Gingrich: Race will come down to 'Newt and Not-Newt'
November 30th, 2011
11:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich: Race will come down to 'Newt and Not-Newt'

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the tables have turned in the Republican race for the White House, arguing on Wednesday that he's replacing Mitt Romney as the GOP's most steady presidential front-runner.

"I would have thought originally it was going to be a 'Mitt and Not-Mitt'," Gingrich said, talking about his early predictions for the top two Republican contenders. "It may turn out to be 'Newt and Not-Newt,' and that's a very different formula."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
Cain admits losing 'warm-weather' supporters amid scandal
November 30th, 2011
10:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Cain admits losing 'warm-weather' supporters amid scandal

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Herman Cain took questions from the media Wednesday but cleared up little of the confusion surrounding the status of his campaign.

The embattled presidential candidate acknowledged he had lost "a few of our warm-weather supporters" and was reassessing his election effort in the wake of an allegation he carried on a 13-year extramarital affair with a Georgia woman. But it was unclear what, exactly, about the campaign he was reassessing.
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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • New Hampshire
McCain insults Long Island, Schumer hits back at Arizona
November 30th, 2011
09:41 PM ET
2 years ago

McCain insults Long Island, Schumer hits back at Arizona

(CNN) - GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona apologized Wednesday night for taking a dig at Long Island, prompting Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York to quickly bite back.

"Isn't it true that Justice (Sandra Day) O'Connor was specifically referring to a person who was captured on Long Island? Last I checked, Long Island was part – albeit sometimes regrettably – part of the United States of America," McCain said on the Senate floor Wednesday.
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Filed under: Arizona • Charles Schumer • John McCain • New York • Senate
Ron Paul takes on Gingrich in new web ad
November 30th, 2011
09:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Ron Paul takes on Gingrich in new web ad

(CNN) – Newt Gingrich can add another Republican presidential foe to the list of those taking aim at his record: Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

In a new web video released Wednesday, Paul's campaign hits the former House Speaker as a "serial" hypocrite and Washington insider.
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Ron Paul
Senate Republicans propose plan to pay for payroll tax cut
November 30th, 2011
07:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate Republicans propose plan to pay for payroll tax cut

Washington (CNN) - In an effort to offset the cost of extending the current payroll tax cut for one year, Senate Republicans on Wednesday proposed freezing federal salaries, reducing the federal work force and keeping millionaires from getting food stamps and unemployment benefits.

The proposal would raise the $120 billion to cover the payroll tax and would bring in an additional $111 billion Republicans say would be used to pay down the nation's debt.
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Filed under: Congress • Republicans • Senate • Taxes
Cain campaign goes up with new ad in Iowa
November 30th, 2011
06:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Cain campaign goes up with new ad in Iowa

Washington (CNN) – While Herman Cain assesses whether he will stay in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign Wednesday announced it is going on the air in Iowa with a new ad beginning Friday.

The commercial, the campaign’s second of the season in Iowa, seeks to emphasize Cain’s business background–credentials often touted on the campaign trail qualifications to be president.
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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Iowa
Romney: Obama will 'cower' from debating his record
November 30th, 2011
06:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Obama will 'cower' from debating his record

(CNN) – Brushing aside his recent spat with Newt Gingrich, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday said he's more geared up for a fight with national Democrats.

"I think it's kinda curious that they want to jump into our primary and try and throw the primary to someone who they think has a better chance of losing to the president," Romney said in an interview on Sean Hannity's radio show. "I'm kind of invigorated by the fact that they've decided to go after me."
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Filed under: DNC • Mitt Romney
Cain focuses on family amid sexual allegations
November 30th, 2011
05:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Cain focuses on family amid sexual allegations

(CNN) – Herman Cain said Wednesday he will make a final decision about whether to remain in the 2012 presidential race in the next several days after he discusses the campaign with his wife and weighs the toll it is taking on his family.

The Republican candidate acknowledged the distress the accusations have caused his wife of 43 years and said he will fly home over the weekend to speak with his family face-to-face.
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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
Christie: Cain fumbled response to scandals
November 30th, 2011
05:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Christie: Cain fumbled response to scandals

Orlando, Florida (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suggested Wednesday that embattled Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain mishandled the multiple scandals engulfing his once-soaring campaign.

But Christie, a leading voice in the Republican Party who is backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the presidential race, said Cain has to decide on his own whether or not to abandon his White House bid.
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Fearing earmark creep, senators propose new ban
November 30th, 2011
05:31 PM ET
2 years ago

Fearing earmark creep, senators propose new ban

Washington (CNN) – A year after Congress voluntarily agreed to give up earmarks - pork barrel spending projects critics say cost too much and may have an outsized influence on some lawmakers - the special-interest provisions have crept slowly back into legislation, two senators warned on Wednesday.

"There is an effort under way to go back to earmarking as usual, as it used to be," said Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pennsylvania. "I think that would be a disaster for our country and our congress and we intend to do our very best to prevent that."

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Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Congress • earmarks • Pat Toomey • Senate
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