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December 14th, 2011
01:12 PM ET

How important is the issue of personal faith in the GOP presidential race?

Newt Gingrich's personal baggage continues to serve as the elephant in his campaign's room. The thrice-married, twice-divorced, Southern Baptist-turned-Catholic would not seem like a natural choice for the influential social conservative and evangelical wings of the Republican party.

In an effort to assuage their concerns, Gingrich provided an influential Iowa organization, The Family Leader, a written response to their "Marriage Vow" – A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family.  But some critics wonder if the former house speaker has done enough to atone for his past sins.

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans talks to McKay Coppins, reporter for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, and Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Comm., about the issue of personal faith in the GOP presidential race.

Filed under: Politics
December 14th, 2011
11:55 AM ET

Should Congress extend unemployment benefits? Economics panel weighs in

If Congress doesn't extend unemployment benefits in the next few weeks, millions of jobless Americans will find themselves without a vital safety net in 2012.

Lawmakers must decide by the end of the year whether or not to once again extend the deadline to file for unemployment benefits, a measure that would cost around $44 billion. If the deadline isn't extended, up to five million people will stop getting checks next year, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans discusses the pros and cons of extending the measure with Stephen Moore, senior economics writer for the Wall Street Journal, and Bob Herbert, distinguished senior fellow from Demos.

Filed under: Politics • Unemployment
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
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