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After debate attacks, Perry fires back

Texas Gov. Rick Perry ripped into the universal health care plan that Mitt Romney signed into law as governor of Massachusetts, saying the program has failed, cost the state thousands of jobs and served as a blueprint for President Obama's overhaul of the national system.

McCotter drops out

Bowing to the realities of a campaign that never got off the ground, Rep. Thad McCotter told supporters Thursday he is ending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsing Mitt Romney.

Boehner blasts Obama's 'campaign mode'

Ahead of President Obama's stimulus-jobs trip Thursday to push for a bridge between Kentucky and Ohio — which essentially links the areas represented by the two top Republican leaders in Congress — the GOP is pushing back.

Alexander to quit Senate GOP leadership

Sen. Lamar Alexander announced Tuesday he will step down from his Senate Republican leadership post in January, saying the move will allow him to be more "aggressive" in tackling major issues.

GOP hopefuls dismiss 'Buffett Rule'

GOP White House hopefuls responded in a familiar fashion Monday to President Obama's latest deficit reduction plan, rejecting the notion of raising taxes and suggesting the commander-in-chief doesn't have a clue when it comes to getting the nation's fiscal house in order.

Poll: Perry losing edge over Obama

A New Rasmussen Reports national survey shows the three-term Texas governor losing his edge over President Obama in a hypothetical match-up. Mr. Perry has lost his three percentage point edge and now trails 46 percent to 29 percent, a 10 percentage point swing.

Ex-Pa. Gov. Ridge endorses Huntsman

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge endorsed Jon Huntsman for president Friday, saying the former Utah governor has a proven record on creating jobs, strengthening America's competitiveness and advancing the nation's interests in a global economy.

Poll: Perry's Ponzi remark plays to mixed reviews

A new poll out Friday shows that most Republicans primary voters aren't turned off by Rick Perry's description of Social Security as a "Ponzi Scheme," but that the comments could come back to haunt the Texas governor in the general election, where Independents play a key role in selecting the next president.

Santorum hopes to cash in on Perry

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is trying to cash in on what he sees as the dents on Texas Gov. Rick Perry's conservative armor in the GOP race for the 2012 presidential nomination.