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Bachmann suspends presidential campaign

4 January 2012 | 10:21 am  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Ed Tibbetts

UPDATE: The lady with the titanium spine bowed to reality Wednesday. It was Iowa that sent the message. The day after Rep. Michele Bachmann finished last among the six candidates competing in the state's first in the nation caucuses, the Minnesota Republican and Waterloo native, called ...

‘We did our job’ in Iowa, caucus veterans say

3 January 2012 | 11:40 pm  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Ed Tibbetts

  The Iowa caucuses, at risk as ever this election cycle, emerged from Tuesday's balloting validated, caucus veterans in the state said late Tuesday. With the final result still in doubt late into the evening, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney were battling for the top spot, while ...

Growing group awaits Romney remarks on tight race

3 January 2012 | 10:25 pm  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Ed Tibbetts

  DES MOINES - First, it was a trickle. Then, a flood. Shortly after 8 p.m., after they'd done their duties at nearby caucus sites, dozens of supporters of the former Massachusetts governor came in a wave to the historic hotel at 10th and Walnut,the site for ...

Paul says message will last beyond Iowa

2 January 2012 | 3:25 pm  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Ed Tibbetts

  DAVENPORT -- In front of a crowd in Davenport that cheered him repeatedly, Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul suggested Monday the groundswell of support for his campaign will send a message far beyond Iowa’s borders. Melding his usual calls for a dramatically smaller government and bringing ...

Romney begins campaign day in Davenport

2 January 2012 | 2:30 pm  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Ed Tibbetts

  By Ed Tibbetts, Quad-City Times Mitt Romney began his last full day of campaigning before the Iowa caucuses with a rally Monday at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, urging people here to get out and support him but ignoring his rivals, instead targeting President Barack Obama. "These have ...

In Iowa, Romney tries to separate from rivals

28 December 2011 | 4:00 pm  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Ed Tibbetts

By Ed Tibbetts, Quad-City Times Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney clearly separated himself from two of his Iowa rivals Wednesday, saying that Newt Gingrich’s tax plan would explode the deficit and spending cuts envisioned by Ron Paul would drive the country into a deep recession. Romney, the ...

For Romney, 2012 election about ‘saving the vision of America’

27 December 2011 | 6:30 pm  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Ed Tibbetts

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, keying on a speech President Barack Obama made in Davenport four years ago this week, said Tuesday the president abandoned his campaign promises to unite the country and “demonizes our fellow Americans,” and he cast the election ...

Split GOP caucus votes expected from evangelicals

25 December 2011 | 6:00 am  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Ed Tibbetts

By Ed Tibbetts Quad-City Times Iowa’s evangelicals appear to be headed toward splitting their vote at the Jan. 3 presidential caucuses, even as some of the candidates scrambling for their votes seek to siphon support from the others. When the Family Leader announced last week it wasn’t weighing ...

Paul draws 600 in Quad Cities, says Iowa voters are ‘waking up’

21 December 2011 | 10:41 pm  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Ed Tibbetts

BETTENDORF — Rising in the polls, Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul drew at least 600 people to the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf Dec. 21 to hear a 45-minute speech on the ills of the federal debt, foreign wars and declining liberties. The Texas congressman ...

Perry characterizes fellow Texan, Paul, as hypocritical ‘backbencher’

21 December 2011 | 5:31 pm  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Ed Tibbetts

UPDATED with comments from Ron Paul Texas Gov. Rick Perry stepped up his criticism of Ron Paul on Wednesday, calling him a “backbencher” in Congress who has been hypocritical by opposing federal spending but still asking for earmarks. Paul responded later in the day that he supports ...