(CNN) - Rick Perry gave a preview of his tax plan to the Western Leadership Conference in Las Vegas Wednesday ahead of its official unveiling next week.
Perry said his plan will center on a complete overhaul of the tax code - a move he says will create jobs and jumpstart economic growth.
(CNN) - What struck me most about Rick Perry’s verbal assault on Mitt Romney at the CNN Western Republican Debate in Las Vegas was its contrast to the way Ronald Reagan used to conduct himself during debates.
The late president would never have gone after a fellow Republican in such a direct, personal way. If Reagan were going to attack a fellow Republican on something like the alleged hiring of illegal immigrants for lawn service, he would have had his aides handle it. He would have personally stayed away from the charge.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election campaign wasted no time responding to front-runner Mitt Romney's performance at CNN's debate Tuesday night.
In a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, campaign manager Jim Messina repeated attacks the campaign and national Democrats have been making recently against the former Massachusetts governor, targeting him as an inconsistent candidate on positions.
Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) - As all eyes turned to Nevada for a Republican debate Tuesday night, back in New Hampshire GOP leaders were laboring to raise the pressure on the Western state's Republican leadership to delay its caucus date.
The lobbying effort, which is taking place both publicly and behind-the-scenes, is directed at persuading Nevada to push back its caucus date by three days, from Jan. 14 to Jan. 17. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is in Nevada conducting negotiations with party officials hoping for them to push back their primary date, according to a national GOP source.
Washington (CNN) - Two new polls show front-runners Mitt Romney and Herman Cain in close competition in two states with early primaries.
According to NBC/Marist Polls released Wednesday, former Godfather's Pizza executive Cain edged out former Massachusetts Gov. Romney in Florida by one percentage point and in South Carolina by four percentage points. But the results are within the poll's sampling error.
(CNN) - A spokesman for Rick Perry said the Texas governor was simply being friendly when he twice referred to Herman Cain as "brother" at the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate on Tuesday.
"He is a friendly fellow. He uses that kind of language. And he views all those folks on stage as colleagues, as fellow Republicans, and he speaks accordingly," said communications director Ray Sullivan on CNN's "American Morning."
(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama announced Wednesday that 270 private companies have pledged to hire 25,000 veterans and their spouses by the end of 2013.
The companies are part of a trade group called the American Logistics Association.FULL STORY
(CNN) - While candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry battled it out in the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate, Sarah Palin said she thought Newt Gingrich took home the winner's belt.
"Everybody could learn from Newt Gingrich and the way - his calm, cool, collected manner," Palin said Tuesday in an interview on Fox News. "He's kind of seen it all before in this political game, if you will."