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Obama Hops A Bus For Friendly Red States

President Barack Obama hits the road this week on a three-day bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia. Both states traditionally vote Republican, but Obama won them both in 2008. Host Audie Cornish talks with Rep. David Price, a Democrat from North Carolina, and former congressman Tom Perriello, a Democrat from Virginia, about the political climate and Democratic prospects for the 2012 race.
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Money Gap Widens In GOP Presidential Field

New campaign finance reports offer the first detailed look at the haves and the have-nots among the Republican presidential candidates. While some candidates are flush with cash, others are nearly broke. Meanwhile, the Obama fundraising effort is easily outstripping his prospective rivals.
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Week In News: Money And The GOP Presidential Race

Presidential candidates need to report their third-quarter fundraising reports to the FEC by midnight tonight, and those figures are already saying a lot about which campaigns are healthy and which are faltering. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rebecca Roberts speaks with James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, about that story and others from the past week.
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Recall Election Targets Ariz. Immigration Law Author

A relatively small election is getting intense interest in Arizona. It's an election to recall State Sen. Russell Pearce, the architect of Arizona's strict immigration laws. As NPR's Ted Robbins reports, the recall election is splitting the community along religious as much as political lines.
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The Difference, Herman Cain Says, Is 'Substance'

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out this week puts a new name at the top of the race for the Republican presidential nomination: Herman Cain. The poll shows the former head of Godfather's Pizza is at 27 percent, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney just 4 points behind. Cain spoke with Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon about his surge to front-runner status.
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The Binge-Purge Politics Of 2012

So far the presidential election is seemingly one endless night of bingeing and purging. One candidate sells like hotcakes for a while, then goes cold as a freezer-burned waffle. What's the deal with the electoral mood swings?
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Voters In Spartanburg, S.C., Say They Favor Cain

One of the earliest primary states is South Carolina, which holds its primary on Jan 21. South Carolina is a Republican stronghold — with a strongly conservative voting base. A sample of Republican voters tell NPR they favor Herman Cain — and they especially like his 9-9-9 plan.

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