Los Angeles (CNN) - President Barack Obama chatted about politics and foreign policy during an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Tuesday, telling the late-night talk show host he's not spending too much time yet focusing on next year's potential GOP rivals.
Asked by Leno if he's been watching the recent spate of Republican presidential debates, Obama said that he's "going to wait until everybody's voted off the island."
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Rick Perry has said he wants to scrap the tax code and make taxes simpler.
That may be what the GOP presidential candidate wants. But what he proposed on Tuesday is to keep the federal tax code intact and add an optional flat tax.
(CNN) - A new web video pits Mitt Romney against Rick Perry as political pugilists, comparing the two candidates to the popular kids game "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots."
The video, called "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Romney-Perry," was released by the Super PAC Americans for Cain and features the two GOP presidential candidates going head to head at the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate last week.
(CNN) – It’s clear that Texas Governor Rick Perry needs to jump-start his presidential campaign.
The new CBS/New York Times poll has him coming in fifth nationally among Republican voters. Herman Cain is at 25%; Mitt Romney 21%; Newt Gingrich 10%; Ron Paul 8%; and Perry at only 6%.
Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) – The New Hampshire secretary of state will end a month of tense speculation and maneuvering next week when he announces the date for the state's primary.
Bill Gardner plans to announce the first-in-the-nation primary date after the filing period for candidates is over. The filing period ends Friday.
Washington (CNNMoney) – President Obama is expected to announce measures aimed at helping college graduates climb out of their student loan debt hole.
One of the proposals would push up the start date for more favorable terms on a special loan repayment program based on income, sources tell CNNMoney. Another measure would encourage graduates with two or more different kinds of federal loans to consolidate and refinance to get a lower rate on all the loans.
Terrace Park, Ohio (CNN) -Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stepped into the middle of the charged battle over organized labor in Ohio on Tuesday, but he avoided weighing in on the contentious legislation that would dramatically limit the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions.
The former Massachusetts governor visited an Ohio Republican Party phone bank in the suburbs of Cincinnati, where GOP volunteers were contacting voters about two hot-button measures that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Washington (CNN) - With the deadline to come up with a $1.5 trillion deficit reduction package just weeks away, and very little detail about what the so-called "super committee" is discussing behind closed doors, the co-chair of the bipartisan panel insisted Tuesday there's plenty of time to reach a deal.
"I remain encouraged that the members of the Joint Select Committee know how serious the situation is. I believe they are all committed to achieving the goal and until the stroke of midnight on November 22nd, we still have plenty of time to do the committee's work," Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling told reporters on Capitol Hill.
(CNN) - Rick Perry said Tuesday his plan of giving Americans a choice between their current income tax rate or a 20% flat-tax would "set our people free" from burdensome tax law.
"The size of the current code is more than 72,000 pages," Perry said to a crowd at a plastics company in South Carolina. "That's represented by this pallet right here and the reams of paper. That's what the current tax code looks like. The best representation of my plan is this postcard. This is the size of what we are talking about right here. Taxpayers will be able to fill this out and file their taxes on that."
(CNN) - Businessman and conservative radio talk show host Herman Cain came out on top in a CBS/New York Times poll measuring support among likely Republican primary voters that was released Tuesday.
In the first poll since CNN's Western Republican debate, Cain is ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by four percentage points, within the sampling error for the survey.