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Pawlenty endorses Romney, could get help paying campaign debt

Following former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s endorsement of Mitt Romney for president, the Romney campaign has said it’s willing to contribute fundraising muscle to pay down Pawlenty’s campaign debt.

GOP 2012 candidates react to Pawlenty’s exit

Several 2012 GOP candidates have released official statements following this morning’s announcement by former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty that his campaign would be ending on its third place finish at the Ames Straw Poll.

Pawlenty drops presidential campaign

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty made it official Sunday morning during a conference call with his team; the campaign will end following a poor showing at the 2011 Ames Straw Poll.

Ames Straw Poll results: Bachmann, Paul, Pawlenty take top three

AMES — Not surprisingly, charismatic Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) took top prize the 2011 Ames Straw Poll with4,823 votes.

VIDEO: Teen confronts Pawlenty on marriage equality, says discrimination against gays...

At a campaign stop in Iowa on Friday, a member of the audience grilled Tim Pawlenty on his views about rights for LGBT people. Gabe Aderhold, a senior at Edina High School, asked Pawlenty why he has “not had the courage to stand for me and my friends. You are discriminating against me and it hurts.” Pawlenty said he will never be at the point “where I’ll say that every domestic relationship is the same as traditional marriage.”

Romney by far leads GOP candidates in fundraising

As the presidential campaign season heats up, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has vastly outraised his Republican rivals, none of whom managed to raise a quarter of the funds he’s collected.

Palin run could complicate Bachmann’s candidacy

Minnesota congresswoman and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has been rocketing up polls in early primary and caucus states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Bachmann signs pledge to ban pornography, same-sex marriage as president

Michele Bachmann became the first presidential candidate to sign a pledge by The Family Leader, an Iowa-based religious right group. The 14-point pledge asks candidates to ban same-sex marriage, protect women and children from pornography and reject Islamic law. Signers also must promise to affirm that same-sex marriage is akin to polygamy and that having many children is good for America. The vow also insinuates that homosexuality is a choice, and that being gay or lesbian is a public health risk.

Iowa GOP split on who to endorse for 2012

Endorsement of a candidate can often excite voters, especially Republicans and social conservatives as they try to find the candidate who best speaks to their values and can take over the White House next year.

Pawlenty on video: The science is bad when it comes to...

Before going off to the Council on Foreign Relations to give a speech on foreign policy, former Minnesota governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty appeared on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning. Asked about his stance on cap and trade, he acknowledged that he had changed his mind. He added, “I denounced it for a variety of reasons, one of which is the science is bad and it’s in great dispute,” repeating once more that there is a “scientific dispute” about the issue of climate change.