Afternoon Fix: Perry apologizes for calling DREAM Act foes heartless

at 05:29 PM ET, 09/28/2011

Rick Perry says he shouldn’t have said that, Herman Cain says he’s not the flavor of the week.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) apologized today for saying that those who oppose instate college tuition for undocumented immigrants have no “heart.” He defended his support of the DREAM Act, just not the language he used, saying: “I probably chose a poor word to explain that for people who don’t want their state to be giving tuition to illegal aliens, illegal immigrants in this country — that’s their call and I respect that. I was probably a bit over-passionate by using that word and it was inappropriate.”

* Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain is objecting to Sarah Palin’s assertion last night that he is just the “flavor of the week,” saying on CBS this morning, “As you look at my campaign, it continues to build and build and build. It doesn't go down. Cain supporters do not defect.” In the same Fox News interview in which the former Alaska governor described Cain as a momentary fad, she also repeatedly called him “Herb Cain.”

* Following in Perry’s footsteps, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) spoke at evangelical Liberty University this morning. She did not mention her 2012 rivals, instead focusing on spirituality and scripture, but she did describe herself as “the comeback kid” in the race. “Even though I hadn’t been a drinker, even though I never did drugs, ... even though I hadn’t been chasing around, it didn’t matter. I was a sinner,” she said. “I radically abandoned myself to Jesus Christ.”

* One guy who thinks Chris Christie would win if he ran for president — his dad, Bill Christie. Of course, what else would your dad say? Anyway, Christie the father doesn’t know anything we don’t know, and he’s not as nosy:  “I’ve never asked him if he’s going to run,” he told National Review.

* It seems there’s only room for one Warren in the Massachusetts Senate race — Newton Mayor Setti Warren just dropped out. Mr. Warren impressed observers in the race for mayor last year, but many questioned if he was making too big a leap too soon by deciding to run against Sen. Scott Brown (R), and he had trouble raising money. That task undoubtedly got harder once Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren (no relation) got in the Democratic primary.

* Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) has endorsed state Sen. Eric Griego in the race for New Mexico’s 1st House district. This primary, for the seat being vacated by Senate candidate Martin Heinrich (D), is starting to heat up — former US ambassador Joe Wilson recently endorsed former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* The chaos has begun. Nevada is preparing to move its caucus up to January now that Florida has decided set its primary for Jan. 31st. The Republican National Committee is trying to get Florida to move back to Feb. 21st, but with the convention in Tampa Florida GOPers seem confident that they won’t get punished for jumping the assigned order.

* Christie is headed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Thursday, joining Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) at a GOP fundraiser. Louisiana has off-year elections, so Jindal is up this year, but with his reelection near-certain the governor is focusing on down-ballot races.

* Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is raising money for the National Republican Senatorial Committee; his name is on an email today asking supporters to help elect “just four more Republican senators.”

* Businessman John Brunner is expected to announce his Senate candidacy in Missouri next Monday, joining Rep. Todd Akin and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in the GOP primary. Brunner, whose Vi-Jon company makes Germ-X hand sanitizer, could at least partially self-fund in the race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

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