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Sen. Marco Rubio Denies Embellishing His Background As A Cuban Exile

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.
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With Revised Tax Plan, Cain Faces Questions About Consistency

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.
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Will Cain's New '9-0-9' Tax Plan Really Help The Poor?

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.
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New Poll: Cain Leads In Iowa, Romney Second, Rest Of Field Lagging

Cain now holds a big lead over Mitt Romney in a new University of Iowa poll. Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann lag further behind, trailing even Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.
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Cain's Tweaked Tax Plan Raises Taxes For The Poor

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.
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Bachmann's N.H. Campaign Staff Quits

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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