This year set a record for recall elections, as 11 lawmakers were forced to defend their seats — and four of them lost. Now Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker faces an effort to oust him from office. Despite the anti-Walker fervor, though, recall elections usually face long odds.
Guy Raz speaks with political commentator and blogger Joanna Brooks, who writes about politics and Mormonism for the "Ask Mormon Girl" blog. They talk about GOP presidential candidate hopeful Mitt Romney. They discuss how Romney's Mormon faith has shaped his views — and why his religious background may make people uncomfortable.
Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is stepping up his campaign schedule in Iowa ahead of next month's first-in-the-nation caucuses. He's gotten some negative publicity since his poll numbers started rising. But with many voters still undecided, large crowds are showing up to give Gingrich a listen.
Ken Cuccinelli sets up an interest race for Virginia's governor position, Paul Schurick admits to authorizing the infamous Maryland robocall, and the Pentagon's Inspector General pans the Army's sloppy work on BRAC traffic planning.
GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are battling for the lead as they approach the Iowa caucuses in 2012. But Iowa has historically boosted dark horse candidates. Host Michel Martin discusses the latest political news with former Obama administration staff member Corey Ealons and GOP strategist Ron Christie.
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