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Romney’s Rise Challenges Tea Party’s Clout In GOP

Mitt Romney’s early success in the Republican presidential race is challenging the tea party’s clout.


Tim Pawlenty

Local Political Officials React To Pawlenty Dropping Out

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced he will drop out of the 2012 presidential race.


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Bachmann, Perry Flocking To Same Event In Iowa

It might be a preview of the months ahead in the GOP presidential race.


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Poll: Bachmann, Pawlenty Gain In GOP Field

Republicans are starting to pay more attention to the candidates who hope to take on President Barack Obama next year, and so far that’s been a good thing for Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty.


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Romney To Face Rivals, Like Pawlenty, In 1st 2012 Debate

Looking to set themselves apart, rivals to Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney sharpened their criticism of the former Massachusetts governor before their first presidential campaign debate with him Monday night.


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GOP’s Pawlenty Settles In For Extended NH Swing

Republican Tim Pawlenty is building in three days of campaigning in New Hampshire ahead of a nationally televised presidential candidate debate in the opening primary state.


Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin became a household name when Sen. John McCain announced her as his surprise running mate. Palin has five children: Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, and Trig, who was born in April 2008 with Down syndrome. (Photo credit ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

GOP Presidential Contenders Drift To The Right

In the first presidential election since the tea party’s emergence, Republican candidates are drifting rightward on a range of issues, even though more centrist stands might play well in the 2012 general election.


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Rep. Bachmann: Always Rising, Never Compromising

Michele Bachmann was a self-styled “education researcher” making a run for a Minnesota school board seat in 1999 when the question came up at a candidate forum: If elected, would she serve all four years?


Michele Bachmann

Esme’s Blog: Bachmann Surges

Anyone who has any doubt about Rep. Michele Bachmann pulling off a presidential bid can bury those doubts now.


Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks at the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC), on February 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. The CPAC annual gathering is a project of the American Conservative Union.  (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

ABC Interviews Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann tells ABC News that she “wants in on the conversation in 2012”. Apparently so, since news is breaking today that she’ll form an exploratory committee. Check out the interview.


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Fla. Might Disrupt Presidential Primary Schedule

In a virtual replay of 2008, Florida is bucking national Democrats and Republicans in planning an early presidential primary, an act of defiance that creates strategic challenges for GOP candidates and could unravel the parties’ primary calendar next year.


Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty talks to reporters after signing copies of his new book, "Courage to Stand," at the Family Christian Book Store January 30, 2011 in Ankeny, Iowa. Pawlenty is eyeing a run for the GOP presidential nomination and has made several trips to Iowa, which will be holding its famous "first in the nation" caucus in about a year. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Pawlenty Responds To Criticism On ‘Today Show’

A war of words between past and present governors is brewing.