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.
October 4, 2011 With accountants on the presidential campaigns now busily toting up fundraising numbers for the third quarter, the big question is this: How much did Rick Perry raise? On Monday, Reuters cited campaign fundraising volunteers who said Perry's late-breaking bid for the Republican nomination has grossed more than $10 million.
October 3, 2011 If there's been a worse week and a half for a presidential candidate, it's hard to remember when. Just as Texas Gov. Rick Perry worked to recover from his woeful debate performance of more than a week ago, two damaging stories got big attention. One was about the racist name of a hunting camp used by Perry's family, the other of state subsidies he gave to subprime mortgage firms.
October 3, 2011 The GOP contender's aides say his family took steps to paint over a rock at a hunting camp it leased. A racial epithet had been on the stone for years. Some who visited the camp tell The Washington Post the word was still visible in recent years.
September 29, 2011 The Massachusetts governor may be back on track to the Republican presidential nomination. His rival from Texas has lost much of his initial luster because of dubious debate performances and controversial stances on at least three issues.
September 28, 2011 When Texas Gov. Rick Perry said during a recent debate of Republican presidential candidates, "I don't think you have a heart" of those who disagreed who disagreed with his support of in-state tuition for young illegal immigrants, he lost points with many conservatives. So on Wednesday in an interview with the conservative site Newsmax.tv, Perry tried making amends.
September 28, 2011 The GOP horse race has shifted, at least in two key states. Mitt Romney's exploitation of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's vulnerabilities on Social Security and in-state tuition for young illegal immigrants, and the southerner's weak debate performances appear to be taking their toll. New polls show the former Massachusetts governor now leading in Florida and Iowa.
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.
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.
September 22, 2011 Texas Gov. Rick Perry leads Mitt Romney in Florida, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Also, with the voters who matter in the Republican primary, registered members of the GOP, Perry's description of Social Security as a "Ponzi scheme" is shared by about half of that part of the electorate.
September 22, 2011 With 41 percent of those surveyed indicating their choice was Romney, the former Massachusetts governor had a nearly 27-percentage point lead over his closest rival in the state, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas who came in at 14 percent.
September 21, 2011 Mitt Romney went full tilt against Perry in Florida, as Jeff Zeleny reported on the New York Times' The Caucus blog. And what better issue to attack Perry on than his controversial position on Social Security. For Romney to have Social Security to use against Perry in Florida was like the New England Patriots' Tom Brady passing against single coverage.
September 21, 2011 The new Perry ad refers to Obama as "President Zero", an allusion to the Labor Department report that zero net new jobs were created in August, the image makers transform the iconic Obama "O" on the president's campaign web sites and posters into a zero, the better to imprint the connection on our brains. The ad makers want us to see an economy in decline when we see that red, white and blue "O."
September 20, 2011 Besides foreign policy, U.S. domestic politics was also at play Tuesday. Getting the nomination could depend on which GOP candidate can convince the greatest number of the most pro-Israel Jewish voters and evangelical Christians that he is most supportive of Israel.
September 20, 2011 A new Winthrop University poll out of South Carolina shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry with about a three-percentage point lead over Mitt Romney among voters who are Republican and GOP leaners. Meanwhile, about 75 percent of those same voters surveyed thought the word "socialist" well described President Obama.