December 5, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, U.S. options in Syria, Herman Cain's decision to quit, and changing the culture of schools. In the second hour, actor John Lithgow on his new memoir, Drama, and the ethics of doctors refusing to treat unvaccinated children.
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (right) and Herman Cain during a Republican presidential debate Nov. 22, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
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December 5, 2011 The Georgia businessman suspended his campaign on Saturday. Now, Cain's former Republican rivals are courting his support and an Atlanta TV station says former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will win it.
With a month to go before Iowa kicks off the 2012 election calendar, Newt Gingrich has improbably found himself as the GOP frontrunner.
December 5, 2011 POLITICAL JUNKIE: No one saw this coming. But why should we have? Newt Gingrich's entire career is pockmarked with the kind of problems that would normally disqualify anyone seriously considering a run for president.
December 3, 2011 The Republican businessman said "false accusations" about an alleged affair and claims of sexual harassment had taken too much of a toll on his family. He vowed to keep pressing the issues that fueled his campaign.
December 3, 2011 From the Libya brain freeze to the "smoking ad," we look back at some of the Cain campaign's most excruciating moments.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Thursday in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
December 2, 2011 Allegations of an affair and sexual harassment have embroiled his campaign. Cain has said he's done nothing wrong.
December 2, 2011 Whether Herman Cain is leaning towards staying in or leaving the contest for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Iowa voters are trying to help him reach a decision by abandoning him. A new Des Moines Register poll found Cain falling to the eight percent support from 23 percent in October.
Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain campaigned Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. He told a Fox News interviewer he would decide in the next week whether to stay in the GOP race.
November 30, 2011 Herman Cain says he can't guarantee that more women won't come forward because he's helped many. People may expect him to drop out, but he says, "That's just not me."
Herman Cain leaves the Big Sky Diner on Nov. 10, 2011 in Ypsilanti, Mich.
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November 29, 2011 Republicans in Iowa and New Hampshire weigh in on where Cain's supporters might turn if he abandons his presidential bid. Will they join the "rising tide of energy toward Newt?"
November 29, 2011 The wonder is not that Cain is where he is now (who foresaw the sexual conduct maelstrom?) but that he ever surged to begin with. As we have seen, not all Republicans candidates catch a wave. Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman have been waiting for theirs but so far it's been in vain.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
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November 29, 2011 The candidate has told staff that new allegations about an affair (which he denies) have taken a toll on his family. And while he plans to keep campaigning, he's also "reassessing" the effort.
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.
Hillary Clinton's "inevitability" became less certain after a debate in Philadelphia at Drexel University in October 2007.
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November 21, 2011 Once, a winning candidate for the presidential nomination relied on money or campaign organization to get him there. This year, doing well in the debates have replaced the roadmap of old. All that and more in the new "Political Junkie" column.
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November 17, 2011 It's not like Herman Cain really has a real shot to win the New Hampshire primary. Indeed, any Republican presidential candidate not named Mitt Romney probably doesn't have much of a chance to win the Granite State. Still, any conservative who wants to at least appear to be running a real New Hampshire campaign usually talks with the Union Leader's staff. Cain stood them up Thursday.
Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain greets supporters at a campaign rally outside of Wings Plus on Wednesday in Coral Springs, Fla.
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November 16, 2011 Florida is where Cain for a time became a frontrunner — winning the GOP straw poll here two months ago. In a visit to southern Florida Wednesday, Cain sought to turn attention back to his 9-9-9 tax plan.
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