The four remaining Republican candidates for President were back on the debate stage on Wednesday night. There was a wide range of issues covered during the two hours and the focus of attention were the two men considered the front runners. CBS News Correspondent Steve Futterman reports.
“I don’t believe it’s appropriate for us to keep raising the debt ceiling every year. He voted five times to raise the debt ceiling without getting compensating cuts in spending. During his time in the Senate, only two terms, the size of the federal government grew 80 percent.”—Mitt Romney accused Rick Santorum on Monday of making a major contribution to reckless Republican spending, helping the GOP “spend like Democrats,” for voting repeatedly to raise the debt limit while he was in Congress. More by Sarah Boxer, CBS News and National Journal on the Political Hot Sheet.
(Political Hotsheet article by CBS News/National Journal’s Rebecca Kaplan) Rick Santorum’s new presidential campaign spokeswoman, Alice Stewart, retracted her comment Monday that compared President Obama’s policies to “radical Islamic policies.”
(Political Hotsheet article by CBS News/National Journal’s Rebecca Kaplan) 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.
(by CBS News/National Journal’s Sarah Boxer) BOISE, Idaho — After relying for surrogates and television ads to soften up rival Rick Santorum, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney personally attacked Santorum on the campaign trail Friday, saying he has falsely claimed to be a fiscal conservative and was a “big proponent of earmarks” when he served in the Senate.
(by CBS News/National Journal’s Sarah Huisenga) LOS ANGELES—Wrapping up a four-day fundraising swing through California, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich shifted his focus to the state he once represented in Congress but said he’s unsure he can win the Georgia primary.
A new national poll is cause for concern for Mitt Romney both in terms of the GOP primary and his head-to-head match-up against President Obama. CBS’s Rob Mank spoke to Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, about the results.
Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.
Mitt Romney — 38%
Rick Santorum — 31%
Newt Gingrich — 15%
Ron Paul — 12%
3,408 activists voted from 9am Thursday through 1pm Saturday,
Straw poll conducted on-line for the Washington Times by Tony Fabrizio.
Per the Washington Times — Romney’s 38% was the highest of any candidate since George W. Bush won 42 percent of the vote in 2000, en route to the nomination and the White House. The poll wasn’t held from 2001 through 2004, but has been held every year since then.
GOLDEN, Colorado - Newt Gingrich on Monday compared Egypt’s planned trial of 19 Americans to the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis that helped destroy Jimmy Carter’s presidency, and hung it around Obama’s neck.
(per CBS News/National Journal’s Sarah Boxer)
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Mitt Romney on Monday sought to link President Obama to former President Jimmy Carter, calling Obama’s administration “the most anti-jobs, anti-investment, anti-growth administration that I’ve seen since Jimmy Carter.”
“They used to make fun of me all the time when I was Speaker and I took great pride in the fact that they made fun of me.”—Newt Gingrich responding to the recent Saturday Night Live skit (per CBS News/National Journal’s Sarah Huisenga)
CBS News Projects Mitt Romney Wins Nevada Caucuses
CBS News projects that Mitt Romney will win the Nevada caucuses with a sizable victory. Romney had gone into the caucuses with a lead in the polls and strong organization, and it clearly paid off tonight. Meanwhile Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are battling for second place.
Tallied votes have started to come in and the state party expects to count votes from Clark County, the state’s largest.
In his victory speech, Mitt Romney attacks Barack Obama yet again. He responds to the president’s State of the Union address and how we got in the state we’re in now: “We know exactly how we got here: You won the election.”