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Trying to Appeal To All Sectors of Conservatism, Michele Bachmann Runs Overtime at Values Voters Summit

If Michele Bachmann’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is on its deathbed, it was impossible to tell from the reception the Minnesota congresswoman received Friday at the 2011 Values Voters Summit.

“Bachmann! Bachmann!” the audience at the Washington gathering chanted spontaneously as she took the stage; standing ovations from the mostly full audience frequently punctuated her address.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 11:40pm

Perry rejects supporter’s disparagement of Romney’s Mormon faith

(Updated at 9:38 p.m. ET)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday tersely repudiated the remarks of a Dallas pastor who disparaged the Mormon faith of Perry’s presidential rival, Mitt Romney shortly after introducing Perry at the Values Voters summit in Washington.

“No,” Perry said to the first question. To the second: “ No, I’ve already answered that back there. I told him no.” Asked by a third reporter whether he associated himself with the pastor’s remarks, Perry said: “I already answered that question,” before being whisked out the door.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 10:40pm

Herman Cain Invokes Ronald Reagan, Wins Big Ovations at Values Voters Summit

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Friday delivered a rousing defense of his campaign and candidacy, winning several standing ovations from conservative activists gathered in Washington for the Values Voters Summit.

Rising suddenly to become a top-tier contender means “you get this bull-eye’s on your back,” Cain said.  But Cain insisted that his growing momentum was no fluke.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40pm

House GOP: Did DOE Break the Law on Solyndra?

House Republicans released new e-mails on Friday evening that they claim show the Treasury Department believed the Energy Department was violating the law when it restructured a $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra, the defunct solar manufacturer at the heart of an FBI investigation. An Energy Department spokesman said the House GOP analysis of the e-mails was wrong.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40pm

Romney Maintains Lead in New Hampshire

Mitt Romney continues to hold a wide, but soft lead in the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, and the former Massachusetts governor is well-positioned to capture the state's four electoral votes against President Obama, according to a new WMUR-TV/University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll released late Friday.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40pm

Gingrich: Federal Courts Undermining Nation's Religious Roots

Newt Gingrich on Friday delivered a blistering critique of a federal court system that he said has become “alien” to the country’s culture, an unusual topic for a major speech during the presidential election but one that underscores the ex-House speaker’s desire to distinguish himself from his GOP rivals.

Gingrich, whose presidential campaign has struggled to gain traction amid questions about its viability, told a mostly full room of social conservatives at the Values Voter Summit that the “lawyer class” and courts are undermining the country’s Judeo-Christian roots.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40pm

Ted Cruz: Obama Is 'Most Radical President' Nation's Ever Had

Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz brought a packed crowd to its feet Friday afternoon at the Values Voters summit in Washington, serving up a heaping portion of red meat in a 15-minute speech focused on taking a stand against President Obama, whom he dubbed the nation's most radical president ever.

"Barack Obama is the most radical president this nation has ever had," Cruz said. "He is a true believer and what he believes in is government -- government control of the economy and our lives."

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40pm

Banks Dig Committee's Told-You-So Video

The Electronic Payments Coalition, a bank lobbying group opposed to swipe fee regulation, picked up a new video by the House Financial Services Committee just hours after it was released on Friday. The video argues that banks' new monthly debit card fees are a result of financial reform.

The coalition forwarded the committee's press release about the video with the subject line, "DURBIN FEES?"

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40pm

Mormonism Not a Cult, Says Perry Spokesman

(Updated at 8:10 p.m. ET)

Shortly after a pastor who introduced Rick Perry at the Values Voters Summit on Friday disparaged the religion of the GOP presidential candidate’s rival, Mitt Romney, a Perry spokesman distanced the Texas governor’s campaign from the remarks.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40pm

Previewing the Sunday Shows

"Meet the Press" will be live in Chicago on Sunday with exclusive live interviews with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. In light of the debate over the American Jobs Act, Emanuel will address the local economy, as well as his transition into office and his former boss' reelection effort, while Ryan will discuss the economy and jobs at the national level.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40pm