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Aug 31 2012 Mitt Romney Speech Inspires American Voters

TAMPA -  Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took center-stage at his party’s national convention Thursday, promising to restore what he called “the promise of America” if elected in November. Romney made his case to be the next president before thousands inside the convention hall and millions more watching on television around the country.
It was the […]


Aug 30 2012 Paul Ryan Speaks At Republican Convention

TAMPA - U.S. Voters got their first real look at Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan Wednesday.  Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, delivered his acceptance speech before the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, and a nationwide TV audience.
The 42-year old Congressman was little known nationally just a few weeks ago.  But he was thrust […]


Aug 29 2012 Romney Nominated As Republican Presidential Candidate

TAMPA - Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was officially nominated as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate Tuesday, ending a lengthy selection process that began with the Iowa caucus vote in early January.  Republican delegates attending the party’s national convention in Tampa, Florida, also heard a  rousing speech from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Although there was […]


Aug 14 2012 Paul Ryan Leads On Economic Issues

WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate has thrust the Wisconsin congressman from relative obscurity into the national spotlight.  Republicans are hoping the pick will boost Romney’s campaign.
Many political pundits were caught off guard when Mitt Romney named the Paul Ryan, 42, as his vice presidential choice.
 The […]


Aug 11 2012 Romney Picks Paul Ryan For Vice President

WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate. The choice will push the issue of government spending to the top of the campaign agenda.
Romney made the announcement Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia, as he began a four-day bus trip through four states considered critical to winning […]


Jul 27 2012 Senate Democrats Approve Tax Hikes

WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate has approved legislation to extend tax cuts for middle-income Americans, while allowing them to expire for the wealthy.
The bill, approved Wednesday by a vote of 51-48, would maintain tax cuts passed during the tenure of former president George W. Bush on Americans making under $250,000.  The measure is sure […]


Jul 24 2012 Romney Speaks On US Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON - Foreign policy has taken center stage in the U.S. presidential election campaign as the presumptive Republican Party nominee, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, embarks on an overseas trip designed to bolster his foreign policy and defense credentials with American voters.
Much of this campaign has focused on President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy.  […]


Jun 6 2012 Scott Walker Wins Recall Election

WASHINGTON - More than a year-and-a-half after being elected governor of (the midwestern state of) Wisconsin, Republican Scott Walker has prevailed in a special election aimed at removing him from office.  He is the first governor in U.S. history to survive such a move.  Many observers believe will have implications for the November presidential election.
In […]


May 30 2012 Mitt Romney Clinches Republican Nomination

HOUSTON - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has clinched his party’s presidential nomination after winning the Texas primary Tuesday.  The primary drew little national attention, however, because Romney’s main rivals had dropped out of the contest.
Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination with little fanfare in a contest that was really no contest at all.  The […]


May 12 2012 Mitt Romney Supports Traditional Marriage

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney, the presumptive U.S. Republican presidential nominee, drew rousing support Saturday at a conservative Christian university as he defended traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
Romney, often viewed with skepticism by the most conservative ranks of the Republican party, stressed the importance of personal faith and commitment to families in a […]


May 8 2012 Rick Santorum Endorses Mitt Romney For President

WASHINGTON - Former U.S. presidential candidate Rick Santorum has endorsed Mitt Romney, his one-time bitter rival for the 2012 Republican Party nomination. 
In a letter e-mailed to his supporters late Monday night and posted on his campaign website, Santorum says he reached his decision after a face-to-face meeting with Romney last week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Santorum […]


Apr 11 2012 Rick Santorum Ends Presidential Campaign

WASHINGTON - Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum left the U.S. presidential race on Tuesday, effectively conceding the Republican Party presidential nomination to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. 
Surrounded by family members, Rick Santorum told reporters in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania that after much discussion and reflection in recent days, he has decided to end his quest for the […]


Mar 14 2012 Rick Santorum Wins Alabama, Mississippi Primaries

WASHINGTON - U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has won Tuesday’s primary elections in the U.S. southern states of Alabama and Mississippi, solidifying his status as the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, the leading candidate in the race.
Santorum narrowly won both staunchly conservative states, with Newt Gingrich finishing second and Romney coming in third.  The […]


Feb 8 2012 Rick Santorum Wins Major Victories In 3 States

WASHINGTON - Rick Santorum’s campaign for the U.S. Republican Party’s presidential nomination received a major boost with victories in Tuesday’s nominating contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.
With most of the returns counted, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania won the Minnesota caucuses with 45 percent of the vote. U.S. Representative Ron Paul came in second […]


Feb 5 2012 Mitt Romney Wins Nevada Caucus

WASHINGTON - U.S. presidential contender Mitt Romney decisively won Republican Party caucuses in the western state of Nevada Saturday, confirming his lead in the race to choose his party’s nominee for the presidential election in November.
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich placed second in the Nevada race, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul […]


Feb 1 2012 Romney Wins Florida Primary

WASHINGTON - Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won a major victory Tuesday in Florida’s Republican presidential primary and in the process moved closer to securing his party’s presidential nomination. 
Mitt Romney cruised to victory in the Florida primary over three Republican rivals, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum and Texas Congressman Ron […]


Jan 29 2012 US Republicans Battle For Florida Primary Votes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are battling for support in the southern state of Florida, which holds its primary in two days.
The two front-runners in the race to determine who will challenge President Barack Obama this year were campaigning around Florida Saturday.
Romney, a multimillionaire investor and former governor of […]


Jan 27 2012 Mitt Romney Under Fire For Foreign Holdings

WASHINGTON - The four remaining candidates for the U.S. Republican Party’s presidential nomination met in a sometimes heated debate in Jacksonville, Florida, Thursday ahead of that state’s January 31 primary.
The debate quickly produced fireworks on issues like immigration and foreign bank accounts. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney reacted angrily to former Speaker of the House […]


Jan 26 2012 Jimmy Carter Decries Negative Campaign Ads

WASHINGTON - As presidential contenders campaign for the Republican Party nomination, advertising that supports or attacks each of the candidates is already costing millions of dollars.
In an interview former President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat who defeated Republican President Gerald Ford in the 1976 election, but who lost to Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980, says negative […]


Jan 24 2012 Romney Accused Of Spreading Falsehoods

WASHINGTON - The four remaining candidates for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination met for a testy debate in Florida late Monday, just one week before a crucial primary vote in that southern state.
There were a number of heated exchanges during the NBC debate between the two top contenders, former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich and […]


Jan 22 2012 Defeated Romney To Release Tax Returns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says he will release his tax returns for the past two years this week, saying it was a mistake for his campaign not to do so earlier. 
The former Massachusetts governor said in an interview Sunday with Fox News that not releasing the returns has been a distraction […]


Jan 22 2012 Gabrielle Giffords Resigns From Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has announced she will resign from Congress, a year after she was seriously wounded in a shooting spree in her home state of Arizona.
In a video statement posted on the Internet Sunday, Giffords said she is getting better, but that work remains for her recovery. She said she is […]


Jan 21 2012 Newt Gingrich Wins Big In South Carolina Primary

WASHINGTON - Former U.S. congressman Newt Gingrich is projected to have won the Republican presidential primary in the southeastern state of South Carolina, shaking up the party’s campaign to find a candidate for this year’s presidential election.
With more than 75 percent of the precincts reporting, vote tallies showed Gingrich with about 40 percent of the […]


Jan 20 2012 Newt Gingrich Denies False Claims In Debate

WASHINGTON - Newt Gingrich, during Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, faced tough opening questions about his former marital status,  denying he asked his ex-wife to allow him to have an “open marriage” while he had an affair with a staff member in 1999.
Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, told […]


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