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Seth McLaughlin

Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, greets audience members after speaking at the National Gypsum Company in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney: Make Obama's State of the Union his last

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney urged voters here to make President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday his last and blamed the Democrat for pushing policies that have raised the nation's unemployment rate, worsened the housing crises and pushed the nation deeper into a sea of red ink. Published January 24, 2012

Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich take part in The Republican Candidates Debate at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., Monday, January 23, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)

Romney accuses Gingrich of 'influence-peddling'

Mitt Romney delivered stinging attacks against Newt Gingrich's record and overall character in the debate here Monday, as he looked to halt the wave of momentum the former House speaker is riding from his recent victory in the South Carolina primary. Published January 23, 2012

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his wife, Anita, arrive for a news conference in North Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at which he announced the suspension of his GOP presidential campaign and his endorsement of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Perry pulls out of race, backs Gingrich

Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday morning and endorsed rival Newt Gingrich, further crystallizing the race for the conservative alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney. Published January 19, 2012

** FILE ** Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum greets his audience at a gathering Tuesday on the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, S.C. He is trying to convince voters in the run-up to the state's primary Saturday that he is the best conservative in the race. (Associated Press)

Iowa recount may boost Santorum

This could change the narrative a bit: A recount of the Iowa caucus vote could give the former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum the victory over front-runner Mitt Romney, who eked out an eight-vote win in the initial count. Published January 17, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns Jan. 13, 2012, at the University of South Carolina Aiken in Aiken, S.C. (Associated Press)

Top evangelical: Romney 'not Mormon enough' for social conservatives

A leading Southern Baptist figure predicted Friday that Christian conservative leaders won't rally around an alternative to Mitt Romney until after next week's South Carolina primary, while warning that the former Massachusetts governor is "not Mormon enough" for most socially conservative voters. Published January 13, 2012

Romney on illegal immigration and the Dream Act

In an interview last weekend, The Washington Times' Seth McLaughlin asked Mitt Romney about the Dream Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrant children and young adults. Published January 11, 2012

Rep. Ron Paul campaigns outside a polling station at Webster School in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Paul backs Romney's record at Bain Capital

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas came to the defense of Mitt Romney on Tuesday, saying his Republican presidential rivals are selling out basic free-market conservative principles when they criticize the former Massachusetts governor's time at the helm of Bain Capital. Published January 10, 2012

** FILE ** Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves to supporters at the Romney for President New Hampshire primary night rally at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Behind Mr. Romney are his sons Tagg (left) and Craig and his wife, Ann. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Romney wins New Hampshire, Paul second

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the nation's first presidential primary Tuesday night, overcoming charges by his conservative Republican rivals that he is a political moderate and a corporate raider to capture a double-digit victory in New Hampshire. Published January 10, 2012

Dixville Notch, N.H., residents (from left) Tanner Tillotson, Peter Johnson and Jacques Couture wait on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the Balsams Grand Resort for the stoke of midnight to cast their votes in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Voters in N.H. head to the polls

New Hampshire voters began casting their ballots at schools and churches Tuesday in the nation's first presidential primary as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich kept up his attacks on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner. Published January 10, 2012

The bearded satirist who calls himself Vermin Supreme heckles Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul after the Texas congressman made a campaign stop at Moe Joe's Family Restaurant in Manchester, N.H., on Monday. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

'Vermin Supreme' rears his bearded head in New Hampshire

Ron Paul's final full day of campaigning in New Hampshire got off to a wacky start in Manchester on Monday when he was met by a man with a rubber boot on his head and a bullhorn in his hand who eventually challenged him and President Obama to a "panty-wrestling match to decide it all." Published January 9, 2012

One day before the nation's first presidential primary, Rep. Ron Paul met customers at Moe Joe's Family Restaurant in Manchester, N.H., and then worked his way through a crowd of reporters and camera crews. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Santorum, Paul detail Israel, Iran policies

In one of the sharper, more substantive debates of the GOP primary so far, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum brought their foreign policy fight to New Hampshire, outlining dueling visions for the role the United States military should play worldwide — particularly in regards to the nation's relationship with Israel and how best to handle Iran's nuclear programs. Published January 9, 2012

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination at McKelvie Intermediate School in Bedford, N.H., on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney weakens in N.H. as foes slam jobs record

As voters head to the polls at the New Hampshire presidential primary, Mitt Romney's rivals blasted his record as a venture capitalist while the Republican front-runner's support in polls eroded further. Published January 9, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, listens as he is introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., as he campaigns at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney, confident in conservative support, channels Popeye

Mitt Romney said Saturday he doesn't see a need to take any special steps to unite conservatives behind his presidential bid, saying he already holds "conservative Republican principles," and said he abides by the wisdom of cartoon character Popeye about being himself. Published January 7, 2012

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, left, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, listen to Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, answer a question during a Republican presidential candidate debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Paul digs in heels during GOP debate in N.H.

Rep. Ron Paul fought to protect his top-tier status in the Republican presidential race during Saturday night's debate, ripping into the records of his closest rivals and putting up a feisty defense of his limited government philosophy. Published January 7, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich shakes hands at campaign town meeting in Salem, N.H., Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Gingrich: Romney win would hurt GOP

As the Republican presidential candidates geared up Saturday for two crucial debates 12 hours apart, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the party's core principles would be undermined if front-runner Mitt Romney wins the nomination. Published January 7, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum campaigns Jan. 6, 2012, at the Keene Public Library in Keene, N.H. (Associated Press)

Santorum takes heat on values

Rick Santorum's reputation as a crusader for conservative social values is getting tested here in New Hampshire, where he's facing down sharp questions from voters about marriage, abortion and how he justifies going to war as a Roman Catholic. Published January 6, 2012

**FILE** Mitt Romney (Associated Press)

Bay Buchanan endorses Mitt Romney

Conservative activist Bay Buchanan endorsed Mitt Romney's presidential bid Friday, saying that the former Massachusetts governor is the kind of person that voters can trust in the White House. Published January 6, 2012

Customers and employees try to catch the attention of Mr. Santorum during his campaign stop at the Tilt'n Diner. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Santorum touts his 'past performance'

Using the same message that catapulted him to a near-win in Iowa, Rick Santorum told New Hampshire primary voters Thursday to ignore the pundits and decide for themselves who the GOP's presidential nominee should be, even as he ramped up attacks on front-runner Mitt Romney. Published January 5, 2012