- - Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Perry guests asked to prove citizenship

MANCHESTER — People attending a Rick Perry presidential campaign event Wednesday were asked to prove they are American citizens.

The town-hall-style meeting at Granite State Manufacturing, the first of two events Mr. Perry was holding in New Hampshire, was open to the public.

But campaign officials said federal regulations required proof of citizenship because the company handles defense contracts. A Granite State employee sat beside a Perry campaign staffer at the door and asked attendees whether they were citizens.

The employee, who refused to give her name, said noncitizens wouldn’t be admitted.

Although Mr. Perry’s rivals faced similar restrictions when they held events on the premises of federal defense contractors, the issue Wednesday brought unwanted attention to Mr. Perry’s complicated immigration record at a critical point in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.

Some of his rivals privately seized on his decision to hold an event with such restrictions. The leader of a regional immigration advocacy group was more vocal.

“It’s disturbing, especially given his record on immigration,” said Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.


Bachmann plays up past political rebounds

ST. PAUL, Minn.GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann describes in her new memoir previous near-ends to her political career.

The stories end with a sudden rebound. That is something the congresswoman from Minnesota could use now as she fights to rescue her once-soaring campaign. Mrs. Bachmann has gone from a top GOP contender as recently as August to a blip in the race.

“Core of Conviction” is set for official release Monday, six weeks before Iowa voters open the presidential nominating contest.

She writes that after a 1999 school board loss, she resolved “not to risk embarrassing myself” with more political runs. But she ran for a different office the next year and won.

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