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August 14, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
AMES, Iowa - The Ames Straw Poll is many things: state fair with carnival rides, political convention, fundraiser for the Iowa Republican Party, test of a candidate's organizational strength, and what some might describe as an institutionalized if genteel day of bribery. But the quirky poll, in which only six of the nine declared Republican presidential contenders are participating Saturday, is also testimony to the paradoxical ability of Iowans, who pride themselves on their modesty, to capture the media spotlight.
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October 15, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
BARTLETT, Tenn. - Herman Cain, the new Republican frontrunner in at least one recent 2012 presidential poll, swatted away criticism of his tax plan Friday and accused critics of attacking him because he is suddenly at the head of the pack. "Can y'all see that big bull's-eye on my back?" asked Cain, turning to show the crowd an imaginary target. Cain spoke in a park outside Memphis, his birthplace, at the first stop of a bus tour through Tennessee. The state seldom draws candidates this early in a presidential campaign because its primary is not held until March.
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August 14, 2011 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, INQUIRER POLITICS WRITER
WATERLOO, Iowa - The room went dark, and aides radioed the bus outside: Texas Gov. Rick Perry had finished, and the candidate's special TV-friendly lights were a "go. " Elvis Presley's "Promised Land" blasted from the speakers, and Rep. Michele Bachmann came into the Electric Ballroom. The two new heavyweights in the Republican presidential race collided at the Black Hawk County GOP dinner Sunday night, a dramatic encounter that could presage their struggle for dominance among conservatives in the nominating process.
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August 13, 2011 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, INQUIRER POLITICS WRITER
AMES, Iowa - At Rep. Michele Bachmann's encampment Saturday, people lined up for corn dogs, Frisbee-sized cinnamon rolls, and a chance to slip into an air-conditioned circus tent to listen to country music star Randy Travis play for an hour. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum drew them in with homemade peach preserves; Buddy Holly's old band, the Crickets; and bagpipers who played stirring airs right out of Braveheart . Texas Rep. Ron Paul had a massive tent city right next to the bus parking lot, and served barbecue in a battalion-sized mess hall.
NEWS
November 27, 2011 | By Michael Smerconish
Say hello, wave goodbye. Roughly three-quarters of Republican primary voters refuse to embrace front-runner Mitt Romney, despite his nearly flawless campaign thus far. In each of the debates, Romney has been focused and strong. Tight control of his public appearances and media access has prevented any gaffes. The closest thing to a YouTube moment came when he told a heckler at the Iowa State Fair that "corporations are people. " Still, suspicion of Romney lurks in conservative circles, partly attributable to his passage of Romneycare, considered a blemish by tea party types intent on throwing President Obama out of office for his passage of Obamacare.
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October 21, 2011 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Mitt Romney signaled a new front in the battle for Iowa's winter caucuses, brushing aside the political significance of his Mormon faith in the state's strongly evangelical Republican ranks here and insisting that he will campaign fiercely for support from all voters. Romney took on the issue of his faith after a voter asked whether he ought to clarify misinformation about it in light of a pastor recently calling Mormonism a "cult. " Romney said he felt no need to defend his faith but - much as he did Tuesday's presidential debate - said he counted on voters to see through criticism.
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July 25, 2011 | By Matt Katz, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
DES MOINES, Iowa - As speculation about his presidential ambitions hung heavily in the hot Midwestern air, Gov. Christie called for peace in the battle over education at a summit convened Monday by the governor of Iowa. Saying he did not come to Iowa "to throw down the gauntlet of the next battle," Christie instead spoke in lofty terms about the American promise and the need to save students in places such as Camden, where students fail despite a price tag of $20,000 per pupil.
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September 12, 2011 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, INQUIRER POLITICS WRITER
Mitt Romney went on the offensive against Texas Gov. Rick Perry from the beginning of Monday's Republican presidential debate, asking him whether he "continues to believe that Social Security should not be a federal program. " Perry was the target for much of the night from all sides, also facing attacks from rivals on his 2007 exectutive order mandating teenage girls be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease and a Texas law that allows the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at state universities.
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November 27, 2011 | By Michael Smerconish
Say hello, wave goodbye. Roughly three-quarters of Republican primary voters refuse to embrace front-runner Mitt Romney, despite his nearly flawless campaign thus far. In each of the debates, Romney has been focused and strong. Tight control of his public appearances and media access has prevented any gaffes. The closest thing to a YouTube moment came when he told a heckler at the Iowa State Fair that "corporations are people. " Still, suspicion of Romney lurks in conservative circles, partly attributable to his passage of Romneycare, considered a blemish by tea party types intent on throwing President Obama out of office for his passage of Obamacare.
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October 21, 2011 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Mitt Romney signaled a new front in the battle for Iowa's winter caucuses, brushing aside the political significance of his Mormon faith in the state's strongly evangelical Republican ranks here and insisting that he will campaign fiercely for support from all voters. Romney took on the issue of his faith after a voter asked whether he ought to clarify misinformation about it in light of a pastor recently calling Mormonism a "cult. " Romney said he felt no need to defend his faith but - much as he did Tuesday's presidential debate - said he counted on voters to see through criticism.
NEWS
October 15, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
BARTLETT, Tenn. - Herman Cain, the new Republican frontrunner in at least one recent 2012 presidential poll, swatted away criticism of his tax plan Friday and accused critics of attacking him because he is suddenly at the head of the pack. "Can y'all see that big bull's-eye on my back?" asked Cain, turning to show the crowd an imaginary target. Cain spoke in a park outside Memphis, his birthplace, at the first stop of a bus tour through Tennessee. The state seldom draws candidates this early in a presidential campaign because its primary is not held until March.
NEWS
September 12, 2011 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, INQUIRER POLITICS WRITER
Mitt Romney went on the offensive against Texas Gov. Rick Perry from the beginning of Monday's Republican presidential debate, asking him whether he "continues to believe that Social Security should not be a federal program. " Perry was the target for much of the night from all sides, also facing attacks from rivals on his 2007 exectutive order mandating teenage girls be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease and a Texas law that allows the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at state universities.
NEWS
August 15, 2011 | By Thomas Fitzgerald
INQUIRER POLITICS WRITER WATERLOO, Iowa - The room went dark, and aides radioed the bus outside: Texas Gov. Rick Perry had finished, and the candidate's special TV-friendly lights were a "go. " Elvis Presley's "Promised Land" blasted from the speakers, and Rep. Michele Bachmann came into the Electric Ballroom. The two new heavyweights in the Republican presidential race collided at the Black Hawk County GOP dinner Sunday night, a dramatic encounter that could presage their struggle for dominance among conservatives in the nominating process.
NEWS
August 14, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
AMES, Iowa - The Ames Straw Poll is many things: state fair with carnival rides, political convention, fundraiser for the Iowa Republican Party, test of a candidate's organizational strength, and what some might describe as an institutionalized if genteel day of bribery. But the quirky poll, in which only six of the nine declared Republican presidential contenders are participating Saturday, is also testimony to the paradoxical ability of Iowans, who pride themselves on their modesty, to capture the media spotlight.
NEWS
August 14, 2011 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
AMES, Iowa - At Rep. Michele Bachmann's encampment Saturday, people lined up for corn dogs, Frisbee-size cinnamon rolls, and a chance to slip into an air-conditioned circus tent to listen to country music star Randy Travis play for an hour. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum drew them in with homemade peach preserves; Buddy Holly's old band, the Crickets; and bagpipers who played stirring airs right out of Braveheart . Texas Rep. Ron Paul had a massive tent city right next to the bus parking lot and served barbecue in a battalion-size mess hall.
NEWS
August 13, 2011 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, INQUIRER POLITICS WRITER
AMES, Iowa - At Rep. Michele Bachmann's encampment Saturday, people lined up for corn dogs, Frisbee-sized cinnamon rolls, and a chance to slip into an air-conditioned circus tent to listen to country music star Randy Travis play for an hour. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum drew them in with homemade peach preserves; Buddy Holly's old band, the Crickets; and bagpipers who played stirring airs right out of Braveheart . Texas Rep. Ron Paul had a massive tent city right next to the bus parking lot, and served barbecue in a battalion-sized mess hall.
NEWS
July 26, 2011 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Staff Writer
DES MOINES, Iowa - As speculation about his presidential ambitions hung heavily in the hot Midwestern air, Gov. Christie called for peace in the battle over education at a summit convened Monday by the governor of Iowa. Saying he did not come to Iowa "to throw down the gauntlet of the next battle," Christie instead spoke in lofty terms about the American promise and the need to save students in places such as Camden, where students fail despite a price tag of $20,000 per pupil.
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