• The Fine Print

    Rick Santorum is not shy about discussing his presidential ambitions.

    “I'm certainly open to it,” the former Republican presidential candidate and Pennsylvania senator told “The Fine Print” during an interview following his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

    Santorum, who next month will publish a new book “Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America that Works,” said the GOP has fallen short in connecting with working-class Americans.

    “I think if you look at where we've dropped the ball is that we haven't connected to people who are struggling in America today,” Santorum said, arguing this is the reason Republicans failed to reclaim the White House in the 2012 election.

    “We didn't have any policies or even a campaign targeted toward talking to them where they are and letting them understand how we can help them get to where they're going,” he said. “We're different than the Democrats. We're not going to pay you to move you up the ladder.

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  • The Fine Print

    With one of the biggest Republican gatherings of the year in full swing at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a group of Democratic operatives in Washington is fighting back -- waging a full-out public relations war to counter CPAC.

    “We are kind of the central apparatus for tracking and research, really, on the progressive side. And so at an event like CPAC, we put our resources to work,” said American Bridge PAC president Brad Woodhouse, speaking to “The Fine Print” during a rare tour of the Democratic group’s so-called war room.

    The room is filled with rows of desks equipped with double-monitor computer screens, which a group of about 40 Democratic operatives are using to monitor and fact-check speeches at CPAC as they happen, issue rapid responses, and monitor the media and social networking sites.

    “Over here, we have people who are monitoring. Today they're monitoring CPAC,” Woodhouse said, as he pointed to people working around the room. “They're

    Read More »from Inside the war room: Meet the Democrats who are watching every move the GOP makes
  • The Fine Print

    Rep. Michele Bachmann is “sorry” that Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill in Arizona that would have allowed businesses to legally refuse service to same-sex couples because of religious objections.

    “I believe that tolerance is a two-way street, and we need to respect everyone's rights, including the rights of people who have sincerely held religious beliefs,” Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican told “The Fine Print.”

    Many prominent Republicans, including former Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain of Arizona have backed Brewer’s decision to veto the bill, but the tea party leader said they are wrong on this issue.

    “Religious liberties and the protection of our religious liberties is right,” she said. “Right now, there's a terrible intolerance afoot in the United States, and it's against people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs.”

    Bachmann was recently quoted as saying that she doesn’t believe there’s a “pent-up desire” for a

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