Rick Santorum had been expected to take the Republican presidential primary Saturday, but the size of the victory was a surprise. His triumph over national front-runner Mitt Romney, along with a recent gaffe by a Romney adviser, give the former senator hope.
While most states are scrambling to comply with the Affordable Care Act, Florida has a different, high-stakes strategy. Republican leaders are betting that the Supreme Court will strike down the law, and have rejected and returned federal grants to help develop a health care exchange.
Call it what you will — the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare — the historic law and its insurance requirement signed by the president in March 2010 has spawned heated political debates, multimillion-dollar special interest advertising campaigns and a slew of lawsuits with mixed outcomes.
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.
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