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Poll: NYers Have Obama Beating Romney, All Republicans by at Least 25 Points

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A new Siena poll of registered New York voters has Barack Obama beating Republican front-runner Mitt Romney by 25 points, and the president's favorability rating at its highest point since July.

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The Country Meets The Woman Behind Herman Cain

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The public got its first introduction to Gloria Cain, wife of Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain, on Monday night in an exclusive interview with Fox News. The wife of the embattled candidate took to the airwaves to defend her husband against complaints of inappropriate behavior during his time at the National Restaurant Association.

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China Becomes Target at GOP Debate

Monday, November 14, 2011

President Obama begun a tour of the Pacific Rim with a stop in his home state of Hawaii over the weekend, where he met with leaders from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. There are 21 countries in APEC, and the president is using this opportunity to stress the importance of America's relationship with countries in Eastern Asian — most importantly, China. But while President Obama is shaking hands with Chinese President Hu Jintao, GOP candidates here at home having been calling China the bad guy.

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This Week's Agenda: GOP Campaign, Super Committee

Monday, November 14, 2011

This week, all of the Republican presidential candidates are back on the campaign trail. Former speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Representative Michele Bachmann will all visit Iowa. Meanwhile, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney heads to Florida, and Cain will be in Wisconsin. President Obama travels to Australia, steering clear of the Congressional "super committee" as its deadline to shave $1.2 trillion from the U.S. budget grows near. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

GOP Debate Number 9

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lisa Lerer, political reporter for Bloomberg News, discusses last night's GOP debate - from Cain's defense of his character to Rick Perry's "oops" moment - and what it means for the field.

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Cain Denies Harassment Claim, Says Withdrawing From Race 'Ain't Gonna Happen'

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Herman Cain said he has no memory of Sharon Bialek, the woman who he allegedly groped while head of the National Restaurant Association.

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Opinion: Cain's Flukey Win in Iowa Poll Says More About GOP Shuffling

Monday, October 31, 2011

The latest Iowa Poll has 23 percent of likely caucusgoers saying Herman Cain is their first choice, with Mitt Romney trailing with an indistinguishable 22 percent. Romney gets the vote of just 10 percent of those who say they definitely plan to vote in the caucuses, while Cain has a ...

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Highlights From Herman Cain's NPC Appearance: Yes, He Sang

Monday, October 31, 2011

In case you missed it, Herman Cain sang on demand at today's National Press Club luncheon. It was a hymn, and it wasn't about pizza.

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Monday Morning Politics: Cain Stained, Super Committee Struggles

Monday, October 31, 2011

This is part of a vetting process for a candidate who has done better than any of us expected. Herman Cain has really defied the expectations of political reporters who didn't take him seriously even as he was rising in the polls. We were slow to recognize the appeal he had with the Republican electorate. Now he's beating Rick Perry in a poll in Texas.

USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opinion: Axing NH and Iowa From the Calendar Would Mean LESS Democracy

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

If another state moved to replace Iowa and New Hampshire at the top of the heap, the small, grassroots aspect of presidential selection will be discarded. Only candidates who come loaded with big money and a professional organization will have any chance.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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John H. Sununu on Why He's Endorsing Romney

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mitt Romney lost the New Hampshire GOP primary to John McCain in 2008, but he's hoping 2012's primary will be different. Romney received a key endorsement from the granite state's former governor, John H. Sununu. New Hampshire will hold the first presidential primary in the nation in January after the Iowa caucuses. While Romney continues to be the front runner in the GOP race, support for the former Massachusetts governor remains tepid at best. With a history of modified positions and the albatross of "Romneycare," the Massachusetts health care reform legislation that served as a model for President Obama's health care reform, hanging around his neck, many in the GOP base question Romney's conservatism.

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Herman Cain’s Surge: Race and Relatability in South Carolina

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rick Perry is back today in South Carolina, the state where he launched his presidential campaign just over ten weeks ago. Perry immediately spiked in the polls, but after his series of debate fumbles, it’s been Herman Cain who’s captured the momentum.

Cain led two polls of likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina last week, and Romney hasn’t led polls in the first-in-the-south primary since June, well before Perry entered the race.

But it’s more style than substance that they’re responding to. While Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 refrain helped introduce him to early primary voters, Republican voters in South Carolina praised his relatability — and anti-Romney-ness — more than any specific proposals.

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Fresh Endorsements: Sununu Supports Romney, Forbes Favors Perry

Monday, October 24, 2011

Former New Hampshire Governor and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu announced today that he would endorse Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination, while business mogul Steve Forbes came out in support of Rick Perry over the weekend.

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What do Iraq and Wall St. Mean for 2012?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Republicans just sort of rolled [the Iraq withdrawal] into the way they've been talking about Obama: That he's been campaigning rather than governing, suggesting that this was political as opposed to on the advice of military leaders.

—It's A Free Country political peporter Anna Sale on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opinion: Think NH Will Let Another State's Primary Go First? Think Again

Thursday, October 20, 2011

When will the primary and caucus season for 2012 officially start? Ask Bill Gardner, the Secretary of State of New Hampshire.

Gardner started his career in New Hampshire politics as a state representative, and was elected Secretary of State in 1976 by the state legislature and has remained in that ...

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Five Things to Watch For in the Las Vegas GOP Debate

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Republican candidates will meet yet again this evening in Las Vegas, capping off a marathon of debates that began in early September. The primary landscape looks very different now than it did back then, when Rick Perry was ascendant and 9/9/9 wasn't a catch phrase. Here's what to look for.

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Explainer: What Ron Paul's Trillion-Dollar Spending Cuts Axe (and What They Don't)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ron Paul wants to slash government spending by $1 trillion, and he doesn't want to waste any time.

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Herman Cain and the 9-9-9 Plan

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tax policy reporter at Bloomberg News, Richard Rubin gives analysis of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain's 9-9-9 economic plan and explains what tax experts are saying about the proposal.

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GOP Candidates Debate Economy, 999 (and 666) in New Hampshire

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

So much of the debate was about the 9-9-9 plan. It wasn't about how Romney wants to fix the economy. It wasn't about what President Obama has failed to do. It was about whether 9-9-9 would work and whether it's a good idea. And so Herman Cain is really influencing the debate.

—  Anna Sale, It's a Free Country's political reporter, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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New Hampshire GOP Debate

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The GOP candidates squared off again last night in New Hampshire. Anna Sale, political reporter for It's a Free Country, discusses the debate, which focused on the economy.

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