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Rick Perry: Another right-winger for Prez?

Should Rick Perry conclude that voter discontent has left him an opening to enter the presidential race, the longtime Texas governor would be among the GOP field’s most conservative candidates. Primary voters would get a skilled politician with TV anchorman looks, a Southern preacher’s oratory and a cowboy’s swagger, matched by a disarming candor and sense of humor. The former cotton farmer from the village of Paint Creek in West Texas has never lost an election in nearly three decades as a politician. What they wouldn’t get is a candidate whose politics are positioned to unite a Republican electorate that
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Tea party floats its debt plan

The next step in the weeks-long saga over how to increase the government’s borrowing cap is to let House tea party forces try it their way. A Republican “cut, cap and balance” plan set for a House vote Tuesday would condition a $2.4 trillion increase in the so-called debt limit on an immediate $100 billion-plus cut from next year’s budget and adoption by Congress of a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget. “Let’s let the American people decide,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on “Fox News Sunday.” ”Do they want something common sense as cutting spending, capping the growth
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Republicans divided on debt debate

It’s no wonder that Republican presidential candidates are divided over whether to increase the federal borrowing limit. Their voters are, too. Fiscal hard-liners in early-voting states say they won’t back someone who supports raising the debt ceiling under any condition. They say the debate in Washington gives the 2012 candidates a chance to show stark differences with Democrat President Barack Obama. Other voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina say they are upset about spending. But they also say the debt ceiling must be raised as part of a broader deficit-reduction strategy. Some candidates oppose an increase. But most
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Once again, Obama plays fast and loose with facts

You might say President Barack Obama cut himself some extra margin of error when he claimed 80 percent of Americans want the debt crisis solved with a mix of tax increases and spending cuts. Polling does suggest, as Obama said, that Americans overall and even Republican voters are open to higher taxes as part of the solution. But claiming support from 8 in 10 people was a reach. A look at his statements on Friday about polling and how they compare with the actual findings: OBAMA: “You have 80 percent of the American people who support a balanced approach. Eighty
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Newt’s run for President: A campaign on life support

His presidential campaign on life support, Newt Gingrich ran into the county coroner at a recent tea party event in South Carolina. “I’m not here because you’re looking ill or anything,” Rae Wooten assured the former U.S. House speaker at Tuesday’s event in North Charleston. A chuckling Gingrich feigned relief. For the embattled White House candidate who’s seen by some as a dead man walking in the crowded Republican field, the encounter may have hit a bit close to home. His aides and advisers resigned en masse in early June. His first campaign finance disclosure report, filed Friday, provided little
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Palin’s fundraising falls way short

The primary fundraising committee for Sarah Palin, who is considering whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination, raised a paltry $1.6 million in the first half of 2011 in a sign that she is not attracting big funds for a presidential run. “That is peanuts,” said Jan Baran, a partner at Wiley, Rein and former general counsel of the Republican National Committee. “It doesn’t signify that there is a reservoir of financial support for her.” The former Alaska governor, who was John McCain’s vice presidential running mate on the Republicans’ unsuccessful 2008 ticket, has said she will decide within months
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Eric Cantor’s tea party terrorism threatens America

To the tea party terrorists who put their extremist agenda ahead of the best interests of the nation, bombastic Virginia Republican Congressman Eric Cantor is a hero of monumental proportions. To opponents, however, Cantor is a political Osama bin Laden, a political bomb thrower who threatens send the financial skyscrapers of the nation’s economy crashing to the ground in a dust cloud of chaos and discord. Even Republicans complain private about Cantor’s antics and leaders of the party gather in small, closed-door groups to discuss how to stop their own majority leader from destroying the party and the nation. Democrats,
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Voters still blame George W. Bush for nation’s economic ills

When it comes to assessing blame for America’s economic nightmare, voters will point to former President George W. Bush. They aren’t happy with how current President Barack Obama is handling the economy but still say fault for the mess we’re in belongs to Bush. A new Quinnipiac poll shows 54 percent of those surveyed blame Bush for the “current condition” of the economy while just 27 percent say it is Obama’s fault. That’s bad news for Republicans who try to use Obama as a political scapegoat on the economy. The poll says 48 percent of voters will blame the GOP
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Sarah Palin’s latest spending spree

Former Alaska Governor and failed Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin — the centerfold for a faux grassroots tea party movement that claims to represent fiscal responsibility — uses her political action committee funds for “shop ’till you drop” spending sprees. A look at her latest filing with Federal Election Commission shows Palin likes to blow money on frills. She spent 14 grand for a fancy “bus wrap” on the vehicle used for her aborted “One Nation” tour earlier this year. The tour came to abrubt halt after a string of missed appearances and disappointing crowds. The “bus wrap” was a
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Obama’s anger with Republicans boils over

Did a frustrated President Barack Obama storm out of an acrimonious meeting on the debt limit crisis with Congressional leaders Thursday? Depends on how you look at it. Bombastic Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor — who walked out on the budget talks led by Vice President Joe Biden earlier this year — claims the President got pissed, declared “enough’s enough” and ended the session. “He said he had sat here long enough,” Cantor claimed. “No other President, Ronald Reagan, wouldn’t sit here like this.” Democrats claim Cantor exaggerated. Obama, they said, simply made some emotional remarks about Republican intransigence and retreated
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