GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum released what may be the hardest-hitting ad of the 2012 campaign. "Welcome to Obamaville," shot and scored like a trailer for a Hollywood horror film, features a split-second flash of President Obama's face superimposed over the image of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Guest host Laura Sullivan speaks to NPR's David Folkenflik about the ad.
The four things to watch for in Louisiana are Romney's share of the vote which must be 25 percent or more for him to gain any of the delegates who are in play Saturday. Also if he gets a large enough share of Catholic and evangelical votes, that could help him get to 25 percent as well.
Saturday is presidential primary day in Louisiana where 20 delegates are at stake. Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul all campaigned there Friday. Romney leads in national polling, but Santorum is ahead in Louisiana.
After John McCain so quickly clinched the Republican presidential nomination the last time around, the party changed its rules with an eye to extending their primary season, reaping public interest for months like the Democratic primaries of 2008. Host Scott Simon talks with GOP strategist Mike Murphy about whether this extension has been a help or a hindrance.
This week Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum got their Secret Service code names: Romney is "Javelin," Santorum is "Petrus." Presidents have been getting code names back to Harry Truman, who was called "General." Ian Chillag and Mike Danforth of the podcast How To Do Everything look into how these code names are assigned.
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