(CNN) - Rick Perry used his experience as the governor of a border state to try to bolster his foreign policy standing Thursday, saying he had tried for years as governor of Texas to increase security on the U.S.-Mexico border.
"I've been sounding the alarm on Washington for a long time now on the border security with Mexico," Perry said Thursday on CNBC. Perry will appear Friday on CNN's American Morning at 7 a.m. ET. He will unveil his energy plan later in the day from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is taking the GOP by storm.
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate confirmed Sung Y. Kim to be the next U.S. Ambassador to South Korea on Thursday after a Republican Senator lifted a hold on the nomination that threatened to halt the current momentum in strengthening ties between the two countries.
Following a unanimous consent request by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) to move the nomination forward, Kerry's request was approved without objection. Kim's confirmation came just minutes before South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was to address a joint meeting of Congress, and a few hours before President Obama was set to host a State dinner at the White House in Lee's honor.
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(CNN) - Mitt Romney had tough words Thursday for China, calling the world’s second-largest economy a "cheater" for manipulating its currency.
Speaking to a crowd of software developers at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, Romney proposed a tougher U.S.-China economic policy, saying that President Barack Obama hasn’t been strong enough in asserting America’s economic interests.
(CNN) - Three years after the nation elected its first African-American president, the Republican Party could make its own history - given his rising poll numbers and raised awareness among voters and in the press, Herman Cain is the first African-American to have a real shot at becoming the Republican presidential nominee.
So why isn't Cain's ethnicity as much a part of his story as it was with Obama?
Portsmouth, New Hampshire (CNN) - Candidates for the GOP presidential nomination are split on whether to boycott the Nevada caucus, with some contenders saying they will not compete in that state because the date of their caucus will push the New Hampshire primary up to this December.
Nevada's GOP contributed to disarray in the Republican primary calendar when it moved up the date of the state's caucus to January 14. The move could push New Hampshire's primary up into early- or mid-December, Secretary of State Bill Gardner said in a letter posted to his website Wednesday.
Washington (CNN) - GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Thursday that as president he would use "whatever means necessary" to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear program, including going to war.
In an effort to halt the steps he says Iran is taking to grow a nuclear weapons program, the former Pennsylvania senator said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" that in addition to using covert operations he would order "actual operations within the country to make sure the program does not continue."
Washington (CNN) - Sometime this afternoon President Obama made a phone call to House Speaker John Boehner to congratulate him on passing the three free trade agreements sent over to congress earlier this month.
But according to a readout released by the speaker’s office, the call quickly became a bit more confrontational when Boehner challenged the president on some comments made earlier today at his press conference with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Thursday he is staying in his post only through President Obama's first term, and will not run for public office.
LaHood, 65, the sole Republican in President Obama's cabinet, spoke to the Chicago Tribune on Thursday after a National Press Club event at which he urged passage of the President's jobs bill. LaHood told the paper he would not run for public office again, specifically ruling out a run for governor of Illinois. He previously served for 14 years as a member of Congress from the state.
Washington (CNN) - A group of Republican senators unveiled job creation legislation Thursday that is designed to be a policy and political counterpoint to the Democratic measures President Obama has pressured Republicans to pass.
Built around well-known GOP principles to shrink the footprint of Washington on the economy by cutting taxes, spending, and federal regulations, Republicans believe having actual legislation they can point to will weaken the president's charge that Republicans aren't doing enough to create jobs.