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Debate Shows Frontrunner Romney Lacks Party Majority

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Mitt Romney left the stage of last night’s Republican presidential debate on the economy as he entered: a cautious front-runner, not prone to mistakes, who has yet to win the backing of at least 70 percent of his party.

October 7, 2011

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Now that Christie and Palin are officially out of the GOP Presidential race, which other candidates will benefit most? Plus, what fundraising totals reveal about the race. Also, President Obama fights for the Jobs Act. And a preview of SCOTUS’s new term. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal; Joan Biskupic, USA Today.
 

Democrats Float Tax on Top Earners

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Senate Democratic leaders on Wednesday proposed a new 5.6% tax on people earning more than $1 million a year to cover the cost of President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs plan, a move designed to stem Democratic defections from a top White House priority.

With GOP field set, Romney woos the unconvinced

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With the Chris Christie and Sarah Palin teases over, Mitt Romney is telling Republican activists there's all the more reason to get excited about his presidential campaign. They will keep him waiting a bit longer, it seems.

PBS NewsHour: Political Checklist: Shifting GOP Primary Calendar and Rick Perry's Sign Problem

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Senior correspondents Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill and Political Editor David Chalian are back for another edition of the Political Checklist. This week they consider whether the accelerated Republican primary calendar benefits the front-runner candidates at the expense of candidates who need more time to make their case to Republican voters.

They also discuss a potential problem for Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign: The Washington Post has a story about the presence of a racially charged sign on a stone outside of a property Perry rented for hunting for many years in Texas. Judy thinks this will be a problem for the campaign, while Gwen questions why the Perrys didn't remove the rock.

Obama campaign team memo blasts 2012 Republican candidates

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President Obama's campaign said in a memo Monday that the Republican candidates vying for the president's job are running to the extreme right of the party, embracing policies that Americans oppose.

September 30, 2011

Weekly Show

Airstrikes killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen. At home, dissatisfied GOP voters want Gov. Chris Christie to join the presidential race. Also, President Obama feuds with his base. Plus, a stopgap bill temporarily prevents a government shutdown. Joining Gwen: John Dickerson, Slate/CBS News; Sam Youngman, The Hill; Major Garrett, National Journal; Pierre Thomas, ABC News.

 

Herman Cain: The GOP’s next big thing?

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Almost lost amid the buzz this week over the possibility that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may seek the Republican nomination for president was the potential rise of a candidate already in the race: Herman Cain.

Republican Primary Calendar Takes Shape

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The unrelenting clamor about the possibility of new candidates joining the Republican presidential race may be overlooking one important number: 100.

PBS NewsHour: How 'Bloody' Will GOP Nomination Fight Get?

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August 15, 2011

The GOP presidential field reshuffled over the weekend when Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined the race, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out and Rep. Michele Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll. Gwen Ifill and Political Editor David Chalian discuss the GOP contenders and President Obama's campaign-style Midwestern bus tour.