Blog Posts by Holly Bailey

  • Michele Bachmann’s New Hampshire staffers resign en masse

    (Jeff Chiu/AP)Michele Bachmann's paid staff in New Hampshire has reportedly quit the campaign en masse, protesting the candidate's lack of commitment in the state.

    The resignations, first reported by WMUR's James Pindell, come as Bachmann tries to regain momentum for her struggling Republican nomination bid.

    A spokeswoman for Bachmann did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But in an interview with Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson, Bachmann said she was unaware of any resignations.

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  • In Iowa, Romney campaigns as an agent of change

    (Charlie Neibergall/AP)SIOUX CITY, IOWA--The last time Mitt Romney visited Sioux City, he delivered a speech aimed squarely at the social conservatives who dominate the region. He spoke passionately about his "moral convictions" and family values and reiterated his opposition to abortion, amid criticism of his late-in-life conversion on the issue.

    But that was four years ago.

    When Romney made his return to Western Iowa on Thursday, abortion came up only once, during a slightly awkward back and forth with a woman who pressed Romney on his stance on birth control.

    "I don't (oppose birth control)," Romney insisted, obviously eager to change the subject. "Life begins at conception; birth control prevents conception."

    Romney quickly navigated the focus back to the economy, the driving issue behind his second bid for the White House, and very much his preferred topic on the campaign trail.

    In appearances throughout the day on Thursday, Romney stood before voters talking up his private-sector experience. And, in a page straight out of Barack Obama's 2008 playbook, he cast himself as a change agent determined to get the nation back on track, in part by working with both Republicans and Democrats in Washington.

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  • Mitt Romney says he plans to campaign in Iowa ‘again and again’

    (Charlie Neibergall/AP)COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA--In his first visit to Iowa in more than two months, Mitt Romney assured voters here on Thursday that he plans to spend more time in the state ahead of its first-in-the-nation caucuses in January.

    "I want to get the support of Iowans. I'm in Iowa. This is not my first trip to Iowa, as you know," Romney said. "And I will be here again and again campaigning here. I want to get the support of the good people in Iowa."

    "I'd love to win in Iowa, any of us would," Romney added. "I intend to campaign here."

    But Romney and his advisers continued to play coy on exactly how much he will campaign in the state. As voters prepare to cast the first votes in the 2012 presidential race, a big unknown is whether Romney will make a last minute play for Iowa, in hopes of securing momentum heading into New Hampshire and other early primary states.

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  • Romney returns to Iowa, as advisers wonder if he can win there

    (Charlie Neibergall/AP)SIOUX CITY, IOWA--Mitt Romney is set to campaign throughout western Iowa Thursday—his first visit in more than two months to the crucial early caucus state.

    The former Massachusetts governor had signaled he wouldn't compete as intensely in Iowa as he did four years ago, when he lost the state's 2008 caucus to Mike Huckabee in spite of investing lots of time and millions of dollars in the state.

    While Romney has been focused more on New Hampshire and Florida in recent months, his campaign has openly started to reconsider its strategy in Iowa, as polls show none of his GOP rivals have opened up a clear consistent lead in the state.

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  • Nevada Republicans to meet about caucus date

    (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Amid intense pressure from New Hampshire state officials, Nevada Republicans appear to be wavering a tad in their decision to hold the state's 2012 presidential caucus on Jan. 14.

    A week after Nevada GOP chairwoman Amy Tarkanian insisted the party's selected caucus date was firm, she appeared less certain about the calendar in an interview with CNN, suggesting negotiations are still ongoing.

    "It's not necessarily a different answer. It's just the more discussions you have the more you take into perspective," Tarkanian told CNN after Tuesday's GOP debate in Las Vegas. "You just have to weigh pros and cons--so, as of now, we are still on the 14th."

    Her comments come ahead of a scheduled state GOP meeting on Saturday, where the back and forth over the caucus date is sure to come up. Some state Republicans are unhappy because Nevada will lose delegates to the national GOP convention in moving its primary date from February to January.

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  • Obama thrills teenage girls by admitting, yes, he knows Justin Bieber

    (Susan Walsh/AP)

    As president of the United States, Barack Obama has appeared before his fair share of swooning crowds. But at a Virginia high school today, the president wasn't so much a celebrity because of who he is, but rather because of one of his famous friends.

    "Do you know Justin Bieber?" a female student at Bluestone High School in Skipwith, Va., asked Obama, according to the White House press pool report.

    "I do," the president replied, as a pack of teenage girls visibly swooned.

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  • Bachmann wishes she had Googled Ed Rollins before hiring him

    (Charlie Neibergall/AP)It's no secret Michele Bachmann's split with campaign manager Ed Rollins didn't exactly occur on pleasant terms. But the feud between the 2012 hopeful and her former top political adviser continues to escalate nearly two months after he exited the campaign.

    In an interview with the New York Times, Bachmann was asked about Rollins' disparaging comments about her candidacy. Among other things, he publicly criticized her claim that HPV vaccine could cause "mental retardation" and told reporters she didn't have the ability to compete after the Iowa caucus.

    Not surprisingly, Bachmann has been a bit displeased with Rollins, according to the Times' Trip Gabriel:

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  • DeMint polls supporters on 2012 presidential endorsement

    (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Jim DeMint sent an email to supporters Tuesday quizzing them on who he should endorse in the Republican presidential primary.

    The move comes just a day after Roll Call reported DeMint was close to endorsing Mitt Romney in the race. As The Ticket reported Monday, DeMint aides strongly denied the story, insisting the South Carolina senator is still undecided in the race.

    DeMint reiterated that message in an email to supporters of his leadership PAC, the Senate Conservatives Fund.

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  • New Romney website slams Perry as a ‘career politician’

    (Screenshot via YouTube)Rick Perry's poll numbers may be sinking to new lows, but Mitt Romney still considers the Texas governor his most politically viable opponent in the Republican presidential race.

    Ignoring his other rivals, Romney continues to focus his attacks exclusively on Perry. Case in point: A new website slamming Perry as a "career politician."

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  • Romney and Cain tied in new CNN 2012 poll

    (Scott Eells/AP)Mitt Romney and Herman Cain are virtually tied for the lead in the Republican presidential race.

    A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll of GOP voters finds Romney leading Cain by just 1 point—26 percent to 25 percent—well within the poll's 3 percent margin of error. That's a 14-point jump for Cain since the last poll taken three weeks ago.

    Rick Perry trails in third place, with 13 percent support, followed by Ron Paul (9 percent), Newt Gingrich (8 percent), Michele Bachmann (6 percent), Rick Santorum (2 percent) and Jon Huntsman (1 percent). Five percent of those polled said they prefer "none" of the candidates, while 4 percent had "no opinion."

    In a sign of how fluid the race still is, 67 percent of those polled said still they might change their mind.

    But what's interesting is the breakdown of who is supporting Cain vs. Romney.

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