Obama talks politics, Libya with Leno
October 25th, 2011
04:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama talks politics, Libya with Leno

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."

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Filed under: Jay Leno • President Obama
Perry's simple tax plan not so simple
October 25th, 2011
03:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry's simple tax plan not so simple

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.

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Taxes
New video puts Romney and Perry in the ring
October 25th, 2011
03:08 PM ET
3 years ago

New video puts Romney and Perry in the ring

(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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
BLITZER’S BLOG: Cain’s 9-9-9 plan vs. Perry’s 20-20-0 plan
October 25th, 2011
01:50 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: Cain’s 9-9-9 plan vs. Perry’s 20-20-0 plan

(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%.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Rick Perry • Taxes • TV-The Situation Room
New Hampshire primary date to be announced next week
October 25th, 2011
01:16 PM ET
3 years ago

New Hampshire primary date to be announced next week

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.
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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Primary Calendar
Obama to offer plan to aid students buried in debt
October 25th, 2011
01:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama to offer plan to aid students buried in debt

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.

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Filed under: Debt • President Obama
Romney avoids weighing in on Ohio union fight
October 25th, 2011
12:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney avoids weighing in on Ohio union fight

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.
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Filed under: 2012 • John Kasich • Mitt Romney • Ohio
Still 'plenty of time' for a deal, 'super committee' co-chair says
October 25th, 2011
12:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Still 'plenty of time' for a deal, 'super committee' co-chair says

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.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit commission
Perry says plan will 'free' Americans from lengthy tax code
October 25th, 2011
12:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry says plan will 'free' Americans from lengthy tax code

(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."
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • South Carolina
Poll: Cain takes top position, Perry falls to fifth
October 25th, 2011
12:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Cain takes top position, Perry falls to fifth

(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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Mitt Romney • Polls
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