Steven Thomma

Obama, Cameron vow to stay the course in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday that they didn't see a need to accelerate the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, regardless of violent outbreaks abroad or war weariness at home. | 03/14/12 17:56:00 By - Steven Thomma

Santorum captures primary wins in Alabama, Mississippi

Rick Santorum won the Alabama and Mississippi primaries Tuesday, striking deep into the South to deliver a stunning blow to Newt Gingrich in the battle to become the conservative alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney. | 03/13/12 19:04:00 By - Steven Thomma and Donna Harris

Santorum captures primary wins in Alabama, Mississippi

Rick Santorum won Alabama and Mississippi primaries Tuesday, striking deep into the South to deliver a stunning blow to Newt Gingrich in the battle to become the conservative alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney. Santorum's twin wins effectively killed Gingrich's Southern strategy and likely could create pressure on the former House speaker to drop out of the race. | 03/13/12 19:04:00 By - Steven Thomma and Donna Harris

Romney looks weak now — but Obama better watch out come fall

Mitt Romney looks like the weakest front-runner for a party's presidential nomination in decades right now, one who could limp to the Republican nomination, then drag the Republican Party down to defeat in the fall. Looks can deceive. | 03/08/12 16:20:00 By - Steven Thomma

Romney begins to pull away and pile up a delegate advantage

Mitt Romney does not have it yet. He lost several states Tuesday and will continue to face tests in weeks ahead, such as next week when the campaign heads south for primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, the kind of deeply conservative states where he has not found favor. | 03/06/12 22:52:00 By - Steven Thomma

Super Tuesday - 10 states, coast to coast, and it's all about delegates

The Republican presidential campaign spreads out across 10 states Tuesday — Super Tuesday — a coast-to-coast test that could allow front-runner Mitt Romney to start pulling away from his persistent rivals. | 03/05/12 16:38:00 By - Steven Thomma and David Lightman

Santorum needs Ohio win for best shot at overtaking Romney

COLUMBUS, Ohio — If Rick Santorum is ever going to be president, he's probably going to have to show it in Ohio. | 03/03/12 14:49:00 By - Steven Thomma

Romney sweeps to victory over Santorum in Michigan, Arizona

Mitt Romney won the Michigan GOP primary Tuesday, pulling out a must-have victory in his native state against a late surge from chief rival Rick Santorum. The win, coupled with an easy victory in Arizona, gave Romney a majority of the day's delegates needed for the Republican presidential nomination. | 02/28/12 18:47:00 By - Steven Thomma

Arizona conservatives like Santorum but will vote for Romney

They take conservatism seriously in Arizona, the state that launched native son Barry Goldwater on his way to the 1964 Republican presidential nomination and gave him the platform to found the modern conservative movement. They also take seriously a top lesson of Goldwate's landslide loss in the general election against Democratic President Lyndon Johnson. In their hearts, they might have thought him right. But in their heads, they would rather have won. | 02/26/12 13:08:00 By - Steven Thomma

Romney blows call on Obama's budget-deficit record

Throw the flag against: Mitt Romney. Call: Offsides. What happened: Romney claimed that President Barack Obama has doubled the federal budget deficit. | 02/23/12 17:20:00 By - Steven Thomma

Santorum's debate struggle shows why Congress isn't the mother of presidents

Rick Santorum's attempts this week to explain his voting record in the Senate help illustrate a key dynamic of presidential politics: Congress may be the birthplace of presidential ambitions, but it's often the graveyard of presidential campaigns. | 02/23/12 16:55:00 By - Steven Thomma

Romney, Santorum attack each other on spending records

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum clashed over which of them is the true conservative steward of taxpayers' money Wednesday night, grappling for advantage as their two-man grudge match heads toward critical votes in Arizona and Michigan on Tuesday. | 02/22/12 21:16:43 By - Steven Thomma and David Lightman

Romney proposes 20 percent income tax cut to jump-start U.S. economy

Mitt Romney proposed Wednesday to cut individual income tax rates for all Americans by 20 percent, a promise he hopes will jumpstart his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and the American economy. | 02/22/12 17:52:21 By - Steven Thomma and David Lightman

Romney targets labor unions, which could be risky come fall

Mitt Romney has a new high-risk target in his campaign for president: labor unions. He's casting himself as one of the strongest anti-union candidates in memory, a move he hopes will appeal to anti-union conservatives, open rival Rick Santorum to charges of a liberal pro-union voting record, win the pivotal Michigan primary on Feb. 28 and cement his now shaky grasp on the Republican nomination. | 02/16/12 17:44:00 By - Steven Thomma

Romney in an unexpected battle to win Michigan, his home state

Once assured of victory on friendly turf, Mitt Romney faces a potentially devastating loss of his home state of Michigan to Rick Santorum, which could upend the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. | 02/15/12 16:43:00 By - Steven Thomma

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