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Herman Cain adviser: Campaign ‘resonating’ with smokers

Herman Cain’s senior adviser says that a new campaign ad isn’t encouraging anyone to take up smoking, but the campaign is “resonating” with nicotine fans. The image of chief of staff Mark Block smoking in a recent campaign ad has quickly overshadowed any other message the campaign intended to send.…

Perry doubles down: Birther issue ‘good to keep alive’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry isn’t backing down from making an issue out of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. “It’s a good issue to keep alive,” Perry reportedly told CNBC’s John Harwood Monday. “Look I haven’t seen his, I haven’t seen his grades,” he added. “My grades ended up on…

Mormons defend faith in White House race spotlight

As the battle for the Republican presidential nomination gets into full swing, the issue of religion has resurfaced, with front-runner Mitt Romney forced to defend his Mormon faith. While critics have branded Mormonism an anti-Christian cult, those who belong to the church say the possibility of a Mormon winning the…

At fundraisers, Obama says 60 percent of promises kept

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – President Barack racked up cash for his re-election campaign at fundraisers in Nevada and California on Monday, declaring that he had kept 60 percent of the promises he made as a candidate in 2008. Obama is in the middle of a three-day swing through battleground states…

Maddow: Herman Cain’s campaign basically is the Koch brothers

On her show Monday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow noted that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is an avid numerologist who is obsessed with the number 45. She also pointed out numerous links between Cain and the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. For instance, before running for president, he worked for…

Herman Cain said Social Security was racist in 2008 radio ad

Presidential candidate Herman Cain served as the spokesman and donated at least $1 million to a radio ad campaign that Republicans condemned as racist. He even starred in an ad himself. Since 2002, the organization America’s PAC has run radio ads in hopes of convincing African-American and Hispanic voters to…

Civil rights icon: Cain ‘telling white folks what they want to hear’

At a funeral service for civil rights leader Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth Monday, 90-year-old Rev. Joseph Lowery said that the Republican Party would be better off with more white leaders like Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R). Bentley, who also spoke at the service in Birmingham, Alabama, recalled growing up as a…

Former Bachmann staffers: Campaign team ‘dishonest’ and ‘cruel’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s former New Hampshire campaign staff revealed Sunday why they had resigned en masse several days earlier. “This decision comes after much soul searching by each individual and after countless hours of discussion as a team,” the former staffers said in a press advisory (PDF). “Although…

Rove: Perry shouldn’t associate with ‘nutty fringe’ birthers

Besides Joe Scarborough, another well known Republican figure was not pleased with Rick Perry’s venture into birtherism in his interview with Parade magazine. Karl Rove appeared on Fox News’ America Live Monday morning, slamming the Texas governor for even dealing Donald Trump, who’s openly questioned whether President Barack Obama was…

Scarborough: GOP presidential candidates are all ‘idiots’

In their reaction to Rick Perry’s half-hearted foray into birtherism, MSNBC’s Morning Joe crew gave a very grim assessment Monday morning of all the Republican presidential candidates. Still in disbelief after the panel reenacted the Texas governor’s interview with Parade magazine, Mika Brzezinski was forthright in her assessment of the GOP…

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