As the candidates battle it out, there's a key fact worth remembering: Fifty-three percent of those who cast votes in the last presidential election were women. Host Scott Simon talks with political analyst Michelle Bernard for her take on what right-leaning women are looking for in a presidential candidate.
President Obama has withdrawn U.S. forces from Iraq and hopes to do the same in Afghanistan. He's a Nobel Peace Prize winner and the man who "got" Osama bin Laden. What does that mean for his re-election prospects? Foreign affairs columnist David Rhode of The Atlantic tells host Scott Simon about what he calls the "Obama Doctrine."
It may not bring the most delegates, but Ohio has clearly become the most coveted state on Super Tuesday. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney will all be campaigning there Saturday. NPR's Tamara Keith has this campaign update from Cleveland.
As political observers expected, the fight over same-sex marriage in Maryland started promptly on Friday, as both sides of the issue begin to gear up for an expected referendum on the issue in November.
Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold has been indicted and charged on four counts for misusing his executive protection squads to transport him to sexual escapades and remove signs of political opponents.
Republicans in 10 states vote on Super Tuesday next week, and the general election battleground state of Ohio may be the most coveted prize. Both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are pushing hard for the state, where 63 delegates are at stake.
Georgia holds the biggest delegate prize next week on Super Tuesday. It's also a critical test for the candidacy of former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who represented a Georgia Congressional district for two decades.
Rick Santorum campaigned in Ohio Friday, ahead of the state's critical primary on Super Tuesday. On its face, Ohio would seem to be fertile ground for Santorum with its large numbers of evangelicals and Tea Party supporters. But Santorum faces a steep challenge — Romney and a superPAC supporting him are dramatically outspending all the candidates on the TV and radio airwaves.
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