- - Monday, October 31, 2011

IOWA

New Perry ad touts jobs over polish

DES MOINES — Trailing in an Iowa poll, Republican Rick Perry says in an ad running there that his jobs record is more important than the candidate’s on-camera polish.

The Texas governor is trying to convert criticism of his performances during recent debates into an asset by arguing that President Obama — and implicitly his chief GOP rival Mitt Romney — are better speakers than leaders.

Mr. Perry says: “If you’re looking for a slick politician, or a guy with great teleprompter skills, we already have that, and he’s destroying our economy. I’m a doer, not a talker.”

Mr. Perry had support from 7 percent of likely Iowa GOP caucus participants in a poll published Sunday by the Des Moines Register.

HOUSE

Boehner: High hopes for debt supercommittee

House Speaker John A. Boehner says he has high hopes that a congressional supercommittee will be able to reach common ground on a plan to cut the federal deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over a decade.

But the most powerful Republican in Washington says that finding common ground doesn’t necessarily mean compromising one’s principles, a none-too-subtle hint that he remains strongly opposed to increasing taxes as part of the solution to deficits exceeding $1 trillion a year.

The Ohio Republican made his remarks to a group of students at the University of Louisville as the secretive 12-member bipartisan panel remains deadlocked less than a month before its deadline. Democrats say tax revenue is a precursor to any agreement to curb spending on costly benefit programs such as Medicare.

PENTAGON

Report clears Pakistan in slaying of U.S. soldier

A Pakistani militiaman who fatally shot an Army officer in a 2007 ambush apparently acted alone and not as part of a coordinated Pakistani army plot, according to investigation details released Monday by the Pentagon.

Army Maj. Larry J. Bauguess Jr. was gunned down as he and other U.S. officers were headed toward helicopters that would take them back across the border after a meeting with Afghan and Pakistani officers in the border town of Teri Mengel.

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