Ron Paul on debate's health care moment
September 14th, 2011
12:23 PM ET
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Ron Paul on debate's health care moment

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Ron Paul was at the center of one of the most memorable moments of Monday night's "CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate" when a member of the audience shouted "Yeah!" in response to a question asking whether a critically ill person without health insurance should be left to die.

In an interview Wednesday the Texas congressman, who was being asked the question when the outburst happened, responded to critics who said his response lacked compassion.
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Perry still smiling after rough-and-tumble debate
September 13th, 2011
11:15 PM ET
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Perry still smiling after rough-and-tumble debate

Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) - The night after fielding blistering attacks for his views on Social Security, a jovial Rick Perry told a Boston audience he was the only GOP candidate willing to fix the entitlement program.

The Texas governor, who has repeatedly called Social Security a "Ponzi scheme," was the focus of sustained criticism at the CNN/Tea Party Debate Monday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said using the term "Ponzi scheme" was "over the top, unnecessary and frightening" to Americans.
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More goes into moderating a debate than meets the eye
September 13th, 2011
03:21 PM ET
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More goes into moderating a debate than meets the eye

(CNN) – Moderating a presidential debate is not easy. That is especially true when you have eight candidates on the stage – each one eager to get as much time as possible to make his or her points.

Four years ago, I moderated five CNN presidential debates. Some had eight or even nine candidates on the stage. The final one I did had only two – Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

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Did Bachmann wound front-runner Perry at CNN/Tea Party Debate?
September 13th, 2011
10:32 AM ET
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Did Bachmann wound front-runner Perry at CNN/Tea Party Debate?

Tampa (CNN) – Perhaps it was because Rep. Michele Bachmann was in her element at the CNN/Tea Party Republican Debate. With her campaign flagging, the founder of the Tea Party Caucus in Congress delivered a surprise body blow to the GOP front-runner, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Challenging Perry on his 2007 executive order that required Texas schoolgirls to receive vaccinations against the sexually transmitted HPV virus, Bachmann suggested the governor acted for purely political reasons.

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Fact Check: Are health plans forced to cover free 'abortion pills?'
September 13th, 2011
10:18 AM ET
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Fact Check: Are health plans forced to cover free 'abortion pills?'

(CNN) - The statement: "President Obama, in a stunning, shocking level of power, now just recently told all private insurance companies, 'You must offer the morning-after abortion pill, because I said so. And it must be free of charge.' That same level coming through executive orders and through government dictates is wrong."
– Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, at Monday night's CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential debate

The facts: In August, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a list of several women's health services it will require health insurance plans to cover, including screenings for conditions such as gestational diabetes, human papillomavirus (HPV) and counseling on sexually transmitted diseases.

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Fact Check: Are Medicare and Medicaid 'paid to crooks?'
September 13th, 2011
10:16 AM ET
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Fact Check: Are Medicare and Medicaid 'paid to crooks?'

(CNN) - The statement: "The federal government is such a bad manager of money that somewhere between 70 and $120 billion a year in Medicare and Medicaid is paid to crooks ... I would start to balance the budget by stop paying the crooks, not by cheating honest Americans."
– former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Monday night's CNN-Tea Party Republican debate

The facts: The federal government estimates that in 2010, about 5.5% of its spending - about $125 billion - involved "improper payments" to businesses or individuals.

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Fact Check: Did the stimulus create "zero" jobs?
September 13th, 2011
10:05 AM ET
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Fact Check: Did the stimulus create "zero" jobs?

(CNN) - The Statement: Texas Gov. Rick Perry said at Monday's CNN/Tea Party Debate that President Obama "had $800 billion worth of stimulus in the first round of stimulus. It created zero jobs. Four-hundred-plus billion in this package, and I can do the math on that one. Half of zero jobs is going to be zero jobs."

The Facts: A more accurate jobs count may come from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which estimates the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus bill, "increased the number of people employed by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million" in the second quarter of 2010 alone. The budget office also states that well over half a million jobs were funded in each of the other three quarters of 2010.

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Fact Check: Is Social Security a 'Ponzi scheme'?
September 13th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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Fact Check: Is Social Security a 'Ponzi scheme'?

(CNN) - The Statement: Texas Gov. Rick Perry said at a September 7 MSNBC presidential debate that "it is a Ponzi scheme to tell our kids that are 25 or 30 years old today, you're paying into a program that's going to be there. Anybody that's for the status quo with Social Security today is involved with a monstrous lie to our kids, and it's not right." The "Ponzi scheme" label was also discussed during Monday night's CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential debate.

The Facts: According to the most recent report from the Social Security Board of Trustees, "projected long-run program costs for ... Social Security are not sustainable under currently scheduled financing, and will require legislative corrections if disruptive consequences for beneficiaries and taxpayers are to be avoided."

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Fact Check: Did Bachmann's drug lobbyist claims ring true?
September 13th, 2011
09:58 AM ET
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Fact Check: Did Bachmann's drug lobbyist claims ring true?

(CNN) - During Monday's CNN/Tea Party debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann criticized Texas Gov. Rick Perry's short-lived 2007 executive order requiring girls to get a vaccination for human papillomavirus, claiming in part that his former chief of staff lobbied for the drug maker, and that the company made millions of dollars because of the order.

"I just wanted to add that we cannot forget that in the midst of this executive order there is a big drug company that made millions of dollars because of this mandate. We can't deny that ... What I'm saying is that it's wrong for a drug company, because the governor's former chief of staff was the chief lobbyist for this drug company," Bachmann said. "The drug company gave thousands of dollars in political donations to the governor, and this is just flat-out wrong. The question is, is it about life, or was it about millions of dollars and potentially billions for a drug company?"

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Perry's immigration policy is different than GOP rivals
September 13th, 2011
09:48 AM ET
3 years ago

Perry's immigration policy is different than GOP rivals

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry found himself standing apart from his GOP rivals on a pair of immigration issues during a CNN/Tea Party Debate in Tampa, Florida, Monday night.

Sounding more like a previous Texas governor who brought "compassionate conservatism" to the White House, Perry staunchly defended legislation he signed that aids the children of illegal immigrants even as the audience at the debate roundly disagreed.

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