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Seth McLaughlin

Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a Republican Presidential Debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Santorum raises possibility of Iran strikes

Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum said Friday that the United States and Israel should be planning air strikes against Iran to prevent it from producing a nuclear weapon. Published November 11, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry reads the "Top Ten" list on David Letterman's Thursday show. He was a late addition to the show after stumbling in Wednesday's GOP debate. (CBS via Associated Press)

Perry spends day trying to undo 'Oops' moment

With one word — "Oops" — Texas Gov. Rick Perry summed up his cringe-worthy Wednesday night debate performance and instantly turned the GOP presidential conversation away from Herman Cain. Published November 10, 2011

In GOP debate, Cain rebuffs charges

Herman Cain took the opportunity during Wednesday night's GOP presidential debate to brush off the allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior, saying the American people don't care about character assassinations, "they care about leadership and getting this economy growing," Published November 9, 2011

Cain denies charges, will keep campaigning

Herman Cain defiantly denied all the charges against him, vowed to remain in the Republican presidential race and hinted that Democrats may be behind the sexual harassment story that has dogged him for 10 days. Published November 8, 2011

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves after speaking at the Defending the American Dream Summit in Washington on Nov. 4, 2011. (Associated Press)

Romney vows to cut spending

Mitt Romney vowed Friday to dramatically shrink the size of the federal government by capping spending at pre-Obama levels, and to do it without cutting defense. Published November 4, 2011

Romney avoids distractions on the stump

While some of his GOP rivals are fending off accusations and pointing fingers at each other, Mitt Romney keeps chugging along, staying above the fray and focusing this week on his budget proposal. Published November 3, 2011

Cain says Perry staff behind harassment story

After a two-day blitz of awkward interviews, partial explanations and sometimes contradictory answers, the Herman Cain campaign employed new strategies Wednesday to deal with accusations of sexual harassment from two employees while he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. Published November 2, 2011

Cain stands by, clarifies denials

A day after denying he sexually harassed two women while serving as president of the National Restaurant Association, Herman Cain sought to smooth out some of the inconsistencies in his story Tuesday, saying the passage of time, jargon and a busy schedule had muddled his memory and affected his initial reaction to the allegations. Published November 1, 2011

"I have never sexually harassed anyone," GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington on Monday. The Republican hopeful answered questions about his 9-9-9 tax plan, restated his stance on abortion and denied allegations of sexual harassment. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Cain: Harassment allegations 'totally false'

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain moved belatedly but forcefully Monday to deny allegations that he sexually harassed two female subordinates while serving as president of the National Restaurant Association in the mid-1990s. Published October 31, 2011

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GOP candidates' budgets not realistic, some analysts say

Republican presidential candidates are pledging to slice a quarter or more out of the federal budget — proposals that would take spending back to levels unseen in decades, and would require the equivalent of axing a major program such as Medicare or cutting the entire defense budget. Published October 30, 2011

Romney blasts Perry's Social Security plan

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign rolled out a fresh attack Thursday against Texas Gov. Rick Perry, saying that Mr. Perry's new plan to reshape Social Security doesn't square with his previously stated stances on the issue. Published October 27, 2011


Referendum poses problems for GOP in Ohio

It was seen as a big victory for the GOP at the time, but Ohio's six-month-old law curbing the power of public-sector unions is causing serious political heartburn for two prominent Republicans. Published October 26, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry holds up the tax form he says that Americans would fill out as he outlined a broad economic proposal of a flat 20 percent income tax rate during a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at the State House in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

Perry plan makes flat tax optional

Hoping to breathe new life into his flagging presidential campaign, Texas Gov. Rick Perry rolled out a sweeping economic plan Tuesday that would give taxpayers the option of paying a 20 percent flat income tax, balance the budget by 2020 and cap federal spending at levels not seen since Lyndon B. Johnson was president. Published October 25, 2011

GOP hopefuls embrace 'anti-Romney' role

Though the front-runners have changed, the 2012 Republican presidential race has been remarkably consistent: Mitt Romney versus the rest of the field. Published October 23, 2011

Cain tops field again in Nevada GOP straw poll

The good news continued for Herman Cain on Friday as the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO won the Western Republican Leadership Conference straw poll of GOP presidential contenders, edging out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — and leaving Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a distant fifth place. Published October 21, 2011

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Herman Cain, speaks with the media after an interview on NBC's Meet the Press at their studio in Washington on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Cain: Lobbyist heads are exploding over tax plan

Presidential contender Herman Cain defended his 9-9-9 tax plan, saying that vested interests in Washington are fighting to block what taxpayers are demanding, so much so that their heads are about to burst. Published October 19, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry runs to deliver a keynote address during the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Revived Perry presses Romney, pushes for flat tax

Texas Gov. Rick Perry followed up a feisty debate performance with a pledge Wednesday to fight for a flat tax and with another round of thinly disguised jabs at rival Mitt Romney — the man he sees as his chief obstacle to winning the GOP presidential nod next year. Published October 19, 2011

Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain, left, shakes hands with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney looks on before a Republican presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

GOP front-runners hit hard in debate

Republican presidential candidates sharpened their attacks on the front-runners as they took the stage Tuesday for the latest GOP debate, taking turns slamming Herman Cain's "9-9-9" tax-reform plan and calling former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's health care reform the model for the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act. Published October 18, 2011