Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry has been aboard a bus touring Iowa hoping to score an upset in next Tuesday's caucuses. Perry spent Thursday trying to reverse the surge that challenger Rick Santorum has seen in a recent poll.
GOP presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann wrapped up her bus tour of Iowa's 99 counties Thursday. She's been on the road for most of the last two weeks in a final push to generate support before Tuesday's caucuses.
The latest Republican presidential candidate to move to the front of the pack in Iowa is Texas Congressman Ron Paul. That position has made him a target for most of the other candidates as each makes a closing run across Iowa. What sets Paul apart from his rivals is how much of the time he focuses U.S. foreign policy.
It's once again poised to play an important role in the presidential election, but Florida is a very different state than it was four years ago. Reeling from the housing collapse and high unemployment, voters are feeling the pinch and are angry at what's happening in Washington.
South Carolina's Republican governor paints an optimistic picture of the state's economy. But with a higher-than-average unemployment rate, voters are focused on economic issues when it comes to the 2012 presidential election.
All this week, All Things Considered is highlighting moments from each of the presidential candidates' stump speeches. Thursday, Robert Siegel hears from Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Sen. Rick Santorum.
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