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Gallup: GOP race 'most volatile' since polling started

Surging Santorum
Rick Santorum, consistently lagging behind the top tier candidates until a jump in the polls last week, claimed the momentum as he traveled across Iowa making final arguments and trying to bolster turnout ahead of tomorrow's Iowa caucuses. Santorum is peaking at the best possible time, emerging from the pack as a conservative alternative to Romney after Perry, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann have fallen in recent polling. Santorum joined Sean on the NewsMaker Hotline to discuss his campaign and his chances of winning at the Iowa caucuses. "We're out here working hard," Santorum told Sean. "We have five Town Hall meetings today which will put us over 380 Town Hall meetings in the state of Iowa. I think the people of Iowa, as they've looked at the candidates, we've stacked up well and we have a good chance in Iowa." To listen to Sean's entire radio interview with the Santorum, please click here.

Gingrich: 'I Feel Romney-boated'
Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich joined the last hour of Monday's program and discussed the Iowa caucuses. Gingrich remained steadfast in his determination not to run a negative campaign. In fact, earlier today Gingrich said he felt he had been "Romney-boated," referring to the millions of dollars of ads Mitt Romney has run "smearing" Gingrich's reputation. Gingrich even went so far as to suggest Romney would buy the presidency if he could. "Romney is a moderate from Massachusetts who has tried to hide behind negative ads to avoid having to defend his own record," Gingrich told Sean. Gingrich was asked over the weekend what his greatest weakness was. "It's probably that I'm too reasonable," Gingrich replied. "And I should've responded to the negative ads sooner." Listen to Sean's entire interview with the former Speaker of the House by clicking here.

Gallup: GOP Race 'Most Volatile' Since Polling Started
Fresh from a well deserved vacation (and his 50th birthday) Sean returned to the airwaves energized and ready to start what is shaping up to be an exciting election year. So exciting in fact, that the polling firm Gallup announced today that the Republican race has been "most volatile for the GOP since the advent of polling." Sean explained that the Gallup report says this is the first time since 1964 where the GOP front-runner spot has seen so many changes. Gallup counts four front-runners and seven lead changes since polling began in May. The last GOP race to show these many changes was the 1964 nomination contest. During the 1964 primary season Henry Cabot Lodge, William Scranton and Richard Nixon all tied for or briefly held the lead before Goldwater secured the nomination. For more on the Gallup poll results, please click here.

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Michele Bachmann

Michele Marie Amble Bachmann (born April 6, 1956) is the United States Representative of Minnesota's 6th congressional district and member of the Republican Party . She is the third woman and first Republican woman to represent Minnesota in Congress. She defeated her Democratic challenger, Elwyn Tinklenberg , in the 2008 election in a race that had gained national attention following her controversial televised call for the media to investigate members of Congress for perceived anti-American bias, including Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama . The 6th congressional district includes the northern far suburbs of the Twin Cities along with St. Cloud . She won 50 percent of the votes in the 2006 election , defeating Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate Patty Wetterling and the Independence Party 's John Binkowski . Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2001 to 2007.

Newt Gingrich

Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson ; June 17, 1943) is an American politician who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority. During his tenure as Speaker, he represented the public face of the Republican opposition to Bill Clinton . A college history professor, political leader, and author, Gingrich twice ran unsuccessfully for the House before winning a seat in the election of November 1978. He was re-elected 10 times, and his activism as a member of the House's Republican minority eventually enabled him to succeed Dick Cheney as House Minority Whip in 1989. As a co-author of the 1994 Contract with America , Gingrich was in the forefront of the Republican Party's dramatic success in that... More >

Rick Santorum

Richard John "Rick" Santorum (born May 10, 1958) is a former United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Santorum is a member of the Republican Party and was the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. Santorum is considered both a social and fiscal conservative. He is particularly known for his stances on the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Social Security, intelligent design, homosexuality, and the Terri Schiavo case. In March 2007, Santorum joined the law firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. He was to primarily practice law in the firm’s Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offices, where he was to provide business and strategic counseling services to the firm's clients. In addition to his work with the firm, Santorum also serves as a Senior Fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and was a contributor to Fox News Channel. Santorum is a prospective presidential candidate in 2012. He formed a presidential... More >