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October 18th, 2011
06:37 PM ET

Romney and Cain not conservative enough, says Santorum

(CNN) - The two frontrunners in the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination aren't conservative enough, according to rival candidate Rick Santorum.

Santorum said Tuesday that former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney were both lacking the conservative principles voters were looking for.

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates next face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, October 18, in the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. Submit your questions for the debate here.

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Filed under: 2012 election • Interviews • Rick Santorum
October 18th, 2011
05:25 PM ET

Cain: I can feel the bull's-eye

(CNN) – Herman Cain said Tuesday he could feel the pressure from his fellow 2012 candidates ahead of the CNN Western Leadership Conference Debate in Las Vegas.

"The way it feels is that you got this big bull's-eye on your back, and it keeps getting bigger," Cain told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room."

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates next face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, October 18, in the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. Submit your questions for the debate here.

FULL STORY ON CNN POLITICAL TICKER

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Filed under: 2012 election • Herman Cain • Interviews
BLITZER’S BLOG: At tonight’s debate, what happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas
October 18th, 2011
01:35 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: At tonight’s debate, what happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas

Las Vegas (CNN) – On the surface, you wouldn't necessarily know that Las Vegas is in deep economic trouble. There are large crowds everywhere on the Strip. The restaurants are full. The casinos are jumping. The shows are great. I was at the gym at the Venetian Hotel at 6 o'clock this morning and it was packed.

But as good as parts of Las Vegas look on the outside, deep problems become obvious when you take a closer look. Nevada has the highest unemployment and home foreclosure rates in the country - with no quick end in sight.
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Filed under: 2012 election • Debates • Wolf Blitzer