If a candidate has written a book — like Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann — the campaign trail presents many opportunities to promote it. These candidate books are a time-honored tradition: The all-time sales champ is Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope.
As his opponents seem to stumble day after day, the former Massachusetts governor avoids mishap in part by doing just a few public events a week. Behind the scenes, he's wooing endorsements and raising a good bit of cash.
Some of the positions Gingrich took while at the helm of a health care think tank are getting another look. Ideas such as an insurance mandate and incentives to spur the use of computerized medical records are planks of the Democrats' health overhaul law.
Republicans said it's time for the federal government to follow the lead of 49 states. Democrats said the amendment would tie future lawmakers' hands. To move forward, the amendment needed a two-thirds majority — 290 votes. The vote was 261-165.
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