- - Monday, September 19, 2011

IOWA

Bachmann criticizes Perry’s stand on border fence

SHEFFIELD — Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is criticizing presidential rival Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s support for public benefits for the children of illegal immigrants.

Campaigning in Iowa on Monday, the Minnesota congresswoman also said Mr. Perry was wrong to oppose a fence on the U.S. border with Mexico. Mrs. Bachmann supports completion of the fence. She opposes allowing children of illegal immigrants to receive in-state college-tuition rates, a policy Mr. Perry supports in his home state of Texas.

Mrs. Bachmann is in Iowa visiting an agricultural manufacturing plant in Sheffield and plans a stop in Waterloo. Mrs. Bachmann is devoting most of her campaigning to Iowa, where she won an important test vote in August, but has slipped since Mr. Perry entered the race.

Mrs. Bachmann plans to campaign in the Des Moines area on Tuesday.

CONNECTICUT

Ex-wrestling executive runs for Senate again

HARTFORD — Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon will make a second run for U.S. Senate in Connecticut.

In a statement released Monday, the Republican said she plans to kick off her campaign Tuesday in Southington at a business that designs and manufactures custom-built coil-processing machines.

The former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment ran against former Democratic state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in 2010, but lost after spending about $50 million of her own money on the race.

Mrs. McMahon would face former Rep. Christopher Shays in a potential 2012 GOP primary. Mr. Shays already has said he plans to officially announce his candidacy next month.

Both are hoping to fill the seat now held by independent Sen. Joe Lieberman. Several Democrats have already announced plans to run.

TREASURY

Geithner denies ignoring Obama’s banks request

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