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In an interview “The Des Moines Register” Monday, Rick Santorum compared nominating a presidential candidate to picking the right boyfriend. And Santorum, who is trailing badly in the polls, said that he is Mr. Right.

“[O]nce you find out more about the candidates, you may try to look for another candidate,” said Santorum. “I may not be the guy that the girls are initially attracted to when they walk into the dance hall, but ultimately once you get to know all the folks, I’m the one you want to take home to Mom.”

Herman Cain told his senior campaign staff that he is “reassessing” whether to stay in the presidential race, and that he will make a final decision soon, National Review reports.

A November 28th poll from InsiderAdvantage shows Newt Gingrich with a 15 point lead in the upcoming Iowa caucuses. Gingrich commands 28.1% of the vote, while Ron Paul garners 13.3% and Mitt Romney gets 11.5%.

In InsiderAdvantage’s previous poll of the Iowa caucuses, conducted on November 8th, Gingrich placed third with 14.5% of the vote, compared to 18.7% for Romney and 23.3% for the first place Herman Cain.

Cain has dropped considerably since then, placing fifth in the November 28th survey with 9.8% of the vote, compared to 10.1% for the fourth-place Michele Bachmann.

InsiderAdvantage conducted the poll for the conservative website Newsmax.com.

A November 28th InsiderAdvantage poll shows Newt Gingrich opening a huge lead in the South Carolina Republican Primary. Gingrich leads by about 23 points in the poll, garnering 37.9% support compared to 15.4% for the second-place Mitt Romney and 12.9% for the third-place Herman Cain.

InsiderAdvantage’s previous poll of South Carolina, conducted on November 8th, showed Gingrich in second place with 18.9% of the vote, ahead of Mitt Romney’s 16.1% and behind Herman Cain’s 25.6%.

The November 28th survey was conducted for Georgia’s “Augusta Chronicle” newspaper.

Vice President Joe Biden has landed in Iraq on an unannounced visit, according to multiple reports.

The Guardian reports that it’s likely News International’s hacking went beyond phone voicemail to government secrets. The Guardian reports:



The former Northern Ireland secretary Peter Hain has been told by the Metropolitan police that they are investigating evidence that his computer, and those of senior Northern Ireland civil servants and intelligence agents, may have been hacked by private detectives working for News International.

When you piece it all together, Monday may have provided a potential preview of the general election, with Democratic officials and Mitt Romney engaged in an all-day food fight over the Republican frontrunner's history of shifting positions.

The DNC started things off with a limited 30-second ad buy in swing states on "Mitt vs. Mitt," focusing specifically on his shifts on abortion and health care. They also launched a website, MittvMitt.com, a longer web video that included more of his greatest hits as well as footage of late night hosts mocking Romney's consistency, and held conference calls to bash Romney on the issue further.

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When it comes to foreign policy, the Republican frontrunner likes it old-school. Neo-old school.

We've had two foreign policy themed debates in the GOP primary now, which have provided ample opportunity to see what a Republican foreign policy would look like in 2013. And in the case of Newt Gingrich, it would probably look like a kind of neocon fantasy land.

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As Newt Gingrich’s campaign rises in the polls, evangelicals in Iowa are split over the new frontrunner. On the one hand, he signed the Susan B. Anthony’s List pro-life pledge to push legislation to end taxpayer funding of abortion and appoint pro-life judges. But on the other, Gingrich still supports the right to an abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is at risk. As the Des Moines Register points out, “[a] significant bloc of Iowa evangelical Christians opposes abortion under any circumstances.”

Relatedly, the Register has compiled a list of Gingrich quotes from the 1990s and 2000s showing his support for issues like federally-funded stem cell research — the kind of quotes that may come back to haunt Gingrich in the Iowa caucuses.

Mitt Romney announced that three prominent Florida politicians, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) are signing on as foreign policy advisors to his campaign’s Latin American Working Group. All three are Cuban-American, a crucial Republican constituency in the state.

“I am proud to be working with Ileana, Mario, and Lincoln,” Mitt Romney said in a statement. “They’re conservative leaders who will help me articulate my vision to make America more prosperous at home and respected throughout the world.”

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