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Romney mistakenly adds two more Navy ships to his promised total

May 17, 2012 This story has been updated. JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--Mitt Romney on Thursday revised upward by two the number of Navy ships he would seek to build annually as president, although campaign aides said later that the former Massachusetts governor misspoke. "America must have a military so strong no one would ever think ...

Romney: Obama is a 'big government' Democrat

May 9, 2012 LANSING, Mich. – Mitt Romney on Tuesday took direct aim at President Obama’s reelection theme “Forward,” arguing that the president's policies are actually a throwback to the era of “big government” Democrats more extreme than the last Democratic president, Bill Clinton. “President Obama chose to apply liberal ideas of the ...

Romney reminisces about 'magnificent' French vacations

April 23, 2012 ASTON, Pa. – Mitt Romney, who spent two years in France as a Mormon missionary, instead talked about vacationing in France when a French television reporter asked him about his best memories of the country. “I have a lot of memories of France. I think the best memories were with ...

Romney previews more general-election themes

April 5, 2012 BROOMALL, Pa. – Proceeding with his pivot toward the general election, Mitt Romney on Wednesday elaborated on the economic-based themes he will use to attack President Obama and Democrats. Hours after blasting Obama in a speech to the American Society of News Editors, he rebuked the president for promoting a ...

Romney's staff plays April Fool's prank on boss

April 2, 2012 MILWAUKEE -- Mitt Romney, who’s known for his fondness of playing practical jokes, on Sunday found himself the victim of an April Fool’s Day prank orchestrated by his staff -- with help from Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Paul Ryan. Romney, who was scheduled to address a pancake brunch ...

Romney, Gingrich blast Obama for missile defense comments

March 26, 2012 Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich on Monday quickly added their names to the list of Republicans reacting with alarm to President Obama's comment to outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have greater flexibility "after my election" to iron out differences over a planned U.S. missile defense shield in ...

Gingrich ignores comment on Obama being Muslim

March 22, 2012 LAKE CHARLES, La. – After a Louisiana voter on Wednesday called President Obama a Muslim during a question-and-answer session at a campaign stop, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich chose to ignore the comment rather than correct it. After speaking to an overflow crowd of more than 200 people at the ...

Video: Gingrich calls for De Niro apology over 'white first lady' joke

March 20, 2012 SHREVEPORT, La. – Newt Gingrich on Tuesday called on President Obama to apologize for comments Robert De Niro made on Monday night at a Manhattan fundraiser attended by Michelle Obama, when the movie star quipped that it was too soon for the country to return a “white first lady” to ...

Gingrich getting the hang of hashtags

March 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Evan Vucci/AP At 68-years-old, Newt Gingrich puts most senior citizens to shame with his grasp of social media trends. The Republican presidential candidate's campaign makes heavy use of the Internet, Facebook, and most recently Twitter to get its message out, connect with supporters and raise money. But even the Web-savvy ...

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 ...