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GOP foes attack Perry’s record

Rick Perry‘s bid for the Republican presidential nomination will rise or fall on his 10-year record as Texas governor. In Monday’s crackling GOP debate, his rivals attacked that record as never before, led by a newly energized Mitt Romney and hard-charging Michele Bachmann. Perry, holding his own but looking besieged at times, defended himself vigorously on most fronts. He acknowledged mishandling a schoolgirl vaccination program, however, and asked for understanding about Texas’ need to work with illegal immigrants who seek citizenship and college educations. As President Barack Obama might say: Welcome to the role of an incumbent with a complex
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Special elections test Obama’s strength

Democrat David Weprin faced an unusually tight race against Republican Bob Turner in a special election Tuesday in New York’s heavily Democratic 9th Congressional District, where voters unhappy with President Barack Obama could elect a Republican for the first time. The contest to replace disgraced Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner has become too close to call, with public opinion polling showing a slight edge for Turner, a retired media executive with no previous political experience. Panicked at the prospect of an embarrassing loss, Democrats have poured cash into the race and sent in their stars to try to save Weprin, a
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Dismal fundraising month for Democrats

The Democratic National Committee raised only about $5.5 million in August, its worst fundraising month of the year, down from $6.7 million in July, according to figures provided by Democratic officials on Saturday and Federal Election Commission filings. The low fundraising figure for August was confirmed by a senior Democratic official, who said it would not be officially disclosed until September 20. Both the DNC and President Barack Obama‘s re-election campaign were forced to curtail fundraising during the summer because of the protracted and acrimonious negotiations with Congressional Republicans over the national debt, which led Obama to cancel fundraisers around
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DNC launches Obama jobs ad blitz

The Democratic National Committee is launching an ad campaign in politically key states to try and rally the public behind President Barack Obama‘s new jobs plan and pressure a divided Congress to act. The television ads show portions of Obama’s speech to Congress last week promoting the $447 billion package of tax cuts and new spending. They urge viewers to “Read it. Fight for it. … Pass the President’s Jobs Plan.” The spots were to begin airing Monday and are the first round in an effort that will last several weeks, said DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse. “The president has a
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New GOP frontrunner faces tough test in debate

Texas Governor Rick Perry will be the man in the spotlight when Republican presidential candidates gather at Ronald Reagan‘s library for a debate on Wednesday. The conservative Perry, who has soared to front-runner status in just a few weeks as an official candidate, is to appear for the first time on the same stage as his rivals, who will be trying to knock him off his perch. The event is the first in a series of debates over the next six weeks that will help define the Republican race, which increasingly looks like a two-man contest between Perry and former
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Perry suddenly remembers he’s still governor of Texas

Call it a leadership test in real time. Rick Perry left the presidential campaign trail this week to dash back to Texas, where wildfires have devoured more than 1,000 homes in a week. “Not paying attention to politics right now” is how the conservative Republican explained it after he ditched a high-profile campaign appearance in early-voting South Carolina to tend to his duties as governor. His attendance at a debate Wednesday night in California — it would be his first on the national stage — is now in question. “I’m substantially more concerned about making sure Texans are being taken
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Voters to Palin: Stay out of Presidential race

Sarah Palin may think she has what it takes to be President and political gurus may think she should run but a Fox News poll shows voters across the political spectrum have a common message for the former Alaska governor: Stay out of the race! Even tea party members who earlier embraced Palin think she should stick to making money with books and speeches. According to the polls, 74 percent of all respondents don’t think Palin should ever run for President and 71 percent of Republicans said “nada” to a presidential run by the fading political star. Sixty-six percent of
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Perry’s words may come back to haunt him

Maybe Rick Perry’s not so “Fed Up!” after all. Just nine months ago, the Texas governor released a rhetorical bomb-throwing book under that title. He dismissed Social Security as a New Deal relic that smacked of socialism. He said states’ rights trump all else. He suggested that the Supreme Court’s nine unelected “oligarchs in robes” could have their rulings overturned by two-thirds votes in both houses of Congress. Now that the Republican is running for president, his campaign has begun distancing itself from some of the candidate’s own words on issues such as Social Security and states’ rights. Pulling back
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Can Rick Perry stay on top?

The Republican race for the White House is about to accelerate dramatically, with a series of debates and events testing whether Rick Perry has staying power and Mitt Romney can keep focusing on the president instead of his GOP rivals. September also may settle the field for good, with Sarah Palin perhaps deciding at last whether to run. Perry, the Texas governor, jolted the party last month by leaping to the top of several national polls within days of joining the race. Now, three scheduled debates in 16 days, the first on Wednesday in California, will show how well he
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Religion and politics: Always a volatile mix

Rick Perry dived right in. The Texas governor, now a Republican presidential candidate, held a prayer rally for tens of thousands, read from the Bible, invoked Christ and broadcast the whole event on the Web. There was no symbolic nod to other American faiths, no rabbi or Roman Catholic priest among the evangelical speakers. It was a rare, full-on embrace of one religious tradition in the glare of a presidential contest. Looks like another raucous season for religion and politics. And yet, there was a time when all of this was simpler. Protestants were the majority, and candidates could show
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