DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is executing a long-planned, methodical strategy to secure the Republican presidential nomination, while his chief opponent, Rick Perry, continues to firm his challenge to the experienced campaigner on the fly.
Neither is panicking nor retooling after an aggressive September. The Texas governor and Massachusetts former governor each landed blows to the other's perceived strengths, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is said to consider entering the race.
Romney and Perry are preparing for a potentially long march to the nomination beginning with autumn ramp-ups in early-voting Iowa and New Hampshire.
Romney plans to dig deeper this fall into Iowa, where Perry has peeled support from other conservatives. Meanwhile Perry is meeting voters this weekend in New Hampshire, a must-win state for Romney.
- Georgia girl struck by plane on Florida beach...
- The Great War: 100 photos marking 100 years...
- Trial begins for Salt Lake attorney seeking...
- Ground Zero cross can stay at 9/11 museum,...
- NCAA settles head injury suit, will change rules
- US Court: Virginia marriage is for all lovers
- Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
- Navajo Generating Station, West's largest...
- US Court: Virginia marriage is for all... 43
- Federal land managers criticized over... 26
- Feds cap fines for not buying health... 22
- Obama maintains busy fundraising... 22
- After government topples crosses in... 19
- Fast food workers vow civil disobedience 15
- Gaza sides agree to lull but truce... 13
- Sarah Palin launches online... 10