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In Polk City, Iowa, Santorum responded to a question about health care by saying that he would not be running for president if it weren’t for Obamacare. There is no one in this race who will create a clearer contrast with Obama on health care than me, Santorum said.

Trey Atwater, a Fort Bragg soldier, is in jail in Texas after bringing explosives in military-grade wrapping to Midland International Airport this weekend. The explosives did not have a detonator Atwater will be arraigned on Tuesday.


Authorities overnight evacuated more than 100 Mount Rainier National Park visitors as a massive manhunt is underway to find a gunman who fatally shot a park ranger. The AP reports that the gunman is still in the woods, armed with weapons. Police released this photo of a man sought in connection with the shooting.

Asked Monday on CNN if he will endorse a candidate, Iowa congressman Steve King repeated previous statements that he will not endorse before the caucuses. But, says King, none of the candidates are perfect right now. In such a tight race, a King endorsement for someone like Santorum could make a difference.

Newt Gingrich took a voter question on how he’d reel in our “out of control” welfare state in Iowa as an opportunity to ding Attorney General Eric Holder, who has nothing to do with whether such programs are means tested or how they are funded.

“I’m sure Attorney General Eric Holder would assume it’s racist to ask,” Gingrich told the voter, because “his automatic answer to everything” is that it’s “racist.”

Rupert Murdoch has only been active on Twitter since Saturday, but the media mogul has already deleted a controversial tweet. Over the weekend, Murdoch tweeted: “Maybe Brits have too many holidays for broke country!” Murdoch is on vacation in the Caribbean. But the tweet led to some criticism, and he deleted the post. His other tweets have focused on the 2012 Republican presidential candidates and movies.

Via The Sydney Morning Herald.

At a meet-and-greet in Polk City, Iowa, Santorum drew on an old headline to describe his pitch to voters, saying he has an “Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of winning votes. Of course, he is also for reinstating the actual ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy.

You can watch Santorum live here.

Michele Bachmann appeared Monday on CBS’s The Early Show:

The Minnesota lawmaker, who is courting conservative voters in Tuesday's caucuses, said she would put U.S. missiles "on alert" and consider a blockade against the oil-rich nation in an effort to express disapproval of Iran's apparent intent to obtain a nuclear weapon.

"What we need to do is take a very aggressive posture toward letting Iran know that we mean business, that we don't want them to seek a nuclear weapon," Bachmann said on CBS' "The Early Show," adding that her administration "will do whatever it takes" to send a "strong signal that the United States is on high alert."

No surprise here — a new poll from Magellan Strategies sponsored by the New Hampshire Journal shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in control with 41 percent of likely Republican primary voters. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has 21 percent, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has fallen all the way to 12 percent after scoring the mid twenties in New Hampshire during his surge. Former Ambassador and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who is betting it all on the Granite State, is at 12 percent.

Monday night, Louisiana gov. Bobby Jindal and Kansas gov. Sam Brownback will be in Iowa to rally for Rick Perry before Tuesday’s caucuses. Via CNN:

On Monday night, in the appropriately named Iowa town of Perry, the Texas governor and his family will hold their final event of the day alongside Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, both of whom endorsed Perry early in the race.

Joining them on stage will be former presidential candidate Steve Forbes, the chief proponent of Perry's flat-tax proposal, and Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a longtime Perry ally in Austin.