According to recent campaign polls, Mitt Romney is at the top of the pack of Republicans seeking to replace President Obama. Despite his frontrunner status, the Romney campaign has elected not to compete in any GOP straw polls, including Iowa.
“Our campaign has made the decision to not participate in any straw polls, whether it’s in Florida, Iowa, Michigan or someplace else,” said Matt Rhoades in a written statement. "We respect the straw poll process. In the last presidential campaign we were both strengthened as an organization and learned some important lessons by participating in them. This time we will focus our energies and resources on winning primaries and caucuses.”
Four years ago, Romney had a different view when addressing the importance of the Iowa straw poll. more >>
Considered a Tea Party favorite, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) continues to garner positive reactions from conservative voters as she touts her pro-life stance and vows to repeal Obamacare.
The 55-year-old has yet to announce her candidacy for U.S. president but is expected to later this month.
Bachmann was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006 and presently serves on the Financial Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She also chairs the House Tea Party Caucus. Before becoming a member of Congress, she served in the Minnesota State Senate. She is a graduate of Winona State University and Oral Roberts University. more >>
Mitt Romney has an approval rating above that of other Republican presidential candidates and is in a dead heat with President Barack Obama, according to a new poll.
The Washington Post-ABC poll released Tuesday also showed Americans were concerned about rising gasoline prices, falling home values and increasing unemployment, which have evaporated the popularity Obama enjoyed following the killing of Osama bin Laden just a month ago.
In general, six out of 10 Americans interviewed gave Obama negative marks for the handling of the economy and deficit. Almost two-thirds of political independents also disapproved of Obama’s stewardship of the economy. more >>
Republican candidates are aggressively vying for voter and media attention and coverage, especially in Iowa. However, some are bypassing the Hawkeye state and its traditionally Christian conservative Republican voter base for the fiscal conservatives of New Hampshire.
Today’s entry of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, while expected, officially increases a roster eager to take on President Obama in Iowa.
But first they must take on each other, expectant social conservatives and tea-party activists who are more interested in the debt ceiling than abortion. more >>
[UPDATE] 6/6 1:00 p.m.
Rick Santorum officially announced Monday that he will be running for president.
Addressing crowds in Pennsylvania, he said: "In 2008, a wearied public ... from a financial crisis looked to elect a president who they could believe in and that president, President Obama, took that faith that the American public gave him and wrecked our economy and centralized power in Washington, D.C., and robbed people of their freedom. more >>
Sarah Palin has said she believes Congress will agree to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, however, she does not believe the severe consequences of not doing so being touted by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Obama administration officials.
Palin told Fox News on Sunday: “I don't believe Tim Geithner as he cries wolf for the fourth time now, telling us that there is a drop-dead date and crisis will ensue, and economic woes will befall us even greater than they already are if we don't increase the debt limit.”
She explained that she believed the debt ceiling would be raised “whether I want it to be raised or not”. more >>