Mitt Romney speaks during a town hall meeting in Keene, N.H., on Aug. 24.
August 30, 2011 They "got us into this mess and they simply don't know how to get us out," Romney declared, without mentioning his rival for the Republican presidential nomination.
August 26, 2011 How strong is Texas Gov. Rick Perry's attraction to supporters of the Tea Party? Here's one impressive measure. Perry has support from a higher percentage of Tea Party backers than Rep. Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney combined, according to a Gallup poll.
August 25, 2011 Campaigning in Lebanon, NH Wednesday evening, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney got into a feisty exchange with a woman who accused him of pandering to the anti-government mood in part of the electorate even though most Americans expect the government to help after a disaster etc.
August 24, 2011 At a town hall in Keene, N.H. none of Romney's rivals came up by name. When someone asked what kind of sacrifice Romney would ask of Americans during these difficult economic times, Romney began his answer: "Let me tell you what sacrifices I'd expect from people in the room. Your willingness to to focus on the political process and take a good look at the people running for office."
August 24, 2011 There really is a new sheriff in town or, more precisely, front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and he's Texas Gov. Rick Perry who has opened a 29 percent to 17 percent lead over Mitt Romney with Republican voters, according to a new Gallup Poll.
August 24, 2011 Mitt Romney signaled Wednesday that he doesn't see South Carolina as key to the presidential nomination. His campaign said he won't attend Sen. Jim DeMint's South Carolina Labor Day forum for presidential candidates. A Romney spokesman cited scheduling conflicts. By not attending the South Carolina event, Romney fuels speculation his strategy is to win without the Palmetto State.
August 24, 2011 The election of 2012 is now less than 15 months away, and it is clear that elements of the Republican Party have not locked in on a candidate. But it is worth remembering that in the late 1970s, as the GOP sought just the right opponent for incumbent Jimmy Carter, plenty of party people were not satisfied with a field that included Ronald Reagan.
Moammar Gadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam (top left), at a hotel in Tripoli early Tuesday morning despite rebel claims he was captured.
August 23, 2011 Turns out it was a good idea for President Obama to be relatively low key in discussing the situation in Libya Monday since some of the reports from the National Transition Council turned out to be greatly exaggerated, to say the least. Like Seif el-Islam Gadhafi, the eldest son of and heir apparent to the ever weaker strongman Moammar Gadhafi, not being in rebel custody.
August 23, 2011 How better for Mitt Romney to show that he intends to take it right at President Obama on the jobs issue than to plan a major post-Labor Day speech on jobs, just like the president?Romney announced Monday on Fox News that he intends to provide his job-creation plan on Sept. 6 in Nevada, a battleground state, the day before the next scheduled Republican presidential candidates' debate.
August 22, 2011 Fortunately for Mitt Romney, a fair number of Republican voters will understand immediately his desire to knock down his $12 million La Jolla, Calif. beach house to build something more three times its size, as reported by the San Diego Union Tribune.Unfortunately for the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, there are likely even more Republican voters with a populist streak.
August 19, 2011 Mitt Romney appears to have a real primary fight ahead. Long suspected as being a Republican in Name Only by many of his party's hard-core conservatives, he's faced with two rivals — Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry — with strong appeal to that key segment of the party. But Romney has some advantages. His main rivals appear poised to split voters. And they have been gaffe prone.
August 17, 2011 The president "will give a major speech ... to unveil new ideas for speeding up job growth and helping the struggling poor and middle class," the wire service reports.
August 16, 2011 While the president talks at a "rural economic forum," his Republican rivals will be on the campaign trail.
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August 15, 2011 President Obama's Midwest bus trip is part listening tour to show that he's concerned about the problems of actual Americans, part rolling photo op that gives him a chance to make the case for compromise (and to blame congressional Republicans for not doing enough on that score.)But it also was a chance to try and score a few points on the would-be Republican nominees.
August 12, 2011 One of the more memorable moments from the GOP debate in Iowa, was when the eight candidates were asked if they would accept a deficit-reduction deal overwhelmingly tilted toward spending cuts over tax increases by a ratio of 10 to 1.They were asked to raise their hands if they would find such a deal unacceptable because it included tax increases. Every candidate raised his or her hand.
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