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Romney, Obama campaigns buy MN ads (but Wisconsin may be real target)

The Romney and Obama campaigns are making their first ad buys on Minnesota television stations. That may reflect the tightening of the race here. Or, as some pundits suspect, the ads may be aimed at viewers in the battleground state of Wisconsin. Independent groups have been running ads on behalf of the candidates, but the new ones are the first purchased by the campaigns themselves.

Tim Pawlenty says he's not sending mixed messages about VP prospects

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has said he's not interested in being Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate, yet at the same time he said he "would be honored to serve if asked." After delivering an address at the North Carolina Republican Convention, Pawlenty tried to explain his feelings on the matter.

Michele Bachmann: Presidential campaign was "almost mistake free"

The Minnesota Congresswoman told the Christian Broadcasting Network that she was doomed because the media focused on a few minor stumbles involving Elvis Presley and John Wayne. Bachmann dropped out of the race for the White House after a sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. She formally endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination Thursday.

Tim Pawlenty pays off remaining presidential campaign debt

The former Minnesota governor owed nearly $500,000 last fall after he dropped out of the race for the GOP nomination in August. Pawlenty has also filed papers to officially terminate his campaign committee. He supports Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in November.

Bachmann says social issues were key on caucus night

Michele Bachmann says the Obama administration's new requirement that employers include contraception in their health plans helped make social issues a priority for Republicans on Tuesday. She says Rick Santorum's victories were "a shot across the bow" but the Congresswoman does not think Republican voters have made up their minds about who they want to challenge President Obama.

Santorum the choice among Minnesota Republicans

On a big night for Rick Santorum, Minnesotan Republicans gave the former Pennsylvania Senator a key victory in their caucus night poll. Ron Paul turned in a strong showing, with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich trailing.

Paul calls for rolling back spending, military role

Texas Congressman Ron Paul rallied supporters of his Republican presidential bid in St. Cloud and Minneapolis. He emphasized his campaign themes of scaling back U.S. military involvement around the world and reining in federal spending.

Minnesota could be make-or-break state for Gingrich

Is Mitt Romney a lock or can Newt Gingrich bounce back? Minnesota may hold the answer. Of all the states that vote in February, one analyst thinks those of us in North Star Land may provide the best test of Romney's momentum. A recent poll showed Gingrich leading here.

Ron Paul to visit Minnesota before Tuesday caucuses

The Star Tribune reports the Republican presidential hopeful will make a campaign stop Saturday and Monday. Paul will hold town hall meetings in Rochester, Chanhassen, St. Cloud and Minneapolis. He is also running ads in Minnesota.

Bachmann doesn't endorse any of her former rivals

Michele Bachmann says she'll be on board with the Republican ticket no matter who the party's presidential candidate is. The Minnesota Congresswoman says she just wants to see President Obama defeated in the fall.

Bachmann TV ad hits airwaves one-day before Iowa caucuses

Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann was born and raised in Iowa. The presidential candidate is reminding Iowa's Republican caucus voters of those roots in her only TV ad airing less than 24-hours before Tuesday's caucuses. The Des Moines Register reports the spot started airing across the state Monday.