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On our radar this morning: A new poll on Herman Cain's favorability as he tells reporters he's done commenting on the sexual harassment allegations, and Rick Perry's parents open up.
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TRENDING: Cain scolds reporters: 'End of story' to sexual harassment claims
Cain's Favorability Drops After Accusations: Poll
The poll showed the percentage of Republicans who view Cain favorably dropped 9 percentage points, to 57 percent from 66 percent a week ago.
Among all registered voters, Cain's favorability declined 5 percentage points, to 32 percent from 37 percent.
A year from Election 2012, a dark mood awaits Obama and GOP rival
Steve Schmidt, who served as senior strategist to the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008, cast the election year ahead in dark terms.
“It’s a deeply pessimistic time,” he said. “Neither party is talking honestly or directly about the country’s problems and challenges. It’s going to be an extremely mean-spirited campaign, filled with nonstop attack ads. The whole focus will be on disqualifying the alternative, not on the country’s future. It will be very much the opposite of the hope-and-change theme of four years ago.”
Iowa Poll: U.S. debt, jobs listed as leading conservative concerns
The poll results demonstrate a potential problem for Romney: On both issues considered priorities in this election, he trails Cain. On jobs and the economy, Cain is preferred over Romney 26 percent to 21 percent. And on national debt, Cain is preferred, 23 percent to 19 percent.
Illinois GOP fundraising straw poll goes to Ron Paul
A nondebate between Cain and Gingrich
Cain seemed ill at ease; he deferred frequently to Gingrich on complex aspects of federal programs. When one of the two moderators, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), asked about defined benefits, Cain gave a halting answer. "A defined.... You go first, Newt."
Rick Perry’s parents say their son is strong medicine needed by a sickly nation
Why GOP power player Jim DeMint isn’t endorsing in the 2012 presidential primaries
“I want to announce that I am very unlikely to endorse a candidate in the presidential race,” DeMint told me in an interview this weekend. The most disappointed GOP contender may be Mitt Romney, who received DeMint’s endorsement in 2008 and could have used the senator’s support to woo skeptical conservatives this time around. Why did DeMint decide not to endorse Romney again? “It’s a different race, different people in it, different time for our country,” he said, adding, “I would be very comfortable supporting any of . . . [our candidates] for president.”
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Hey the rrpugs have a; cut tax, deregulate, drill baby drill, jobs plan. First of all big corporations are paying 0 taxes, some even pay negative taxes that means government are paying them. We have the lowest tax structure in probably the history of our country. We have less deregulation than the bush administration. The rrpugs want to drill baby drill, I believe they want our landscapes to resemble those big oil producing landscape when mother nature finish with is, furthermore all these big drilling oil companies wont fall for it because of they get too much oil in the system this will lessen demand, and they wont get to charge the American people 100 dollar a barell oil. That's less money in their pockets and they wont beable to make those 100 billion dollar quarters. When will amrica learns that greed is the most powerful thing going on in America, and the repubs attempt to blind every one eyes with words while doing the opposite only works with the gullible in America.
The stories are all about greed, graft, gambling with America'n taxpayers money; pushing and expanding government into religion and religion into government. Perhaps those running for office might look at the top 5 religions in the world where all are warned about mixing faith with $$, Power, and bodily desires. They are all a no vote for me.