Florida senator and potential '12 veep pick Marco Rubio fought back Friday against charges he had falsely portrayed his parents as exiles from Castro's Cuba. To suggest he changed his story for political gain is "outrageous," Rubio said.
Since he entered the frontrunner spotlight, GOP hopeful Herman Cain has struggled at times to maintain a consistent message. This week he's drawn criticism over his tax plan, as well as his stance on social issues.
Even with the latest change to Cain's tax reform plan, the lowest-income Americans would see their tax bills rise because they'd face a trickle-down effect from business taxes and they would still face the 9 percent sales tax, analysts say.
GOP presidential contender Herman Cain, who has made his reputation with his 9-9-9 tax plan, introduced the variant 9-0-9 plan for the poor, who would be exempt from the income portion of the plan. Experts said the poor, who pay little if any federal tax now, would still see a tax hike.
The campaign of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann suffered the latest in a series of setbacks this week: Her paid New Hampshire campaign staff resigned en masse on Thursday. Bachmann has argued that the Iowa caucuses are the centerpiece of her primary strategy. But the announcement follows the departures of several high-profile campaign staffers, the closure of a campaign office in northern Virginia and a weak Federal Election Commission filing last weekend.
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