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Paul Ryan: I'm Not Running for President

Republican lawmaker says he's given it 'a lot of thought'

(Newser) - Republican Rep. Paul Ryan announced today that he will not run for president in 2016, instead focusing on building his resume in Congress. Ryan, of Wisconsin, was the Republican candidate for vice president in 2012. There had been much speculation about his ambitions for 2016. But with the start of...

Gingrich Lambastes De Niro for 'White First Lady' Joke

Comment at Obama fundraiser 'inexcusable,' says candidate

(Newser) - Watch out, Robert De Niro, you're on Newt Gingrich's bad side: Gingrich slammed the actor today after De Niro made a joke about first ladies last night at an Obama fundraiser. De Niro, speaking before Michelle Obama at the New York event, wondered, "Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum....

Daily Kos Hatches Scheme: Get Dems to Vote Santorum!

Liberal blog plans 'Operation Hilarity' to give Romney a headache

(Newser) - The Daily Kos may be a liberal blog, but it's throwing its support behind Rick Santorum—sort of. In a post yesterday announcing "Operation Hilarity," Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas urged Democrats to take advantage of the upcoming open primaries and caucuses in Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee,...

Bachmann: I Was Perfect Candidate

But remaining GOPers are 'acceptable,' she says

(Newser) - Hey, America: You had your chance to pick the perfect presidential candidate and you blew it—according to Michele Bachmann. Asked who she thought the most conservative candidate still in the GOP race was, Bachmann tooted her own horn, CNN reports. "I was. I was the perfect candidate,"...

Gingrich Aide Defends Edits in Wikipedia

Joe DeSantis says he stopped editing site months ago

(Newser) - Notice that Newt Gingrich's image on Wikipedia has gotten cleaner lately? The site's editors raised a fuss over it—and Gingrich's communications director, who made the changes, issued a statement defending them. "I stopped making direct edits in May 2011 because I was alerted to the...

Trump: I Handed Romney Nevada Landslide

The Donald tells 'Fox and Friends' he'll take credit for Mitt's victory

(Newser) - Mitt Romney easily won in Nevada Saturday—a result he had also achieved in 2008 , and a feat that the polls (and Newt Gingrich ) predicted before Donald Trump endorsed Romney . But never mind all that, Trump is just going to take credit for the victory. "There was a...

Candidate Turns 'Home Ec' Into 'Economics' Degree

Missouri contender caught fudging educational background

(Newser) - Tiny note to political candidates: "Economics" and "home economics" aren't quite the same thing. Missouri gubernatorial contender Dave Spence quickly updated his website this week after reporters discovered that his touted "degree in Economics" was actually a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Home Economics, TPM...

Laura Bush: We Wanted Jeb to Run

Plus: Advice on post-presidential life

(Newser) - Add Laura and George W. Bush to the list of people disappointed that Jeb Bush isn't on the stump. The two "wish he would" eventually run for president, and they "wanted him to this time," the former first lady told a Florida crowd yesterday in response...

Romney in Hot Water Over 'I Like to Fire People' Quote

He may end up regretting health care observation

(Newser) - Whoops: Mitt Romney is probably wishing he had found a slightly different way to word this sentiment that's making the rounds. "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me," he said at a campaign event in New Hampshire today. Romney was discussing the...

Santorum Ethics Questions Resurface

But Iowa near-winner raises $1M overnight

(Newser) - Rick Santorum's rise to the top tier of the GOP race has triggered a search for skeletons in his closet. Ethics questions from Santorum's time as a US senator have resurfaced, including allegations that he received a mortgage at a preferred rate from a bank run by a...

Also Surging: Santorum's Sweater Vests

Vests get their own Twitter feed, Facebook page, music video

(Newser) - As Rick Santorum surges in the Iowa polls, his collection of sweater vests is also winning popularity. Santorum has taken to wearing the sleeveless V-necks while campaigning in Iowa; the sartorial choice apparently first garnered attention at a Des Moines forum a few weeks ago during which most other candidates...

VIDEO: Rick Perry's New Campaign Ad 'Must Be Seen to Be Believed,' Mitt Romney's New Ad Takes Swing at Newt Gingrich

 Perry's New Ad 
 'Must Be Seen 
 to Be Believed' 

Perry's New Ad 'Must Be Seen to Be Believed'

Plus: Mitt finally takes a swing at Newt

(Newser) - To say that Rick Perry's new campaign ad is eliciting some strong reactions may be a bit of an understatement. In the Washington Post , Alexandra Petri writes that the ad—which "must be seen to be believed"—fills her "with despair" and "scrapes the bottom...

Romney's Official Campaign Song Is...
 Romney's Official 
 Campaign Song Is... 
kind of amazing

Romney's Official Campaign Song Is...

...a Kid Rock anthem. Seriously.

(Newser) - Can you picture Mitt Romney rocking out to Kid Rock? No? Well, try again, because Romney has chosen Kid Rock's "Born Free" as the official theme song of his campaign, Politico reports. Kid Rock probably won't be miffed about the move, since he has supported the GOP...

500 Students to Spend Christmas With Ron Paul

Will campaign door-to-door in Iowa, New Hampshire

(Newser) - Some 500 college students will campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire over the holidays as part of “Christmas Vacation with Ron Paul.” The students will head door-to-door and make phone calls for the Texas congressman, the Houston Chronicle reports. “I firmly believe the next generation needs us...

Herman Cain Is Suspending His Campaign
 Herman Cain Drops Out of Race 

Herman Cain Drops Out of Race

Tells supporters that he will keep pushing for change, but not as candidate

(Newser) - He's out: Herman Cain told supporters today that he is dropping out of the race for president, reports MSNBC . Though he used the word "suspending," Cain made clear he is done as a candidate. He again forcefully denied the "false allegations" of sexual impropriety against him...

Was This the Moment Perry's Campaign Died?
 Was This the Moment 
 Perry's Campaign Died? 
gop debate

Was This the Moment Perry's Campaign Died?

Strategists, pundits think debate flub could finish him off

(Newser) - Rick Perry's memorable memory lapse at last night's Republican debate has left a lot of people saying it's time to stick a fork in him—he's done. Perry's inability to name the third federal agency he would abolish was “the most devastating moment of...

GOP Debate Winner? Either Cain or Romney
 GOP Debate Winner?
 Either Cain or Romney

GOP Debate Winner? Either Cain or Romney

Which isn't good news for Rick Perry: Pundits

(Newser) - The instant analysis from the GOP debate doesn't exactly bode well for Rick Perry, who needed a big night in the eyes of pundits :
  • "Seems to me that it was a pretty good night for Mitt Romney, and for Herman Cain as well. ... Not sure that Rick Perry

Ignored, GOP's Gay Candidate Wants to Debate

Fred Karger wants to send a message to people still in the closet

(Newser) - Fred Karger huddled in the closet for his entire 30-year career as a political strategist, keeping his sexuality a secret as he worked on nine presidential campaigns, including those of Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush. The 61-year-old Republican—who came out five years ago and is the first openly...

Perry Speech: 'It's Time to Get America Working Again'

Says US standing in the world has diminished under Obama

(Newser) - Rick Perry laid out his reasons for entering the presidential race today in his big speech in South Carolina. Some excerpts from Politico and the New York Times :
  • "It is time to get America working again. That’s why, with the support of my family, and an unwavering belief

Rick Perry: I'm In, and 'I'm Going to Win'

Texas governor declares his candidacy

(Newser) - Take that, Ames straw pollers. Rick Perry told supporters today that not only is he running for president, "I full well believe I'm going to win." The statement came in a conference call ahead of his speech this afternoon to formally declare his candidacy, reports AP . His...

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