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Entries by Jon Ward from 05/2011

Huckabee's 'Welcome To Hell' Stands Out From GOP Bin Laden Responses Downplaying Obama

Posted 05.02.2011 | Politics

This article has been updated. WASHINGTON -- Most reactions from Republican leaders to news of Osama bin Laden’s death emphasized the U.S. milita...

Bin Laden Boost To Obama's Reelection Prospects Will Be Limited, Say Democratic And Republican Politicos

Posted 05.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – A T-shirt that says “It took Obama to Catch Osama” was already being sold on the streets of D.C. Monday morning. President Obama wa...

South Carolina Debate's Small Field Guarantees A Strong Libertarian Flavor

Posted 05.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The final field for the first debate of the Republican presidential primary election is set, but there are twice as many hopefuls who ar...

Mitch Daniels: Late-Starting 2012 Campaign A 'Happy Surprise'

Posted 05.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said it is a “happy surprise” that the 2012 Republican presidential primary is taking so long to get goi...

Gary Johnson: 'We Got Osama Bin Laden, Let's Get Out Of Afghanistan'

Posted 05.05.2011 | Politics

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson said ahead of the debate tonight that the U.S. should get out of Afghanistan now that Osama bi...

First Republican Presidential Debate Pulled Off Course, But Pawlenty Emerges Relatively Unscathed

Posted 05.06.2011 | Politics

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- It may have been the moment when former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson extended his riff about how his reality TV show would be diff...

Tim Pawlenty Knocks Congressional Republicans On Emerging Debt Ceiling Deal

Posted 05.06.2011 | Politics

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Tim Pawlenty opened up a new line of criticism against Republicans in Congress for their approach to the debt limit negotiations, ...

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley Impressed After Meeting With 2012 Hopeful Jon Huntsman

Posted 05.06.2011 | Politics

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley came away impressed from her meeting with potential Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman,...

2012 Hopeful Jon Huntsman Addresses His Obama Connection Head On In His First Speech

Posted 05.07.2011 | Politics

This article has been updated. COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Likely Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman addressed his connection to President Obama ...

Primary Election 2012: Conservative Fears Of Permanent Welfare State May Create Wild Ride

Posted 05.08.2011 | Politics

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- At this weekend's South Carolina GOP convention, Republican lawmakers warned that a second term for President Obama would kill Ameri...

Mitch Daniels 'Would Like To' Run For President, Top Adviser Says

Posted 05.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels wants to run for president and is not in the process of convincing himself to do it, a close adviser said. T...

Mitt Romney's State Sovereignty Argument Fails To Lift Health Care 'Boat Anchor' From Around His Neck

Posted 05.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 10th amendment is a cause celebre among the Tea Party. So Mitt Romney’s argument that uses state sovereignty to defend his health ...

Mitt Romney Rejects Demands To Apologize For Health Care Plan

Posted 05.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Potential Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney rejected conservative critics who say he should apologize for approving a governme...

The Anti-Romney Primary: Tim Pawlenty Waits For Mitch Daniels To Decide

Posted 05.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Tim Pawlenty is in limbo. Two events over the next couple of months will go a long way to determining the former Minnesota governor'...

Mike Huckabee On Possible 2012 Run: Tune In Tomorrow

Posted 05.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee kept the political world guessing Friday as to whether he’ll run for president, saying that anyone...

Mike Huckabee Not Running For President In 2012

Posted 05.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Saturday he will not run for the Republican presidential nomination, a significant development ...

Club For Growth: Gingrich's Record Has 'Frequent,' 'Serious' Problems

Posted 05.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- As former House Speaker and current GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich struggled Monday to clarify contradictory positions and q...

Michele Bachmann In Talks To Publish Book In September

Posted 05.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Rep. Michele Bachmann met in New York with four or five major book publishers Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge...

GOP Donors Deserting Newt Gingrich

Posted 05.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich's catastrophic first week as an official Republican primary candidate may knock him out of the race before it even gets st...

GOP 2012 Hopeful Jon Huntsman Steps Cautiously Into New Hampshire [UPDATED]

Posted 05.19.2011 | Politics

This article has been updated to include additional reporting. HANOVER, N.H. -– The political insider’s dark horse in the GOP presidential prim...

Jon Huntsman Moves To Shed Obama Brand By Aligning With House GOP On Medicare, Debt Ceiling

Posted 05.20.2011 | Politics

KEENE, N.H. – Former U.S. Ambassador to China and potential 2012 GOP candidate Jon Huntsman on Friday unequivocally aligned himself with House Repub...

In the Long Run: Is the Way We Define Success All Wrong?

| Posted 05.20.2011 | Books

Jim Axelrod's In the Long Run shows us that, in the end, it's only either failure or some combination of continual awareness, grace and a little luck that keeps the ambitious from losing their minds and sacrificing what's most important.

Mitch Daniels' Decision Not To Run For President Leaves GOP Floundering

Posted 05.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Back to square one. The Republican Party is once again in search of a candidate to unite it after Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels dashed t...

Tim Pawlenty's Ethanol Stance Boosts Him In Quest To Be Romney Alternative In 2012

Posted 05.24.2011 | Politics

This story has been updated with additional reporting. WASHINGTON -- Following the official announcement of his presidential run, former Minnesota ...

FreedomWorks' Goal: Stop Mitt Romney In 2012

Posted 05.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – A top goal of the nation’s most influential national Tea Party group is to stop Mitt Romney from winning the Republican nomination fo...