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December 26th, 2011
10:49 AM ET

Virginia ballot issues could shape 2012 – Will Cain and Kiki McLean explain

With eight days to go before the Iowa caucuses, the race for the Republican nomination is really getting interesting.

In Virginia, two GOP candidates – Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry – will not appear on the super Tuesday ballot. How will this affect the 2012 presidential race?

This morning on American Morning, CNN contributor Will Cain and Democratic strategist Kiki McLean look at how the race will change if two major candidates are not on Virginia's ballot.


Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
December 21st, 2011
09:31 AM ET

Vander Plaats says Santorum 'comes from us and not to us'

Long shot 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum placed all his chips on winning the Iowa Caucuses on Jan 3rd, and it just won him the backing of leaders of an influential conservative group in the state.

The President of the Family Leader, Bob Vander Plaats, is throwing his support behind the former Senator for the nomination. But in a new report this morning, there are questions about how he came to that decision.

This morning, Vander Plaats talks with Christine Romans about his endorsement of Santorum.


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa
December 21st, 2011
08:52 AM ET

Rep. Bachmann: No reason to back out of presidential race

2012 GOP Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann is on a bus tour of all 99 counties in Iowa, hoping for a late comeback with two weeks to go until the Iowa Caucus on Jan. 3rd.

Her campaign claims that the leader of a very influential conservative group asked her to consider getting out of the race.

This morning on American Morning, Rep. Bachmann talks with CNN's Ali Velshi and addressed the call from the Family Leader's Bob Vander Plaats for her to step aside, saying there's no reason for her to do that at this point.


Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
December 21st, 2011
08:02 AM ET

What's in GOP candidate Jon Huntsman's economic plan? Christine Romans breaks down the numbers

There's one 2012 GOP Presidential Candidate who is sitting out Iowa, focussing on New Hampshire.

Jon Huntsman is a two-time Governor of Utah, speaks Mandarin fluently and recently stepped down as President Obama's Ambassador to China. Though he is polling in single digits, his economic plan has garnered the endorsement of the Wall Street Journal.

Christine Romans has analyzed Newt Gingrich's and Mitt Romney's plans. So what's in Huntsman's plan? Christine explains here.


Filed under: 2012 • Economy • GOP
December 15th, 2011
12:53 PM ET

Is Gingirch's personal past and 'fidelity pledge' fair game? Contributor Ruben Navarrette on why a candidate's personal life should be off limits

Newt Gingrich has come under attack recently for past marital troubles. 

The thrice married, twice divorced former House Speaker was even heckled Wednesday by one Occupy Iowa City demonstrator, who told Gingrich that he had "a Ph.D. in cheating on your wife."  It remains to be seen whether these past indiscretions will affect his standing in the GOP primary race.

Today on American Morning, CNN.com contributor Ruben Navarrette tells Carol Costello that Newt's personal life should be off limits.


Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
December 14th, 2011
08:03 AM ET

Christine O'Donnell explains her endorsement of 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney

Christine O'Donnell, the former Republican Senate candidate and a Tea Party favorite during the 2010 election, announced her endorsement of Mitt Romney for the 2012 GOP presidential candidacy last evening.

Following her announcement, O'Donnell issued a statement that said, "For me, this endorsement comes down to trust. I am endorsing Governor Romney because I trust him to do the right thing. He has the strength of conviction to do the right thing regardless of opposition. America needs a president who is not a Washington Insider."

On American Morning today, O'Donnell sits down with Carol Costello to explain why she supports Romney and to weigh in on whether or not her endorsement will influence the candidate's support among the Tea Party.


Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
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