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08/12/11 08:15AM

Mitt Romney managed to stay above the fray in last night's Iowa debate, but he shouldn't get too comfortable. Now that Rick Perry's in the race, and conservatives have a bonafide candidate who read more

What's at stake in the GOP decision

08/11/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with this Republican Party - this party that has to make a big decision and start making it right now - this week.I grew up around mainstream Republicans. They voted for Eisenhower and people like him, people who believed in government restraint, less government at home, and, in Ike's case, less interference in other countries abroad.There was a centrist political movement.  It stood for balanced budgets - not supply side craziness; pay as you go - economics. read more

Coming up on Hardball...

08/11/11 04:44PM

 Perry’s in! Gov. Rick Perry confirmed just hours before tonight’s debate that he’s getting in the 2012 race. He’ll formally announce his candidacy in Charleston, South Carolina this Saturday, the day of the Iowa Straw Poll. And we’ve seen this before: Sarah Palin diverted her “One Nation” bus tour, so she’ll be in Iowa, too. Tonight’s debate is the biggest showdown to date for the GOP 2012 candidates to date, but Perry and Palin are sucking up all the oxygen in the room (and the debate hall, and the fairgrounds). Are they rallying voters or raining on the grand parade? read more

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08/11/11 08:09AM

Fight Night. The Republicans running for president meet in a debate in Iowa tonight. The stakes are high for Iowa frontrunner Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty, who needs a good showing tonight and in Saturday's Ames Straw Poll. Mitt Romney's back in the mix in Iowa, too, no doubt nervous about Rick Perry's imminent entrance to the race. Politico previews the debate tonight. read more

Matthews not impressed by GOP candidates

08/10/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with this small list of Republican presidential candidates. Can anyone of either party remember a smaller, shorter, less dramatic pack of people?Several of the names are simply the predictable set of politicians who have held lower office and have the presidency on their to-do list.  That includes Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman and, I would suppose for almost a half century, Mitt Romney. read more

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