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Rick Perry denies that he was on medication during NH speech

Footage of a seemingly loopy Governor Rick Perry addressing a conservative group in New Hampshire has prompted some viewers to question whether the Texas governor was drunk or possibly high on pain pills. (Perry had vertebral fusion surgery earlier this year.) Talking Points Memo quotes the governor (via the San…

Perry urges repeal of New Hampshire gay marriage law

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry pressed a conservative social agenda at an appearance in New Hampshire, calling for the repeal of the state’s 2009 law legalizing same-sex marriage. Perry also praised efforts in the state to end funding for birth control and health services for low-income…

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…

Struggling Nevada Latinos could bet on Republicans

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — The casinos of Las Vegas may be glittering on the outside, but behind the bright lights the reality for many workers here, especially Latinos, has been pretty grim for the last few years. And President Barack Obama, who counted partly on the Latino vote to secure…

Perry, Bachmann take swipes at Cain in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republicans Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann took veiled swipes at surging presidential rival Herman Cain on Saturday as six of the party’s White House hopefuls courted social conservatives at an Iowa forum. Appearing separately before about 1,000 conservative activists, the Republican candidates all pledged to…

Republican candidates’ tax plans may fall flat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A proposed overhaul of the tax system is catching fire among some Republican presidential candidates who see its potential to win over voters with its sheer simplicity, but there is skepticism among experts that a flat tax will prove a winning strategy. Texas Governor Rick Perry, running…

Axelrod: Romney has no ‘core’ principles

President Barack Obama’s campaign advisor David Axelrod slammed Mitt Romney Tuesday morning for the former Massachusetts governor’s comments on illegal immigration at the latest CNN GOP debate. On CBS’ The Early Show, Axelrod said that Romney gave a “unintentionally revealing moment” when responding to Texas governor Rick Perry’s attack on…

Gingrich raises $808,000 for 2012 bid, campaign $1 million in debt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich’s Republican presidential effort raised $808,000 in the third quarter but has more than $1 million in debt, his campaign said on Saturday. Gingrich, who launched his candidacy in May to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, has…

Obama and Democrats raise $70 million in quarter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee raised more than $70 million from July to September for his re-election bid, the campaign said on Thursday, topping a $55 million target. The report shows that Obama’s money train did not stall amid protracted summer debt talks and…

Texas grant recipients gave millions to Governor Perry

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) – Businesses that won grants from a Texas economic development fund contributed $7 million to Governor Rick Perry and the Republican Governors Association, which supports him, a report by a watchdog group said on Thursday. Perry has made his job creation record in Texas a central…

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