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North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr has endorsed Mitt Romney, the Romney campaign said in an email Thursday. The email contained a statement from Burr:

Governor Romney's proven leadership and his track record on issues of vital importance such as reducing government spending and creating jobs are exactly what we need to put Americans back to work, reduce our spending and address our national debt, and put our nation on the path to economic prosperity.

Rick Santorum is buying ad time for the first time in New Hampshire, reports CNN. Santorum is hoping for a strong finish in Iowa and will want to keep that momentum going as he pivots to New Hampshire after January 3.

Jon Huntsman has a video up attacking Ron Paul as unelectable because of the racist newsletters printed under his name in the 1980s and 1990s. The 1-minute video uses footage of Paul talking about the newsletters that has surfaced in recent weeks, as well as the media coverage as news anchors read of racist content found in the letters.

The video ends by asking, “Can New Hampshire Voters Really Trust Ron Paul?” Huntsman is currently polling behind Paul in the Granite State.


What could explain Barack Obama’s powerful campaign operation better than a social media conspiracy?

On Jan Mickelson’s show on WHO radio Thursday morning, a caller noted that Michele Bachmann was up against a social media-Democratic alliance. The caller said: “Michele Bachmann is up against not only the other candidates, but up against President Obama, who has Facebook, Twitter, Google, and YouTube in its back pocket. I believe that helped him win the last election. No president should have the monopoly of those companies in their back pocket.”

To which Bachmann responded: “I absolutely agree, Jonathan. We have seen, whether it is the head of Facebook or Google, it is clear there is an alliance with the obama administration, as well as with NBC.”

Rick Perry has a new ad up in Iowa Thursday, hammering on the theme of a part-time Congress. Like in previous ads, Perry builds on the idea that Congress is the problem. An announcer begins the ad by saying that picking former Congress-members Santorum, Bachmann, Gingrich, or Paul to fix Washington would be like asking a Fox to guard a henhouse.


What do Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum have in common? They’ve all served in the House of Representatives, and according to Rick Perry’s new ad that makes them damaged goods.

“Senator Santorum, Congressmen Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann have long backed congressional earmarks and pork,” the ad’s narrator says. “Expecting them to overhaul Washington is asking a fox to guard the henhouse.”

The National Organization for Marriage has a 30-second ad up in Iowa, informing voters that Ron Paul is not sufficiently anti-same-sex marriage, reports On Top Magazine. The ad is ostensibly aimed at Iowa’s evangelical voters, many of whom are supporting Paul who is at a close second in recent polls.

“All the major presidential candidates have pledged to preserve traditional marriage,” the ad begins. “Ron Paul has even called for abolishing marriage altogether…You may think of Ron Paul as a conservative, but when it comes to marriage, he’s a radical who would destroy traditional marriage in America.”