May 25, 2012 President Obama rhetorically hit Mitt Romney, the all-but-official Republican presidential nominee, with a little barnyard humor. He accused the former Massachusetts governor of not only lying about his record as president but Romney's also.
President Obama tours Conveyor Engineering and Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday.
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January 25, 2012 President Obama kicked off a three-day re-election road tour Wednesday, starting out at a manufacturing plant in Iowa. The president is promoting job growth in the manufacturing industry while defending the government's bailout of the auto industry.
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Mitt Romney greets supporters at a rally at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., on Wednesday.
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January 19, 2012 Declaring a virtual tie in the Iowa caucuses might not help Rick Santorum, but it could hurt Mitt Romney. Still, his closest rival in South Carolina — Newt Gingrich — faces new troubles of his own.
Mitt Romney campaign headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 30, 2011
January 3, 2012 You might expect grandeur from a political campaign, but here's what they really look like.
January 2, 2012 The focus is naturally on the Republican caucuses Tuesday night in Iowa, because the GOP is the party with a battle going on for its presidential nomination. But the Obama campaign is treating the Democratic caucuses as a dry run for the election.
December 31, 2011 This moment in the presidential campaign sun for Santorum feels like it could be very brief indeed. It's just difficult to see how he would sustain his momentum coming out of Iowa, assuming he wins there.
December 20, 2011 Rick Santorum received the personal endorsements of two leaders of Iowa's Christian conservatives, The Family Leader's CEO Bob Vander Plaats and Chuck Hurley, president of Iowa Family Policy Center Action, The Family Leader's educational arm.
December 15, 2011 Iowa's popular Gov. Terry Branstad hasn't endorsed any of the Republican presidential candidates crisscrossing his state yet. Still, Branstad will eventually be endorsing someone after the Jan. 3 caucuses. As he told All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block Thursday: "I want to work to help unite the party behind the winner of the nomination process."
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December 5, 2011 Newt Gingrich's first Iowa ad is up and the obvious goal is to portray the former speaker as less the disputatious bomb thrower and more the softer, gentler Reaganesque statesman.
Republican presidential candidates at the "Thanksgiving Family Forum" in Des Moines on Nov. 19, 2011.
November 19, 2011 Six GOP presidential candidates vying for the support of social conservatives took part in a wide-ranging forum that featured discussion over abortion, gay marriage and the role of religion in public life. But notably absent was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who declined the invitation.
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October 4, 2011 On today's show, we visit a place where global economic forces converge: Colo, Iowa. The price of farmland in Iowa has doubled in the past few years. We look at the broader economic picture, and ask: Is it a bubble?
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October 3, 2011 Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada are all expected to now move their caucuses and primaries up to maintain their traditional early spots in the presidential-nominee selection process calendar.
September 29, 2011 As we and others have reported, when Florida Republican Party officials meet Friday, they are expected to move up the date of their presidential Friday to Jan. 31 from March 2012. Republican officials in the states that jealously guard their role as the first four to vote — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — vow to stay ahead of Florida.
September 21, 2011 It's fairly clear that Rep. Michele Bachmann has written off the vegetarian vote in her bid for the Republican presidential nomination than this photo of her strolling through rows of beef carcasses during a tour of an Iowa beef plant Tuesday.
August 17, 2011 Score one for Obama. It's good to see a president who's willing meet his grass-roots critics. Of course, the question is would he as willing if he had a 65 percent public approval rating. And score one for the Tea Party activists who weren't so cowered by the aura that surrounds a president as to decide in the end to just settle for a handshake. That's what democracy looks like.
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