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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
December 13th, 2011
12:18 PM ET

Gingrich surging in Iowa polls despite calls to drop candidacy – Ron Brownstein explains

With three weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, Newt Gingrich is the clear front-runner in the Hawkeye state. 

The former House speaker has a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney in one new poll. But not all conservatives are so thrilled with the idea of a Gingrich presidency. 

Popular conservative talk show host Michael Savage is offering Gingrich $1 million to drop out of the race. And Glenn Beck suggested that the only reason anyone would vote for Gingrich over President Obama is because of the color of his skin.

Carol Costello talks with CNN senior political analyst and National Journal Editorial Director Ron Brownstein about the conservative uproar over Gingirch.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
December 13th, 2011
08:18 AM ET

Former Salt Lake City mayor forms third party called Justice Party, will run for President in 2012

There's a new political party in America this morning. It's called the Justice Party. 

It was created by Rocky Anderson, the former Mayor of Salt Lake City. Fed up with both the President and the 2012 Republican field, Anderson decided to run for the White House as a third-party candidate.

Carol Costello talks with Anderson about his campaign platform and the challenges of running as a third party candidate for President in the U.S.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
December 12th, 2011
11:33 AM ET

GOP debate breakdown: Did any candidate slow Gingrich's momentum?

The Republican field reassembled with a new alignment at Saturday night's debate in Iowa and all signs point to Newt Gingrich as the front-runner in the Republican race for the nomination.

According to a recent CNN/Time/ORC poll, Gingrich holds a 13-point lead over fellow candidate Mitt Romney in Iowa, who received criticism for attempting to make a ten thousand dollar bet with Rick Perry at the debate.

Ron Brownstein, CNN senior political analyst, breaks down the key takeaways from Saturday's debate on American Morning today.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
December 12th, 2011
10:34 AM ET

Political panel: Did weekend debate shift the dynamics of GOP race?

In an effort to build relationships with conservative leaders, presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich met with a group of influential social conservatives last week, including members of the organization Concerned Women for America (CWA).

How much of a concern is Gingrich's personal background to the socially conservative electorate and how did the GOP candidates fare at this weekend's debate?

Penny Young Nance, president and CEO of CWA, and David Frum, CNN contributor and editor the Frum, join American Morning today to explain how much of a concern Gingrich's personal background is to the socially conservative electorate and to weigh in on the Republican presidential field.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
December 12th, 2011
10:16 AM ET

What does the Tea Party think of Newt Gingrich? Tea Party Patriots co-founders weigh in

Just hours after the conclusion of this Saturday's GOP presidential debate, the Democratic National Committee launched an attack ad aimed at the current Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich. In a 90-second web video, the DNC blasts the Former House Speaker, labeling him the "original Tea Partier."

According to a recent CNN/Time/ORC poll, Gingrich is taking home a sizable chunk of the Tea Party vote in Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire an South Carolina. However, fellow presidential hopeful Ron Paul says that Gingrich is no friend of the Tea Party.

Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin, co-founders of one of the most influential Tea Party groups in the country, the Tea Party Patriots join American Morning today to discuss the GOP candidates and to weigh in on this weekend's Republican debate.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
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