Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Rick Santorum rallied with supporters at TrueNorth Learning Center in Cedar Rapids.
Up and coming GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum continued to take shots at rival Ron Paul during a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday night. Santorum equated Paul’s foreign policy plans to fringe Democrat Dennis Kucinich, called some of the Texas Congressman’s policies “craziness,” and suggested some of the changes Paul proposes to make are dictatorial. “He is out in the Dennis Kucinich wing of the Democratic party. He may even be left of Dennis Kucinich,” Santorum said of the libertarian Paul. “What people don’t like about Ron Paul is this craziness about cutting military in half, pulling our troops in from all over the world. (As president), he can do that." “Let’s get serious about what message Iowa is going to send to the …
Monday, December 26, 2011
The GOP caucus candidates have different ideas of how the world began, contrary to scientific consensus.
Monday, December 26, 2011
By Emily Woodbury IowaWatch.org Among the seven candidates getting the most public attention in the Republican caucus and primary campaigns, religion beats science on the theory of evolution. Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Ron Paul either question or reject the theory of evolution, a theory which has won almost unanimous support in the scientific community. Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney accept it, while Newt Gingrich borrows from both sides to form his position. (Click here to see a graphic of their stated beliefs on evolution) In their search for caucus and primary votes, the candidates reject what the scientific community accepts because of religious influence, said Darren Dochuk, an assistant professor specializing in …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination will face off in the final Iowa debate before the January 3 Iowa caucus.
Tonight could be the last, best hope for the GOP presidential candidates to hold themselves up and knock their opponents down before the increasingly important January 3 Iowa caucuses. Six GOP candidates are slated to appear Thursday night in front of a sold-out crowd in Sioux City. Newt Gingrich still leads the pack in Iowa and nationally, according to polls, but his support has been more broad than deep, and his opponents -- especially Mitt Romney -- can be counted on to seize every opportunity to highlight the former Speaker's marrital infidelity and Freddie Mac opportunities. The debate begins at 8 p.m. Join us for live coverage of the debate and commentary from Patch editors, local experts and Howard Fineman of MSNBC, NBC, Patch and …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Occupy protesters disrupt Gingrich event in Iowa City.
Newt Gingrich just wanted to talk a little brain research, but he could hardly get in a word over hecklers during a campaign stop on University of Iowa campus on Wednesday. About 15 Occupy Iowa City protesters took turns heckling the former House Speaker. The disruption went on for several minutes. The protesters were scattered throughout an audience of about 300 people in a packed auditorium on campus and handed out scripts to each other a little before the event began. The protesters had a rehearsed message that they shouted in unison, berating the former speaker for his "callous attitude toward poor people" and support for a change to child labor laws. The speech continued as some protesters were escorted out. Meanwhile, other members …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
GOP presidential hopeful draws 400 at campaign event in Des Moines.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Gingrich touts new contract as way to save country By Lynn Campbell IowaPolitics.com DES MOINES — A business crowd of about 400 was receptive Thursday to former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich's new 21st Century Contract with America, although one person questioned why Gingrich isn't doing better in the polls despite his specific ideas for the country. "I'm glad you asked now instead of a month ago, because the polls have gotten better," Gingrich said, drawing a chuckle throughout the auditorium of workers on their lunch break. The former Georgia congressman is seeking the Republican Party's nomination for president in the 2012 contest. Gingrich then went on to explain that he wasted four months of his campaign by bringing in smart people…
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
With poll numbers sagging nationally since her win in the Iowa Straw Poll, the candidate is refocusing on winning in her home state as a way to push her candidacy forward.
Sheila Reiland, a retired nurse who lives in Iowa City, says she is convinced that Rep. Michele Bachmann is the best Republican candidate for president. But can Bachmann win the Republican nomination? That, she's not so sure about. "Actually I've never thought that her chances were good to win," Reiland said. "I think it's possible, and I hope that she does, but I'm not supporting her with the idea that she has a good chance of winning." Reiland and other Bachmann supporters like her are hoping their favorite candidate can weather slipping national poll numbers to reclaim the momentum that she had -- ever so briefly -- when she won the Iowa Straw Poll in August. And Bachmann is apparently thinking the same: Win Iowa again, get attention …