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Entries by Jon Ward from 10/2011

Rick Perry Signed 2007 Mandate Requiring 30 Minutes Of Daily Exercise For Texas Students

Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Rick Perry is big on exercise. And in 2007, he decided Texas public school students should be, too. On Aug. 30, 2007, the Texas govern...

Ed Goeas, Andy Parrish Leave Michele Bachmann 2012 Campaign

Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Long-time Republican pollster Ed Goeas is leaving Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn) presidential campaign, The Huffington Post has learne...

Chris Christie's Long Moment In The Sun A Boon For New Jersey GOP

Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chris Christie loves the spotlight. The New Jersey governor ended a year's worth of speculation about whether he'd run for president ...

Rick Perry's Texas Media Strategy Falls Flat On National Stage

Posted 10.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his top aides entered the Republican presidential primary with a set of beliefs about how changes in the elect...

Rick Perry's Faith: Story of Personal Turmoil Still Largely Unexplained

Posted 10.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "He never talks about his faith," Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner said of the Texas governor earlier this year. Miner's statement is...

Rick Perry Values Voters Speech Knocks Mitt Romney On Abortion, Backer Calls Mormonism A 'Cult' (UPDATED)

Posted 10.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rick Perry opened a new front in the 2012 Republican presidential primary on Friday, implicitly questioning Mitt Romney’s pro-life aut...

Perry Says In-State Tuition Policy Created 'Tax-Payers, Not Tax-Wasters'

Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics

SIOUX CITY, IOWA -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry made a new argument Saturday in defense of his actions to give children of undocument...

Rick Perry Faces Tough Questions From Cautious Iowa Conservatives

Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics

SPENCER, Iowa -- It was a good day in the Hawkeye State for Rick Perry, but he'll need a lot more like it to climb his way back to the top slot among ...

Mitt Romney: Perry Must 'Repudiate' Pastor's Anti-Mormon Remarks [UPDATED]

Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney called on Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Tuesday to "repudiate" the Texas pastor who called Mormonism a cult and said that eva...

Mitt Romney's Aggressive China Rhetoric Questioned By Conservatives

Posted 10.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama submitted three long-awaited free trade agreements to Congress this month, which were quickly ratified Wednesday, but Re...

Will Mitt Romney Kill The Tea Party?

Posted 10.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Herman Cain's rise in the polls this week doesn't change the fact that Mitt Romney is still the most likely Republican nominee for presi...

Romney Adviser: Perry Campaign Encouraging Anti-Mormon Message

Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top evangelical Christian adviser to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said on Monday he believes Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign...

Mitt Romney Hits Rick Perry On Jobs Record

Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hours before Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign threw another i...

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum Get Into Heated Exchange About Health Care At GOP Debate

Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

Former Governor Mitt Romney came under attack for his health care overhaul in Massachusetts during the last half of the first segment of Tuesday night...

Tea Party Group Finds Tepid Support Among Conservatives For Medicare And Social Security Overhaul

Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Liberals and conservatives disagree vehemently over what to do with Medicare and Social Security, but among conservative think-tankers...

Herman Cain's Abortion Comments Roil Iowa Republicans

Posted 10.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The first signs of real damage to Herman Cain's campaign emerged Thursday as his position on abortion -- that he is personally anti-abor...

The Big Variable In Mitt Romney's Iowa Calculus: Rick Perry

Posted 10.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney faces a key strategic decision over the next few weeks: whether or not to go for a quick knockout of Rick Perry in the prima...

Perry Aides' $3 Million Island Disappears From Web

Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The super PAC that hopes to spend $55 million on Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's behalf is run by Mike Toomey, a long-tim...

Rick Perry's Flat Tax Plan: New To Him?

Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rick Perry's flat tax proposal may have been unveiled to the public on Tuesday, but it also appears the plan was until very recently new...

Rick Perry's Tax Plan Fails Simplicity Test, Deemed More Complicated Than Current Code

Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rick Perry sought -- with his flat tax proposal Tuesday -- to catch the same "simplify-the-tax-code" wave that fellow Republican preside...

Romney: '110 Percent' Behind Ohio Labor Law

Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics

FAIRFAX, VA -- Mitt Romney apologized Wednesday for declining to take a position on a ballot question in Ohio that would uphold a law rolling back col...

Perry: 'I May Get To Be A Good Debater'

Posted 10.28.2011 | Politics

CONCORD, N.H. -- Rick Perry said Friday that he does not regret keeping the birther issue alive and soft-pedaled reports that he will skip future Repu...

Mitt Romney's Rough Week Doesn't Change Much In 2012 GOP Primary

Posted 10.29.2011 | Politics

MANCHESTER, N.H. – It was Mitt Romney's turn to feel like a piñata this week. The former Massachusetts governor took fire from all directions o...

Rick Perry's Unusual Speech Performance (VIDEO)

Posted 10.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry raised some eyebrows Friday night with a speech performance in Manchester, N.H., that was u...

Herman Cain Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations, Attempts To Sing His Way Out Of Trouble

Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Herman Cain escaped. The Republican presidential candidate made it off the stage at the National Press Club on Monday relatively unsc...