Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has said that John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech advocating strict separation of church and state almost made him throw up. But scholars say Kennedy's speech has to be taken in the context of a vastly different political climate — one that was hostile to Catholics.
The Democrat, a former governor of the state, held the seat from 1989 to 2000. It was the second boost in two days for Democrats' efforts to retain their slim Senate majority: Moderate Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine announced Tuesday she would not run for a fourth term.
As the GOP primary race moves into March, we look at the candidates' prospects in the 10 Super Tuesday states, where a trove of 413 delegates are up for grabs. Already Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are battling over Ohio, with its 43 delegates and Midwest bragging rights.
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney turned back challenges from former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum in Arizona., where Romney won easily, and in Michigan, where he eeked out a close win in the state where he was born. Before Tuesday night, Romney's last primary win was in Florida a month ago.
If Obama president sounded confident, maybe even a bit triumphant, some polling suggested he had good reason to feel upbeat, at least in Michigan. A recent NBC News/Marist poll found the president leading Romney in the state by 18 percentage points and Santorum by 26 points.
There is much at stake for Mitt Romney in Tuesday's presidential primary in Michigan – and it's not just because he's in a close race with Rick Santorum Romney has close personal ties to the state where his late father, George Romney, was a popular former governor. The younger Romney will find out if that history can help his presidential bid.
A day before Michigan's Republican presidential primary, Rick Santorum tried to outflank Mitt Romney on a fairly sensitive issue in Detroit: government bailouts. Santorum blasted Romney for supporting the government's Wall Street bailout while loudly opposing its bailout of the auto industry.
Ahead of Tuesday's primary, Romney and Santorum appeared tied in Michigan but polls indicated the former Massachusetts governor was significantly ahead in Arizona. Other polls showed the health-care law to be unpopular in some battleground states and gave mixed signals about whether or how much Obama's re-election chances had improved.
Michigan holds its Republican primary on Tuesday. The former Massachusetts governor and Michigan native Mitt Romney has been touring the state in search of votes. A week ago, Rick Santorum held a double-digit lead in the polls. Now, NPR's Ari Shapiro reports, Romney seems to have closed the gap.