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October 11, 2011
20:49 // 2 years ago
The fact of the matter is, the issue is, we need to have a balanced budget amendment in the United States Constitution.

Rick Perry, giving this eventual answer to a question asking him if he agreed with a clip of former President Ronald Reagan, stressing the need for compromise on tax increases versus spending cuts.

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20:42 // 2 years ago
In something we were paying particular attention tonight, Rick Perry seems to be trying to head off criticism that he hasn’t presented an actual economic plan by copping to it early on: “I’m not going to lay all this out tonight… Mitt’s had six years to work on his plan.” This is a big problem for Perry. Given his sinking status, he needs to show he’s been putting in a lot of work, and spending another debate with no coherent plan isn’t conveying that message.

In something we were paying particular attention tonight, Rick Perry seems to be trying to head off criticism that he hasn’t presented an actual economic plan by copping to it early on: “I’m not going to lay all this out tonight… Mitt’s had six years to work on his plan.” This is a big problem for Perry. Given his sinking status, he needs to show he’s been putting in a lot of work, and spending another debate with no coherent plan isn’t conveying that message.

20:12 // 2 years ago
It’s time for another American declaration of independence, it’s time for energy independence.
Rick Perry, speaking on jobs in the energy industry on his first statement of the night.
20:05 // 2 years ago
19:04 // 2 years ago
What we’re looking for from tonight’s #EconDebate
It’s debatin’ time! Yet again! The big news hanging over this one is Chris Christie’s recent endorsement of Mitt Romney, tactically deployed the day of the debate, but there’s a lot of other stuff to look for, too. Will Newt Gingrich insult the moderators? Will Michele Bachmann look unnervingly calm the entire time? Will Jon Huntsman make an awkward joke? Will Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer crash the debate last-minute? Here are a few things to keep an eye out for tonight during the EconDebate, a Washington Post/Bloomberg joint we’re covering with DC Decoder, which starts at 8 p.m. EST:
Romney Vs. Hermanator The GOP field hasn’t, to this point, treated Cain as a serious threat. But with his recent polling surge, Cain now appears to be a legitimate top-tier contender and a real threat to Mitt Romney. If Romney goes on the offensive against Cain tonight, it’ll indicate that he’s bought into the hype and fears the Cain Train. On the other hand, if Romney and company give Cain a pass, it’s a sign that, polling aside, the pizza man still isn’t being taken seriously by the big dogs.
Can Perry Save himself? This debate may well be make-or-break for Rick Perry. Despite his $17 million fundraising haul — much of which was given prior to his profoundly inept performance in the last debate — the Texas good ol’ boy is sinking like an anvil in the polls and needs something to jumpstart his campaign. A robust performance tonight could do that. An aloof, absent-minded fumbling of easy questions could put the nail in Perry’s coffin. What a difference a month makes, eh?
the Mormon card For most of the race, Romney and Huntsman’s religion has been the elephant in the GOP primary room. Now it’s out in the open, after a prominent Perry supporter called Mormonism a “cult” at the Value Voters Summit last weekend. This question is sure to come up during the debate, and how the other candidates respond could portend the course of the campaign. If they take the bait, Mormonism may become a central campaign issue. If not, it may die down … for now.
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It’s debatin’ time! Yet again! The big news hanging over this one is Chris Christie’s recent endorsement of Mitt Romney, tactically deployed the day of the debate, but there’s a lot of other stuff to look for, too. Will Newt Gingrich insult the moderators? Will Michele Bachmann look unnervingly calm the entire time? Will Jon Huntsman make an awkward joke? Will Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer crash the debate last-minute? Here are a few things to keep an eye out for tonight during the EconDebate, a Washington Post/Bloomberg joint we’re covering with DC Decoder, which starts at 8 p.m. EST:

  • Romney Vs. Hermanator The GOP field hasn’t, to this point, treated Cain as a serious threat. But with his recent polling surge, Cain now appears to be a legitimate top-tier contender and a real threat to Mitt Romney. If Romney goes on the offensive against Cain tonight, it’ll indicate that he’s bought into the hype and fears the Cain Train. On the other hand, if Romney and company give Cain a pass, it’s a sign that, polling aside, the pizza man still isn’t being taken seriously by the big dogs.
  • Can Perry Save himself? This debate may well be make-or-break for Rick Perry. Despite his $17 million fundraising haul — much of which was given prior to his profoundly inept performance in the last debate — the Texas good ol’ boy is sinking like an anvil in the polls and needs something to jumpstart his campaign. A robust performance tonight could do that. An aloof, absent-minded fumbling of easy questions could put the nail in Perry’s coffin. What a difference a month makes, eh?
  • the Mormon card For most of the race, Romney and Huntsman’s religion has been the elephant in the GOP primary room. Now it’s out in the open, after a prominent Perry supporter called Mormonism a “cult” at the Value Voters Summit last weekend. This question is sure to come up during the debate, and how the other candidates respond could portend the course of the campaign. If they take the bait, Mormonism may become a central campaign issue. If not, it may die down … for now.

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18:52 // 2 years ago
October 10, 2011
Herman Cain's support grows: Now Cain is tied with or ahead of Rick Perry in every poll RealClearPolitics covers, barring two, and his average is also ahead of Perry’s. Of note: The latest Gallup poll has Cain within two points of Mitt Romney. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are roughly tied, and Michele Bachmann’s pretty much disappeared. That was quick.

Herman Cain's support grows: Now Cain is tied with or ahead of Rick Perry in every poll RealClearPolitics covers, barring two, and his average is also ahead of Perry’s. Of note: The latest Gallup poll has Cain within two points of Mitt Romney. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are roughly tied, and Michele Bachmann’s pretty much disappeared. That was quick.

19:57 // 2 years ago
October 9, 2011
10:51 // 2 years ago
October 4, 2011

Polling roundup: Cain continues to surge

  • 3 states in which Herman Cain now leads everybody else source

» All aboard the Cain Train! Republicans in North Carolina, Nebraska, and West Virginia want Herman Cain as their nominee—he leads all of his opponents in a new PPP poll. A Washington Post/ABC poll released today showed Cain tied with Perry for second nationally, and two polls last week also showed evidence of Cain Fever sweeping the nation. This seems to be at the expense of Rick Perry, who’s collapsing just as fast as Cain is rising (in North Carolina alone, more than half of his supporters have abandoned him, and a Fox News poll last week showed him losing ten points in a month). Romney is still the (perpetually-endangered) frontrunner, but there’s a plausible argument to be made that Cain is now in the top-tier of candidates. Of course, the same thing was once said of both Donald Trump and Michele Bachmann, so take that as you will.

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14:37 // 2 years ago
October 2, 2011
My reaction is, that’s just very insensitive. [There] isn’t a more vile, negative word than the N-word, and for him to leave it there as long as he did, before I hear that they finally painted over it, is just plain insensitive to a lot of black people in this country.
Herman Cain • Complaining about the hunting camp Rick Perry once owned, which once had a name that included a racial slur (we’ll let you figure out which one). Perry’s camp already came out on the defensive against this, claiming it was painted over long ago, and the quickly-rising Cain (who just won another straw poll) has every reason in the world to combat this. Perry will have to work hard to come back from this mess. source (viafollow)
21:11 // 2 years ago