Tampa, Florida (CNN) - With Texas Gov. Rick Perry threatening to cement his standing atop the national polls, his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination aggressively sought to undermine his conservative credentials on Monday during the first-ever CNN/Tea Party debate in Florida.
Perry repeatedly found himself in the crosshairs, as the field of candidates took turns attacking his positions on illegal immigration, Social Security, and his controversial 2007 push to vaccinate Texas schoolgirls against human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted disease that can lead to cervical cancer.
(CNN) – Republican Gov. Jan Brewer toed the party line Monday, signing a proclamation that set Arizona's primary date for February 28, according to a statement from her office.
Brewer had threatened to move the state's primary up to January 31 in an effort to give Arizona greater influence in the GOP presidential nominating calendar.
Eight Republican candidates participate in the first Tea Party Republican Debate Monday on CNN. Read the live blog below. Follow all the issues and campaign news about the debate on CNNPolitics.com and @cnnpolitics on Twitter. Watch the debate on CNN TV, CNN.com and mobile devices.
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9:53 p.m. ET–@DanaPerino I'm with Cain – bring a sense of humor...PLEASE!
9:51 p.m.ET– Huntsman: I'd bring my Harley Davidson and my motorcross bike.
9:51 p.m. ET–Cain: A sense of humor, Americans are too uptight.
9:51 p.m. ET–Bachmann: Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution
9:51 p.m. ET–Romney: A bust of Winston Churchill.
9:50 p.m. ET–Perry: The most beautiful, most thoughtful, incredible first lady the nation has ever seen, my wife Anita.
9:50 p.m. ET–Paul: A bushel basketful of common sense. A course in economics.
9:50 p.m. ET-–Gingrich: Well, first of all, I would reduce the White House by kicking out all the White House czars the first day, creating a lot more space. And then, because of Callista's interest, we'd have a lot more music, because of my granddaughter, Maggie, we'd have ballet, and because of my grandson, Robert, we'd have a very large chess set. So it'll all come together.
9:50 p.m. ET –Santorum: We have 7 children. We'd add a bedroom, or bring some beds to the White House.
9:49 p.m. ET–Q: What would you bring to the White House if you were president?
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama stepped up the push for his $447 billion job creation plan Monday, calling it a "common-sense" blueprint for economic recovery at risk of being blocked by short-term political calculations.
"This is a bill that will put people back to work all across the country," Obama told a crowd of teachers, veterans, small-business owners and others at the White House. "This is a bill that will help our economy in a moment of national crisis. This is a bill that is based on ideas from both Democrats and Republicans, and this is the bill that Congress needs to pass."
Washington (CNN) – Nevada's 2nd Congressional District may likely stay in Republican hands – the district has never elected a Democrat – but the race for the seat has also become a barometer for how voters north of Las Vegas feel about Washington.
Republican Mark Amodei is leading Democrat Kate Marshall on many fronts, including voter turnout. Ahead of the Tuesday's special election, the Cook Political Report says the race is "likely Republican."
(CNN) - All was quiet Sunday in the final weekend before a special election that determines who will fill ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner's seat, as both campaigns paused to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
But with polls opening Tuesday in Brooklyn and Queens, the two candidates were back to full speed Monday, with Democrats making a last effort push to keep the GOP from winning a potential upset in the longtime Democratic district.
Washington (CNN) - Presidential hopeful Rick Perry set the stage for Monday's "Tea Party Republican Debate" by releasing an opinion-editorial that broadly defines his position on social security.
"We must have a frank, honest national conversation about fixing Social Security to protect benefits for those at or near retirement while keeping faith with younger generations, who are being asked to pay," stated the USA Today op-ed.
(CNN) - Eight months after being shot in the head outside an Arizona supermarket, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is considering doing her first post-tragedy TV news interview this fall on ABC, her spokesman said Monday.
The program is scheduled to air November 14, the network said in a news release. That will be a day before the anticipated release of the couple's joint memoir, co-written by Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow and titled "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope."
North Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Within hours of picking up an endorsement from former White House contender Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney swooped into South Carolina Monday morning with his new de-facto cheerleader and front-line defender.
Pawlenty's new role was apparent at a press availability with the two men in North Charleston. Romney was able to step back, at least for one question, and let his new national co-chair speak for his record.
Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor continued to reach out to work with President Obama on his jobs bill Monday, but emphasized that Republicans are focused on items they support in the plan like the tax breaks and will oppose the administration's request for new federal spending for infrastructure projects.
"Anything that is akin to the stimulus bill is not going to be acceptable to the American people," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said.