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October 27th, 2011
12:18 PM ET

Polls show Romney is the man to beat

CNN's Wolf Blitzer releases data showing Mitt Romney is leading polls in Iowa and other early primary states.

RELATED: CNN/TIME/ORC Poll – Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida


Filed under: 2012 election • Candy Crowley • Mitt Romney • Politics • polls
October 27th, 2011
12:10 PM ET

Tsunami debris bound for the U.S.

Millions of tons of debris washed out to sea by the Japanese tsunami is headed for the U.S. CNN's Chad Myers reports.

RELATED: Tsunami debris at Hawaii by 2013? Researchers seek more precision


Filed under: Chad Myers • Japan
BLITZER'S BLOG: Perry proposing major Social Security changes
October 26th, 2011
03:35 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Perry proposing major Social Security changes

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) – You have to give Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry at least some credit for putting major changes in Social Security on the table. Most politicians don’t even want to touch this subject, especially because older Americans love their Social Security benefits, and older Americans vote in much higher percentages than younger Americans.

Perry is proposing very significant changes. For example, he wants to raise the retirement eligibility age.
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Filed under: 2012 election • Republicans • Rick Perry • Wolf Blitzer
October 26th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

Bobby Jindal defends Perry's tax proposal

Gov. Bobby Jindal discusses whether or not Rick Perry's flat tax solution encourages "class warfare."


Filed under: 2012 election • Bobby Jindal • Interviews • Rick Perry • Taxes
October 25th, 2011
06:23 PM ET

What's on Obama's "to do" list?

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will use the power of the executive branch to do as much as possible to reinvigorate the slumping economy without assistance from a divided Congress, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told CNN Tuesday.

"Whatever he can do as president, he will do," Carney said during an appearance on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Interviews • White House
October 25th, 2011
06:16 PM ET

Will you benefit from Perry's flat tax plan?

Gov. Perry says his flat tax would eliminate taxes on capital gains and dividends. CNN's Tom Foreman looks at the numbers.


Filed under: 2012 election • Rick Perry • Taxes • Tom Foreman
BLITZER’S BLOG: Cain’s 9-9-9 plan vs. Perry’s 20-20-0 plan
October 25th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Cain’s 9-9-9 plan vs. Perry’s 20-20-0 plan

(CNN) - It’s clear that Texas Governor Rick Perry needs to jump start his presidential campaign.

The new CBS/New York Times poll has him coming in fifth nationally among Republican voters. Herman Cain is at 25%; Mitt Romney 21%; Newt Gingrich 10%; Ron Paul 8%; and Perry at only 6%.
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Filed under: 2012 election • Herman Cain • Rick Perry • Taxes • Wolf Blitzer
October 25th, 2011
12:40 PM ET

Tot hugs screen as airman dad reads

Military dads serving away from home find creative ways to "be there" for bedtime stories. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

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BLITZER'S BLOG: Will Ron Paul run as 3rd party candidate?
October 24th, 2011
01:13 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Will Ron Paul run as 3rd party candidate?

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is making it clear that he doesn’t think there’s a whole lot of difference on the most important issues between his rival Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

“Would there be a change in foreign policy?” Paul asked during an interview on NBC's “Meet the Press.” “No, there would not be.”

He then insisted that there was really no difference between Romney and Obama on entitlement spending, auditing the Federal Reserve and cutting the nation’s debt.

“No,” Paul insisted. “There would not be a significant difference between the two – although on the edges, maybe. … So, no, the regulatory system, the spending, the deficits, the printing of money, they stay the same.”

When I heard that, I again wondered what the Republican congressman from Texas would do if Romney won the Republican nomination. Would he jump on the Romney bandwagon, or would he run as a third-party candidate?

Earlier in the month, I asked Paul whether he could support Romney if he won the nomination.

He replied that none of the Republican candidates was advocating his positions. “So I would have to find out exactly what their positions are and what the platform is that they would be running on,” he said.

I pressed and asked whether it were possible that he would run as a third-party candidate – which he did in 1988, when he was the Libertarian Party presidential candidate. “I haven’t thought about it, and I have no plans to do that,” he said. “So, no, that wouldn’t be in the cards for me.”

I believe Paul. I don’t think he’s spent a lot of time thinking about that third-party contingency. He is focused now on winning the nomination.

But it certainly would be intriguing if Romney did win the nomination and Paul decided to challenge both him and Obama for the presidency.

Would Paul take more votes away from the Republican or Democratic candidate?

Since he’s a Republican, the immediate assumption is that he would hurt the Republican nominee and maybe even ensure Obama’s re-election.

But you could make a case that Paul also appeals to many isolationist and deficit-cutting Democrats who are deeply worried about Obama’s economic policies.

It’s all very hypothetical but still a fascinating topic for political junkies like me to ponder.

RELATED: Ron Paul says unemployment is 20%

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Filed under: 2012 election • Ron Paul • Wolf Blitzer
October 24th, 2011
12:38 PM ET

Marching band helps man quit job

With the help of a marching band, a hotel employee quits his job and becomes a YouTube sensation. Jeanne Moos reports.

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