Washington (CNN) – GOP hopeful Herman Cain drew concern from some black opinion elites Monday after expressing his views on racism and how it affects the upward mobility of African Americans.
"People sometimes hold themselves back because they want to use racism as an excuse for them not being able to achieve what they want to achieve," Cain, the only African-American vying for the Republican slot on the 2012 ticket, told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday's "State of the Union."
(CNN) - On the same day Jon Huntsman gave his foreign policy speech in New Hampshire, the former Utah governor took a swipe at his GOP presidential opponent Mitt Romney, who made a similar speech on Friday.
"I'm offering solutions. He is throwing out soundbites," Huntsman said Monday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "At the end of the day, you have to manage U.S. affairs in the world."
Hopkinton, New Hampshire (CNN) - After the Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress thrust the topic of Mitt Romney's Mormon faith into the headlines over the weekend, reporters trailing Romney in New Hampshire on Monday peppered the candidate with questions.
Romney was not answering.
(CNN) – GOP presidential hopeful and Mormon Jon Huntsman had some choice words on Monday for the Dallas pastor who's repeatedly described Mormonism as a "cult" and a "false religion" this weekend.
"The fact that, you know, some moron can stand up and make a comment like that, you know, first of all, it's outrageous," Huntsman said on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "Second of all, the fact that we are spending so much time discussing it makes it even worse."
(CNN) - Continuing his national surge, Herman Cain came in second place among Republican presidential candidates in a new national poll released Monday.
The Washington Post/Bloomberg survey of Republican-leaning voters showed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on top with Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO, in the No. 2 spot, slightly ahead of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
(CNN) - The leading Democratic candidate in what could be one of next year's marquee Senate races is reporting a large fundraising figure.
Elizabeth Warren's campaign for Senate in Massachusetts announced Monday that they brought in $3.15 million in fundraising over the past month and a half. The former Obama administration official, consumer advocate, and Harvard Law professor is bidding to try and unseat Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, who Democrats think may be one of the most vulnerable GOP senators in next year's election.
(CNN) – Responding to a Baptist minister's labeling of the Mormon faith as a "cult," presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, one of two Mormons running for the White House, said the resulting firestorm over the pastor's comments has become a "political sideshow."
"I think that we have such limited bandwidth in terms of what this nation focuses on and discusses and makes a priority," Huntsman told reporters Monday after a New Hampshire event. "This is a political sideshow."
(CNN) - Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber," has taken steps toward launching a bid for a House seat in Ohio.
Wurzelbacher filed candidacy papers with the Federal Election Commission on Friday, indicating he would run as a Republican from the state's 9th district.
Milford, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney cast himself as a fighter for the middle class Monday at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire and mocked President Barack Obama for creating a "Where's Waldo economy."
But the former Massachusetts governor also defended Wall Street and said the financial sector is not entirely to blame for the nation's economic slump.
Washington (CNN) - A top House Republican charged with investigating a now-discredited federal gunrunning operation has accused Attorney General Eric Holder of actively obstructing Congress' oversight function and damaging his own credibility as a top national law enforcement officer.
In a letter to Holder publicly released Monday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, said the attorney general has made "numerous statements" about Operation Fast and Furious that "have eventually been proven to be untrue."