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Seth McLaughlin

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Articles by Seth McLaughlin

“Someone does not like the fact that we are doing so well in this campaign and that I'm at or near the top of the polls consistently,” GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain said Tuesday. “I absolutely believe this is an intended smear campaign.” (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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

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 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

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

‘9-9-9’ tax plan raising Cain, doubts

Herman Cain's signature "9-9-9" tax-reform plan has been the battle cry accompanying his meteoric rise through the Republican presidential ranks. But political insiders in New Hampshire say the simple formula that has helped propel his candidacy also could derail it. Published October 17, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks about energy and environmental regulations at the United States Steel Mon Valley Works Irvin Plant in West Mifflin, Pa., Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Perry plan: Boost energy, curb EPA

Rick Perry rolled out part of his long-awaited economic plan Friday, saying the nation could create more than a million jobs in the energy industry by opening up federal lands and waters to drilling, scrapping federal regulations and overhauling the Environmental Protection Agency. Published October 14, 2011

GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman Jr. campaigns Thursday in Greenland, N.H. The former Utah governor said he'd boycott Nevada's caucuses if they try to upstage New Hampshire's primary. (Associated Press)

GOP hopefuls to Nevada: Don’t leapfrog N.H.

Vying for the support of New Hampshire voters, several Republican presidential contenders threatened Thursday to skip the Nevada caucuses if the state GOP sticks with jumping the line by moving its contest into early January. Published October 13, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain addresses New Hampshire state lawmakers at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H., on Wednesday. Mr. Cain is surging in Republican presidential-preference polls. (Associated Press)

Cain parries GOP rivals’ attacks on ‘9-9-9’

Fresh off the first GOP presidential debate in which he was considered a top contender — and a top target — Herman Cain urged state lawmakers Wednesday to support him over Mitt Romney, saying his rivals' attacks on the Cain plan to scrap the tax code show he is headed in the right direction. Published October 12, 2011

GOP rivals target Cain’s ‘9-9-9’ plan

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain learned last night what it’s like to sit among the top tier of candidates in the GOP presidential race, as his rivals poked fun at and dismissed his "9-9-9" tax plan, which he argues would kick-start economic growth. Published October 11, 2011

Tea partyers scoff at ‘Occupy’ comparisons

Leaders from the anti-spending tea party movement are openly rejecting attempts to liken the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters to their grass-roots movement, saying that the two groups are running in opposite directions. Published October 10, 2011