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Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu, who has made something of a name for himself by attacking the Obama administration on immigration, announced Wednesday he’s running for Congress.

The Republican is a frequent guest on Fox News and is often brought on as a critic of the ongoing Fast and Furious scandal. The Pinal County sheriff will run in Arizona’s new 4th Congressional District.

“It’s time for a new Sheriff in Washington,” he wrote in the announcement on his website. “The American people are sounding a giant 911 call on Washington. And I’m responding.”

On CNN’s Starting Point, Ron Paul defended his foreign policy stance against Newt Gingrich’s attacks by calling Newt a “chicken-hawk.” Newt received deferments in the 1960s and did not fight in Vietnam.

As the GOP primary pivots to New Hampshire, Mitt Romney is taking his message of “optimism” to the Granite State. An adaptation of past Iowa ads — but without the word ‘Iowa’ — Romney’s latest radio spot claims Obama didn’t fulfill his campaign promises and that Romney’s belief in American values will restore America.


On her morning show, CNN’s Soledad O'Brien noted that Ron Paul “killed” with young voters, taking 48% of the vote among young Iowans under 29 years old as well as independents, with 44%.

RNC Chair Reince Priebus told Fox News on Wednesday morning that Republicans are well positioned to take back the White House in 2012.

Priebus called it a “great night” for the Republican party, and dismissed DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s assertion that Mitt Romney had a “pretty bad night” because he only won Iowa by eight votes.

“The nice thing about this race is we’ve got the facts on our side and they’re indisputable,” Priebus said. “We’ll be on [Obama] everyday.”