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Romney's Plan: Make Newt Mad

Mitt went on the offensive after loss in South Carolina, devastating Gingrich

(Newser) - After getting his hat handed to him in South Carolina , Mitt Romney did not tuck tail and wait to see if Florida would continue the GOP's dalliance with Newt Gingrich or finally cement him as the "inevitable" candidate. Rather, the New York Times reports that he turned to...

Trump: Don&#39;t Make Me Run
 Don't Make 
 Me Run 

Trump: Don't Make Me Run

Hopes he doesn't have to, but would 'after the show ends'

(Newser) - Donald Trump is making noises about a run for the Oval Office again, today telling Face the Nation that "the right independent could win," and that "if I don't see a person that is going to win—that's tantamount—I would certainly think about doing...

Santorum Daughter Hospitalized

Candidate cancels campaign events to be with disabled daughter Isabella

(Newser) - Rick Santorum's 3-year-old daughter, Isabella, who suffers from the genetic condition Trisomy 18 , was hospitalized yesterday, causing Santorum to cancel his campaign events this morning to travel to Philadelphia and be by her side, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer . Half of babies with Trisomy 18, a chromosomal defect, are stillborn,...

Newt: I'm Going to GOP Convention

Republican candidate will battle on if he loses Florida primary

(Newser) - With Mitt Romney leading in a Florida poll , Newt Gingrich made it clear today: “I will go all the way to the convention. I expect to win the nomination," he said. "You just had two national polls that show me ahead. Why don’t you ask Gov....

Romney Pulls Ahead of Gingrich in Florida

New poll shows Mitt at 38%, Newt at 29%

(Newser) - Mitt Romney is on a roll: After an impressive debate performance last night, he's No. 1 in Florida in a new poll. The Quinnipiac Poll has Romney with 38%, followed by Newt Gingrich with 29%, Ron Paul with 14%, and Rick Santorum with 12%. That's quite a difference...

Gingrich Loses Mojo, Romney &#39;Devastating&#39;
 Gingrich Loses Mojo, 
 Romney 'Devastating' 
Debate Reactions

Gingrich Loses Mojo, Romney 'Devastating'

Romney came prepared, forceful, enough to win Florida primary

(Newser) - With the Florida primary looming on Tuesday and Newt Gingrich surging, Mitt Romney needed a decisive win against the former speaker in last night's debate —and he got it, the media largely agrees.
  • Romney was well researched and relentless in his attacks on Gingrich. But the biggest surprise?

We Need More Debates&mdash; and Loud Ones
We Need More Debates—
and Loud Ones
David Weigel

We Need More Debates— and Loud Ones

Let the crowds make noise: David Weigel

(Newser) - The Republicans debate again tonight , and there's plenty of carping about how there's too many of these things. Not from David Weigel at Slate . He wants more, more, more. If they weren't debating, the candidates would be in choreographed campaign mode, which reveals little. "The ideal...

Stakes Colossal for Newt Tonight

 Stakes Colossal 
 for Newt Tonight 
Debate Preview

Stakes Colossal for Newt Tonight

Polls show Romney may have stopped his momentum ahead of CNN Florida debate

(Newser) - The GOP field will have its last debate before the Florida primary tonight, and it just might be a doozy. Here's why:
  • Newt Gingrich's polling advantage may have vanished. The latest CNN poll has Mitt Romney at 36% and Gingrich at 34%, a statistical tie, and a far

Gingrich Promises Moon Colony by 2020

Wants to go boldly into future with 'grandiose' space vision

(Newser) - A stellar idea or just lunacy? Either way, Newt Gingrich wants an American colony on the moon by the end of his second term, reports Politico . Speaking in Florida, home to much of NASA, Gingrich called his moon proposal a "Northwest Ordinance for space," and "grandiose,"...

Gingrich: Let's Free Cuba Like Libya

He also blasts Romney's immigration plan as an 'Obama-level fantasy'

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich went fishing for Latino voters in a Univision interview today, calling on the US military to back any uprising in Cuba. "I find it fascinating that Obama is intrigued with Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, but doesn't quite notice Cuba," Gingrich said, according to the Washington ...

Gingrich the Favorite in Florida

 the Favorite 
 in Florida 
Nate Silver

Gingrich the Favorite in Florida

Nate Silver's model gives him a 75% chance of victory, with some 'buts'

(Newser) - With Florida less than a week away, Nate Silver is busily crunching the numbers, and while the polls are a tad contradictory, they do show a clear favorite: Newt Gingrich. Indeed, Silver's system gives Gingrich a whopping 75% chance of victory, although that "seems like too confident a...

Gingrich Super PAC Blasts Romney as Obama Pal

Meanwhile, Gingrich says marital problems make him 'more normal'

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich's super PAC is jumping into the Florida mudslinging contest, with an ad bashing Mitt Romney over his role in helping to devise mandate-based health care. The Winning Our Future PAC, riding high thanks to a $5 million donation from the wife of Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson,...

Romney Returns: $6.2M in Taxes on $42.6M

No income from wages; he'll pay 15.4% on last year's income

(Newser) - Just hours after debating tax rates during the GOP debate in Florida, Mitt Romney released his tax returns, revealing that he collected $20.9 million in income last year, and $21.7 million the previous year—nearly all of it in profits, dividends, or interest from investments. None came from...

Mitt Lands Blows Newt, Debate Too Tame
 Romney Jabs Hard, 
 but Debate Too Tame 
Winners, Losers

Romney Jabs Hard, but Debate Too Tame

Local issues, quiet crowd make for dullish contest

(Newser) - Last night's GOP debate wasn't the most exciting of the primary process, with a focus on local Florida issues and an audience instructed to keep quiet. While newly combative Mitt Romney revved up the contest by attacking Newt Gingrich's lobbying for Freddie Mac and ethics as...

Romney Blasts Gingrich With Freddie Mac Ad

Mitt's team releases first negative campaign ad

(Newser) - Looks like the latest Florida poll is getting on Mitt Romney's nerves. Today his campaign released its first negative campaign ad, which says Newt Gingrich "cashed in" while the housing crisis walloped Florida families. Gingrich "has spent almost his entire adult life as a member of Congress...

Gingrich: Sure, Release My Freddie Mac Records

Says it's up to his former firm

(Newser) - Mitt Romney is demanding that Newt Gingrich release records from his time at Freddie Mac—and Gingrich says that's no problem ... alas, it's out of his hands. He tells ABC News that it would be "very helpful" for his former firm to release his contract with Freddie...

Newt Leads Mitt in Fla., 34%-26%
 Newt Leads Mitt 
 in Fla., 34%-26% 
new poll

Newt Leads Mitt in Fla., 34%-26%

Though Public Policy Polling says it's neck-and-neck

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich might just be on his way to another primary win. The latest InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research poll has Gingrich leading Romney 34.4% to 25.6% in Florida, followed by Ron Paul (13.1%) and Rick Santorum (10.7%). The poll has Gingrich leading Romney among every age and...

Romney to 'Interrupters': 'Take a Hike'

Rips 'failed leader' Gingrich

(Newser) - Speaking at a rally in Florida yesterday, Mitt Romney had some harsh words for opponents ranging from Newt Gingrich to a group of protesters heckling him. Romney slammed Gingrich as a "failed leader," notes the Los Angeles Times . "I don’t know whether you knew that—he...

Flush Romney Camp Rules Fla. Airwaves

Florida ads expensive, Mitt rivals low on funds

(Newser) - The race for the GOP nomination may suddenly be more competitive than experts predicted, but in the next big primary state, Florida, Mitt Romney has the airwaves pretty much all to himself, reports the Los Angeles Times . Florida is one of the more expensive ad markets in the nation, and...

Focus Already Turning to Florida

Gingrich promises to be in the sate on Monday

(Newser) - The polls don't close in South Carolina for hours, but already the GOP race is turning its attention toward Florida's primary on Jan. 31. Newt Gingrich today conducted what the Los Angeles Times called a "telephone town hall" with voters there and promised a fight. "We'...

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