GOP candidates tackle foreign policy, national security in latest debate
November 12th, 2011
11:30 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP candidates tackle foreign policy, national security in latest debate

Spartanburg, South Carolina (CNN) - The Republican candidates for president outlined their foreign policy and national security visions in a debate Saturday, tackling issues that have largely taken a backseat in a presidential race shaped by the troubled economy.

Moderators pressed the candidates on a range of topics during the 90-minute debate in South Carolina, including terrorism, Iran's nuclear capabilities, China, the war in Afghanistan, the so-called "Arab Spring" and foreign aid.

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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Republicans
Bachmann cries 'bias' after Saturday debate
November 12th, 2011
11:16 PM ET
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Bachmann cries 'bias' after Saturday debate

Spartanburg, South Carolina (CNN) - Michele Bachmann accused CBS News of 'media bias' Saturday night after her campaign was included on an email chain that suggested she would get fewer questions than other candidates in a debate co-sponsored by the network and National Journal.

"I think it's only respectful to allow the candidates to be able to speak and not intentionally ahead of time make a decision to limit candidates' opportunity to speak to the American people," the Minnesota congresswoman said after the debate, which was held in South Carolina. "Clearly this was an example of media bias."
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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
Obama pushes trans-Pacific trade deal at APEC
November 12th, 2011
08:33 PM ET
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Obama pushes trans-Pacific trade deal at APEC

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - President Barack Obama, in Hawaii for a weekend economic conference, said Saturday that leaders of nine nations have agreed on the "broad outlines" of a trans-Pacific free trade agreement.

The United States has been negotiating with Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Vietnam, Chile and Peru to develop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which officials have said could eventually expand to include other nations.

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Filed under: 2012 • Hawaii • President Obama
Gingrich’s great debate expectations
November 12th, 2011
07:36 PM ET
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Gingrich’s great debate expectations

Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) – Newt Gingrich revealed a bit of humility and shared a secret to his debate performances that are contributing to the candidate’s rise in the presidential race.

While campaigning in Greenville ahead of Saturday night’s foreign policy debate, the former House Speaker indicated concern that his reputation as a great debater is a double-edged sword.
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
Santorum: Hope is in Iowa, not poll numbers
November 12th, 2011
05:30 PM ET
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Santorum: Hope is in Iowa, not poll numbers

(CNN) – GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, who's struggled to break into the double-digits in national and state polls, said Saturday that he'll see victory in the early voting contests, not in his poll numbers.

"I think we're going to win Iowa. I'm feeling better about that every single day," the former Pennsylvania senator said on a campaign stop in South Carolina. "It's not going to show up in the polls. My projection is we'll never be ahead in the polls prior to caucus day."
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Santorum
Democrats continue to push Romney on abortion
November 12th, 2011
05:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Democrats continue to push Romney on abortion

Washington (CNN) – A Democratic group joined in Saturday on the attacks against Mitt Romney, arguing that he's a true anti-abortion-rights supporter and was only "faking it" when he took opposing positions as a political candidate in Massachusetts.

"If Romney wins the presidency, he won’t have to ‘fake it’ ever again," said Bill Burton, senior strategist at Priorities USA, a super political action committee dedicated to helping President Barack Obama win re-election.
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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Democrats • Mitt Romney
Cain homes in on foreign policy before debate
November 12th, 2011
02:57 PM ET
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Cain homes in on foreign policy before debate

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - Hours before the second Republican presidential debate of the week, GOP candidate Herman Cain previewed his foreign policy bona fides before a group of young Republicans in his home state Saturday morning.

At the fall meeting of the Georgia Young Republicans in Atlanta, Cain said once elected president he would make foreign policy and national security his priority, saying the president's number one job is to protect the nation.
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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Herman Cain
Exhibition celebrates work of Obama's mother
November 12th, 2011
11:18 AM ET
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Exhibition celebrates work of Obama's mother

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - In her own right, Ann Dunham, the mother of U.S. President Barack Obama, lived an accomplished, international life that began in white-bread Kansas, weaved through Asia-light Hawaii and wound up in Indonesia.

Now an exhibition celebrating her life in the world's most populous Muslim nation is opening in Hawaii featuring her personal art and artifact collection.

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Filed under: Hawaii • Obama family • President Obama
5 things to look for in GOP debate
November 12th, 2011
09:59 AM ET
3 years ago

5 things to look for in GOP debate

Spartanburg, South Carolina (CNN) - The tenth debate of the topsy-turvy Republican campaign will take place at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Saturday night.

This time the sponsors are CBS News, The National Journal and the South Carolina Republican Primary.

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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Republicans • South Carolina
White House and GOP advocate jobs relief for unemployed veterans
November 12th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
3 years ago

White House and GOP advocate jobs relief for unemployed veterans

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Saturday it was an "American responsibility" to improve the dismal jobs landscape facing veterans when they return from duty.

"Today, more than 850,000 veterans remain unemployed. And too many are struggling to find a job worthy of their talents and experience," the president said in his weekly address, delivered from the Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, currently at port in San Diego. "As part of the American Jobs Act, I called on Congress to pass a Returning Heroes Tax Credit, which would give businesses a tax break for each unemployed veteran they hire."
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Filed under: GOP • President Obama • Veterans