2:52 PM, Apr 28, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of likely Iowa Republican presidential caucus goers finds a wide-open field with three candidates vying for the top spot and a plurality undecided. Scott Walker, the governor of neighboring Wisconsin, leads the latest poll from Loras College, earning 12.6 percent support. Florida senator Marco Rubio, who declared his candidacy earlier this month, is close behind with 10 percent, while former Florida governor Jeb Bush has 9.6 percent.
Both Walker and Rubio have doubled their support from the January Loras poll, according to a press release from the college.
Respondents were also asked about their second choice for president, and 20.7 percent listed Walker as either their first or second choice, while 19.2 percent listed Rubio and 18.8 percent listed Bush.
Many Republicans don't appear wedded to any candidate just yet, with 22.8 percent telling pollsters they are undecided. The rest of the candidates aren't much more behind the top three. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who won the 2008 Iowa caucuses, comes in fourth place with 8.6 percent support. Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, and neurosurgeon Ben carson, all received just over six percent support, while the rest of the large slate of candidates—Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, and Carly Fiorina—received five percent or less. South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham received zero percent support.
While there appears to be an openness to most of the Republican candidates, a significant percentage of poll respondents said they would "absolutely not" vote for Donald Trump (22.2 percent), Jeb Bush (20.4 percent), and Chris Christie (16.7 percent) in the caucuses next January. No other candidates, the press release said, received more than seven percent on this question.
Read the full details of the poll here.
Bush, Carson, Rubio, Jindal, Santorum, and Perry weigh in11:46 AM, Mar 31, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Several of the likely Republican candidates for president have spoken out in defense of Indiana governor Mike Pence and his decision to sign the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. CNN reports that several White House hopefuls, including Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, and Rick Santorum have voiced support for the law, which provides a test for courts on cases where individual religious expression is at odds with state or local laws and ordinances.
Handicapping the 2016 GOP fieldFeb 23, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 23 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
It’s still two years before the next president takes the oath of office, but the contest that will determine who raises his right hand that day started in earnest last month for Republicans, with a grassroots gathering in Iowa and a meeting of high-dollar donors in California.
4:28 PM, Jul 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It's still a year and a half before the first presidential primaries of 2016, but Gallup has a new survey out asking Republicans and Democrats about the potential GOP candidates. Analyzing those candidates' familiarity and favorability among Republicans, Gallup has discovered the best known and best liked are former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, Wisconsin congressman and 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and Texas governor Rick Perry.
8:04 AM, Jun 14, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum spoke Thursday at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington about the failure of the Republican party and its presidential nominee to speak to the concerns of middle class and working people. Politico's James Hohmann reports:
3:28 PM, Nov 26, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum says he is “open” to another run for president in 2016. Santorum was asked about a possible presidential campaign Monday at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
“I’m open to it, yeah,” Santorum replied. “I think there’s a fight right now as to what the soul of the Republican party’s going to be and the conservative movement, and we have something to say about that. I think from our battle, we’re not going to leave the field.”
3:31 PM, Sep 18, 2012 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Lots of people have already unpacked the philosophical and logical problems with Mitt Romney’s belief that 47 percent of the country is basically free-loading off of everyone else (and voting Democratic). I’m struck, however, by how the moocher theory was presaged during the primaries in the difference between how Romney and Rick Santorum talked about the moral problems inherent in the welfare state.
5:51 PM, Apr 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Conservative leader Gary Bauer, who endorsed Rick Santorum earlier in the year, did a good job of summing up the former Pennsylvania senator's presidential run.
3:55 PM, Apr 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Newt Gingrich is using Rick Santorum's announcement that the former Pennsylvania senator is suspending his presidential campaign to make a last ditch effort at becoming the Republican nominee--by drawing a contrast with front runner Mitt Romney.
2:41 PM, Apr 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Moments after Rick Santorum finished his speech announcing that he was suspending his presidential campaign, Mitt Romney issued a statement to "Congratulate Senator Santorum on the Campaign He Ran."
2:00 PM, Apr 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fox News just reported that Rick Santorum will, in a few moments, announce that he is suspending his presidential campaign. His announcement is taking place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
That would leave Mitt Romney as the clear frontrunner, with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul trailing far behind in the Republican presidential race.
9:36 PM, Apr 3, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Mitt Romney is projected to win the Wisconsin Republican presidential primary, according Fox News.
3:31 PM, Apr 3, 2012 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
A final get out the vote call from Mitt Romney's campaign in Wisconsin suggests an unholy alliance of the Santorum campaign, "union bosses," Democrats, and Santorum's "cronies" might be conspiring to extend the GOP contest, and urges Wisconsin voters to stop those efforts by voting for Romney. The call seeks to align Romney with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, whose challenge of public employee unions has made him immensely popular among the state's Republicans.
3:25 PM, Apr 2, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Rick Santorum has released a new ad drawing a comparison between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and arguing the two politicians share positions on health care, the environment, taxes, and the Wall Street bailouts. Watch the ad below: