(CNN) - Arguing the election cycle has too many presidential debates, Rick Perry's top spokesman said the Texas governor could use more time with voters instead of taking the stage with Republican opponents.
"We're about 60 days away from votes being cast," communications director Ray Sullivan said on CNN's "John King, USA" Wednesday. "The candidates need to spend time in Iowa doing those town halls and spending a lot more time with the voters, who oftentimes have the best questions and press the candidates the hardest."
Washington (CNN) - The Department of Homeland Security is not helping Alabama as it tries to implement its controversial new immigration law, Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday.
In response to questions from House Judiciary Committee members, Napolitano stressed her department is working with the Department of Justice, which is challenging the law, and it's not clear what the full impact of the measure might be.FULL STORY
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is beefing up his efforts in New Hampshire by hiring his first four paid staffers in the state, his campaign announced Wednesday.
The announcement comes a day after Gingrich told reporters in Concord that his fundraising levels had spiked in October. The former speaker was in town Tuesday to file his paperwork for candidacy in the state's primary.
Washington (CNN) – A former "Survivor" contestant is throwing his hat in the ring to be Indiana's next governor.
Rupert Boneham, a participant in three separate seasons, most notably the winner of the "fan favorite" contest in the show's 20th season, is seeking the nomination of the state's Libertarian Party.
(CNN) - Rep. John Olver, D-Massachusetts, announced he will retire after serving out his 10th term in the House of Representatives in 2013.
"Last December, I announced that I intended to seek to continue my congressional service beyond 2012," Olver said in a statement on Wednesday. "Over the past six months, circumstances within my family have substantially changed, and I now find I must reconsider my earlier decision."
(CNN) - White House hopeful Michele Bachmann on Wednesday mailed the paperwork needed to get on the ballot for New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
The announcement comes days after her five-member New Hampshire campaign staff resigned en masse, accusing the Minnesota congresswoman's national campaign handlers of being "rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel."
(CNN) – Donald Trump predicted fanning the "birther" flames is a "positive thing" for Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry.
During an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, the real estate mogul said the issue would help the Texas governor in the Republican presidential primary, but might not be "good for him in the general election."
TOPICS: GOP race in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida
(CNN) – Mitt Romney is on the top or tied for the lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in new surveys in the first four states to vote in next year's primary and caucus calendar.
According to CNN/Time/ORC International polls released Wednesday, the former Massachusetts governor continues to be the overwhelming front-runner in New Hampshire, holds a lead over the other GOP presidential candidates in Florida, and is basically tied for the top spot with businessman Herman Cain in Iowa and South Carolina.
Washington (CNN) - Democrats on the so-called "super committee" proposed during a closed meeting Tuesday a $3 trillion plan designed to slash the federal deficit but Republicans swiftly and decisively rejected it because it relied heavily on tax increases, according to several congressional sources from both parties.
One top Republican aide described the Democratic offer as "outrageously absurd" and a "non-starter," and a sign the super committee may ultimately fail. But this is the first time in the months since the committee began its negotiations that any group in the committee has offered a specific plan.