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"Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, leading polls in Iowa despite heavy criticism from opponents for flip-flopping on issues, on Thursday called the right to change his mind an important part of American politics. ...
"'If changing your mind is a problem in this country, we're in trouble.'"
"One of the most controversial, but now forgotten, practices of political machines and big city bosses was the payment of 'walk-around money' to local clubs and organizations. ... Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is distributing numerous payments, primarily to religious and social conservatives, most of them in Iowa, for what he calls 'GOTV Consulting.' 'GOTV' is political shorthand for get-out-the-vote - just what walk-around payments financed.
"'We pay the consultants to help organize and grow our volunteer base,' Romney political director Carl Forti told the Huffington Post."
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Thursday he'll probably deliver a speech explaining the role his Mormon faith plays in his political life, but he argued he's made strong gains among evangelicals despite questions about his religion.
"I have thought about that," Romney said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I haven't made a final decision, but it's probably more likely than not."
"Spurred by a crowded 18-person field and new avenues such as YouTube, White House wannabes increasingly are turning to humor. Used well, it can help them stand out, score points and boost that all-important likability quotient. Almost anything is fair game these days for a quip or video, including spouses, rivals, weight, age, haircuts, attire and even religion.
"What do you pray for? Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, at a forum on faith: 'Oh Lord, why can't you help me lose weight?' How long did God take to create the world? Republican Mike Huckabee, at a debate: 'I don't know. I wasn't there.'"
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