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December 20th, 2011
11:07 AM ET

Could Ron Paul win Iowa?

Ron Paul has been called the "wild card" of the GOP presidential candidates.  But a new CNN/ORC international shows the Texas congressman surging, placing in second, just behind Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney who are tied for first. Now, many are asking: Can Ron Paul actually win Iowa?

Alina Cho sits down with CNN contributor John Avlon about why we shouldn't underestimate Ron Paul's chances of getting the Republican nomination.


Filed under: Politics
December 20th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

Poll: Newt Gingrich's lead slipping

With the Iowa caucuses are only two weeks away, the latest polling shows Newt Gingrich's status as GOP presidential front-runner is slipping. In a new CNN/ORC international poll, Gingrich and Mitt Romney are now tied for the lead with 28-percent.  Ron Paul is close behind and on the rise, with 14 percent. And trailing behind in the single digits is Michele Bachman, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman.

Alina Cho talks with CNN senior political analyst Ron Brownstein about why the GOP race remains far from unsettled.


Filed under: Politics
December 19th, 2011
12:32 PM ET

Why did the Des Moines Register endorse Romney? The newspaper's editor explains

The Des Moines Register, the largest newspaper in Iowa, backed Mitt Romney late Saturday in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

The much-anticipated endorsement gives the former Massachusetts governor special bragging rights just over two weeks before Iowa's critical presidential caucuses on January third.

Citing the candidate's "sobriety, wisdom and judgment," the editorial board said that Romney was the most qualified candidate competing in the caucuses.

Today on American Morning, Rick Green, editor of the Des Moines Register, explains to Ali Velshi why his paper chose to back Romney.

Filed under: Politics
December 19th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

Romney, Huntsman score major newspaper endorsements

With the Iowa Caucuses just around the corner, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman picked up some major newspaper endorsements.  The influential Iowa newspaper the Des Moines Register endorsed Romney, saying that he was a man of "sobriety, wisdom and judgment."

Jon Huntsman picked up endorsements from two New Hampshire newspapers, The Keene Sentinel and the New Hampshire Valley News.

Alina Cho talks with CNN contributor Dana Loesch and Republican analyst Lenny Mcallister about the role these endorsements might play in upcoming primaries.

Filed under: Politics
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, contributor Ruben Navarrette tells Carol Costello that Newt's personal life should be off limits.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
December 15th, 2011
12:27 PM ET

Maruo Heck on heckling Gingrich: 'Sometimes free speech has to be uncivil'

Newt Gingrich was heckled Wednesday by a group of Occupy Iowa City protesters during a speech.

As the former House speaker stood in a classroom at the University of Iowa and began to detail his vision for a federal brain-science project dedicated to curing Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, the protesters started shouting. The rowdy disruption lasted for several minutes. And things got personal. 

At the end of a question and answer session following Gingrich's remarks, one of the events attendees, Maruo Heck, attacked the GOP front-runner's personal life. "Seems like you have a Ph.D. in cheating on your wife," Heck said.

Today on American Morning, Maruo Heck joins us to talk about why he choose to heckle Gignrich.  As he tells Carol Costello, "sometimes free speech has to be uncivil."

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