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December 28th, 2011
09:40 AM ET

Will negative attacks work in Iowa? Two commentators explain

Things have taken a decidedly negative turn with 2012 GOP presidential candidates in Iowa, but no candidate has been able to land a "telling" blow.

With less than three in 10 Iowans saying they've made their final choice already, there are an awful lot of hearts and minds still to be won in the Hawkeye State.

This morning on American Morning, we ask conservative commentator Tara Wall and democratic strategist Maria Cardona to break down the GOP race as it stands and look at the week ahead in Iowa.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
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 23rd, 2011
01:22 PM ET

Who's been naughty and who's been nice in 2011? A look back at newsmakers of the year

2011 has been a packed year, full of political scandals and Congressmen who just can't seem to agree on anything. But, there were a lot of inspiring newsmakers, too.

In the spirit of the holidays, we asked two experts to play Santa Claus and come up with this year's naughty and nice list!

This morning on American Morning, Democratic analyst robert zimmerman and CNN contributor John Avlon share their pics.

Filed under: Politics
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 20th, 2011
12:26 PM ET

House GOP demands new tax cut bill

House Republicans are now set to block a two month extension of the payroll tax holiday. A vote is now scheduled for today, after lawmakers scrapped one in the middle of the night. But house speaker John Boehner expects the bill to fail.  Boehner says his members are against kicking the can down the road. Minority leader Pelosi blamed some rogue Republicans for getting in the way.

Jeb Hensarling, chairmen of the House Republican conference, explains to Ali Velshi why House Republicans are demanding a new payroll tax cut bill.

Filed under: Politics
December 20th, 2011
11:51 AM ET

Ron Paul on the rise

The Iowa caucuses are just two weeks away, but the GOP presidential field remains far from settled.  A new CNN/ORC poll shows Ron Paul on the rise.  This comes at the same time that front-runner Newt Gingrich is losing his lead.

Today on American Morning, Ali Velshi talks with Ron Paul about why voters are beginning to respond positively to his campaign.



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