Post Politics: October, 2011

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/31/2011

Five questions for the week ahead

Key challenges facing Herman Cain, Rick Perry and other contenders for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 PM ET, 10/30/2011

Cain camp denies harassment allegations

The presidential campaign of Republican Herman Cain is pushing back against allegations that he engaged in inappropriate behavior with at least two women when he was head of the National Restaurant Association.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  09:53 PM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 10/30/2011

Herman Cain explains viral campaign video

Cain does not endorse smoking, despite his campaign’s decision to prominently feature an aide smoking a cigarette in a recent Web video, the businessman and GOP presidential candidate said Sunday.

By Matt DeLong  |  02:17 PM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Mitt flip on climate change?

Has Mitt Romney changed his position on the issue? The Democrats and Rick Perry say yes; his campaign says no.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  05:52 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Jon Huntsman’s daughters parody Cain smoking ad

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  05:05 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Rick Perry’s big calorie lunch

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Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Mark Block, Cain’s smoking aide, has troubled past

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  03:47 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Herman Cain’s boring radio ad

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:03 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Hillary 2012? Better bet than Obama, some say

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  12:27 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Michele Bachmann is urged by tea party leader to quit the race

American Majority’s Ned Ryun said it’s now time for Bachmann to go as her struggling campaign reflects poorly on the tea party as a whole.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  11:12 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Political wives: Rules of the road

As Texas Gov. Rick Perry struggled to look like a commander-in-chief, his wife Anita struggled to get command of her emotions.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Rick Perry, Ron Paul in New Hampshire on Friday

Fall in the Granite State presents ample opportunity for two photo subjects: foliage and candidates.

By Natalie Jennings  |  06:43 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Carville’s harsh words for 2012 GOP candidates Cain, Romney, Perry

James Carville, the Democratic gadfly known for spitting fire at his opponents, had harsh and blunt words on Thursday for the 2012 GOP field.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  03:55 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Chelsea Clinton-for-Congress talk quashed

Rumors of Clinton running for Congress in New York, perhaps for the seat held by Rep. Nita Lowey (D), were shot down Thursday.

By Karen Tumulty  |  02:32 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Rick Perry might skip some future Republican debates

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  01:17 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Perry’s jobs promise? Far fewer than Carter

His latest campaign ad in Iowa aims to help the Texas governor recover his standing in the polls by focusing on jobs.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Romney bags another endorsement

The Texas congressman called Romney “a leader who focuses on the interests of American workers and taxpayers more than on expanding the power of the federal government.”

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  04:49 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Colbert’s take on Cain’s campaign ad

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  03:53 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Perry on Obama: He is a citizen

Texas Gov. Rick Perry today fully backed off the birther talk.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  01:56 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 10/26/2011

GOP to Perry: Cut out the birther talk

A funny thing happened to Rick Perry on his way to Birther Revivalism. GOP bigwigs tackled him.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  12:26 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 10/26/2011

Rick Perry on the air in Iowa

In his first spot he drops the bluster and goes for the basics: jobs, jobs, jobs.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  08:45 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/26/2011

Obama courts young voters

In 2008, Obama was the cool candidate. In 2011, he learns that cool is hard to come by when you’re commander-in-chief.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Romney calls for probe of Fisker, Tesla deals

The GOP presidential aspirant wants probe of Obama administration’s handling of loans to the two electric vehicle companies.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:20 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Rick Perry sidesteps questions about ‘birther’ issue

The Texas governor called the issue a “distraction” during a South Carolina appearance.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  |  04:37 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 10/25/2011

President Obama, late-night TV veteran, to appear on NBC’s Jay Leno Tuesday night

President Obama chats with Jay Leno for the Tonight show for the second time as president Tuesday night on NBC.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:59 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Mark Block speaks: Don’t smoke, but vote for Cain

Block,Cain’s chief of staff and proud smoker, breaks down the bizarre and, yes we will say stupid, campaign ad that has gone viral all over the Internets.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:53 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Jon Huntsman tries a joke and fails, again

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:26 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Democratic National Committee ad hits Mitt Romney on housing

The Democratic National Committee goes up with a television ad that hits leading 2012 Republican contender Mitt Romney over the housing crisis

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  12:43 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Barbour urges GOP hopefuls to avoid ‘birther’ issue

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour urged fellow Republicans to avoid discussing President Obama’s birthplace and other side issues.

By Philip Rucker  |  12:25 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Herman Cain: Karl Rove is out to damage me

In a Fox News appearance, Rove went all John Madden on Cain, pulling out a whiteboard to break down all of Cain’s problems.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  12:22 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Rick Perry announces tax plan (Live video)

By Natalie Jennings  |  11:15 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Herman Cain’s Web ad: Is it real?

A video posted to his YouTube channel about a week ago is just getting noticed, and raising a bunch of questions.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:30 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Rick Perry’s flat tax: Five questions

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:28 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Rick Perry pitches flat tax proposal in South Carolina | #2012Unfiltered

By Natalie Jennings  |  07:28 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Jon Huntsman’s “Dear John” letter to ex-New Hampshire governor John Sununu

A presidential candidate writes a letter to someone who has endorsed his rival. Is it sour grapes? Is it an effort to get them to reconsider? Who knows.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  03:58 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Michelle Obama to release book in April on White House garden

The book, to be published by Crown in May, titled “American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools, and Communities.”

By Krissah Thompson  |  03:31 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Perry prepares for ad war in Iowa

Details of Rick Perry’s ad buy are trickling in as all the “not Romney” candidates focus on the Hawkeye state in advance of the Jan. 3 caucuses.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:44 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Mitt Romney nabs endorsement of ex-Gov. John Sununu as he files paperwork for New Hampshire ballot

By Amy Gardner  |  01:16 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 10/24/2011

NPR’s Michele Norris steps down, husband Broderick Johnson gets Obama job

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  12:46 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 10/24/2011

Is Rick Perry a birther?

In Parade Magazine, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is vague on Obama birthplace, calls the issue “distractive.”

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  08:04 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/23/2011

Sen. Graham to GOP field: Step it up on foreign policy

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R) says the GOP candidates have not challenged President Obama in a robust enough way.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 10/22/2011

Marco Rubio updates his Senate Web site biography

But as of Friday night, the day the Post story was published, the senator updated the second sentence of his Web site biography to clarify that his parents arrived in the U.S. in 1956.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  11:23 AM ET, 10/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Marco Rubio responds to Washington Post story about his family’s immigration history

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) pushed back Friday against The Post’s front-page story that details how the Florida senator confused key dates in his family history.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  04:58 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Mitt Romney calls Obama Iraq withdrawal decision an ‘astonishing failure’

Republicans have suddenly found themselves running against a president who has notched clear foreign policy victories over the last year,

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  04:23 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Herman Cain’s new 999 plan is broad vision for reviving cities

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:07 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Michele Bachmann New Hampshire staffers quit

N.H.staffers weren’t happy with their backseat treatment, which was spelled out in an e-mail by Bachmann’s campaign manager.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  01:54 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Steve Jobs to Obama: You could be a one-termer

The late Apple CEO was fed up with Obama’s approach to big business.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  01:34 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 10/21/2011

President Obama wrote checks to struggling Americans, according to Washington Post book

A few times during his presidency, Obama has written personal checks or made a phone call to individual letter writers.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  01:17 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 10/21/2011

FOX News debate dates announced for Iowa and South Carolina

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  11:38 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Cain further clarifies abortion stance

On Thursday evening, Cain said: ‘I will oppose government funding of abortion. I will veto any legislation that contains funds for Planned Parenthood.’

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 10/20/2011

GOP field welcomes Gaddafi’s fall, praising outcome of intervention they didn’t support

Republican candidates are in the position of praising the end of an intervention that they opposed.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  05:46 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Santorum fund-raises on Cain’s abortion statements

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  05:07 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Herman Cain’s black card

The Daily Show weighs in on Herman Cain

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  04:14 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 10/20/2011

CNN yanks Romney Web ad targeting Perry

The ad, released Wednesday, featured CNN talking heads setting high stakes for Perry for this week’s debate, and the Texas governor stumbling over his words,

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  04:11 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Herman Cain: I’m 100% pro-life. End of story.

Presidential candidate Herman Cain moved into damage control mode Thursday over his muddied response to a question on abortion.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:29 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Melody Barnes to leave White House, another loss of a high-level female staffer

One of a handful of high-profile women in the White House will leave her job as domestic policy advisor at the end of the year

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  01:09 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Romney pile-on continues with two new ads

The Mitt Romney pile-on continues today with two web ads that hit the former Massachusetts governor on health care, immigration, and his wealth.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  11:53 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Cain’s inner-city jobs plan: No unions, no minimum wage

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Herman Cain on abortion: Pro-choice and pro-life?

Herman Cain might have some more clarifying to do on another serious issue after he gave a muddled answer on the question of abortion.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Rick Perry called Herman Cain “brother.” Why?

Perry, even as he criticized Cain, felt casual and comfortable enough to dig into his big bag of Texas colloquialisms and pull out a “brother” and a “bump.”

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  01:30 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Las Vegas Republican debate: How each candidate fared

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  12:42 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Campaign Finance Explorer: Track the top 10 candidates’ finances

We built The Post’s new Campaign Finance Explorer to make it easier for you to examine the finances of the top 10 presidential candidates and draw your own conclusions.

By Tim Farnam and Wilson Andrews  |  12:18 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Las Vegas debate: Five key exchanges

Five exchanges that mattered in the fast and furious Republican debate on a Las Vegas fight night.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Rick Perry to hold economic and foreign policy meetings in Washington

The Texas governor will travel to Washington on Friday for a series of economic and foreign policy meetings with dozens of lobbyists, trade association executives and conservative leaders.

By Philip Rucker  |  12:24 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:44 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Rick Perry revives attack on Romney for hiring illegal immigrants

Perry, who faced criticism of his own over his support of a Texas law that allows children of illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition for college, referred to a controversy outlined in aBoston Globe story from December 2007 reporting that Romney continued to employ a company that used illegal immigrant workers a year after he found out about the practice.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  09:44 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Rick Perry on Cain’s 999 plan: No-no-no

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  04:32 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 10/18/2011

2012 Republican National Convention logo is boring, but that’s a good thing

By Karen Tumulty  |  03:15 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 10/18/2011

2012 Republican National Convention logo unveiled

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:09 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Herman Cain meets with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, stands by electric border fence comments

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  01:38 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Democratic National Committee hits Mitt Romney as filthy rich

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  10:16 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Perry, Romney release dueling videos

Romney’s campaign has released its toughest attack yet on Perry’s jobs record.

By Philip Rucker  |  09:56 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Republican debate: Five things to watch

The Ironman-like gauntlet of back-to-back fall debates continues tonight. Here’s what to expect.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:31 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Iowa caucuses set date

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  09:31 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:54 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Miss Nevada outshines Romney

Mitt Romney wasn’t the big star at a campaign rally a few miles off the Las Vegas strip.

By Amy Gardner and Karen Tumulty  |  08:54 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 10/17/2011

2012 Unfiltered: Share your campaign photos

We’re inviting readers to join our reporters in helping us capture images throughout the entire 2012 campaign using Instagram.

By Natalie Jennings  |  05:59 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 10/17/2011

‘Herman Cain’ and ‘Mitt Romney’ make appearances on Saturday Night Live

Kenan Thompson as Herman Cain mocked the now-ubiquitous 9-9-9 tax reform plan of the former Godfather’s CEO.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  04:24 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Democratic National Committee hires chief diversity officer

Greg Hinton, who is currently at US Cellular in a similar role, will serve in the new role.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:27 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Republican debate in Las Vegas: Where and when

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:56 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Jon Huntsman opts out of Republican debate in Nevada

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  01:25 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Herman Cain sings about pizza

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  12:15 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Republicans head West, talk immigration

Immigration has been a hot issue that has divided the GOP field. How will the candidates address border issues as they campaign in Arizona and Nevada?

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Herman Cain criticizes Obama’s Iraq policy

The GOP candidate says he would be open to leaving American troops on the ground beyond the Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline.

By Matt DeLong  |  02:53 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Herman Cain: Electrified border fence ‘a joke’

That was a joke ...That was not a serious plan,” Cain said Sunday on “Meet the Press.

By Matt DeLong  |  01:21 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Herman Cain: ‘Some people will pay more’ under ‘9-9-9’ tax plan

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain acknowledged Sunday that some would see a tax hike under his tax reform proposal.

By Matt DeLong  |  12:19 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 10/15/2011

Cain’s modest fundraising haul doesn’t reflect recent surge

“Money isn’t what’s driving my momentum, my message is driving my momentum,” Cain said

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  03:04 PM ET, 10/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Anita Perry: Obama administration cost my son his job

Perry’s son resigned from his job to work full time for his dad’s campaign. His mom says he lost his job because of Obama.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  08:31 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 10/14/2011

John McCain: 9-9-9 appears to be a tax increase for some Americans

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  05:24 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Herman Cain lashes out at 9-9-9 critics

“Can y’all see the bull’s eye on my back?” he joked to the crowd of several hundred supporters who had gathered in a city park here to see Cain.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  03:21 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Rick Perry wears a hard hat and calls for more oil drilling in Pennsylvania

By Rachel Van Dongen  |  02:27 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 10/14/2011

Rick Perry slams Herman Cain’s tax plan

Texas Gov. Rick Perry blasted businessman Herman Cain’s tax plan as “a big tax increase,” in an interview on Friday.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  |  10:45 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/14/2011

Rick Perry’s jobs plan: Drill, baby, drill

Rick Perry will be all over the airwaves Friday talking up his energy-based jobs plan.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 10/13/2011

How is Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 like SimCity?

The GOP presidential aspirant’s tax proposal may have originated in the video game SimCity4.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  05:47 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Anita Perry: ‘We’ve been brutalized by our opponents’

In South Carolina, Perry’s wife said there was a “nagging and pulling at my heart for (Rick) to run for president.”

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  03:41 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 10/13/2011

New Hampshire debate: The view from the moderator’s chair

Toughness is least that viewers should expect from a moderator. And it is not the same as bias.

By Karen Tumulty  |  02:32 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Mitt Romney and Donald Trump sound the same on China

More than any other candidate in the GOP presidential race, Romney has seized on China as a campaign issue.

By Philip Rucker  |  12:12 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/13/2011

Michele Bachmann heads to Iowa, as Cain surges

Michele Bachmann’s path since she edged out Rep. Ron Paul in the Iowa straw poll has been marked by steady decline, major staff changes, and the entrance and surge of several candidates who cut into her dominance among social conservatives.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:14 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Herman Cain surges to front of GOP pack in new poll

Cain leads Mitt Romney by a margin of 27 percent to 23 percent among GOP voters in new NBC-WSJ poll.

By Matt DeLong  |  08:14 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Republican Debate: The biggest lines and the best buzz | @MentionMachine

By Natalie Jennings  |  05:29 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  @MentionMachine

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Herman Cain’s harried staff trying to keep up with its star candidate

Cain’s shoestring staff tries to keep pace with their candidate, who has suddenly become a star.

By Amy Gardner  |  02:51 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 10/12/2011

New Hampshire debate: Perry still in the hot seat

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:12 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Michelle Obama does jumping jacks, then campaigns

The first lady led a group of school children in an attempt to break the world record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.

By Krissah Thompson  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Rick Perry on the Revolutionary War: Fail

After spending 90 minutes debating his rivals for the Republican nomination, Rick Perry decided to go over to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house and talk a little history and state’s rights.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  08:40 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Republican debate: Five mulligan moments

The Bloomberg/Washington Post debate was a departure from the football-game like atmosphere of prior debates. There were no prize-fighter like introductions of the contenders and no awkward crowd reactions.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 guru revealed at Republican debate

Apparently Cain only wants to reveal a team of one at the moment, naming Rich Lowrie (not to be confused with National Review writer Rich Lowry) as the guru behind the ceaselessly-hyped plan.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  11:45 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Cain to Romney: ‘Can you name all 59 points in your 160-page plan?’ (Debate video)

By Amanda Zamora  |  10:45 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Rick Perry: ‘We need to have a balanced budget amendment’ (Debate video)

By Amanda Zamora  |  10:44 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Is Romney open to a second Wall Street bailout? (Debate video)

By Beth Marlowe  |  10:26 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Cain: ‘The problem with that analysis is that it is incorrect’ (Debate video)

During The Washington Post-Bloomberg debate, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain talks about his tax plan.

By Beth Marlowe  |  10:25 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Jon Huntsman on China currency: ‘I don’t want to find ourselves in a trade war’ (Debate Video)

Former ambassador to China, and current Republican presidential candidate, Jon Huntsman weighed in on the controversy over China’s currency at Thursday’s Washington Post-Bloomberg debate.

By Beth Marlowe  |  10:23 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Gingrich: Sarah Palin was right on death panels (Debate video)

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  09:48 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Huntsman on 9-9-9 plan: ‘I thought it was the price of a pizza’ (Debate video)

Former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and Republican flavor of the month Herman Cain couldn’t stop talking about his 9-9-9 tax plan at tonight’s Washington Post-Bloomberg Republican presidential debate. And neither could the other candidates.

By Beth Marlowe  |  09:48 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Michele Bachmann on ‘9-9-9’ plan: ‘Devil’s in the details’ (Debate video)

Michele Bachmann proves that Herman Cain isn’t the only Republican candidate who can turn a phrase.

By Beth Marlowe  |  09:30 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Mitt Romney: The Great Compromiser? (Debate video)

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  09:06 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Republican debate: Watch now on PostPolitics.com

By Amanda Zamora  |  08:00 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Debates, Republicans

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 10/11/2011

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By Amanda Zamora and Cory Haik  |  06:17 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Chris Christie’s Romney endorsement: Does it matter?

The Christie endorsement helps Romney build the feeling that he is the inevitable nominee, a view I found when interviewing people in Iowa this weekend.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  |  06:14 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Romney to Perry: Repudiate Anti-Mormon Comments

Romney called on Perry to repudiate the words of Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress, who introduced Perry at the Values Voter summit.

By Amy Gardner and Philip Rucker  |  04:53 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Chris Christie endorses Mitt Romney before the Republican debate

Christie’s endorsement was well-timed, coming a few hours before a nationally-televised debate at Dartmouth College and likely to dominate news coverage for the remainder of the day.

By Amy Gardner and Philip Rucker  |  04:23 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Buddy Roemer: Let me participate in the Republican debate

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:02 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Herman Cain Debate Plan: Hit Romney

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  01:46 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Rick Perry’s Republican Debate Playbook: Health Care

Perry’s debate material likely just got a little thicker as an NBC News investigation revealed just how much the White House relied on Romney’s health-care plan.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  10:54 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Republican debate: Behind the scenes | 2012 Unfiltered

While the candidates take advantage of the debate schedule to pack in stops in the first-in-the-nation primary state, our reporters are documenting them as no one could on previous presidential campaigns: Using the iPhone app Instagram as part of our 2012 Unfiltered project.

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:19 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Cain’s surge brings prime seating at Republican debate

Herman Cain’s rise to the top tier of the GOP field is reflected in the seating chart for tonight’s debate.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  08:25 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Republican debate: Five things to watch

Tonight’s Washington Post-Bloomberg debate in New Hampshire will likely set off a new phase in the race for Republican presidential nomination.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  econdebate

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Rick Santorum flies the friendly skies, with reporters

By Philip Rucker  |  04:30 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Santorum, Repu

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Romney vs. Huntsman on optics: Paging Fred Davis

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  03:46 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jon Huntsman, Foreign Policy, Mitt Romney

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Romney reaches out to the middle class

Romney says the rich can take care of themselves; he’s the champion of the middle class

By Philip Rucker  |  02:21 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Republicans

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Herman Cain finished second in independent New Hampshire Poll

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:14 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Herman Cain, Republicans, Polls

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Republican Debate: Where and when you can find it

The details to the Washington Post/Bloomberg Republican Presidential Debate.

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:37 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Republican debate: Expect the unexpected

You could make the argument that the debates, more than any other factor, have defined the arguments and redefined the expectations of the candidates.

By Karen Tumulty  |  12:19 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Rick Perry needs to show some depth on foreign, economic policy

With a debate and a big speech, Perry could end doubts about his knowledge on key policy issues.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  |  11:31 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Perry, Republicans, Foreign Policy, Economy

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Rick Perry takes a swipe at Mitt Romney on health care

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  11:12 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Ads, Rick Perry, Republicans

Posted at 07:51 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Rick Perry Debate Prep 101: Sleep. Study. Repeat.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  07:51 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Mitt Romney to announce three N.H. endorsements

By Philip Rucker  |  07:34 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 10/10/2011

The Democratic National Committee hits Mitt’s flips

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  07:15 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Election 2012 blog will feature the latest news from the campaign trail

Today and tommorrow, Election 2012 features a behind-the-scenes look from The Washington Post-Bloomberg Republican Debate in New Hampshire.

By Rachel Van Dongen Deputy National Political Editor  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Herman Cain Heads South:Trail Mix Oct. 10

Herman Cain, top-tier candidate of the moment, won’t exactly be on the campaign trail, instead he will be selling his new book “This Is Herman Cain!

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  04:12 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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