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- Bumper sticker spotted near Annapolis by Inside the Beltway reader Edward L. Maddox


And the endorsements run riot. This just in: Joe Rogan, host of NBC’s hair-raising “Fear Factor,” has endorsed Rep. Ron Paul for president, he tells The Washington Times-affiliated America’s Morning News.

“He’s brilliant. He’s the only guy who makes any sense,” says Mr. Rogan, who adds that electing Mr. Paul would be the greatest “stunt” of all.


Christmas revels and holiday high jinks loom for most voters, but it’s work as usual for the remaining Republican hopefuls this weekend, concentrated in heavyweight primary states.

Rick Perry is rolling through the Iowa countryside on a 40-city tour aboard a shiny black campaign bus, followed by buzz that rogue Iowans have a taste for Lone Star fare and that Mr. Perry might get a “comeback” glow. Jon Huntsman Jr. appears with former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge in New Hampshire, while Rep. Michele Bachmann is staging multiple meet-and-greets at Iowa eateries and churches on an almost hourly basis.

Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Mrs. Bachmann, incidentally, will participate in a notable Tea Party Patriots hybrid “teleforum,” while Buddy Roemer, Gary Johnson and Fred Karger appear at a “lesser-known candidate” forum in the Granite State on Monday. Here’s where all the candidates will be in the next 72 hours:

Iowa: Mrs. Bachmann, Mr. Gingrich, Mr. Romney, Mr. Perry, Rick Santorum

New Hampshire: Mr. Huntsman, Mr. Roemer, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Karger.

South Carolina: Mr. Romney


• 76 percent of Americans say “the size of the national debt” is the greatest threat to U.S. economic well-being.

• 88 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of Democrats agree.

• 59 percent overall cite “economic competition from China” as the greatest threat to the economy.

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