(CNN) - Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann called on social conservative voters not to settle for a moderate Republican nominee in 2012, a line she has used repeatedly on the campaign trail.
"Don't listen to these people, who every four years tell you we have to select a moderate from our party and we have to settle for the sake of winning," Bachmann said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday. "I am here to tell you we are going to win. This year, we don't settle."
Tiffin, Iowa (CNN) – On Friday evening, Rick Perry stepped into the controversy surrounding comments made by a prominent pastor who said Republicans should vote against Mitt Romney because of his Mormonism and who called the Mormon faith a "cult."
Making his first public comments since the controversy erupted earlier Friday, the Republican presidential candidate disagreed with Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas.
Washington (CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder angrily responded Friday to Republican critics of his handling of a controversial gun enforcement operation, charging them with using "irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric."
"I simply cannot sit idly by as a (Republican) member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform suggests, as happened this week, that law enforcement and government employees who devote their lives to protecting our citizens be considered "accessories to murder,'" Holder said in a letter to members of Congress.
Washington (CNN) – An emotional debate on the Senate floor Thursday night is putting a microscope once again on the political games in Washington that Americans overwhelmingly detest.
In a rare, direct exchange between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid on the floor of the chamber, both senators vented frustration during a testy debate on the China currency bill.
Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich used his speech at the Values Voter Summit to call certain views of the American judicial system "anti-American" and "profoundly wrong."
Gingrich specifically took aim at judicial supremacy, the idea that the Supreme Court has the final word on the countries most pressing issues.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has begun to come into sharper focus, an unlikely figure has emerged.
"Herman Cain is surprising us all," Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express, told CNN. Kremer quickly added that her organization is not ready to support a candidate yet and the tea party movement "hasn't really coalesced behind anybody."
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Mitt Romney's still far and away ahead of the rest of the field of Republican presidential candidates in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, according to a new poll.
But a WMUR Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire also indicates that Herman Cain's numbers in the state are on the rise, and that only a tenth of likely Republican primary voters have definitely decided on which candidate they will vote for in the battle for the GOP nomination.
Washington (CNN) - Presidential contender Herman Cain reacted to a number of recent polls that have him near the top of the GOP race in a speech at the Values Voter Summit on Friday.
In an energized speech, the former CEO of Godfathers Pizza said he didn't want his followers to be confused by some of the 'garbage that people throw out there."
Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney unveiled a foreign policy blueprint Friday he said will restore America's worldwide dominance, drawing contrasts to President Barack Obama. But critics chastised him for laying out policies closely aligned with the Bush administration.
Speaking Friday at The Military College of South Carolina, known as The Citadel, the former Massachusetts governor called for "an American century," declaring the nation's economy and defense "have been weakened" under Obama's leadership.
(CNN) – A pastor of a mega church in Dallas said Friday that Republicans shouldn't vote for White House hopeful Mitt Romney because he's a Mormon and described the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a "cult."
"I think Mitt Romney's a good, moral man, but those of us who are born again followers of Christ should prefer a competent Christian," said Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, which has a congregation of about 10,000 and has long been considered a highly-influential church in evangelical circles.