TPM News

The final poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers from the Des Moines Register shows a fairly similar picture to the last week’s worth of numbers — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads with 24 percent, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has 22, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum moves to third with 15. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has plummeted all the way to 12 percent, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry rounds out those candidates with double digits with 11.

The catch, via the DMR’s Jennifer Jacobs, is that Santorum actually moves past Paul for second place in the last two days of polling, building momentum toward Tuesday’s caucuses.

Ron Paul’s campaign has taking a beating for racist material printed under Paul’s name in the 1980s and 1990s. The campaign has disavowed the offensive material but done little else. Now, a pro-Paul super PAC, Revolution PAC, has created a video to prove that Ron Paul is not a racist. The proof? The story of a black man who Ron Paul helped.

The video features a black man whose wife was being ignored at a Texas hospital in the 1970s, and the staff was unresponsive the man’s pleas for help. Finally, Ron Paul entered, treated the man’s wife (who was white), delivering a stillborn baby. Paul told the man he would handle the bill and the man was never charged for the visit. The man says of Paul:

He was a doctor of medicine and that's what he was doing was practicing medicine. And it didn't matter who and what and why. He was doing it because he think of one human being just as much as another. He's just an honest man. And that's something we need in this day and time.

The man hints that people are trying to take down Paul because of his honesty. The ad ends by asking for donations to get the ad up on TV.

Paul’s campaign told New York magazine he didn’t remember the specific incident. His campaign is legally prohibited from coordinating with super PACs.


NORTHWESTERN IOWA -- It really is striking how many undecided voters the average, slave-to-GPS reporter stumbles across in Iowa. Here's the story of one former Herman Cain supporter still looking for a new political home.

On Friday, three people I picked at random to talk to at Mitt Romney's big event with Chris Christie in West Des Moines hadn't made up their minds even after being jokingly threatened to get behind Romney by the certified GOP rockstar governor of New Jersey.

Four hours or so away in northwest Iowa, I ran into Curtis Jacob and his family coming out of the Ron Paul event (you can read what Jacob thought about Paul's warning about coming in the violence in the streets here.) He used to back Cain and said it's possible he won't make up his mind about who to caucus for until the process starts Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Read More →

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign since 2010, but at a campaign stop in Iowa on Saturday he further described his reasoning.

The Washington Examiner grabbed the quote:

“Well, because Barack Obama is still in there,” Gingrich replied. "Eric Holder is just a junior version of President Obama. So he’s allowed to have the attorney general he wants, who is some guy who to most of us is way to the left and not very competent." He continued, "For example, on Fast and Furious, the gun sting that went bad and killed an American agent, Holder either didn’t know, which means he ought to resign, or he did know, which means he ought to resign. It’s hard to understand the case for him not being held accountable. But I think that goes back to President Obama.”

Newly minted Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is now urging his supporters in Iowa to caucus for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) on Tuesday.

Johnson’s full statement:

“Wednesday, December 28, I announced that I am seeking the Libertarian nomination for president. Accordingly, I urge my supporters in Iowa to vote for Dr. Ron Paul in the upcoming Iowa Presidential Caucuses.

“While Ron Paul and I are both libertarians, we don’t necessarily agree on every single issue. However, on the over-riding issues of restoring our economy by cutting out-of-control spending and the need to get back to Constitutional principles in our government, Ron Paul and I are in lock-step. Indeed, I proudly endorsed Ron Paul for President in 2008.

“The cause of individual liberty and freedom is bigger and more important than any candidate or campaign. I am hopeful that in urging my supporters in Iowa to vote for Ron Paul in the upcoming Caucuses, a victory for the principles we share can be won.”

IOWA -- R.T. Rybak, the mayor of Minneapolis and a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, says Mitt Romney needs to personally and publicly rebuke the birther joke his son Matt made Friday in New Hampshire.

"Mitt Romney has never had the guts to stand up when one of his surrogates has said something wrong, even his own son," Rybak told TPM on Friday evening. "He doesn't have the guts to stand up when someone says something that outrageously wrong."

Read More →

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA -- Ron Paul stood before a crowded public library conference room here and warned the packed house that the United Nations is coming to take their land and that America is this close to riots in the streets against a government that is becoming more and more like a dictatorship.

Though he was well-received, these two classic Paulisms fell somewhat flat.

Read More →

Friday saw the release of polling data that seems to show that likely Republican Iowa caucus-goers may (finally) be coming to the realization that has been clear for a long time: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is probably the best GOP option to take on President Obama, and therefore the best option on Tuesday. But it didn't come easy.

As the candidates blanket the state and the media is in full Iowa mode, some are still moving up in the polling data being released daily. The latest is former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who moved to second in a new survey from Illinois pollster We Ask America, a huge jump from the single digits that Santorum had been relegated to in Iowa for the entire campaign season. To be sure, the former Pennsylvania Senator has been making a move lately, scoring in the mid teens in public polls over the last week.

Read More →