates in the first big Republican debate of the 2012 campaign season.

Obama focus on policy, not polls – White House

September 7, 2011

The White House is downplaying several new polls showing President Obama’s job approval ratings plunging to new lows along with rising public concern over high unemployment and the sluggish economy.

2012 candidates woo voters on Labor Day

September 5, 2011

Labor Day is no day off for President Barack Obama and the Republicans who want his job. The holiday to pay tribute to American workers traditionally marks the start of the general election campaign. And although 15 months remain before the 2012 election, you’ll find the 2012 White House hopefuls on the road Monday hoping to score points with voters.

Big campaign bucks don’t always spell victory

September 1, 2011

Expectations for massive fund-raising in the 2012 election may obscure one point — big bucks don’t always lead to victory. And in fact, too much spending — especially in the form of too many advertisements — can turn off voters.

Romney targeted over plans for growth — of his house

August 22, 2011

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney,  who has criticized President Barack Obama for taking a nine-day vacation at a time of high unemployment, filed for permits to almost quadruple the size of his oceanfront home in La Jolla, California.

Huntsman in the ‘middle’ in 2012 Republican field

August 22, 2011

Jon Huntsman is counting on right-of-center politics to give him an advantage  in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination,   despite polls showing him trailing far behind  the favorites in a crowded field.

Haley not ready to pick 2012 Republican favorite

August 19, 2011

An endorsement from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a favorite of the Tea Party movement, could give a boost to the  Republican presidential candidate of her choice.

Bachmann mixes up Elvis tribute

August 17, 2011

Right day. Wrong message.

As fans of  Elvis Presley were observing the 34th anniversary of  his death Monday, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann joined those paying tribute to the late king of rock and roll.

Perry, Bachmann shine star power at Iowa dinner

August 15, 2011

Newly-minted Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry (and his black campaign bus)  rolled into Waterloo Sunday, where the Texas governor made a  campaign pitch to Iowa voters.