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2012 Roundup


Michele Bachmann will be hitting all 99 Iowa counties on her ten day bus tour, to be completed before the Iowa caucuses. Currently, only Santorum has campaigned in every county.

Newt Gingrich intends to go on a bus tour himself on the “Newt Talk Express.” He’ll let media on the bus. He also gave an interview to the Union Leader, but insisted he go on background as a senior campaign aide.

Instead of signing influential Iowa social conservative group The Family Leader’s presidential pledge, Gingrich sent a letter to the organization, stressing what he would be like on the social issues. Included was a pledge that he would be faithful to his wife.

According to an analysis done by the Tax Policy Center (which is a joint enterprise between the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution), revenues would fall by 35 percent in 2015. Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond told the Associated Press that the Tax Policy Center wasn’t factoring in the economic growth that would result from Gingrich’s plan.

Radio host Michael Savage will give Gingrich $1 million if he quits the race. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul tweeted to Savage, “[I]f @newtgingrich doesn’t take you up on your offer, it’ll be first time he didn’t do something for $1M.”

After Gingrich’s comment earlier today that “If Gov. Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain, then I would be glad to then listen to him,” the Romney campaign sent out this statement from Romney backer and Staples founder Tom Sternberg:

Newt Gingrich comes from the world where politicians are paid millions after they retire to influence their friends in Washington. Mitt Romney comes from the private sector, where the economy is built by hard work and entrepreneurial drive. It’s clear that after 30 years as a Washington insider, Newt Gingrich has no clue how the real world economy works. After 25 years in business, Mitt Romney understands how jobs come and go, and what we need to do to get our economy back on track. If Newt Gingrich is our party’s nominee, the choice in next year’s election will be between two professional politicians, two Washington insiders, two people with no experience in the real world of job creation.

Right after Jon Huntsman finished his Lincoln-Douglas style debate with Gingrich today, his campaign announced that Huntsman had invited Mitt Romney to do a Lincoln-Douglas debate with him before the New Hampshire primary on Jan. 10. 

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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