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On Fox News this morning, Mitt Romney demurred when asked to name the vulnerabilities of the man running ever closer to him in the polls, Herman Cain.

As the Fox host pointed out, the silence on Cain’s potential problems as a nominee is a departure for Romney, who ripped down Rick Perry’s electability as soon as Perry got close to Romney in polls.


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is stirring up a bit of fear over the current Occupy Wall Street protests that are spreading across the country. Speaking at the 2011 Voter Values Summit, Cantor referred to the protests as “mobs” and tried to connect them to the cries of “class warfare” that Republicans have been lobbing at president Obama’s jobs bill and the Buffett Rule.

Appearing on “Fox and Friends” on Friday morning, GOP candidate Mitt Romney reacted to the new data showing a gain of 103,000 jobs in the month of September.

“What you’re seeing now is the result of a failed economic policy by a president who has been in office three years and is looking for someone to blame,” he said.

Herman Cain's flagship 9-9-9 policy is perhaps the most memorable slogan of GOP primary season. Cain proposes to wipe out the existing tax code and replace it with a 9 percent individual income tax, a 9 percent corporate tax rate, and a 9 percent national sales tax. No more loopholes, no more deductions, no more exclusions, no more capital gains taxes, no more payroll taxes no more...Social Security or Medicare?

The 9-9-9 plan actually says nothing about Medicare. But numerous analyses conclude swapping out the current tax code for 9-9-9 would leave the Treasury significantly short of the insufficient revenues it currently collects. Cain has no interest in raising those rates. And that means barring unfathomable economic growth, 9-9-9 would yield enormous budget shortfalls and eventually require the government to offload popular programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

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With all the talk about the search by very conservative Republican voters for an anybody-but-Romney choice -- and they've gone through quite a few possibilities on that question, such as Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and possibly now Herman Cain -- another question ought to be asked: Who are the folks that like Romney?

TPM asked two different pollsters -- and got two different kinds of answers. (Or maybe even three.)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry was the only major candidate to declare his bid for the White House by handwriting his FEC form, documents show. Whether or not it’s a sign of sloppiness that Perry chose not to type his entry like everyone else, one thing’s for sure — his handwriting isn’t bad.

Continuing to exchange barbs with the Perry campaign, Mitt Romney has a simple question for his competitor: Why did you support Al Gore?

“Rick Perry supported Al Gore for president. Instead of distorting Mitt Romney’s record, Mr. Perry should explain why he lined up behind Al Gore’s radical environmental agenda,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in an email.

This isn’t the first attack on the Perry to use this tactic. Ron Paul has previously run an ad calling him “Al Gore’s Texas cheerleader.”

Stepping into her new role as maverick agitator, Sarah Palin appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio show on Thursday and immediately commented on the recent controversy surrounding country singer Hank Williams Jr.

“Hank Williams and what he is going through now, I think it’s a very clear illustration of a greater societal problem and that is the hypocrisy on the left — the liberals who can throw these stones at a conservative and they knowing that they’re not going to be held accountable,” Palin said.