Newt Gingrich Asks: Just What Is That Thing in Your Pocket?

Newt Gingrich is turning his attention from outer space to your mobile phone. In a video uploaded to YouTube by the team at Gingrich Productions (no joke) just last week, the former House speaker and presidential candidate announces a contest of sorts to name that phone/camera/web-surfing thingy you carry around and to celebrate its vast potential to change the world. Smartphone? He doesn’t mention the word. Up until recently, he’s been partial to “handheld personal computer.” Or maybe he’s smart …

For Romney, What A Difference Four Years Makes

Mitt Romney’s “favorable” rating has been on something of a roller coaster in 2012. But the more older Republican primary voters have seen him, the more they seem to like him. Romney, who abandoned his 2008 quest for the Republican presidential nomination soon after Super Tuesday, has been doing better among 50-plus voters in the GOP primaries this year, according to exit polls. With few exceptions, Romney improved his standing among 50- to 64-year-old Republicans as well as Republicans 65 …

The End Is Near . . . Again

If you’re running President Obama’s re-election campaign and you want to test how certain themes will play in Peoria, what to do? Turn to your pollsters? Convene focus groups? Test your message before a friendly audience? All of the above, probably. But if you’re smart, you won’t have your candidate do the on-the-ground testing. You’ll have a surrogate do it. That way, you can smooth out any rough edges – either in how the message is delivered or how it …

Older Voters Give Santorum a Lift in Louisiana

Candidates, take note: Boomers are an enormous part of the presidential electorate and can play a pivotal role in who gets the nomination and wins a trip to – or back to – the White House. In Louisiana, just about half (49 percent) of the voters in yesterday’s Republican primary voters were 45 to 64 years old, according to exit polls. Another 26 percent of the voters were 65 or older, putting the contest firmly in the hands of older …

Older Voters Help Romney Roll Up a Big Win in Illinois

Mitt Romney handily won the yesterday’s GOP presidential primary in Illinois, and older voters – as they have in so many of the contests so far – went with the winner. Romney was widely expected to win Illinois, as it lacks the strong evangelical Christian base that’s favored Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich in other states. And it was Romney’s first virtually one-on-one match-up with Santorum, who has cast himself as the true conservative alternative to the well-funded Romney. Illinois’s …

The GOP Candidates and Medicare – Let’s Get Personal

Mitt Romney turned 65 this past Monday, but instead of going photo-op on his birthday by publicly enrolling in Medicare (as actress Patty Duke recently did), his campaign let it be known that he wouldn’t be signing up for Medicare at all. Romney will simply keep his private insurance coverage, an aide told the Wall Street Journal. Romney, whose financial disclosure statements put his net worth at somewhere between $190 million to $250 million, doesn’t really need Medicare, of course, …