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During the CNN debate, Herman Cain was asked whether he agreed with Rick Perry’s call for a no-fly zone over Syria.

“No, I would not,” said Cain. “I would work with our allies in the region to put pressure, to be able to try and get our allies and other nations to stop buying oil from Syria.”

At the CNN foreign policy debate in DC, Newt Gingrich said the American people do not want immigrants who’ve been in America for decades to be expelled, suggesting a path to citizenship that many conservatives disdain on principle.

Updated: Nov. 22, 6:10PM

Add Utah to the list of states the federal government has sued over their controversial immigration laws.

In a suit filed in federal court in Utah late Tuesday, Justice Department officials argue that the government "has preeminent authority to regulate immigration matters."

"Utah's adoption of its own immigration policy disrupts the federal government's ability both to administer and enforce the federal immigration laws including as set forth in the Immigration and Nationality Act ("INA"), and to establish and pursue federal policies and priorities pertaining to, inter alia, the identification, apprehension, detention and removal of aliens unlawfully in the United States," the suit claims.

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Rick Perry at the CNN GOP debate: “We’re seeing countries start to come in and infiltrate. We know that Hamas and Hezbollah are working in Mexico as well as Iran with their ploy to come into the United States. We know that Hugo Chavez… and the iranian government has one of the largest — I think their largest embassy in the world is in Venezuela.

“So the idea that we need to have border security with the United States and Mexico is paramount to the entire western hemisphere.”

Perry said it was time for a “21st century Monroe Doctrine.”

Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, who now supports voter ID laws as a method of preventing voter fraud but refuses to discuss any particular instances he says he witnessed, is again declining to provide any examples of voter fraud he witnessed, claiming doing so would turn the debate over voter ID laws into a 'he-said-he-said' controversy.

"If you think I made it up, you're entitled to do that, and if you think there's no credibility and I just made it up because I had nothing to do some day, that's your prerogative," Davis told TPM in a phone interview on Tuesday.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that President Obama has been an “absolute failure” on the budget process, adding that it irresponsible to let the Super Committee’s failure to reach an agreement hurt the Pentagon’s bottom line.

“We had a President of the United States who is not a leader. He pitched this over to them and said ‘y'all figure this out,” Perry said.

“Even his own Secretary of Defense said it was irresponsible. As a matter of fact, if Leon Panetta is an honorable man, he should resign in protest,” Perry said.

“We have a President of the US who is not a leader. He pitched it over to them and said, ‘Here, y'all figure this out.’”

He also noted that “if Leon Panetta is an honorable man” then he would resign, since he’s denigrated the coming cuts that Obama now vows not to veto.

Mitt Romney capped off an argument with Ron Paul, in which he stated his very strong opposition to Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, with a pledge to very publicly show his support for Israel as president.

“If I am President of the United States, my first trip — my first foreign trip — will be to Israel, to show the world we care about that country.”

At the CNN debate, Michele Bachmann included a false accusation against President Obama’s handling of Iran.

“He met with them with no preconditions,” said Bachmann. “And the doctrine of appeasement — he has changed the course of history, because at a time when we needed a leader the most, we didn’t have one.”

Obama has never met directly with the Iranian government. The closest that has occurred to this situation has been some diplomatic interaction between the two countries, in the U.S.’s efforts to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons.