Election Coverage 2012 Current Gallop Poll Numbers GOP Candidates #1 with 33% Mitt Romney, 16% Newt Gingrich, Former Governor of Massachusetts Former Speaker of the House 14% Rick Santorum, Former Senator from Pennsylvania 14% Ron Paul, U.S. Representative from Texas 12% Rick Perry, Governor of Texas Michele Bachmann, U.S. Representative from Minnesota\Jon Huntsman Former Governor of Utah Should Obama fear Romney? Mitt Romney currently leads President Barack Obama by competitive margins in five general election swing states, according to private polling conducted for the Idaho-based GOP firm GS Strategy Group and shared with POLITICO.
Sarah Palin Not endorsing Gingrich but... Sarah Palin's not quite endorsing Newt Gingrich for president, but if she were a South Carolina voter, he's the one she'd cast her ballot for this weekend.
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Political Events 2009
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Conservatives avoiding the real social issues
Social conservatives say they're trying to address the problems of family breakdown, crime and welfare costs, but there's a huge disconnect between the problems they identify and the policy solutions they propose. They tend to talk about issues such as abortion and gay rights, stem cell research and the role of religion "in the public square": "Those who would have us ignore the battle being fought over life, marriage and religious liberty have forgotten the lessons of history," said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., at the Family Research Council's 2010 Values Voter Summit.
Clean politics? Litter unites parties
WATKINSVILLE - If only politicians in Washington could clean up things this well.
Politics, protests and 'Pals': Bill Ayers speaks at annual human rights festival
Bill Ayers can be proud of at least one thing: He helped add a new phrase to the English lexicon. In the 2008 presidential campaign, Republicans held up the 1960s radical and other controversial figures like the Rev. Jeremiah Wright as proof that Barack Obama had shadowy Chicago connections.
Court exit raises social issues
WASHINGTON - President Obama has tried to hold off debate on contentious social issues such as abortion, immigration and gay rights as he focuses on the economy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Supreme Court vacancy will make that harder to do.