September 19, 2011 This week's Political Junkie column focuses on the long-held — but always unfulfilled — desire for a winnable third-party or independent presidential ticket. With growing unhappiness about Washington's dysfunction, some are hoping for an alternative for 2012.
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September 8, 2011 We converted Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate transcript into a word cloud so you can see the language the candidates used the most.
Campaign posters are seen in a snowbank outside a polling place in January 2008 in Manchester, N.H.
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August 31, 2011 When Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announces her state's primary date this week, it could set off a scramble for influence in the GOP presidential primary sweepstakes. Voting in Iowa and New Hampshire could start as soon as December and absentee ballots could go out before Halloween.
July 12, 2011 Newly released police reports detail episodes in which Rep. Michele Bachmann and her staff asked police to investigate, or to provide protection. The complaints include the theft of campaign yard signs, and the Bachmanns' house being "substantially egged" for the second time.
June 28, 2011 No politician is likely to get elected or re-elected to the presidency by saying that it could take a very long time for the economy to produce the kind of robust growth that creates jobs fast enough to significantly lower unemployment. Yet, that appears to be precisely what faces the U.S. Consumers and governments are so debt-ridden, stifling higher growth levels.
June 2, 2011 The former Massachusetts governor used a farm in Stratham, N.H., as the backdrop for the announcement. The Granite State holds the nation's first primary.
May 18, 2011 Saying that the Republican presidential candidate needs to "feel the rainbow ... stop the hate, stop anti-gay politics!" a protester showered the former House speaker and his wife with glitter Tuesday. Watch the video.
May 16, 2011 "After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the presidency," he announces. Plus, "business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector." Still, he thinks he would have won.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA)on April 27, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
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May 9, 2011 He's going on Fox News Channel to announce the news, the former House speaker says. His spokesman says the Georgia Republican will indeed seek the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), at the Tea Party Patriots American Policy Summit in Phoenix on Feb. 26, 2011.
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April 26, 2011 During an appearance this afternoon in Des Moines, he's going to announce the formation of his 2012 presidential exploratory committee.
April 25, 2011 He can't promise his supporters that he has the "absolute fire in the belly" to take on the challenge, Barbour said.
March 2, 2011 The 2012 presidential season is starting to ramp up. If you don't believe me, consider this: Both The Daily Show and Fox News say that it has — and that potential candidates should make up their minds.
December 8, 2010 Bob Kuttner, on Wednesday's Political Junkie segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation, talked about the possibility of progressives mounting a serious challenge to President Obama's renomination in 2012.
November 23, 2010 Christie says he's not running for president in 2012. But he's making all the right moves to do so.
November 17, 2010 Sarah Palin tells ABC's Barbara Walters that she can defeat President Obama in 2012 ... one more indication that the former Alaska governor is considering a run for the White House in two years.
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