Brett O'Donnell, right, at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 4, 2008. O'Donnell worked with GOP presidential candidate John McCain as his debate coach.
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January 31, 2012 Newt Gingrich boasts of his formidable debate skills. But Mitt Romney managed to score some points in his last two debate performances. Meet the man behind Romney's new debate skills. He's trained college debaters, evangelical ministers and former presidential candidates.
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Pundits say former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had a mediocre performance in the Jacksonville, Fla., debate on Thursday.
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January 27, 2012 Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg projects that President Obama would bury Newt Gingrich in the Electoral College. The president has also gained ground against Mitt Romney.
President Obama waves after speaking at a UPS facility in Las Vegas on Thursday. Nevada is one stop on the president's latest road trip focusing on the economy.
January 26, 2012 Amid all the rancor, there is some common ground among Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and President Obama: worker retraining. It's an issue with broad political appeal, particularly in Florida where the job situation remains bleak.
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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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In the final State of the Union address of his term, President Obama called for an economy "where everyone gets a fair shot."
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January 25, 2012 Faced with a re-election fight, Bill Clinton used his State of the Union address to declare "the era of big government is over." President Obama focused instead on economic fairness, an issue his mother embraced.
January 23, 2012 Just as Republican contenders gather for another debate, the former House speaker releases some information about his work for the mortgage giant. And there's word of another big contribution to a pro-Gingrich superPAC.
A polling station in Columbia, S.C., earlier today (Jan. 21, 2012).
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January 21, 2012 The third major contest of the 2012 Republican presidential campaign is being held today in South Carolina and we'll be live blogging as the news comes in, starting around 6 p.m. ET. Polls close at 7 p.m. ET.
January 21, 2012 The state Republican Party reversed itself from a previous assertion that it would not declare a winner. A recanvassing of the votes showed Santorum won by 34 votes, though the preliminary results gave Mitt Romney an eight-vote lead.
Alexandra Ziegler, age 9, leafletting for Gingrich in Greenville, S.C.
January 18, 2012 Meet a mother of three who's decided to pack up her family and hit the campaign trail in South Carolina volunteering for GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. She tells NPR's Melissa Block she hopes her home-schooled children learn from the experience.
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January 18, 2012 Digging to the bottom: An NPR team reported that Rick Santorum singled out blacks for receiving welfare, but the tape is in dispute. How far must NPR go to be fair and responsible in a matter that is racially explosive and continues to dog the candidate? Is NPR hiding behind objectivity?
January 13, 2012 With South Carolina's GOP presidential primary a week from Saturday, TV viewers in the state are getting an eyeful of political ads. It seems almost everyone who is running has bought time. And so have the superPACs, which are forbidden to coordinate with the campaigns.
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January 12, 2012 It's only January, but according to a recent survey many Americans think the 2012 presidential campaign is getting too much coverage. Judging by our inbox, many of you think so. We even got a break-up letter from a listener.
Mitt Romney greets supporters in Manchester, N.H., after his primary night win.
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January 10, 2012 Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney used his New Hampshire primary victory speech to attack President Obama — with only a glancing nod to his Republican rivals.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., announces an end to her campaign for president on Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa.
January 4, 2012 Several former rivals of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann were quick to applaud the now-suspended campaign run by the only woman to have sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. In ending her own bid for the White House, Bachmann did not offer a specific endorsement.
December 29, 2011 Republican voters — especially the undecided ones we've been seeking out — are dead serious, not easily moved to applause, and pressing for answers as thoughtful as their questions, and signs they've found a candidate they believe can lead — and can win next fall.
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