The former Massachusetts governor pulled ahead of his rivals in Saturday's presidential straw poll, gaining more momentum just before Super Tuesday. Ron Paul, who edged Rick Santorum for second place, insisted he, too, had reason to celebrate.
Only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul qualified to get on the state's printed ballot last fall; the other Republican candidates failed to collect enough signatures. For some, that may seem like there isn't much of a contest, but the candidates' supporters argue this is no time for complacency.
As the candidates battle it out, there's a key fact worth remembering: Fifty-three percent of those who cast votes in the last presidential election were women. Host Scott Simon talks with political analyst Michelle Bernard for her take on what right-leaning women are looking for in a presidential candidate.
President Obama has withdrawn U.S. forces from Iraq and hopes to do the same in Afghanistan. He's a Nobel Peace Prize winner and the man who "got" Osama bin Laden. What does that mean for his re-election prospects? Foreign affairs columnist David Rhode of The Atlantic tells host Scott Simon about what he calls the "Obama Doctrine."
Rick Santorum campaigned in Ohio Friday, ahead of the state's critical primary on Super Tuesday. On its face, Ohio would seem to be fertile ground for Santorum with its large numbers of evangelicals and Tea Party supporters. But Santorum faces a steep challenge — Romney and a superPAC supporting him are dramatically outspending all the candidates on the TV and radio airwaves.
On the political horizon — ten states, four candidates and one Super Tuesday. Can we expect the GOP delegate puzzle to gain clarity following Super Tuesday or will it remain muddled? NPR's Ron Elving and Neal Carruth dissect the momentum each candidate has going into next week's primaries.
In his book The Hockey Stick And The Climate Wars, Michael Mann discusses what he calls a well-funded campaign to discredit climate change. He describes efforts by opponents with ties to the fossil fuel industry to harass climate scientists and create doubt about climate change.
Obama told The Atlantic that he doesn't "bluff" as president of the U.S. when he says he's willing to use the military to stop Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon... Maryland became the eighth state to legalize gay marriage... Virginia approved a controversial anti-abortion bill requiring ultrasound which the governor says he will sign.
The next big date in the Republican primary calendar is next week's Super Tuesday. But on the way, the candidates are making a brief layover in the state of Washington. The local Republican caucuses are Saturday morning, and for once they may mean something to the presidential race.
The presidential campaign of Rick Santorum is fuming over a decision by Michigan's Republican Party to give both the state's at-large delegates to state-wide winner Mitt Romney. Earlier guidance from the state party suggested that the two delegates would be allocated proportionally.
Regulators were about to announce that as of 2014 all new cars would have to include rearview cameras so drivers could see what's directly behind them. Then they delayed the rule. Safety advocates say the auto industry is stalling; carmakers see the proposal as government overreach.
The tussle over every last delegate in the GOP nomination battle could get ugly, if what happened in Michigan is any indicator. The Credentials Committee of the Michigan Republican Party apparently reversed course on a stated delegate selection formula, turning a delegate tie into a Mitt Romney win.
In his way, Breitbart was a hyperactive web reinterpretation of the pre-Revolutionary pamphleteer Thomas Paine. Or of Philip Freneau who, as a Philadelphia journalist during the early American Republic was an anti-Federalist propagandist for then-Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson.