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Michael Barone: Bachmann shows why she's the straw poll favorite
In Iowa most of the focus has been on Michele Bachmann. She's only in her third term in the House and she hasn't sponsored any major legislation; she has no executive experience in government. Her Iowa headquarters, in a suburban shopping mall near a Panera Bread Cafe, only opened up two months ago.
But the buzz is that she has a serious chance to come in first in the straw poll -- and far ahead of her Minnesota neighbor, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who several months ago seemed to be destined to carry Iowa.
Timothy P. Carney - In Iowa, will Republicans find economic policy?
Obama's economic policies haven't saved us. Federal taxes and the national debt are both too high. But stating these truths is different from laying out an economic philosophy or a policy platform. On the eve of the Iowa straw poll, any Republican looking to the top-tier presidential candidates for an actual economic plan is left with thin gruel.
Philip Klein - Rick Perry, tonight's missing man
Should he enter the race, Perry's path to the Republican nomination lies in finding the sweet spot between the current leading candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.
Brian Hughes - Candidacies on the line in tonight's debate
The Iowa Republican presidential debate on Thursday, sponsored by The Washington Examiner and Fox News, could provide momentum for one or more of the candidates heading into Saturday's straw poll in Ames. Here is what each candidate will try to accomplish, or avoid, when they take the stage:
Hayley Peterson - Iowa straw poll could pare down GOP field
AMES, Iowa - Candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination face the first serious test of the campaign season Saturday: The Ames straw poll.
Philip Klein - With no record to run on, Obama opts for cynicism
Three years ago this month, when then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination before 80,000 adoring fans at Denver's Invesco Field, he observed: "If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from."