2012 Roundup

by Katrina Trinko

Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson, who resigned from his position of being Michele Bachmann’s Iowa state chair today, switched his endorsement to Ron Paul tonight.  Explaining why he switched, Sorenson stated that he still respected Bachmann, but no longer perceived her as a viable candidate. “The fact is, there is a clear top tier in the race for the Republican nomination for President, both here in Iowa and nationally.  Ron Paul is easily the most conservative of this group,” Sorenson said in a statement.

Rick Perry, who announced earlier this week that he longer favored abortion being legal in cases of rape and incest, said today that he remained in favor of abortion remaining legal when the mother’s life was at risk.

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has recorded a message touting Rick Perry that is being used in robocalls in South Carolina.

A group called Sarah Palin’s Iowa Earthquake is running radio ads in the Hawkeye state, urging people to “vote rogue” and support Palin in the Iowa caucuses.

Idaho governor Butch Otter, Susan B. Anthony executive director Marilyn Musgrave, and Arizona congressman Jeff Flake — all three of whom were in Congress in 2003 for the Medicare Part D vote — have come forward and said that Gingrich urged them to vote for the bill. “He told us, ‘If you can’t pass this bill, you don’t deserve to govern as Republicans,’ …If that’s not lobbying, I don’t know what is,” Flake told the Des Moines Register.

Rick Santorum would vote for Ron Paul if he was the GOP nominee, although he would have, via ABC News, “a lot of heartburn on the national security issues with Ron Paul.” Mitt Romney would also vote for Paul if he was the nominee, but said in a campaign event today that “one of the people running for president thinks it’s O.K. for Iran to have a nuclear weapon” and that he didn’t agree with that.

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