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Romney Gets Personal at South Carolina Forum

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- It wasn’t entirely about the economy on Monday for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who fielded questions at the Palmetto Freedom Forum on subjects we've thus far heard little about on the campaign trail -- from his position on Roe v. Wade, to what he’s looking for in a vice president and how he’d handle tough life-and-death decisions if elected.

Romney has mostly stayed mum about faith during his campaign, but on Monday, he offered a rare glimpse into his personal relationship with God and how it relates to his ability to cope in difficult situations.

“I go on my knees,” Romney said of his decision-making process.  “I’m a person of faith and I look for inspiration.”

The biggest applause of the afternoon came when he was asked what he would change about President Obama’s foreign policy.

“A lot,” Romney quipped, audibly delighting the crowd.  “First, I’d have one.”

And Romney didn’t stop there with his attacks on Obama.  Asked how, if he became the GOP nominee, he might respond during a debate with the president if he were accused of “implementing Obamacare in Massachusetts,” Romney said, “[I'd say] you give me credit for what you tried to copy in some respects."

“We didn’t raise taxes, Mr. President," Romney continued. "You raised taxes $500 billion. We didn’t cut Medicare -- one president in modern history cut Medicare, this president.”

“I’d ask why didn’t you give me a call and I’d have told you what to do right,” Romney added.

Romney did discuss the economy during the forum, saying he’d sign right-to-work legislation if elected and also defended his remark from the Iowa State Fair when he said, “Corporations are people too.”

Romney also fielded questions about Roe v. Wade -- he said he’d support overturning the controversial abortion decision to make way for states to determine abortion law -- and discussed, sort of, his possible running mates.

Calling it “presumptuous” to speculate about who might fit as a vice president in a Romney administration, the former Massachusetts governor said, “I haven’t made any selections in that regard. … I would expect they’d all be pro-life and pro-traditional marriage. … They would share my views.”

Romney declined to speak to the press following his participation in the forum.  Campaign sources tell ABC News that Romney hit the road right away for Nevada, where he is scheduled to deliver his jobs plan on Tuesday from a truck dealership in North Las Vegas.

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Rick Perry Heads Back to Texas; Focused on Fires, Not Politics

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BASTROP, Texas) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry decided to forego politics on Monday when he flew from South Carolina to Texas to focus on the raging wildfires scorching thousands of acres across the Lone Star State.

“I’ll be real honest with you.  I’m not paying any attention to politics right now.  There’s plenty of time to take care of that.  People’s lives and their possessions are in danger.  That’s substantially more important,” Perry said to a round of applause at a press conference in Bastrop, Texas, Monday afternoon.

Perry canceled his afternoon events in South Carolina Monday and California Tuesday to deal with what he described as “mean looking” fires which spread across Texas in the past week.  The wildfires have affected approximately 32,000 acres of land and destroyed at least 476 homes.

The Texas governor urged residents to be cautious and listen to evacuation orders in their area.
"You just don't understand how quickly this can get out hand, and put people's lives and their property in jeopardy," Perry warned.

Perry expects FEMA will arrive in Texas on Wednesday, but in the meantime, he pressed residents to lend a hand to neighbors who are suffering from the fires.

“Find out what you can do to help your neighbor,” Perry said.  “There’s a lot that Texans will do to take care of Texans over the course of the next 72 hours and I really appreciate you for doing that.  We will pick up the pieces.  We always do.  Whether it’s a hurricane of monstrous size, or whether it’s floods, or whether it’s wildfires.  We will pick up the pieces.  We will rebuild.”

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Obama to Attend Forum with Small Business Leaders in Ohio

Photo Courtesy - Jim Watson/AFP/ Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama, along with some of his Cabinet members, will travel to Ohio Tuesday to attend a forum with small business leaders and discuss ways to strengthen the economy and spur innovation.

The "Winning the Future Forum on Small Business" will be held at Cleveland State University and will feature several small business leaders from northeast Ohio.

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills, and Consumer Electronics Association Chairman Austan Goolsbee will be among the Cabinet members attending.

Mills is also expected to announce at the forum that the Obama administration will hold eight roundtables across the country to get direct input from entrepreneurs on how to reduce barriers and create a more supportive environment for growth and innovation.

The roundtables are expected to be held in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Boulder, Colorado; Durham, North Carolina; Minneapolis; Pittsburgh; and Silicon Valley, California. 

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