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At a townhall in Dubuque, Iowa, Santorum pledged that, as president, “I will never blame Barack Obama for the problems that we confront in my administration.” He continued that it looks weak on the part of the president to blame everyone else for your problems.

A Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich is going negative against Mitt Romney in a major way, sending out mailers to Iowans calling the former governor the "second most dangerous man in America."

The group, Strong America Now, claims in the letter, which was obtained by NBC News, that Romney "will perpetuate Obama's slide into financial crisis," noting that he "has refused to sign a pledge to eliminate the deficit by the end of his first term in office" and that "Romney's plan comes nowhere close to eliminating the federal deficit - at any point."

A pledge for positive campaigning has been a major feature of Newt's latest brand and the former Speaker recently promised to personally condemn any Super PAC that attacked his rivals.

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As former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has faded in Iowa following a barrage of negative ads, the latest polls show the race coming down to Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney. Numbers out from Public Policy Polling (D) on Tuesday night show that while Gingrich has dropped in the state, GOP voters are moving to Romney as an alternative while Paul builds slightly on the support he's been building for months. The survey shows Paul with 24 percent of likely Iowa caucus-goers, Romney with 20, and Gingrich 13. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) sees 11 percent support, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum both get ten percent. The rest of the field is in single digits.

"If Ron Paul really manages to change the electorate by turning out large numbers of young people and independents he should win Iowa," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling in a release. "If it's a more traditional turnout with an older electorate, Romney will probably win. And given his personal popularity it's worth keeping an eye on Santorum in the final week."

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Speaking in Mason City, Iowa, 6 days before the caucuses, Gingrich stressed just how pro-ethanol he is: “In 1986, I voted to renew ethanol. In 1992, when big oil tried to kill ethanol, Sen. Grassley said I was the one who saved it.”

In an email to supporters, Gary Johnson’s campaign officially announced that Johnson is leaving his bid for the Republican presidential nomination to seek the Libertarian nomination. In the email, Johnson expressed frustration at how he was treated by the RNC:



Frankly, I have been deeply disappointed by the treatment I received in the Republican nomination process. Other candidates with no national name identification like Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman were allowed to participate in the debates... My appeals to the Republican National Chairman for basic fairness were ignored.

Mitt Romney earned another editorial endorsement in Iowa as the campaign hits its final stretch. The Iowa Press Citizen announced its support on Wednesday.

“We’re not looking for ideological purity,” the endorsement reads. “We’re not looking for someone we agree with 100 percent of the time. We’re simply interested in finding the person who has the best understanding of the issues, who has the best ideas on how to move the nation forward and, most importantly, who has the leadership skills necessary to work with the Congress and the American people to ensure that many of those ideas become reality.”

The Gingrich campaign has announced that they have received the endorsement of Arthur Laffer, “father of The Laffer Curve and supply-side economics, and architect of the Ronald Reagan economic plan.” Laffer will appear with Gingrich later today in Iowa. The campaign emailed the following statement from Laffer:



Like Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts and pro-growth policies, Newt’s low individual and corporate tax rates, deregulation and strong dollar monetary policies will create a boom of new investment and economic growth leading to the creation of tens of millions of new jobs over the next decade. Plus, Newt’s record of helping Ronald Reagan pass the Kemp Roth tax cuts and enacting the largest capital gains tax cut in history as Speaker of the House shows he can get this plan passed and put it into action.

This video, courtesy of RT, shows tens of thousands of people gathered in Pyongyang to witness the funeral of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Hysterical grief ensues:



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