November 23, 2011 If the U.S. continues to be the Great Satan in eyes of many Iranian officials, capable of inspiring over-the-top rhetoric in Teheran, Iran appears to have a similar affect on U.S. politicians, propelling them to flights of excess.
November 23, 2011 The big theme out of Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate in Washington was Newt Gingrich's compassionate tolerance toward illegal immigrants who have put down deep roots in the U.S. That position conflicted with the more hardline views of many conservative voters.
Republican presidential candidates jockeyed for airtime when they met for their first prime time TV debate on Saturday night in South Carolina.
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November 12, 2011 If you tuned into the CBS/National Journal debate Saturday night hoping for a reprise of the drama created earlier in the week by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's now-legendary "oops" gaffe, you were destined for disappointment.
November 9, 2011 When the Republican presidential candidates meet Wednesday evening in Michigan for their ninth debate (it feels like there've been many more than that) the main topic up for discussion is supposed to be the economy. But is there anyone who expects that the travails of Herman Cain won't be a subtopic?
October 24, 2011 When Rep. Michele Bachmann's New Hampshire presidential campaign staff quit en masse Friday, it was easy to jump to the conclusion that they were abandoning her just like so many Republican voters.Wrong, at least, her former staffers are publicly saying. It wasn't that they were dissatisfied with the candidate but her national staff.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California on Thursday in San Francisco.
October 21, 2011 Rep. Michele Bachmann's paid New Hampshire staff quit Tuesday, according to a report by James Pindell, political director at WMUR-TV.
Herman Cain (right) speaks as Texas Gov. Rick Perry looks on during a GOP presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Oct. 11.
October 17, 2011 Think of the past few months as the prologue to the 2012 presidential election story. A new study from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism reveals which candidates have gotten the most media attention during that time — and whether it's been positive or negative. The results may surprise you.
October 4, 2011 CBS News has a new poll Tuesday evening that shows Herman Cain tied at 17 percent with Mitt Romney atop the Republican presidential field. Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Rick Perry comes is in third place at 12 percent. Perry's loss appears to explain much of Cain gain. Perry dropped 11 percentage points from two weeks ago in the poll.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks before Florida's straw poll at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on Saturday. Cain won the straw poll with 37 percent of the vote.
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September 24, 2011 The former Godfather's Pizza CEO easily beat Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. It's a big victory for Cain, who up until now has not gotten a lot of attention in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, in large part because of his standing in the polls.
Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, makes a point as Texas Gov. Rick Perry listens, during a debate in Orlando, Fla.
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September 23, 2011 Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made the most of his opportunities not only to raise doubts for voters about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's hostility towards Social Security as a federal entitlement but Perry's character.
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks during the California Republican Party Fall Convention dinner in Los Angeles.
September 22, 2011 A bioethicist says Rep. Michele Bachmann was not able to meet his challenge and produce evidence linking the HPV vaccine with mental retardation.
September 21, 2011 It's fairly clear that Rep. Michele Bachmann has written off the vegetarian vote in her bid for the Republican presidential nomination than this photo of her strolling through rows of beef carcasses during a tour of an Iowa beef plant Tuesday.
September 15, 2011 Now there's money riding on Rep. Bachmann's claims that a cervical cancer vaccine is harmful. Two prominent bioethicists said they will pay more than $10,000 if claims that the HPV vaccine caused mental retardation can be proved.
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Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann during a Republican presidential debate Monday in Tampa, Fla.
September 13, 2011 The American Academy of Pediatrics said there is no validity to statements that a vaccine against cervical cancer is dangerous and can lead to mental retardation.
September 13, 2011 Romney, the former GOP presidential frontrunner, is getting huge help from Bachmann. She can continue to diminish Perry in the eyes of the most energetic voters in the Republican Party so long as her money holds out, keeping her in the race.
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