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Herman Cain Evolves, Endorses Mitt Romney

Ethan Miller/Getty Image(WASHINGTON) -- Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain formally endorsed Mitt Romney for president of the United States Wednesday, telling reporters that he was making the endorsement now “for unity” within conservative circles because “in order to win, we have got to rally around our nominee.”

“This is about unity and, today, I want to formally endorse Gov. Mitt Romney for president of the United States of America,” Cain said Wednesday afternoon on Capitol Hill. “It is clear that Gov. Mitt Romney’s going to be the Republican nominee and so I wanted to formally endorse him today for president of the United States of America.”

Cain said that while many conservatives “may not be as excited” about the primary process or Romney’s candidacy, the country is at a turning point and must elect a Republican.

“Gov. Romney gets it right on the big issues,” he said. “President Obama gets it wrong on all of the big issues. That’s why we have got to have a different occupant of the White House.”

Asked why voters should listen to his latest endorsement after he initially signaled support for “the American people” and then Newt Gingrich, Cain attempted to poke fun at President Obama’s evolution on gay marriage.

“My endorsement evolved,” he said to laughter. “Early in the process is one thing, but as we converge toward the convention, what we did earlier isn’t as relevant. It wasn’t a matter of changing my mind.”

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Gingrich to ABC: Romney Has 'Profound Character Problem'

ABC/Donna Svennevik(TAMPA, Fla.) -- In interview with ABC News on the tarmac at the Tampa airport, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that Mitt Romney has "a profound character problem" and that his campaign is "just getting started."

"Why isn't he honest?" Gingrich asked, citing what he said was Romney's dishonesty in his television ads, in his financial disclosure forms and in the debates.  Romney, he added, is, "trying to buy the election" with money from Wall Street.

In the interview, Gingrich attacked the former Massachusetts governor, saying that part of the issue is character and part of the issue is ideology.

"He governed as a liberal who was pro-abortion, pro-gun rights, pro-tax increases and pro-gay rights. Appointed liberal judges, passed Romneycare," said Gingrich.  

Gingrich said he is particularly concerned about the Wall Street money, especially from Goldman Sachs, that is going to the Romney campaign. He said that in the last campaign, Goldman Sachs was the top contributor to Obama -- in this one they are the top contributor to Romney.

"Goldman Sachs took billions of dollars from taxpayers in the bailout. Now for the second time they want to pick a presidential candidate," Gingrich said. "They got Obama last time and this time they want Romney. I don't think most Republicans will think that's a very good idea."

Gingrich said his campaign is "just getting started."

As for Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan, Gingrich confirmed that while he has promised to consider 9-9-9, he is unlikely to adopt the entire plan. After all, Gingrich pointed out, he already has a fairly comprehensive tax plan of his own.

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‘Surprise, Surprise’: Herman Cain Endorses Newt Gingrich in Florida

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain endorsed Newt Gingrich on Saturday night at a Lincoln Day dinner.

“Surprise, Surprise,” Cain said as he walked out on stage. “I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich for the president of the Unites States.”

Cain gave several reasons for why he reached this “public decision.”

“One of the biggest is the fact I know Speaker Gingrich is a patriot,” Cain said. “Speaker Gingrich is not afraid of bold ideas and I also know Speaker Gingrich is running for president and going through this sausage grinder and I know what the sausage grinder is all about.

“Speaker Gingrich is running because he cares about the future of the United States of America, we all do,” Cain said.

Gingrich thanked Cain and told the audience that as with Rick Perry, who also endorsed him, he had a place for Cain in his campaign.

Gingrich and Cain kept a positive relationship throughout the campaign trail.

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Herman Cain Says Gingrich's Attacks are a Poor Strategy

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- In a rare appearance since his bid for the White House ended abruptly in a hail of sexual allegations, Herman Cain appeared live tonight on the Bill Maher show on HBO to say that America needs to "lighten up – and not be so uptight about everything."

Cain weighed in on the controversy over Newt Gingrich's recent attacks on Mitt Romney for the work he did with Bain Capital that sometimes involved cutting jobs in client businesses.

Some Republicans have criticized Gingrich, saying such attacks might be expected from a Democrat, not a fellow Republican.

"That was poor strategy," Cain said, adding that when he took over the struggling Godfather Pizza chain he also had to cut jobs before he grew the business. "That was an irrelevant attack. That is how we grow businesses in America."

Maher asked Cain about his famous campaign ad in which a top Cain aide smoked a cigarette on camera. Cain defended the unconventional choice.

Maher said he liked to smoke pot, and asked if he could he do that in ad too?

Cain replied: "You can smoke pot all you want, just not on my campaign."

Cain appeared in tuxedo via satellite from Los Angeles where he was attending a movie premiere.

"I don't agree with a word you say, but I like you a lot," Maher, the notoriously left-leaning comedian, told Cain.

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Newt Gingrich Bids Goodbye to Herman Cain

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich said he will miss Herman Cain on the campaign trail after Cain suspended his candidacy from the Republican race Saturday.

“I found campaigning with him to be always positive. He was always good humored. He was always optimistic,” Gingrich said. “We’ll miss him on the campaign trail but I can appreciate why in the current circumstance he decided to go back to being a private citizen rather than a candidate.”

Cain said he will endorse a candidate for president, but Gingrich says he will meet with Cain sometime next week.

“I don’t anticipate anything. Herman Cain’s got to make up his own mind,” Gingrich said. “I suspect he’ll meet with all the candidates and talk through what he intends to do with his organization and talk through issues.”

Gingrich said Cain is his friend and raised the level of discussion on economic reform with his 9-9-9 plan.

“I think he deserves a great deal of credit for having the courage to run, for having the courage of big ideas and for having had the clarity to say that in a way that many Americans found them very, very positive.”

Herman Cain’s support faded in the last several weeks with allegations of a sexual assault over a decade ago and a woman who claims she had a long-term affair with Cain.

Gingrich came to Cain’s defense when reports originally surfaced, calling the media reports about a Cain a “witch-hunt” created by the media.

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Herman Cain Gets Secret Service Protection

Steve Pope/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Herman Cain asked for and has been granted Secret Service protection, according to the agency charged with protecting American officials.

“Secretary Napolitano at the request of the Cain campaign consulted with congressional advisory committee which today authorized protection for Cain,” said George Ogilvy, a Secret Service spokesman.

Ogilvy would not discuss nature or duration of protection. It is also not clear if any other candidates have received Secret Service protection. One law enforcement official would not say which other campaigns might be getting security, but did confirm Cain began Thursday.

Cain’s campaign would not discuss the protection.

“When we have something to announce, we will announce it,” spokesman J.D. Gordon told ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

President Obama got Secret Service protection in May of 2007, much earlier in the election cycle.

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5 GOP Candidates Make Their Pitches Ahead of Iowa Caucuses

Scott Olson/Getty Images(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Two months before voters will cast the first votes in Iowa for the Republican primary season, five presidential candidates sought to appeal to Iowans, who could give one of them a critical boost on Jan.3, 2012.

They carried a vehemently anti-Washington message to nearly 1,000 Republican elected officials, operatives and activists who gathered at a fundraising dinner organized by the Iowa Republican Party on Friday night.

"It's like we're in a canoe coming up to the very edge of Niagara Falls, and it's like the river is moving faster right now," said presidential candidate Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, describing the situation in Washington.  "We’re living in a theater of the absurd."

Bachmann, whose hopes of winning the Republican presidential nomination are likely to turn on her performance at the caucuses, was one of several candidates who lashed out at President Obama for presiding over a ballooning national debt.

"We are tripping the wire," she said. "It looks like right at $15 trillion – breathtaking, stunning."

Bachmann's rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who also spoke at Friday night's dinner, took the opportunity to acknowledge the quality of his opponents.

"Every one of them would do a heck of a lot better job than what we've got in the White House right now," he said, joking that even though they are running against each other, they'e all involved in "a project called Operation Occupy the White House."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich praised his fellow candidates.

"This is a great group," Gingrich said, adding that on Jan. 3, Iowa voters could help launch "the most substantive candidacy in modern times." (He, of course, meant his own.)

A recent Des Moines Register poll suggested that businessman Herman Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are the top contenders to win the Iowa caucuses, but neither of the two candidates showed up at the annual Ronald Reagan Dinner at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, Iowa.

Romney plans to return to the Hawkeye State on Monday for two public events in Dubuque, Iowa, and Davenport, Iowa.

His son, Josh Romney, was in the audience on Friday night. The younger Romney campaigned in Eastern Iowa earlier in the day.

Top Iowa officials with Cain's campaign handed out bumper stickers, buttons and campaign literature to potential supporters.

"Sixty days from right now, we start the process of choosing Barack Obama's Republican successor and it starts here in Iowa," Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn told the gathering.

"Sixty days folks, 60 days," he said. "Every minute counts."

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Cain Says the Flip-Flopping Proves He’s Presidential

Steve Pope/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Herman Cain says his changing positions in recent days, such as equivocating on abortion rights and flip-flopping on negotiating with terrorism, are proof he has what it takes to be president.

“The thing that’s going to convince people that my campaign is credible is if I make a misstatement, I’m going to retract it,” he told reporters in Chicago Monday. “If I make a mistake, I’m going to admit I made a mistake. The last perfect person was hung on a cross 2,000 years ago.”

Cain, who hosted a $2,500 a plate fundraiser Monday afternoon, said he was running a campaign and not just on a “gigantic book tour” to sell his most recent memoir.

“It’s not a gigantic book tour,” he said. “If you call mixing five days of book tour with a campaign ‘a gigantic book tour,’ that’s a misconception.”

Cain also sought to clarify perhaps his biggest change in tune in recent days, mentioning that his 9-9-9 tax plan might actually be a 9-0-9 plan.

Cain surprised campaign watchers this weekend when he indicated that his most iconic proposal might have a hole in the middle of it.

To clarify, Cain said the 9-9-9 plan was still on the table. The 9-0-9 plan is a component of the larger plan, always had been, and applied only to the poor, he said.

“I want you all to be the first to get this right,” Cain told reporters. “9-9-9 has always been the plan. If they read the analysis, we always had a provision in terms of dollars for those at or below the poverty level. It is not a new addition to 9-9-9. People simply did not read the analysis. The way we give relief for those at or near poverty is the 9-0-9 component. It’s not new. It’s always been in the plan.”

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Rick Perry, Herman Cain Spar Over Abortion

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Abortion dominated Saturday night’s speeches when six of the Republican candidates flocked to Iowa to tout their credentials to a crowd of more than a thousand social conservatives—a group whose support will be pivotal to winning the first caucus state this January.

While the candidates sold themselves to the social conservatives of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, they focused on stressing their commitment to anti-abortion rights initiatives.

“Pro-life is not a matter of campaign convenience, it is a core conviction,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry told the crowd as he listed the anti-abortion rights legislation he signed into law in the state of Texas.

Perry, who has fallen in the polls as Herman Cain has experienced a meteoric rise, was quick to pounce on the former Godfathers Pizza CEO for a comment earlier this week that was taken as supportive of abortion rights.

“It is a liberal canard to say I am personally pro-life but government should stay out of that decision,” Perry said, without naming Cain. “If that is your view, you are not pro-life, you are pro having your cake and eating it, too. We respect life, we respect life as a gift of God and what God has created, we should always work to protect.”

Cain fought back, telling the press Perry is resorting to tactics to discredit him.

“That is not true.  He obviously did not take a look at the statement that I issued to clarify, I am pro-life.  I have said it I don’t know how many times,” Cain said. “That is an attempt to try and discredit me.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., expressed her commitment to implementing anti-abortion rights legislation, telling the crowd this is the year social conservatives “can have it all.”

“I support a constitutional amendment to define life from conception until natural death, and I would support all pro-life language that comes across my desk,” Bachmann said.

Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, shared an emotional story of his newborn son’s death, which occurred as he was working to pass a partial-birth abortion ban in Congress.

“You want to know why I’m pro-life? God showed me if you are faithful, he will be faithful,” Santorum told the crowd, who fell silent as the former senator shared his personal family story.

Santorum also knocked Cain for the abortion comments, saying they are “right out of the pro-choice playbook.”

Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney were the lone candidates to not attend the Iowa event. Romney spent the day campaigning in New Hampshire.

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Panetta Rings Alarm Bells on Defense Budget Cuts

US State Department(WASHINGTON) -- As calls to slash the federal budget grow louder, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday that hefty cuts in the nation’s military budget that go beyond the $450 billion already planned could have devastating consequences.

“I’m not kidding you. When you cut the budget by $450 billion, when you make the choices you have to make, there are some risks that are out there,” Panetta told members of the House Armed Services Committee.

But both Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey acknowledged that changes can be made to the way the Pentagon works. Panetta, who recently took over the reins from Robert Gates, said he is calling for the agency to cut in half the time it will take to achieve audit readiness for the Statement of Budgetary Resources.

With grassroots groups such as the Tea Party calling on lawmakers to cut spending, the defense budget has taken center stage in the 2012 debate. Most conservatives oppose hefty cuts to the military but not all are on the same page.

Thursday’s hearing got off to a rocky start as anti-war protestors continually disrupted Panetta’s opening testimony. Eight demonstrators, affiliated with anti-war group Code Pink, were arrested, according to U.S. Capitol Police.

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