Romney, Gingrich Focus Of GOP Race With Cain Exit

With the implosion of Herman Cain's campaign amid accusations of adultery and sexual harassment, the once-crowded 2012 Republican presidential field appears to be narrowing to a two-man race between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

GOP voters have one month before the leadoff Iowa caucuses. Gingrich is showing strength in the latest Iowa poll, while Romney is strong in New Hampshire, site of the first primary.

Romney has maintained a political network since his failed 2008 presidential bid, especially in New Hampshire. Gingrich, whose campaign nearly collapsed several months ago, is relying on his debate performances and the good will he built up with some conservatives as a congressional leader in the 1980s and 1990s.

Gingrich's efforts appear to be paying off in Iowa. A Des Moines Register poll released late Saturday found the former House speaker leading the GOP field with 25 percent support, ahead of Ron Paul at 18 percent and Romney at 16.

Cain's suspension of his campaign Saturday, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry's continued struggles to make headway with voters, have focused the party's attention on Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, and Gingrich, a one-time congressman from Georgia. They offer striking contrasts in personality, government experience and campaign organization.

Their political philosophies and differences are a bit harder to discern. Both men have changed their positions on issues such as climate change. And Gingrich, in particular, is known to veer into unusual territories, such as child labor practices.

Romney has said he differs with Gingrich on child labor laws. Gingrich recently suggested that children as young as nine should work as assistant school janitors, to earn money and learn work ethics.

Cain's announcement in Atlanta offered a possible opening for Romney or Gingrich to make a dramatic move in hopes of seizing momentum for the sprint to the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus. Neither man did. They appear willing to play things carefully and low-key for now.

At a town hall meeting in New York sponsored by tea party supporters, Gingrich declined to characterize the race as a direct contest between himself and Romney. Any of the remaining GOP contenders could stage a comeback before the Iowa caucuses, he said. "I'm not going to say that any of my friends can't suddenly surprise us," Gingrich said.

But once high-flying contenders such as Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota have not managed to bounce back so far, despite weeks of trying.

Cain's once-prospering campaign was undone by numerous allegations of sexual wrongdoing.

Gingrich, twice divorced and now married to a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair, has been the most obvious beneficiary of Cain's precipitous slide.

But Perry, Bachmann and possibly others are likely to make a play for Cain's anti-establishment tea party backing. Time is running short for them to establish themselves as the top alternative to Romney, who has long been viewed with suspicion by many conservatives.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Dec 7, 2011 at 10:24 AM
    That was yesterdays news on Fox;
  • by GOP Location: enc on Dec 6, 2011 at 05:03 PM
    It is all coming out! Paul Schurick, Republican, found guilty today of conspiracy to suppress black voter turn out. Well, the GOP has been fussing about voter fraud-wonder if they will announce this on FOX? BTW-ID's would not have helped-they used lies on roto-calls to keep voters from the polls! Wisconsin's governor is facing a recall and Fla.'s TP governor has the lowest rating in the country! Keep it coming!
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      by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 12:56 AM in reply to GOP
      These clowns have been doing this for years, just google the dirty tricks being done in Wisconsin involving Scott Walkers recall.
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      by and... on Dec 7, 2011 at 06:37 AM in reply to GOP
      Paul... wasnt he the guy that had visions of oreo cookies dancin around in his head? - ask Steele but he may not remember as he is still recovering from the GoP bus runover - accident. Party of Klowns.
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:22 AM in reply to and...
        Really? I read the report that said democrats wanted Steele gone at all costs and exposed expense reports that were not on the up and up. You blame republicans for that? My god man, you got dimentia? That might explain why you defend the worst president in the history of the nation, you don't have a clue what he has done....
  • by Trump show Location: enc on Dec 6, 2011 at 04:48 PM
    Well, I think it is down to Perry, Gingrich, and Bachmann at the debate. What odds do I get that more will drop out? Poor Trump-he'll be alone. He won't mind-he is his favorite person!
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      by The Badger on Dec 7, 2011 at 12:47 AM in reply to Trump show
      THE CLOWN SHOW EXPRESS SLOWS DOWN, but I'm sure it will pick up speed again. Can't wait to see what Pelosi has on Newt, must be something real bad for him to threaten to have her arrested if she comes forward with it. KAPOWEEEEEEEE!
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      by Chris Matthews on Dec 7, 2011 at 01:53 AM in reply to Trump show
      How did the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, General Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan descend into a diabolic Clown Show? When did P.T. Barnum grab hold of the Tea Party and New York money and mix it into this witch’s brew of a TV Debate headed by Donald Trump? How did this Clown Show of Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich find itself with the ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ as its grand ringmaster? How did the King of the Birthers become the midwife of right-wing presidential politics? And what sin did someone commit to unleash this torrent from hell on a once-serious political party? Answer...THE TEA PARTY!!
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        by and... on Dec 7, 2011 at 06:22 AM in reply to Chris Matthews
        too much information - it's now all twirling around in my head!
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:23 AM in reply to and...
          I am sure it is, you forgot about the libterdial witchhunt for Steele so I am sure this is twirling in your head...dimentia....really, get help.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:44 PM
    THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH !!!”THE CLOWN SHOW” goes on. HEAR YE *** HEAR YE !!!!The “ God told me to run“ shebang ! Aka the ’talibangelicals”….Ah…., The…CON-servatives, Texas governors GW Bush and Rick Perry as dumb and dumber……then Michele Bachmann declares…..I’m not the queen of fluffs and gaffes, then Rick "Homer" Perry. Says , .....abadee abadee a.. thats all folks !!!!!! Now Newt Getting-RICH…” the .Puhfessah “ is ahead …yikes…. Herman “the German” went Nein, Nein, Nein and out of the race he goes . SO,,,,,,,,ALL ABOARD …...the ***Barnum/Bailey *** republi-CON*** candidates' …circus train? What a CLOWN SHOW INDEED .
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    When Newt says those demonstrators at Wall Street should go take a bath and then go get a job, it brings out just who he is. When you were naked I gave you cloths. When you were hungry I fed you. When you were suffering I would reach down and pull you up. Remember when you hurt who is in need and suffering you hurt me. Source; Jesus Independent.
  • by In shock Location: washington on Dec 5, 2011 at 04:22 PM
    I am in shock over the Republican party. The party of Reagan and Goldwater has stooped to "shows" with Trump? They actually want me to vote for Gingrich? I may be a conservative, but I am not an idiot who would trade my principles to defeat Obama-guess I'll be changing parties.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:35 PM in reply to In shock
      Did you ever think for a second that its no coincidence that the GOP cant find a normal human being to run for them. It's obvious that no one in their right mind would head that party. Very obvious.
  • by Tim Location: VAnceboro on Dec 5, 2011 at 01:06 PM
    Well, it better be Romney, or you will see a 30 year republican put a check next to Obama's name!! Obama may be a snake in the grass but at least he has no bite. Gingrich gets nominated....Obama will get 4 more because myself and many like me will help him, either by voting or abstaining.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM
    A Trump Debate??? Then it's true, the GOP has turned into a Clown Show. If Trump is involved, its just another reality show for him. Can't believe they resulted to insulting the highest office in the United States like this. There is no respect from the GOP.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:15 AM
    Wow, so many disgruntled liberals posting againt the other side and wasting their typing skills. It doesn't matter boys and girls, its anybody but Obama. Hold you breath till your blue in the face and at the end of the day....its anybody but Obama no matter what jibberish you post here.
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      by Tim on Dec 5, 2011 at 01:02 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      OSOC....I almost always agree with you but not this time. Obama stinks thats for certain, but at least we know what his odor smells like!!! If its not Romney...I may have to cast a vote for OBAMA :'( and im a lifelong Republican. No one needs to entertain ANYTHING to do with that idiot trump. And that blow hole Gingrich or the Bimbo get the nod...I will NOT be voting republican..what are they trying to do? See if they can offer up a ticket worse than McCain/Palin? This has made me wanna puke!!! Obama is amazing compared to that moron Gingrich...Ahhhhhhhhh
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Dec 5, 2011 at 03:19 PM in reply to Tim
        Well, mixed on your post. You can have more of the same, unemployment, over zealous EPA laws, high debt, mahem in Europe near bankruptcy with the slate coming soon to a city near you....or a change by the man behind balanced budgets of the past. I beg to differ, Ginrich is an intelligent man which is why he has had a tough time with the ladies. He screw up, but who hasn't. So when confronted with more of the same...nope, not doing it and I am a democrat. We cannot afford this spending as I do understand the repercussions from it. You read the story of the bill in congress right now...Obama saying to extend the payroll tax...while not mentioning the tax increase or other terds in the bill. I don't trust him. He lied before and the media gave him a pass. Sorry, Obamas stink will not clean up with a bath in lye soap. Once learn the lesson. Don't let the media be your guide as they are no honest and very one sided, use you sense, surf the net, the truth is out there.
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          by and.. on Dec 7, 2011 at 06:07 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          you might be a democrat but when you look in the mirror you see a klown with a tinfoil hat. Enjoy the show!
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      by Ha Ha Ha on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:27 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      If you believe in the judeo-christian religious principles while making less than $200 thousands dollars a year and you vote for the ****republi-CONS***, then something's wrong with your thought processes.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 08:10 AM in reply to Ha Ha Ha
        Bible: Help the poor and needy. Average Republican Christian: To much 'entitlement spending' let them starve. Bible: Don't kill Average Republican Christian: He's GUILTY. HANG HIM! Bible: Worship only one God. Average Republican Christian: Money, money, money, money, money, money. Oh what? Yeah here's a five for the offering plate. Goes out an buys new truck and guns.
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      by and... on Dec 7, 2011 at 06:02 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Take off you klown shoes and tinfoil hat, sit down and enjoy the klowns that the tea party picked for you. The good news is you wont have to think up of another name for a long time. and I know - its all soros fault.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 02:44 AM
    What has happened to the Republican Party?
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