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Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal (R), perhaps Rick Perry's most prized endorsement, told FOX News on Friday that the two differ on the issue of immigration. He also declined to back up Perry's own immigration attacks against Mitt Romney.

Fox and Friends' Gretchen Carlson asked Jindal whether he backed Perry's decision to offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

"I don't," he said. "He and I aren't going to agree 100% on everything. But I respect the fact he spent $400 million of Texas taxpayer dollars to help secure the border. We're not going to agree on 100% of everything, but I do agree he's cut taxes, created jobs, and that's the track record we need for America."

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Sen. Lindsey Graham says he disagrees with Obama’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. Here’s his full statement:



“I respectfully disagree with President Obama.  I feel all we have worked for, fought for, and sacrificed for is very much in jeopardy by today’s announcement. I hope I am wrong and the President is right, but I fear this decision has set in motion events that will come back to haunt our country.”

Fairly simple question and a straightforward from a recent CNN poll released on Friday: Do you think that Congress so far this year has done something to address the problems facing the country today, or do you think Congress has done nothing to address the country’s problems?

69 percent of Americans said that Congress has done nothing, 28 percent said that it has.

House Armed Services Committee chair Buck McKeon released the following statement on the announcement of U.S. withdrawal from Iraq:

“Today the President announced the withdrawal of all combat forces from Iraq by the end of the year. Over a million Americans and their Iraqi partners can be proud of what we have achieved since 2003. Together we toppled one of the world’s most heinous dictators and established a democracy in the heart of the Middle East. Together we fought and defeated extremists and terrorists who would have torn the fabric of Iraqi society apart. Much remains to be done and America’s commitment to Iraqi stability, security, and freedom endures. I hope that Iraq will always look to the United States as a partner in that freedom as they travel the challenging road ahead.

“I remain concerned that this full withdrawal of US forces will make that road tougher than it needs to be. Multiple experts have testified before my committee that the Iraqis still lack important capacities in their ability to maintain their internal stability and territorial integrity. These shortcomings could reverse the decade of hard work and sacrifice both countries have endured to build a free Iraq.”

A New Hampshire campaign staffer for Michele Bachmann who quit her post today tells National Journal’s Sarah Huisenga she’s joining Rick Perry’s campaign.

Sen. Jon Tester released the following statement after President Obama announced the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq:



“This announcement is an acknowledgment of the success of America’s troops. I asked the President to stick to the plan to bring them home from Iraq because America’s interests are best served by letting Iraq’s people rebuild their own country. This decision will save taxpayers billions of dollars, but we must not forget that there are thousands of Americans still in harm’s way in Afghanistan and around the world. Sharla and I will always be grateful for their service and sacrifice.”

Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement after Obama’s Iraq announcement:

“I am very pleased our remaining U.S. forces are coming home, and I commend the members of the United States military who served in Iraq during the course of a nine-year effort. Thousands of Alaska troops served with distinction to promote security and democracy in the country.

“In early October, soldiers based out of Fort Wainwright became the first aviation unit to close a base and hand over the keys to the Iraqis. Iraq is now a sovereign nation.

“As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I look forward to receiving more information about the increased State Department role and other efforts of cooperation with Iraq to promote continued stability and security in the country and region.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) took to the opinion pages of Politico in order to combat allegations by the Washington Post that he had embellished the story of how his parents emigrated from Cuba. Rubio had previously said that his parents left the nation in 1958 or 1959 in order to escape Castro. In reality, his parents left the island nation before Castro took power.

“My understanding of my parents’ journey has always been based on what they told me about events that took place more than 50 years ago — more than a decade before I was born,” Rubio said. “What they described was not a timeline, or specific dates.”

He lashed out against the paper, writing: “to call into question the central and defining event of my parents’ young lives – the fact that a brutal communist dictator took control of their homeland and they were never able to return – is something I will not tolerate.”

Miss President Obama’s Iraq announcement live? Watch Obama announce the United States' full drawdown from Iraq below, via the AP.



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