Only two days removed from the high-profile press conference and photo op that saw him standing side-by-side with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Sen. Marco Rubio delivered a sweeping foreign-policy speech Wednesday at the Brookings Institute to further galvanize public perception about the Florida senator being a serious contender in the “veepstakes” to be Romney’s vice presidential running mate. “Rubio took a bipartisan stance on foreign policy in … Continue reading»

Mitt Romney’s positive intensity in the Gallup tracking survey jumped among Republicans in the past month, even as it fell among Democrats, new polls show. The score subtracts those who strongly disfavor a candidate from those who strongly support him. Both positive and negative intensity are seen as a key indicator of voter turnout. President Obama’s intensity remained static during that same period, but he remains more polarizing … Continue reading»

What promised to be a political fight to the death was deflated on April 10 when Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign, leaving Mitt Romney facing the few remaining primaries with a hefty delegate lead and challengers Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul fading in the distance. The Republican primary is continuing, however, as voters in five states go to the polls today. More than 230 delegates are up … Continue reading»

On Friday, Mitt Romney announced that he was getting an extension on his 2011 tax return, and critics who have been calling for more extensive releases from past years were quick to pounce. A Washington Post editorial on Monday titled “Mitt Romney’s Secrets” criticized Romney’s slowness on releasing tax returns and his unwillingness to name his bundlers, the influential individuals who collect donations from others, serving as middlemen … Continue reading»

Mitt Romney picked up the endorsement of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on the eve of the New York primary vote, while Giuliani promised to do anything he can to help Romney win in November. “Mitt has won fair and square,” Giuliani said on Fox News Monday. “He’s proven he’s the most effective Republican, he’s taken on everybody and won an incredible number of primaries, and he’s … Continue reading»

SANDY — Josh Romney thanked Republicans gathered at the party’s state convention Saturday for all their hard work on behalf of his father’s presidential campaign. “Utah has been an unbelievable state for my dad,” the only one of Mitt Romney’s five sons who lives in the state said at the start of the day-long gathering to choose GOP nominees — and the national delegates who’ll cast Utah’s ballots … Continue reading»

GOP gauntlet

SANDY — Think of walking through a perfume department in a big department store, where aggressive sales clerks are trying to douse you with the latest fragrance. Now, imagine that scene multiplied many, many, many times and you’ll know what it’s like to enter the South Towne Exposition Center on the day of the state GOP convention. “Would you like a bag?” “A bottle of water?” “Breakfast? Donuts?” … Continue reading»

Marco Rubio shrugs off veep talk but just wait till 2016

WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio insists he’ll say “thanks, but no thanks” to the vice presidential spot on the Republican ticket but suggests that anything’s possible in 2016 and beyond. “I am really committed to doing a good job in the Senate,” the Florida Republican told a dozen-plus reporters Thursday. “If I do a good job in the Senate, three, four, five, six years from now, I’ll have … Continue reading»

Deseret News/KSL delegate panel speaks out

SALT LAKE CITY — This Saturday, almost 7,000 Republican and Democratic state party delegates will meet to nominate candidates in key races including U.S. Senate, Congress and governor. To better understand the work delegates do, the Deseret News and KSL-TV assembled a panel of eight men and women representing a range of political views, ages and backgrounds. Five are first-time delegates. They come from all four congressional districts … Continue reading»