December 31st, 2011
02:20 AM ET

No holiday break for candidates as Iowa caucuses near

It may be New Year's Eve weekend, but with the Iowa caucuses closing in, there will be no holiday for all but one of the Republican presidential candidates.

Rep. Ron Paul is heading home to Texas to spend the holiday with his wife. But his campaign said the congressman will be back on the trail Monday morning.

Tuesday's Iowa caucus kicks off the primary and caucus calendar.

Paul, who's making his third run for president, has seen his poll numbers in Iowa rise over the past couple of weeks. In the latest surveys of likely GOP caucus-goers, Paul is battling former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the top spot in the field of candidates.

With his jump in polls, Paul has come under increased attack from the other candidates and from some conservative groups, who call his views on foreign policy dangerous.

Romney, the other front-runner in Iowa, returns to the state from New Hampshire on Saturday and will campaign there through caucus day.

The other candidates have a full calendar as well.

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  1. Humor post

    From Bill Maher's "New Rules for the New Year" at nytimes(dot)com:

    New Rule If you were a Republican in 2011, and you liked Donald Trump, and then you liked Michele Bachmann, and then you liked Rick Perry, and then you liked Herman Cain, and then you liked Newt Gingrich ... you can still hate Mitt Romney, but you can’t say it’s because he’s always changing his mind.

    December 31, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
    • warren

      negatory,liked ron paul all along- before he was cool!!!!!!!!!!!! oooorraahh

      December 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Andreas Moser

    If the candidates were too busy to attend church, they can catch up on it here: (And so can everybody else too.)

    December 31, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Well, considering that most politicians are on holiday even when they're not supposed to be, am I feeling sorry for these people?

    Bill Maher rocks.

    December 31, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TORI

    "Holiday Break" I think not. These buffoons get more time off and spend less time working.

    December 31, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Franny

    With the exception of Ron Paul. That old fossil is pooped out!

    January 1, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |