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Entries by Jon Ward from 08/2011

Romney Rejects Debt Deal, Says It Could Lead To Higher Taxes, Defense Cuts

Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential primary front-runner Mitt Romney rejected the debt ceiling deal reached over the weekend, saying it will lead to...

Despite Pulling Debt Ceiling Debate Rightward, Tea Party Activists Slam House-Passed Deal

Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Republican Lindsey Graham's position on the debt ceiling deal Monday made one thing very plain: the senior senator from South Carolina ...

Tim Pawlenty Hounded By Issue Advocates Working For His Own Political Consultants

Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – On July 21, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty was followed around Iowa to multiple campaign stops by three young women wea...

Huntsman Turns His Back On Email Leaker David Fischer

Posted 08.04.2011 | Politics

SALEM, N.H. -- Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman made clear Thursday that an old friend whom he recently told he loved "like a brother" i...

July Jobs Report: Republican Presidential Candidates Respond, Pile On President Obama

Posted 08.05.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential candidates used the Friday release of monthly jobs numbers -- which were better than expected -- to lambast President Obama's ...

Top Republican Strategist Ed Gillespie: GOP Has 'Sounded Anti-Immigrant' (VIDEO)

Posted 08.05.2011 | Politics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Republican strategist Ed Gillespie is pushing hard for the Republican Party to change its attitude toward Hispanics. He's a student...

Jon Huntsman 2012: New Hampshire Will Bring Him Back, Republican Candidate Vows

Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics

NASHUA, N.H. – If Jon Huntsman was worried about the turbulence buffeting his Cessna of a presidential campaign –- which already had one working e...

Mitt Romney: Obama Is 'Out Of His Depth,' The Nation's Security Is At Risk

Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

CONCORD, N.H. -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blamed President Barack Obama Monday morning for Standard & Poor's decision to downgrad...

Mitt Romney Compares Obama Administration To British Monarchy During Revolutionary War

Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

CONCORD, N.H. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday compared the federal government under President Obama to the British governmen...

As Rick Perry Nears 2012 Campaign, His Top Adviser Plots A 'New Playbook' Strategy

Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

WOLFEBORO, N.H. – A top adviser to Texas Gov. Rick Perry was cagey about reports that Perry will make his intentions to run for president clear at a...

Sarah Palin Will Attend Iowa State Fair, Continuing Flirtation With 2012 Run

Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will continue to stoke speculation that she may run for president by attending the Iowa State Fair later this week. ...

Iowa Debate: 2012 GOP Presidential Candidates Face Key Test In Ames

Posted 08.11.2011 | Politics

DES MOINES, IOWA - The Republican presidential primary is entering a new phase. Thursday night's debate in Iowa and the straw poll on Saturday in Ames...

Iowa GOP Presidential Debate: Michele Bachmann And Tim Pawlenty Go Head-To-Head (VIDEO)

Posted 08.11.2011 | Politics

Video produced by Sara Kenigsberg. AMES, Iowa –- Well, that was lively. The Republican presidential primary debate provided plenty of firework...

Iowa GOP Chair: Rick Perry's Announcement Not A 'Diss To Iowa' (VIDEO)

Posted 08.12.2011 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa -– Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn said Friday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry's decision to announce his presidential run on...

Ames Straw Poll Will Be Test Of Organization For Presidential Campaigns

Posted 08.12.2011 | Politics

DES MOINES, IOWA – Watermelon and water. That's all that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee handed out to supporters in 2007 at the Ames Straw P...

Michele Bachmann Feels The Heat On Eve Of Ames Straw Poll

Posted 08.12.2011 | Politics

Video by Sara Kenigsberg DES MOINES, Iowa -– The crowd waiting to hear Michele Bachmann speak at the Iowa State Fair on Friday was large, and res...

Rand Paul Rallies Ron Paul Supporters In Ames Ahead Of 2012

Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics

At Ron Paul's tent, his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), rallied the Texas congressman's supporters. They are a fired up bunch. There is plenty of spec...

Michele Bachmann's Husband, Marcus Bachmann, Calls 'Submissive' Wife Question 'Unfortunate'

Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics

AMES, IOWA -- Marcus Bachmann, standing off to the side of the stage a few minutes before his wife spoke, told The Huffington Post he was optimistic a...

Mike Huckabee Encourages Tim Pawlenty To Stay In Race No Matter What

Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics

AMES, IOWA -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee handicapped the Ames Straw Poll before the results were announced on Saturday. The Huffington Pos...

Ames Win Positions Michele Bachmann As Rick Perry's Top Obstacle To Be Anti-Romney (VIDEO)

Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics

AMES, Iowa -- Michele Bachmann is Rick Perry's main rival now in the battle to give Republicans a viable alternative to Mitt Romney. Tim Pawlenty's ca...

New Hampshire Republicans Say They Have The Votes To Oust Embattled State Chairman [UPDATED]

Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, Tea Party leader Jack Kimball, will be notified Thursday that members of the party's...

New Hampshire Senator, Congressmen Support Removing State GOP Chairman Jack Kimball

Posted 08.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The lone Republican senator from New Hampshire and the state's two Republican members of Congress on Thursday put their names behind a v...

Michele Bachmann Says Hurricane Irene And Earthquake Are Divine Warnings To Washington (VIDEO)

Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told Floridians Sunday that Hurricane Irene and the earthquake felt along much of th...

Mitt Romney's 'Career Politician' Jab At Rick Perry Is First Sign Of 'Death By A Thousand Cuts' Strategy

Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Mitt Romney's campaign says they're in no rush to knock Rick Perry down a few notches, but Romney himself on Tuesday began the war to d...

Jon Huntsman's Jobs Plan Cements Shift From Green Republican To Energy Hawk

Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – As recently as June, an environmental website declared former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman the "greenest" of the Republican presidential cand...