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Six Presidential Hopefuls Faced Tough Questions at Saturday’s Forum

Six Republican Presidential candidates faced questions on their ideological bona fides during a policy-heavy forum on Fox News Channel on Saturday night.

Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker, was pressed on how conservatives can “trust that a President Gingrich will not advance these sorts of big government approaches” that he advocated in the past, including his support for a mandate that citizens get health insurance.

Representative Michele Bachmann was asked how she would carry out her call to remove all illegal immigrants in the United States or pay the $135 billion to do so.

Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, was asked questions about his health care overhaul there, and what he would say to President Obama if the President were to note during a general election debate its similarities to the federal health care law.

The candidates faced these questions from a roster of attorneys general who filed legal cases against the 2009 health care law: Pam Bondi of Florida, who brought the suit the Supreme Court agreed to hear; Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia, a spokesman for legal action against the law; and Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma. They were gathered by the Fox News host Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas.

It was one of the more substantive events in the Republican contest. The candidates faced the panel solo and did not interact, leaving intraparty politics largely out of it, except for Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, who urged the audience to give him “a second look,” a tacit acknowledgment of his drop in polls and a new opportunity after Herman Cain’s decision to suspend his campaign.

The attorneys general, new to Presidential politics, did not let their own general ideological agreement with the candidates get in the way of tough questions about how they would carry out their proposals.

They seemed to give Mr. Gingrich the hardest time. He was grilled on calls he has made to abolish federal courts whose rulings he disagrees with. It is a position that invariably wins applause from conservative audiences, but the attorneys general, conservative Republicans all, seemed to raise a collective eyebrow.

Mr. Cuccinelli had big disagreements with Mr. Gingrich, asking him how he would assure conservatives that his less ideologically pure positions would not trickle into his White House. Mr. Gingrich said he would introduce a “very clearly philosophically driven program” that would train his appointees and tell them “this is where this administration is going.”

Mr. Romney parried questions about the Massachusetts health care law, repeating that his policy was less ambitious and did not seek to upend the health care system the way he said Pres. Obama had hoped the federal law would.

Mr. Cuccinelli stayed with his line of questioning. “You would agree, wouldn’t you,” he said, “what you did in that bill in Massachusetts in 2006 affected the entire industry. Correct?”

Mr. Romney said that “for the 92% of us that were already insured, nothing changed.”

Mr. Cuccinelli asked Rep. Bachmann how she would handle environmental disagreements across state lines if she were to end the Environmental Protection Agency. When Ms. Bachmann answered that “a lot of these cases would be negotiated,” he pressed, “You cannot just negotiate without a legal foundation and thereby compel both sides to participate.”

Ms. Bondi asked former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania which environmental regulations he would allow. Mr. Santorum said the problem was that environmental laws that have been on the books for decades were overly broad, allowing regulators to craft many rules. He promised to have Congress rewrite the laws to be much narrower.

Mr. Pruitt asked Representative Ron Paul of Texas about his opposition to the PATRIOT Act. Mr. Paul responded by saying, “Are you going to put cameras in every household or whatever? I don’t think it’s a lack of laws that are our problem.”

Via The New York Times.

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Breaking: Herman Cain Suspends Campaign

Herman Cain announced he is suspending his bid for the Republican Presidential nomination.

“One of the first declarations that I want to make to you today is that I am at peace with my God. I am at peace with my wife, and she is at peace with me,” he said.

Mr. Cain said the decision was a result of the “cloud of doubt” that had been cast over his family in light of what he called false allegations.

Mr. Cain’s once-surging bid for the nomination began to falter in recent weeks after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced.

Most recently, Ginger White of Atlanta claimed that she and Mr. Cain, who is married, had carried on a thirteen-year affair.

Mr. Cain this week told a newspaper he had repeatedly given White money to help her with “month-to-month bills and expenses,” but he denied the relationship was sexual.

Mr. Cain told staffers he was assessing his campaign in the wake of the allegation and acknowledged that her account led to a drop in contributions to his campaign.

“Suspending” a campaign allows a candidate to continue raising and spending campaign funds.

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Cain Denies Affair, Too

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A woman said Monday that she engaged in an affair with Herman Cain that began in the 1990s, continued as he flew her from city to city for dates, and ended eight months ago.

In an interview, Ginger White offered details of a thirteen-year relationship with Mr. Cain, sharing phone records that showed calls and text messages from his number.

Mr. Cain denied the accusations, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that they had been friends, but that there had been no sexual contact. He characterized their relationship as “trying to help a friend” because of her “not having a job, et cetera, and this sort of thing.”This month, Cain was accused of sexually harassing several women.

Ms. White said she decided to come forward because she feared the affair would be uncovered to reporters by someone who knew of the relationship.

“I’m not proud. I didn’t want to come out with this. I did not,” said White, who described the relationship with Mr. Cain as taking her away from her “humdrum life.”

“It was pretty simple. It wasn’t complicated. I was aware that he was married. I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship,” she said.

Before the first harassment allegations were published, polls showed him leading the Republican race. Over the past month, it has been reported that four women accused Mr. Cain of sexual harassment while he headed the National Restaurant Association.

Mr. Cain denied the allegations, although his campaign suffered as he bungled his response. First, Mr. Cain refused to acknowledge that harassment allegations were filed against him. He later “recalled” accusations but said they were all “baseless.”

Since then, he has fallen to 17% in CNN’s latest poll, compared with 20% for Mitt Romney and 24% for Newt Gingrich.

“I know that the court of public opinion is going to formulate its own opinion,” he told CNN. “I can’t control people who are going to make a decision based upon accusations.”

Ms. White said in the television interview that she met Mr. Cain in the late 1990s at a meeting in Louisville, when he was president of the restaurant association. They had drinks, she said, and he invited her to his hotel room, where he pulled out a calendar and suggested that she meet him in Palm Springs, California.

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Breaking: Cain Reevaluating Campaign Viability

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Herman Cain is reassessing the future of his campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination the day after a woman said she had a thirteen-year affair with him.

Mr. Cain held a conference call this morning with his campaign staff and told them he is evaluating the viability of his campaign. He plans to continue his speaking schedule.

On Monday, Mr. Cain denied the accusations in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room. “I acknowledge that I have known her for about that period of time. But the accusation that I had a 13-year affair with her, no.”

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Breaking: Cain Announces an Affair Scandal is Coming

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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told CNN he will be accused of an extramarital affair; he denied the new allegations and said he plans to stay in the race.

“I did not have an affair,” Cain told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.” “I have done nothing wrong.”

Cain said his attorney has been told that an Atlanta TV station is coming out with a story about the alleged affair.

Cain has been the subject of at least two claims of sexual harassment, which he has strongly denied.

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It’s Official: House Republicans Declare Pizza a Vegetable

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Thanks to House Republicans, pizza is now a vegetable. That’s right: House Republicans voted this week to classify tomato sauce as a vegetable when it’s served on pizza to America’s school children. It’s enough to warm Herman Cain’s heart.

In their latest attempt to block everything suggested by President Obama, Republicans have chosen to ignore the childhood obesity epidemic and undermine the President’s initiative on physical fitness and healthy eating.

I love a good slice of pizza, but this is just ridiculous. Could restoring Ronald Reagan’s declaration that ketchup is a vegetable be next?

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Herman Cain Will Get Secret Service Protection

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Presidential candidate Herman Cain will receive protection from the U.S. Secret Service.

Mr. Cain will be the first candidate in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination in the 2012 election cycle to be placed under the protection of the federal law enforcement agency.

While early, it is not unprecedented for the Secret Service to take over the security of a presidential candidate. In May 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama, who was running for the Democratic nomination, was placed under Secret Service protection.

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