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Santorum Struggles To Finding His Footing In S.C.

On the campaign trail, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum often discusses his opposition to abortion rights and gay marriage. That message served him well in Iowa with its large contingent of evangelical voters. Christian conservatives are also dominant in South Carolina, which votes Saturday. Santorum hopes to repeat his Iowa performance, but he's been struggling to keep pace in polls.
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ABC Airs Interview With Gingrich's Ex-Wife Marianne

Newt Gingrich's second wife, Marianne, sat down for an ABC News interview in which she described her messy marriage and divorce from the former House speaker. The interview aired Thursday night on Nightline, two days before South Carolina holds its primary.
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At Debate, Gingrich Denies He Sought Open Marriage

Newt Gingrich's swift rise has been fueled by one thing above all — his forceful performances in the debates. And Thursday night, Gingrich was dominant from the start when he got the first question. It was about an explosive television interview with his ex-wife Marianne.
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Stephen Colbert Wants You To Know: That's Definitely Not His SuperPAC

Stephen Colbert had a superPAC. Jon Stewart has it now. But they're totally not coordinating with each other — or so they explain when parodying campaign finance laws as part of Colbert's latest operation.
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Gingrich, Santorum Shine, Romney Doesn't At Last Debate Before S.C. Primary

Based on what they needed to get done in the Charleston, S.C. debate, Santorum and Gingrich probably had the best nights while it worked out less well for Romney. Gingrich, dealing with the fallout of an ex-wife's sordid accusation, had a choice, he could be contrite or go after the media. He decided if there was going to be a villain in the piece, it would be the media, not him.
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Iowa Republicans To The GOP: Please Don't Ask Us Who Won

How embarrassing for Iowa GOP officials. How embarrassing for Iowa Republicans as a party. How embarrassing for Iowa. But who told the world to hold its breath earlier this month, awaiting the latest word on who had edged ahead in the Iowa caucuses? That would have been us. The news folks.
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The Cain Train Is Back On Track In S.C., With Colbert As Conductor

The former presidential hopeful has the help of comedian Stephen Colbert and his superPAC Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. A poll paid by his PAC found 18 percent in South Carolina are "kinda somewhat likely" to vote for Herman Cain.
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Last GOP Debate Before S.C. Primary Could Produce Political Fireworks

If there's ever been a presidential debate with as much news happening in the hours before the event, it's hard to remember when. Within hours we've learned that Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the race; that Rick Santorum may actually have won the Iowa caucuses; that Newt Gingrich's second wife alleged he demanded an open marriage, and that Gingrich was also gaining on Mitt Romney in polls.
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Big-City Mayors Dig In To Food Policy

Cities are getting into food policy as a means to make it easier for their residents to get healthy food. Funding is also an issue, with billions of USDA dollars flowing to food and health programs.
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Billionaire Foster Friess Discusses Campaign Finance

Robert Siegel talks to billionaire Foster Friess. He's a major backer of the Red, White and Blue Fund — the super PAC that's supporting Republican presidential candidate, Rick Santorum.

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