The Takeaway: Republican Presidential Candidates Get Heated in Vegas; Social Security Increase Coming
Stakes Up But Jackpot Elusive in GOP Debate: Maybe it was something about the Vegas air that got Republican presidential candidates so riled up in last night's CNN-sponsored debate (the fifth GOP debate since Labor Day). This debate, at Las Vegas' Venetian/Sands Expo and Convention Center, saw Herman Cain vigorously defending his 9-9-9 tax plan, which was nearly universally panned by the other candidates, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry"”after a subdued showing at last week's debate"”doing his darnedest to tangle with Mitt Romney once again (though no more Social Security talk; illegal immigration was all the rage this week).
The Takeaway: Perry/Romney Badminton Continues; Gov't Shutdown Looms; Prostate Patients on Medicare Do Worse
Not Flip-Flopping! Oh, goodness-accusations of 'flip-flopping' (that infamous insult from presidential campaigns of yore) featured prominently in last night's GOP debate in Florida, as presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Perry accused each other of being inconsistent on Social Security, gun rights and health care. The debate-which included seven other GOP candidates and focused on character and credibility as much as political issues-gave birth to another clash (surprise, surprise) between Romney and Perry over Social Security. The two men quibbled over whether Perry had actually called the program 'unconstitutional' (Romney says he did, Perry says he didn't). And Perry called out Romney for removing a line from the paperback edition of his book that advocated expanding Massachusetts' health reform program to the rest of the country (Romney said this is untrue).
The Takeaway: Romney Presses Social Security Issue; Heavier Women Less Strong; Health Insurance's "Good News"
A new study of older women finds those that are overweight actually have less leg strength and power than their normal-weight counterparts ... A survey finds that the cost of employer-based health insurance will rise less this year than in the previous few ... Scientists have found a way to reverse the aging of human stem cells"”which is good news, because our old fountain-of-youth hope"”'longevity genes'"”isn't holding up so well in light of new research.
Is Rick Perry a 'Scary Guy?' There was more talk of vaccinating young girls than of saving Social Security at last night's 'CNN/Tea Party Express' debate, as the GOP candidates-led by an especially vocal Michele Bachmann-leapt on Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the state's mandating girls get the HPV vaccine. Social Security got its due time, though, when Perry (his rhetoric slightly toned down from last week) called it "a broken system" that politicians were afraid to discuss honestly with the American people, prompting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to ask just how Perry would fix it.
We're used to seeing Social Security disagreements between Republicans and Democrats, but the issue is now becoming a major source of contention within the GOP. At a debate Wednesday night, Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry called Social Security a "Ponzi scheme." This didn't sit well with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who said that kind of rhetoric is bad for the party.
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