Los Angeles Times
Date: 2012-01-03
Author: Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times

Article Mentions
Author, Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
Mentioned, Newt Gingrich
Mentioned, President George H.W. Bush
Mentioned, Jimmy Carter
Mentioned, Ben Nelson
Mentioned, Peter Hart
Mentioned, Charlie Cook
Mentioned, Mitt Romney
Mentioned, Ron Paul
Mentioned, Herman Cain
Mentioned, Rick Perry
Reporting from Des Moines Deeply divided, angry and unsettled, the country faces a presidential election of unusual significance this year, as candidates sort through the causes and consequences of the Great Recession and fight over how best to stoke the nation's fragile recovery. Both sides agree the 2012 contest will turn on big issues, not the trivialities flag factory visits, candidate wardrobe critiques that characterized past campaigns. But as voting starts Tuesday in Iowa, the consensus ends there. A question the country has wrestled with intermittently for more than a century the proper size and scope of government, the freedom and latitude that business and the private sector need to thrive is being debated with renewed urgency...(read more)
... Reporting from Des Moines Deeply divided, angry and unsettled, the country faces a presidential election of unusual significance this year, as candidates sort through the causes and consequences of the Great Recession and fight over how best to stoke ...
... rising, then just as quickly falling. At the start of the new year, the most likely prospect no matter who wins the GOP nomination is a close, hard-fought and mean-spirited campaign. It may not be midnight in America, but the contest surely will not ...
... reelection. "Once you've created disaffection among voters in your own party," said Democrat Bill Carrick, who helped Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy wage guerrilla warfare against Carter in 1980, "it's hard as hell to get them back in Novemb ...


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