Can Perry afford to pass on debates?
October 28th, 2011
08:07 AM ET
3 years ago

Can Perry afford to pass on debates?

(CNN) - After a string of disappointing debate performances, the presidential campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry is signaling that Perry might be dialing back his participation in several planned televised Republican presidential primary debates.

The new tack raises the question: Can a major candidate with a track record of weak debate performances pass on nationally televised debates?

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, October 28, 2011
October 28th, 2011
05:17 AM ET
3 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, October 28, 2011

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CNN: 'Super committee' steps up negotiations, Boehner pushes for deal
As Democrats and Republicans on the "super committee" exchanged competing plans to slash the deficit, House Speaker John Boehner said he's opposed to the automatic spending cuts that would go into effect if the panel can't reach a compromise and is committed to getting a deal done by the deadline.

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Cain wades into abortion controversy again
October 28th, 2011
12:22 AM ET
3 years ago

Cain wades into abortion controversy again

(CNN) - The campaign of Herman Cain again worked to clarify his stance on abortion Thursday night after the GOP presidential candidate raised new questions at a Texas campaign stop when he said he was "pro-life, no exceptions."

The "no exceptions" phrase seemed to contradict statements Cain recently made, suggesting abortion rights should be a family's decision when it came to cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother was in danger.
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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Herman Cain
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