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Perry, Romney Almost Cross Paths in Granite State

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- On a crisp autumn evening with one of his main GOP presidential rivals across town, Mitt Romney could have gone on the attack his Friday town hall -- his 15th in New Hampshire. He never mentioned Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s name.

The GOP field’s two most formidable fundraisers vied for Granite State votes here at two evening events just five minutes apart.  Perry headlined a banquet of conservatives at a downtown hotel; Romney took questions on Social Security, government spending and healthcare from more than 200 locals at a nearby banquet hall.

Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 12:40am

Herman Cain Takes the Unconventional Political Route

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- For the fourth day in a row, Herman Cain drew upwards of 1,000 supporters to a rally in a state that is likely to have zero impact on the Republican presidential nominating contest in which he’s currently a leading contender.

A packed house – standing room only, replete with pro-Cain sign-wavers lining the street outside – awaited the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO at the RSA Activity Center here Friday. “Rock you like a Herman Cain,” a spoof of the Scorpions’ classic, blared through the sound system.

Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 12:40am

Perry Outlines Plans for Creating Jobs – And Limiting Supreme Court Justices’ Hold on Theirs

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Rick Perry on Friday said he’d be willing to live with “budget holes” to promote job creation and floated the idea of term-limiting Supreme Court justices.

In an interview with the New Hampshire Union-Leader that was aired Friday on C-SPAN, the Republican presidential candidate indicated that, if forced to choose between balanced budgets and job creation, he would opt for the former.

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 11:40pm

Obama's Lobbyist Problem

As a candidate for president in 2008, President Obama was cerebral to a fault. His campaign speeches were remarkable not only for their eloquence but for their lack of demagoguery.

That's what made the exceptions noteworthy.

Remember when he said he'd hammer out the health care bill on C-SPAN? Anybody who'd spent any time in Washington knew that was never going to happen.

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 11:40pm

Bachmann Accuses Rival Perry of Organizing Tea Party Slam

Michele Bachmann’s campaign on Friday struck back at a tea party affiliated group that called on the Minnesota congresswoman to end her presidential run, with the candidate herself suggesting that rival candidate Rick Perry might be behind the ambush. 

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 10:40pm

One Last Word on That Cain Ad

My colleague, Reid Wilson, succinctly summed up this odd moment.

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 7:40pm

Shays: Lone Wolf No More

Former Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., isn't afraid to welcome help this time in his Senate bid.

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 7:40pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will cap his tough week with an appearance on Fox News Sunday this weekend. The appearance will be an opportunity for Perry to redirect the conversation on his candidacy; the week began with the governor wading more deeply into the birther issue and in CNN/Time's polls of the first four primary states later in the week, Perry turned in a poor showing. The Perry's camp's recent signal that he may start skipping debates is also a likely topic of conversation.

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 6:40pm

Cain to Capitol Hill on Wednesday

After a week of more unorthodox campaign stops in Illinois, Texas and Alabama, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain comes to Washington on Wednesday to meet with lawmakers, according to an email obtained by the Alley

GOP Rep. Tom Graves' chief of staff Tim Baker wrote in an email this afternoon: Chiefs and Scheduler - 
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Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 6:40pm

Ethanol industry takes aim at Perry

Rick Perry has never pretended to be a friend to the ethanol industry.

In 2008, he urged the Bush administration to roll back the so-called "ethanol mandate'' which requires the federal government to annually boost biofuel production, mainly through corn-based ethanol. When he entered the race in August, renewable energy lobbyists said they would wait and see whether he would strike a different tone as a presidential candidate.

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 6:40pm