(CNN) - A visibly flustered Rick Perry was reduced to "Oops" after a painful 53 seconds of trying to remember the name of the third of three federal agencies he would cut at a Republican presidential debate in Rochester, Michigan, on Wednesday.
Answering a question about jobs creation, Perry attempted to name the three agencies he has proposed shutting. He named two, but could not come up with the third, even after appearing to consult notes.
Rochester, Michigan (CNN) - Appearing Wednesday at a presidential debate in Michigan focused primarily on economic matters, Republican Herman Cain again faced down questions about the sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed his campaign and the Republican race for the White House.
"Why should the American people hire a president if they feel there are character issues?" Cain was asked by one of the moderators, Maria Bartiromo of CNBC, in the early moments of the debate.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a man many conservatives hoped would run for president, sat down at a phone bank Wednesday to give Mitt Romney some advice on a GOP debate that night.
The advice was vintage Christie, and reflected exactly the quality his supporters had hoped the plain-spoken governor might bring to the race.
Washington (CNN) - The attorney for Karen Kraushaar told reporters Wednesday evening it is likely but not certain a joint press conference will proceed with at least two women who have accused Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment.
Kraushaar, who has accused Cain of sexual harassment over an incident in the 1990s, and her attorney attempted Wednesday to organize a press conference with the three women who have made accusations against Cain, but attorney Joel Bennett said so far he and Kraushaar have not made contact with the two women who are remaining anonymous.
Washington (CNN) - One day after Attorney General Eric Holder admitted to a Senate panel the Department of Justice had sent "inaccurate" information in a letter about a controversial gun trafficking operation, a House Republican chairman pounced.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California - who leads the House investigation into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' "Operation Fast and Furious" - sent a letter to a top Holder assistant demanding documents relating to the preparation of the Justice Department letter that contained the wrong information.
(CNN) - GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry came out swinging Wednesday with statements critical of President Obama's handling of the U.S. relationship with Israel, and his administration's policy toward Iran. The statements come a day after reports of an open mic picking up comments by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Obama about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In his statement, Romney says Obama is "disdainful of our special relationship with Israel."
In the aftermath of a U.N. report that documented Iran's progress toward making a nuclear weapon, Perry said Obama's policy on Iran "based on outreach and limited sanctions, has failed."
Chandler, Arizona (CNN) – He’s President Obama’s top economic advisor. But these days, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is delving into raw politics.
CNN caught up with Geithner at an Intel Corp. manufacturing plant in Chandler, Arizona Tuesday. Geithner’s location alone is significant: Arizona is key to the president’s reelection efforts – a swing state with 10 electoral votes where Obama garnered a respectable 45 percent of the vote in 2008 despite the fact that Arizona’s own John McCain was on the opposing ticket.
Washington (CNNMoney) - A Senate panel passed a bipartisan deal to save the U.S. Postal Service.
The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 9-to-1 to pass the deal, which buys out some employees, cuts worker compensation benefits for some retirees and maintains Saturday mail service for two more years.
(CNN) - The auto industry bailout shouldn't be a topic of discussion at Wednesday's presidential debate, Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said on Wednesday.
"I think the bailout is being overblown in our state as a key topic in this debate," Snyder said on CNN's "American Newsroom". "Because if you look at it, we have gone through difficult times the last decade, and we are making a strong cameback."
Washington (CNN) – Presidential hopeful Herman Cain said he didn't remember ever knowing Sharon Bialek when she went before TV cameras Monday to accuse him of sexually groping her in 1997, but the two were seen talking last month.
A Chicago radio host told CNN Wednesday that she saw Bialek approach Cain at a tea party event on October 1, and the pair engaged in a conversation that day.