(CNN) – Michele Bachmann campaign manager Ed Rollins is stepping into an advisory role and deputy manager David Polyansky is leaving the campaign, Rollins said Monday.
Rollins, who’s 68 and had a stroke a year and a half ago, cited health reasons for his decision.
"I just don't have the endurance to go 12 to 14 hours a day, seven days a week anymore," Rollins told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday.
(CNN) - After hosting a presidential forum in South Carolina Monday, GOP Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina said he’s not yet ready to throw his weight behind any of the White House hopefuls.
“I’m looking at the candidates with a fresh look, so I have not decided who I’m going to endorse and I haven’t ruled anyone out,” DeMint told CNN's John King.
(CNN) – As wildfires continue to ravage the Texas landscape, presidential candidate Rick Perry said his mind is on the Lone Star State this week, not politics.
“I’m not paying any attention to politics right now,” the Texas governor said at a press conference in Bastrop County Monday. “There’s plenty of time to take care of that. People’s lives are in danger. That’s substantially more important.”
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Five of the Republican Party's leading presidential contenders traveled to South Carolina on Labor Day to kiss the ring of tea party kingmaker Jim DeMint at a first-of-its-kind forum devoted to the Constitution and the role of government.
DeMint, a South Carolina senator who rose to national prominence during the 2010 midterm elections as a power broker of the tea party movement, joined with Iowa Rep. Steve King and a Princeton law professor at the Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia.
Salem, New Hampshire (CNN) - The "dog days" of summer campaigning are over and the real race begins this Labor Day, said presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Monday.
The former Utah governor kicked off his fall campaign season in New Hampshire and will return to the state Sept. 15 for several days of events, according to the campaign.
(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, hit on many of the regular themes of his candidacy during his appearance Monday at the Palmetto Freedom Forum.
The event featured five GOP presidential contenders taking questions individually from a panel comprised of GOP Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa, and Professor Robert George of the American Principles Project. Before the questioning, each candidate was given the opportunity to speak about the country's founding principles.
(CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Monday that the issue of health care will be "one of my best assets" if he goes on to win the Republican nomination and debate President Barack Obama in the general election.
"And I'll say to him, why didn't you give me a call? I would have told you what to do right and what not to do," Romney said to laughter at Sen. Jim DeMint's forum in South Carolina Monday.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney will endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday, CNN has learned.
Mulvaney, elected in 2010, is an enormously popular figure in the state's conservative movement, even outside of his congressional district.
(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaking before Sen. Jim DeMint's forum in South Carolina Monday, was hardly shy about criticizing President Barack Obama, once again calling him the "most effective food stamp president in American history."
"The gap between the America the founding fathers created and the system currently down in Washington is extraordinary," he said. "We are in great danger of decaying from citizenship to being subjects … this is a system rum amok."
(CNN) - On the eve of rival Mitt Romney's speech announcing his own jobs plan, Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain laid out his own plan for turning the sagging economy around.
Speaking Monday in South Carolina at the Palmetto Freedom Forum sponsored by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, Cain laid out his "bold" plan dubbed "9-9-9." The former businessman explained that he would do away with the existing tax code and replace it with a nine percent tax on corporate income, a nine percent tax on personal income and a nine percent national sales tax.