Donald Trump, birther: Will the Republican candidates for 2012 make Obama's birth certificate a primary issue?

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — For decades, presidential candidates' chances in Iowa were wounded if not doomed unless they backed federal support for ethanol, a boon to the state's corn-growing economy. That rule of politics collapsed resoundingly in the 2012 campaign when five of the six top Republican candidates said it was time for such intervention in the private market to end.

While the 2012 presidential candidates and their running mates are not without flaws, they’re by far the “cream of the crop” Washington has to offer, Jon Stewart said Thursday. So with a new segment — “You magnificent bastards” — Stewart took a look at the down-ballot Republican candidates, or, “the cream of the crap.”

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In 2012, Democratic candidates for Congress received more votes than Republican candidates. For the first time in 40 years, the party that received the most votes failed to take control of the House. Its the Republican mapmakers who gerrymandered our democracy so effectively after the GOP’s historic 2010 victory who have made it hard for the voters to affect elections.

Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican Candidate for President. From <a href=",9171,2122770,00.html">"The Mind of Mitt,"</a> September 3, 2012 issue.

Wil Cardon, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona, recently revealed that he remains skeptical about President Obama's eligibility for office. "I think people who run for office -- if there are certain qualifications to run for office, they ought to prove that they meet those qualifications," Cardon said, according to the Arizona Republic.

93 Romney in Florida Sept. 19, 2012 Veterans greet Romney at the rally in Miami. Many of the Latinos in Miami are Cuban Americans, who have been more inclined to support Republican candidates because of their opposition to lifting trade embargoes with communist Cuba. Sept. 20, 2012

450 ‘War on coal’ a neat but incomplete label for troubles facing nation’s mining industry Republican candidates are using the idea of a “war on coal” in their campaigns this year, as in this sign that targets incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin in Morgantown, W.Va., on Oct. 16, 2012. Oct. 20, 2012

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