Blog Posts by Chris Moody

  • Mitt Romney hits Newt Gingrich for criticizing Republican budget plan last spring

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has his guns aimed at front-running rival Newt Gingrich this week, and on Friday unveiled a web video slamming the former House Speaker for criticizing the budget plan passed by House Republicans earlier this year.

    Gingrich called the budget plan, written by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan "right-wing social engineering" during a May interview on NBC. In part, the plan would make a substantial overhaul of the nation's Medicare program and would allow Americans under 55 to invest their current Social Security taxes into private retirement savings accounts.

    "I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering," Gingrich said when asked about Ryan's plan at the time.

    "With allies like that, who needs the left?" Ryan said in response to Gingrich's comments.

    Anticipating attacks such as Romney's new video, Gingrich walked back his comments a few days after his NBC appearance, calling the remarks "a mistake."

    "Any ad which quotes what I said Sunday is a falsehood," Gingrich said on Fox News. "Because I have said publicly, those words were inaccurate and unfortunate. . . . When I make a mistake--and I'm going to on occasion--I'm going to stand up and share with the American people, 'That was a mistake.' "

    That, however, didn't stop Romney. Here's the ad:


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  • Kid Rock: I told Mitt Romney’s campaign they could use my song

    Kid Rock (Chris Polk/AP)

    The Washington Post confirmed Tuesday that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has made Kid Rock's "Born Free" his official campaign song.

    As for Kid Rock, whose real name is Bob Ritchie, that's just fine with him.

    In a statement Wednesday, the musician said that he told Romney's team that it could use his music--and so, for that matter, can anyone else:

    He and anyone else who wants to use my song do not need my permission. I said he could use it and I would say the same for any other candidate. I have to have a little faith that every candidate feels like he or she can help this country. Without faith, we got nothing. I make music to have it be heard. Merry Christmas folks! Rock on.

    -Kid Rock

    PS: Any candidate who makes "So Hott" their theme song has a good chance of getting my vote

    But don't plan on seeing Mr. Rock make an endorsement this cycle. He said in 2008 that entertainers "should keep their mouth shut on politics." Plus, have you seen the lyrics to "So Hott"?

    You can hear the song Romney's using on the campaign trail after the jump:

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  • Ron Paul to expand campaign efforts to five new states

    Ron Paul (Charlie Neibergall/AP)DES MOINES, IOWA -- After polling second in Iowa and turning in strong showings in recent national surveys, Texas Rep. Ron Paul's presidential team plans to increase its campaign effort with new office openings in five states next week.

    Paul's campaign will open new campaign headquarters in Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington state on Thursday, Dec. 15, Yahoo News has learned.

    The campaign is planning grand openings throughout the day that will include watch parties at each office for the presidential debate scheduled that night in Sioux City, Iowa. Because of his attendance at the debate, Paul will not be present at the openings.

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  • What Iowans find in their mailboxes in the weeks before the caucuses

    DES MOINES, Iowa--With the caucuses less than a month away, locals here are being inundated with Republican campaign ads every few minutes on TV and radio, and their mailboxes are stuffed with political mailers almost on a daily basis.

    A friendly Iowan sent over some of the campaign mail he's received over the past few weeks from Mitt Romney and Rick Perry to give you an idea of how the campaigns are targeting Iowa Republicans.

    A bulldozer taking out Congress? Gotta be Perry:

    Front of Rick Perry mailer

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  • Newt Gingrich’s Iowa campaign office gets a telephone one month before the caucus

    Newt Gingrich in 1996 (AP).

    URBANDALE, IOWA-- They're not even plugged in yet, but the phones for Newt Gingrich's Iowa campaign office finally arrived on Tuesday, exactly one month before the state's caucuses.

    After topping several polls in the state, Gingrich opened an official campaign office here just a few days ago. So far, the staff of seven, who are corralling volunteers across the country to make calls and knock on doors--one came from as far as San Diego, Calif.--have conducted their business online or on their cell phones. Although Gingrich has made several trips through the state, his organization in Iowa has been lackluster compared to several rival campaigns, which have focused on their Hawkeye ground game for months.

    "Newt's been a strong proponent of leaner-faster-better-stronger for a very long time," Iowa campaign spokeswoman Katie Koberg told Yahoo News when asked why it had taken this long to open shop in the state holding the first caucus of the election cycle. Koberg returned to the campaign recently after quitting Gingrich's team in June (along with 15 other staffers).  "Until there's a strong need for something, he's been building, he's been working, he's been providing solutions," she said. "And now we're at a point where part of the solution to get him to be the Republican nominee is to have an office and a full-time staff here."

    The new office, located just a few miles northwest of downtown Des Moines, is still largely empty. Volunteers only recently set up tables and chairs in the common area, and a receptionist greets callers from a card table near the door.

    There's a Christmas tree at the entrance, poinsettias on every table and a copy machine that sits alone in a far corner. On a side wall rests an old Iowa map brought in from a campaign hand who worked for George W. Bush's team in 1999-2000. It still has a "Bush-Cheney" sticker on it and markings from the campaign.

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  • Ron Paul runs edgy new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire

    DES MOINES, IOWA-- Ron Paul's presidential campaign released a comparitvely edgy new ad Monday that will air on local and cable networks across Iowa and New Hampshire. The spot touts Paul's call to cut a trillion dollars from federal budget in his first year in office.

    Played over a rock track, a man's voice in the 30-second spot asks, "What's up with these sorry politicians? Lots of bark, but when it's showtime, whimpering like little Shih Tzu's. You want big cuts? Ron Paul's been screaming it for years. Budget crisis? No problem. Cut a trillion bucks year one."

    It's a far cry from the other campaigns' ads, which have taken more careful, traditional approaches in the early states.

    Paul placed second in the latest Des Moines Register poll of likely Republican Iowa caucus goers, and could be poised for a strong showing in the state's Jan. 3 caucus vote.

    You can watch the ad below:

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  • Newt Gingrich hits Iowa airwaves for the first time

    DES MOINES, IOWA -- Sitting comfortably on top in Iowa according to the latest Des Moines Register poll of likely caucus-goers, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is launching his first paid television ad in the state this week.

    "Some people say the America we know and love is a thing of the past. I don't believe that," Gingrich says in the ad over a montage of shots from Iowa, the state that will hold the first electoral contest this cycle on January 3. 2012. "Because working together, I know we can rebuild America. We can revive our economy and create jobs, shrink government and the regulations that strangle our businesses."

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  • Newt Gingrich accepts Donald Trump debate invitation, Ron Paul declines

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced Saturday he has accepted an invitation to attend a presidential debate moderated by celebrity real estate investor Donald Trump.

    "Newt has accepted the invitation from Newsmax for a December 27 debate in Iowa," the campaign's official Twitter account read.

    Gingrich is the first candidate to accept the invitation to the debate, which is being sponsored by Newsmax, a conservative news outlet. Most of the other campaigns have not yet weighed in on their attendance, but former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Texas Rep. Ron Paul already rejected theirs.

    A Huntsman spokesman said he looks "forward to watching Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich suck up to Trump with a big bowl of popcorn" and Paul's spokesman Jesse Benton said the event was "beneath the office of the Presidency."

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  • Herman Cain drops out of presidential race

    Herman Cain (David Tulis/AP)

    Plagued by allegations of sexual harassment and marriage infidelity, businessman Herman Cain announced Saturday that he is officially suspending his campaign for president of the United States.

    "As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign," Cain said at what was supposed to be new campaign headquarters in his hometown of Atlanta. "I am disappointed that it came to this point that we had to make this decision."

    But he added, "Before you get discouraged, today I want to describe Plan B. . . . I am not going away. I will continue to be a voice for the people." With that, he unveiled the headquarters of his new website, TheCainSolutions.com.

    Standing with his wife Gloria by his side, Cain vowed that he would make an endorsement before the primaries were over and said that he "will not be silenced."

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  • Jon Huntsman will skip presidential debate moderated by Donald Trump

    Trump (Richard Drew/AP)

    The conservative news magazine Newsmax announced Friday that it would co-sponsor a Republican presidential debate moderated by media personality and real estate tycoon Donald Trump on Dec. 27th in Des Moines, Ia., but they may have trouble convincing candidates to show up.

    Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is the first to send his regrets.

    "We look forward to watching Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich suck up to Trump with a big bowl of popcorn," Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller told Yahoo News.

    The debate organizers sent out debate notices to the presidential campaigns today, but they have not yet heard back about who will show, Newsmax Social Media Director Brett Sandala confirmed.

    "We've gotten a few positive responses but we're not doing any release on that until next week," Sandala said.

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