(CNN) – A Mitt Romney surrogate downplayed the negative impact of his proposed $10,000 bet during Saturday’s GOP presidential debate as a “figure of speech.”
Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a supporter of the former Massachusetts governor, also used his explanation to level a dig at current frontrunner Newt Gingrich.
Washington (CNN) - Congress will agree to extend the payroll tax cut before it expires at the end of the year, two leading conservative Senate Republicans said Sunday.
The comments demonstrated the GOP shift on a proposal originally opposed by Republican leaders, even as each side continues trying to persuade the other of the best legislative approach to take.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Newt Gingrich's position at the top of the Republican presidential field made him the target of his rivals in the 12th major GOP debate Saturday in Iowa, a little more than three weeks before the state's caucuses launch the 2012 primaries. Here are five things we learned from the debate:
Attacking in a "relentlessly positive" way.
(CNN) – Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum criticized the leadership qualities of rival candidate Newt Gingrich on Sunday, suggesting voters contrast Gingrich's record with his own ahead of the Iowa caucuses.
"People are also going to look at his leadership ability and look at his record and whether what he says he's going to do is what he did when he had the opportunity to do it," Santorum said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think that's where as people start focusing a lot more on those details, I think that's where we're going to rise."
Editor's note: Part of the CNN Republican debate fact-checking series.
(CNN) – The statement: The Social Security payroll tax cut that President Barack Obama is seeking to extend "will cost the Social Security trust fund another $112 billion, and we don't have enough money this year in the Social Security trust fund to put out those checks - which means we have to go to the general Treasury to get the money." - Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, at Saturday night's ABC News debate in Iowa. She added that the tax cut "blew a hole" in the trust fund.
The facts: The Obama administration says the Social Security payroll tax cut is projected to cost about $112 billion in the coming year. The administration says the money that would have gone to the trust fund would be made up from general revenues, with "no effect on individuals' current or future Social Security benefits."
(CNN) - The statement: "We can cut government bureaucracy, which is Obamacare. The NFIB tells us - that's the small business agency - that we will lose 1.6 million jobs over five years if we keep Obamacare." - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, at Saturday's Republican presidential debate in Iowa.
The facts: The National Federation of Independent Business, the small-business lobby, did estimate in January 2009 that a national mandate for employers to provide health insurance would cost 1.6 million jobs over five years. But the study was done months before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health care legislation that critics call "Obamacare," took shape in Congress.
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