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Veep Watch: Who could top Biden in debate?

July 19, 2012 Whoever becomes Mitt Romney’s running mate will have two moments in the spotlight: a speech at the Republican National Convention at the end of August and a debate against Vice President Joe Biden on October 11 in Danville, Ky. The speech is the easy part. But if Romney wants to ...

Ron Paul suspends active campaigning

May 14, 2012 Rep. Ron Paul said on Monday that he will no longer be actively campaigning in the GOP presidential primaries but won't formally suspend his campaign. Instead, the libertarian candidate’s organization will continue to accumulate delegates to send to the Republican National Convention. “Our campaign will continue to work in the ...

Priests pan GOP budget

April 26, 2012 Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., argued on Thursday that his Catholic faith guided the budget he authored for the Republican Party, addressing criticism from Catholics who charge that his budget unfairly targets the poor at the expense of the rich. “The work I do as a Catholic holding office conforms to ...

Romney pins GSA scandal on Obama but gives him a pass on Secret Service

April 18, 2012 Mitt Romney tried on Wednesday to pin a federal agency's Las Vegas spending spree on the Obama administration, but gave the president a pass on the widening scandal involving members of the Secret Service and military who allegedly hired prostitutes while on assignment in Colombia. “The president has confidence in ...

Santorum argues for religion in government

February 28, 2012 KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- On the eve of the Michigan primary, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told an enthusiastic crowd at a Christian school that not only was the separation of church and state not absolute, there is a role for religious faith in the federal government. Building on statements he ...

Santorum to get Secret Service protection

February 27, 2012 Rick Santorum will be getting Secret Service protection beginning Tuesday, a campaign aide said on Monday. Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, heads into Tuesday's contests in Michigan and Arizona as one of the race's top candidates after winning in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri earlier this month. Santorum would ...

Santorum: Climate science is 'political science'

February 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - Portraying himself as a native son of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum Monday emphasized his heritage as the grandson of a coal miner and railed against environmental regulations that have diminished the coal industry in the region. "Ladies and gentlemen, we need ...

Romney in his comfort zone in technology speech

February 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cliff Owen/AP RESTON, Va.--Appearing at home in front of an audience of technology executives and workers, Mitt Romney on Friday extolled the virtues of innovation, limited regulation, and low taxes to spur the U.S. economy. "You have to have regulators in government who see their job as encouraging innovation in ...

Perry wants five-year tax break for injured veterans

January 17, 2012 Matt Rourke/AP MURRELLS INLET, S.C. - Campaigning in South Carolina, with its deep roots in the American military, Texas Gov. Rick Perry proposed a five-year holiday from income taxes for wounded veterans as part of his bid for conservative support in the state's primary on Saturday. "If you have been ...

Perry urges Congress not to raise debt ceiling

January 13, 2012 Elise Amendola/AP WALTERBORO, S.C. -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry urged members of Congress on Thursday to reject an increase in the debt ceiling requested by President Obama, telling a small audience here that it would mean the government printing more money and devaluing existing currency. "The president again went to… ...