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Author: Mike Wiser | December 20, 2011 | 1 comment

URBANDALE — The influential Family Leader social conservative group in Iowa announced today it will not make an endorsement in the GOP presidential race just ahead of thousands of Iowa Republicans participating in the state’s first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses next month. However, Bob Vander Plaats, president and ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 20, 2011 | No comments

No doubt the most-watched political of the day will be The Family Leader’s announcement its endorsement of a candidate in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses. It comes on the heels of Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen’s announcement that he will endorse Newt Gingrich. A formal announcement is ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 19, 2011 | 3 comments

  ELKADER – Barnstorming across northeast Iowa, Rick Perry scored points with his campaign for a return to traditional values, smaller government and secure borders. However, after his “Faith, Jobs and Values” campaign bus rolled on down the road many of the likely Republican caucusgoers who came ...

Author: Rod Boshart | December 15, 2011 | No comments

  JOHNSTON -- GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Thursday he plans to stay positive throughout the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses with the belief that Iowans “will render judgment against negative ads.” Speaking on two separate Iowa Public Television news programs, Gingrich said he is a “genuine ...

Author: Rod Boshart | December 14, 2011 | No comments

  DES MOINES – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Wednesday that she is America’s best hope for breaking the stranglehold that “crony capitalism” has on Washington. The Minnesota congresswoman said President Obama and “some of our candidates” are compromised with crony capitalism but that is something ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 13, 2011 | 1 comment

  You want coffee with that: To join The Gazette Editorial Board for a visit with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 8 a.m. today, click here. Wanna bet: Mitt Romney’s $10,000 challenge to Rick Perry during the Saturday night GOP candidates’ debate is the gift that ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 12, 2011 | No comments

MOUNT VERNON — It’s doubtful he made many converts, but for nearly 90 minutes Rick Santorum defended the “essential truths we stand by,” those truths that form the bedrock of his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Santorum brought his “Faith, Family & Freedom Tour” to ...

Author: Rod Boshart | December 11, 2011 | 1 comment

  JOHNSTON – Texas Gov. Rick Perry – no stranger to debate gaffes – moved Sunday to capitalize on a self-inflicted wound that GOP rival Mitt Romney incurred with his “over the top” $10,000 bet during a high-stakes clash over health-care mandates during Saturday night’s nationally ...

Author: Rod Boshart | December 10, 2011 | No comments

  DES MOINES – After some toe-to-toe battles on an Iowa debate stage, Republican presidential contenders were expected to take their fight to the trenches in hopes to capturing crucial support heading into the state’s first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses Jan. 3. “My guess would be that from now ...

Author: Rod Boshart | December 10, 2011 | No comments

  DES MOINES – It was hard to tell at times during Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate whether the six candidates on stage were members of the same political team. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, two candidates vying for front-runner status ...

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