Bachmann dings Gingrich over immigration - again
November 27th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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Bachmann dings Gingrich over immigration - again

(CNN) – Michele Bachmann continued her line against fellow GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich as the most “liberal” candidate on Saturday, releasing a Gingrich-signed letter that she said indicates his support of amnesty for 11 million illegal workers.

The letter, co-signed by Gingrich and 14 other conservatives and published in the Wall Street Journal in 2004, offered support for President George W. Bush’s proposal at the time for a guest-worker program.
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Gingrich defends immigration policies
November 25th, 2011
07:34 PM ET
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Gingrich defends immigration policies

(CNN) – GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich sought to stand strong against illegal immigration Friday after rivals blasted him this week as a supporter of amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants.

“I am not for amnesty for 11 million people. I’m actually not for amnesty for anyone. I’m not for a path to citizenship for any people who are out here illegally, ” Gingrich said forcefully at a town hall event in Naples, Florida. “But I am for a path to legality for those people whose ties run so deeply in America that it would truly be a tragedy to try and rip their family apart.”
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Romney hits Gingrich over immigration
November 23rd, 2011
04:18 PM ET
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Romney hits Gingrich over immigration

(CNN) – Mitt Romney criticized fellow Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich Wednesday for supporting lighter restrictions against illegal immigrants who have lived in the country for years.

"People who come into this country illegally should not have a special break or special pathway to become permanent residents or citizens of this country," Romney said at a campaign stop in Des Moines.
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CNN's Truth Squad takes on GOP debate
November 23rd, 2011
03:44 AM ET
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CNN's Truth Squad takes on GOP debate

(CNN) – CNN's Truth Squad fact-checked some of the assertions made by Republicans candidates during Tuesday night's CNN National Security Republican Presidential Debate in Washington, DC.

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Gingrich shows humane side on immigration
November 22nd, 2011
11:52 PM ET
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Gingrich shows humane side on immigration

Washington (CNN) - In his first debate as the Republican frontrunner, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took a political gamble Tuesday by wading into the volatile issue of limited amnesty for long-time illegal immigrants.

"If you've been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you've been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don't think we're going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out," Gingrich said near the end of the CNN debate on national security.

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Commanders' view of Afghan drawdown not as simple as Huntsman and Romney say
November 22nd, 2011
10:53 PM ET
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Commanders' view of Afghan drawdown not as simple as Huntsman and Romney say

Washington (CNN) – GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman offered differing views on how a president should reach decisions about matters like U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Romney made it clear he believes a president should listen to his commanders on the ground when making such a decision. "The commander-in-chief makes that decision based upon the input of people closest to the ground," Romney said during Tuesday night's GOP debate.

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Patriot Act, security prompt GOP sparring in CNN national security debate
November 22nd, 2011
09:31 PM ET
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Patriot Act, security prompt GOP sparring in CNN national security debate

Washington (CNN) - The Republican candidates for president outlined their visions for fighting terrorism and keeping the country safe during a CNN debate Tuesday held just down the street from the White House they hope to occupy.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the latest GOP frontrunner in this volatile primary season, sparred with libertarian-leaning Texas Rep. Ron Paul over the Patriot Act as the debate opened, with Gingrich calling for an even more robust version of the law.

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Live Blog: CNN Republican National Security Debate
November 22nd, 2011
07:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Live Blog: CNN Republican National Security Debate

Washington, D.C. (CNN) - The CNN Political Ticker is live blogging the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C. Check here for live updates throughout the event and be sure to follow @PoliticalTicker, @CNNPolitics and use #CNNDebate.

10:05p.m. ETpiersmorgan: Good night for Gingrich & Huntsman. Romney flat, Perry better, Paul lively, Cain & Bachmann irrelevant, taxi for Santorum. #cnndebate

10:05 p.m. ET@AWMooneyCNN: Can't get enough of ambiguous letter grades after these debates #cnndebate

10:00 p.m. ET - @rolandsmartin: Media will say @newtgingrich won this debate. NOT TRUE. 1st half: Huntsman. Overall: Ron Paul #cnndebate

9:59p.m. ET Wolf Blitzer closed the debate and says good night.

9:57 p.m. ET – Cain said one of the greatest threats to U.S. is cyber attack. Gingrich agreed with that. Bachmann said threat of terrorism has come home, she raised prosecution in her home state of those convicted of supporting Al Qaeda inspired group in Somalia.
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King sets up big night for GOP contenders
November 22nd, 2011
10:52 AM ET
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King sets up big night for GOP contenders

(CNN) - Tonight's a big night in Washington, D.C. as Republican presidential rivals face off over national security, foreign policy and the economy in light of a congressional super committee's failure to reach a long-term debt deal.

CNN Chief National Correspondent John King sets up the debate live at noon today and answers your Twitter questions about the issues or anything else you want to ask.

Tweet your questions to the "John King, USA" anchor at @JohnKingCNN.

Much to gain and lose for Gingrich, rivals in CNN national security debate
November 22nd, 2011
08:16 AM ET
2 years ago

Much to gain and lose for Gingrich, rivals in CNN national security debate

Washington (CNN) - The Republican presidential candidates face off Tuesday night just a few blocks from the place they all hope to call home: the White House.

The candidates share the stage at DAR Constitution Hall, just down the street from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. CNN is teaming up with leading Republican-leaning think tanks Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute to host a debate that focuses heavily on national security and foreign policy issues, but which will also include top economic concerns, including the failure of the congressional super committee to find agreement to cut $1.2 trillion from the country's long-term debt.

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