2011 Year in Politics

Friday, December 30, 2011 - 5:40pm

WASHINGTON, DC (FOX44) – A lot has happened in our nation's capital in 2011. It's time to take a look back at this year's most newsworthy moments in politics.

2011 started off on a somber note in Washington. Just 3-days after being sworn in Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head outside of a grocery store in Tucson. Dispatcher says: "We have a shooting at the Safeway." Six others died in the attack. Bystanders tackled the suspected gunman 22-year-old Jared Loughner.

Obama says: "So, we've seen in past few days that Washington has the ability to focus when there's a timer ticking down." Within days of raising the debt by 2-trillion dollars, Standard and Poor's downgrades the U.S. credit rating to an “A-plus” from its top triple "A" rating. A possible second down-grading is feared after the congressional "super committee" set up as part of the debt deal. They failed to reach an agreement over how to cut $1.2-trillion from the U.S. budget deficit.

Romney says: "I’m in this race to make America stronger."

Gingrich says: "I’d like to be the nominee and the person who ends up winning the campaign."

As the year winds down, it's shaping up to be a two man race between former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. But 2011 had many ups and downs on the campaign trail.

Bachmann says: "The people of Iowa wanted to have a champion for their voice."

After winning the Iowa straw poll this summer, Michele Bachmann's popularity waned as Republican primary voters shopped around for a candidate, with each taking a turn at the top of the heap.

Perry says: "We will get our country working again."

Cain says: "We're going to fix stuff instead of continue to talk about stuff."

In the last few weeks of the year, Herman Cain found himself fending off accusations of sexual harassment, and denying a 13-year extramarital affair with Ginger White of Atlanta.

White says: "I didn't want to do this, but felt it was the right thing to do."

But despite the denials, the claims proved too much in the end.

Cain says: "With a lot of prayer and soul searching I am suspending my presidential campaign."

The sex scandals weren't limited to the presidential race. Democrat Anthony Weiner resigns after a bizarre sexting scandal in which Weiner admitted to sending naked photos of himself to several women.

Weiner says: "Once I realized I posted it to twitter I panicked, and took it down and said that I’ve been hacked."

2011 will also mark the last time several heavy hitters in Washington will serve in congress. Representative Barney Frank and Senator Jon Kyl are retiring, meaning 2012 will see some new faces.

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