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Recapping the GOP Presidential Debate

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Last night, eight GOP presidential hopefuls gathered at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California for the fourth Republican debate this year. It was the first presidential debate for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was in the lead in a recent poll. Perry and Romney sparred over their job creation records and other issues, often overshadowing the six other candidates.

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Five Things We Learned from the GOP Field This Weekend

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Five Republican presidential candidates gathered at a forum in South Carolina on Labor Day to field questions in a pre-debate warm-up. Here are five things we learned.

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Setting the Week: Palin, Perry, and the Prospect of Austerity

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Not having Perry on the stage will probably hurt everybody else. There will not be that target to shoot for. It's not necessarily about whether Perry is going to go on attack, but whether anyone else will go on attack against Perry. Mitt Romney is in the Pawlenty position right now.

David Dayen, writer at Firedoglake.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Process is Political: Branding 'No Labels' with Starbucks

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Political Junkie Calendar: Wednesday with GOP contenders, Thursday with Obama, Tuesday with Starbucks CEO?: The centrist political group No Labels has joined forces with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who's trying to organize corporate executives to withhold campaign contributions "until Washington reaches a fair, bipartisan deal on our country's long-term economic future." This call to join a conference call was helped by full-page ads in the The New York Times on Sunday and in USA Today on Tuesday. This pitch for bipartisanship, of course, will be followed by Republicans and Democrats making their own pitches. Given all the confusion last week, I'll make those details super-clear. The latest GOP debate at the Reagan library on Wednesday at 8pm and televised on NBC. Obama's jobs speech to Congress on Thursday starts at 7pm and will be over by the NFL season kickoff, the White House promises. (No Labels)

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Setting The Week in Politics: Huntsman, Perry, Obama and More

Monday, August 22, 2011

[Huntsman]'s starting to have fun with it, and when you're at 2.2 percent in the polls, you can do that...He's making the case that if his party wants to have a real shot at winning in the fall, you can't go with Michele Bachmann, you can't go with Rick Perry.

Melinda Henneberger, contributing editor to Time.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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In Poll, New Yorkers Give Obama Worst Marks Ever, Want Giuliani in 2012 Race

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The president's job performance rating fell to a new low among New Yorkers in August, according to a recent Siena Poll. But the survey also showed that New Yorkers would still elect Barack Obama over any Republican hopeful.

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Rick Perry: Another Texas Gov to the White House?

Monday, August 15, 2011

George W. Bush successfully made the move from Texas Governor to U.S. president. Can the man who took his place in the Lone Star State follow suit? 

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How This Weekend Changed the Republican Race

Monday, August 15, 2011

Connecting [Michele Bachmann's] ideas very specifically with the jobs crisis hasn't been her strong suit so far; that's something she'll have to demonstrate in the very near future, or she's going to be seen as a less viable candidate, particularly as someone else with populist credentials enters the Republican presidential fray.

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Republican Candidates Jockey for Position

Monday, August 15, 2011

Voters separated wheat from chaff this weekend, at the Iowa straw poll. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won the poll, while former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty made a poor showing and cut his campaign short, removing himself from the GOP roster. Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his candidacy Saturday, and Sarah Palin attracted big crowds at the Iowa State Fair, further shaking up the GOP roster. This week, President Obama is also in the midwest, on a bus tour of Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota. He's planning to sharpen his messaging against Republicans on the handling of the economy and jobs creation.

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Recapping the GOP Debate in Iowa

Friday, August 12, 2011

Last night eight Republican presidential candidates gathered at the Iowa State University in Ames for a televised debate. The eight debaters were: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former pizza chain executive Herman Cain, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Who said what, and which candidate fared best?

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Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry Weighs Presidential Bid

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

It is widely assumed that Texas Governor Rick Perry will soon announce plans to seek the Republican nomination for president. The governor's announcement may come this weekend, a week after his large prayer rally in Houston — which drew almost 30,000 attendants — where he prayed for divine intervention to the assist President Obama's judgement. 

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Rick Perry Presidential Run May Highlight Texas Job Growth

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry is preparing to jump into the race for the Republican nomination for president and his state's record on job creation will likely be a central focus of his campaign. A significant number of the jobs created in the U.S. over the past two years were created in Texas. This despite the widespread economic uncertainty and stubbornly high unemployment that's gripped the nation since the official end of the recession. However, in spite of its success at jobs creation, the state's unemployment number has remained stable.

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Who's to Blame for Downgrade? Not Surprisingly, Politicos and 2012 Contenders Point Fingers

Monday, August 08, 2011

After Standard and Poor's downgraded the U.S. debt rating for the first time American history, reaction was swift, mixed, and like everything else involving fiscal policy these days, pointedly partisan. 

 

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Michele Bachmann Rises in the Polls; Takes Heat Over Migraines

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann acknowledged earlier this week that she suffers from chronic migraine attacks, a familiar problem for the 36 million other Americans that experience them. But some people are now speculating as to whether or not Bachmann's migraines might interfere with her ability to do her job. This kind of talk could amount to a minor setback for Bachmann's campaign, considering some polls show she's the front runner for the Republican bid for president.

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Thaddeus McCotter: 'That Rock and Roll Dude' Runs for President

Friday, July 01, 2011

Yes America, there is more than one Republican presidential candidate who plays rock music. If you miss Mike Huckabee (and the idea of the leader of the free world performing "Cat Scratch Fever"), Thaddeus McCotter could be your man.

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Pawlenty Embraces Bush Foreign Policy Rhetoric but Not Bush Himself

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A two-term governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty’s foreign policy experience consists mostly of his trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit Minnesota National Guard troops. Up to this point, he's run on his record in Minnesota, where he wielded vetoes to cut the size of government despite a Democratically controlled legislature. And he did it with unflappable niceness.

But in a Republican field without a John McCain (or a Colin Powell or David Petraeus waiting in the wings), Pawlenty sees some unclaimed territory on the party plank. In his first major speech about war and security at the Council on Foreign Relations on Tuesday, Pawlenty articulated a robust, hawkish foreign policy driven by “moral clarity” — and took swings at President Obama and his fellow Republicans in the process.

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Huntsman Invokes 'American Century' at Presidential Announcement

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

As Jon Huntsman announced his campaign for the presidency, recovery was the theme, both fiscal and psychological. Huntsman noted that even in these dark times, America still accounts for 25 percent of the world's GDP. He touted the skill and resolve of the American workforce, as well as the strength of our military and educational institutions.

Then he stressed that we could lose it all.

"Today Americans are experiencing through no fault of their own something totally alien to them: a sense that the deck is stacked against them by forces totally beyond their control," Huntsman said. Read more»»

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GOP Candidates: Gearing Up for the Money Race

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The first big deadline for presidential candidates to report their campaign fund raising donations is approaching at the end of June.

Among the GOP hopefuls, Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-Minn) is getting a lot of attention for her past ability to turn big political statements into campaign cash. She welcomed a million dollar windfall into her campaign coffers the day after a 2008 appearance on "HardBall" with Chris Matthews, where she described the Obamas as anti-American. Many are calling these controversial statements and sloganeering "Money Blurting." But will Bachman’s blurts be enough to siphon donations away from the money making machine that is the Mitt Romney campaign and other candidates?

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Huntsman's Campaign Announcment: First of Many (and Much Needed) Defining Moments

Monday, June 20, 2011

Need help figuring out what to think of Jon Huntsman? You're not alone! Apparently, few people really know what to make of the Republican presidential hopeful, who will officially announce his candidacy on Tuesday. Coverage has vacillated between calling his campaign a pipe dream to noting that he's the candidate Democrats fear most.

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Jon Huntsman: The GOP's Next Big Thing for 2012?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

As Republicans reacted to Monday's GOP debate, another candidate entered the fray. Jon Huntsman, former Utah governor and ambassador to China under President Obama, said that he will announce his candidacy for president. Huntsman only recently left his post as ambassador.

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