Blog Posts by Chris Moody

  • Herman Cain has earned $250,000 in speaking fees this year

    Herman Cain knows how to turn a profit.

    The Atlanta-based businessman who spent several years as a motivational speaker before joining the presidential campaign trail still charges a $25,000 speaking fee for some of his public appearances, Joshua Green of Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

    Cain is making money, alright. Bloomberg News reported on Oct. 17 that his campaign paid more than $65,000 to his personal publishing company to buy copies of his books and pamphlets. In an interview before his address to the Arizona GOP, he told me that he continues to give motivational speeches to corporations at $25,000 a pop even as he campaigns for President. "I'm still doing paid speeches," he confirmed. "But I have not raised my prices. This economy's on life support, so I'm very mindful of those companies that would like to have me come and speak. But I'm not gonna take advantage of my newfound popularity just to put more dollars in my pocket." Even so, Cain estimates that he has earned

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  • Biden confronted over jobs bill rhetoric

    To promote the first stage of President Obama's new economic stimulus plan, Vice President Joe Biden has repeatedly warned that failing to win passage of the measure could lead to dire results, including an increase of murders and rapes throughout the country. The reason for such spikes in major violent crime, Biden argues, is that a portion of the $35 billion in the bill will go to beef up police power.

    At the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Biden argued that the spending in the bill would be necessary to keep crime low. He expressed the same view a week earlier in Flint, Mich. where he suggested there was a correlation between fewer police officers and higher crime rates.

    "Let's look at the facts," Biden said. "In 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city. In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes, just to pick two categories, climbed to 229. In 2011, you now only have 125 shields. God only knows what the numbers will be this year for Flint if we don't rectify it."

    Biden has supported increasing police budgets and the number of cops on the beat for several years, so his use of this rhetoric is far from surprising. He is, however, facing scrutiny from conservative critics for threatening that crime could increase if Congress doesn't endorse this stage of the Democrats' jobs bill, which will increase spending only on public-sector jobs.

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  • Herman Cain’s confusing views on the government’s role in abortion

    Cain (Isaac Brekken/AP)Does Herman Cain support a woman's right to an abortion? Or does he believe the government should protect life from the moment of conception? Or does he believe something in between, that both a woman's right to an abortion and the government's role in protecting embryonic and fetal life and health should be subject to certain limitations?

    Based on Cain's confusing and contradictory statements on the subject, he has struggled to articulate the answer.

    During an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan on Wednesday night, Cain said that he personally opposes abortion under all circumstances, even in cases of rape or incest. But when pressed on how that view would direct his policy decisions as president, Cain appeared to support the notion that abortion should remain legal in those cases.

    "It's not the government's role, or anybody else's role, to make that decision," Cain said in response to a question from Morgan about whether the government should ban abortion when a woman becomes pregnant because of rape or incest. "It ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make. Not me as president. Not some politician. Not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family. And whatever they decide, they decide. I shouldn't try to tell them what decision to make for such a sensitive decision."

    Cain's comments to Piers Morgan were in the context of a discussion about abortion under specific circumstances. But during an appearance on Fox Business Network's "Stossel" in July, Cain told host John Stossel that people "shouldn't just be free to abort" only moments after saying, "I don't think the government should make that decision."

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  • Perry campaign hits back at Romney with web ad

    The day after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign unveiled a harsh web video that criticized Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his public speaking skills, Perry's campaign hit back with its own video focusing on Romney's support for government-mandated health care and for once hiring a landscaping company that employed illegal immigrants.

    While Perry and Romney have never been the best of friends, tension between the two appears to be higher than ever.

    You can watch the video of the Perry spot here:

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  • Mitt Romney's presidential campaign released a web video Wednesday that hits Rick Perry for his elocution over the course of the campaign.

    The video highlights Perry's flubbed attempt to deliver a scripted attack on Romney at an early debate, when Perry stumbled over his words, and his tendency to pause in the middle of his sentences.

    The theme of the video and the title, "Ready to Lead?," is meant to strongly suggest that Perry's verbal difficulties would harm him in a general-election campaign against President Barack Obama.

    Update: The video is no longer available on Romney's YouTube channel.

    Update II: Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul tells The Ticket that CNN requested that the campaign remove the ad because it included the network's content, but that it was "was fully within our rights under the law" to use the content.

    "While the use of the CNN clips was fully within our rights under the law, we respect and appreciate the role CNN has played as host in debates over the last several months. For this reason, we are honoring their request to remove the video," Saul said.

    Update III: A CNN spokesman confirms that the network asked Romney's campaign to nix the ad:

    "CNN did not consent to the use of its copyrighted material for this ad, and CNN objects to the use of its talent in any campaign ad," CNN spokesman Edie Emery told The Ticket. "We respectfully requested that the Romney campaign not use CNN material in their campaign ads and they complied."

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  • Wayne Newton cuddles with Michele Bachmann on Fox News, kisses her

    Everyone who's seen Vegas Vacation knows what a charmer Wayne Newton can be, and last night he channeled his charisma toward Michele Bachmann, the Republican presidential candidate and representative from Minnesota.

    In a post-debate interview on Fox News' On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, Newton and Bachmann hit it off.

    "I will support this beautiful lady as long as she wants to go," Newton said, as he repeatedly caressed Bachmann's arm.

    "That's pretty hot," Van Susteren said.

    At the end of the clip, Newton moves in for a kiss, which Bachmann adroitly dodges so that it lands on her forehead.

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  • Washington, D.C. area now the richest in the nation

    Analysts at Bloomberg News examined new Census data and found that the area surrounding the nation's capital is now the richest in the nation:

    Federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000 and the nation's greatest concentration of lawyers helped Washington edge out San Jose as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area, government data show.

    The U.S. capital has swapped top spots with Silicon Valley, according to recent Census Bureau figures, with the typical household in the Washington metro area earning $84,523 last year. The national median income for 2010 was $50,046.

    Total compensation for federal workers, including health care and other benefits, last year averaged $126,369, compared with $122,697 in 2009, according to Bloomberg News calculations of Commerce Department data. There were 170,467 federal employees in the District of Columbia as of June.

    A survey in March of federal government job openings in the area found hundreds of well-paying gigs on offer.

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  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gets the Bad Lip Reading treatment:

    The Bad Lip Reading YouTube channel takes video of candidates on the trail and replaces the audio with new text derived from a "bad lip reading" of the original statement. You can check out their other videos featuring Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Obama and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

    The videos were cut from Romney's YouTube channel, where you can see what he really said.

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  • Cain-themed homemade kitsch sales surge online

    Screenshot from CafePress.comForget the polls: Can you guess which Republican presidential candidate is winning the Internet kitsch primary?

    It turns out that online shoppers are buying more homemade T-shirts, bumper stickers, and even skimpy thongs bearing the image of businessman Herman Cain than any other candidate on, a website that allows users to make their own goods and sell them on the Web.

    "In October, CafePress has seen Cain's popularity surge with 'Cain' tagged merchandise accounting for 58 percent of the merchandise sales total for potential GOP nominees," said Marc Cowlin, director of marketing for the company.

    Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a candidate with a knack for raising millions of dollars online alone, is in second place with 28 percent.

    Items tagged as "Mitt Romney," however, slumped to just six percent of sales this month, down from 15 percent in June. But that's not to say that all Romney-tagged goods aren't selling like hotcakes.

    "A 'Romney' tagged item that has been doing extremely well are 'Romney Flip Flops,'" Cowlin added.

    You can see the full October sales rundown after the jump:

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  • Action shots from Perry and Romney’s heated exchange

    Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney engaged in one of the most heated exchanges of the election cycle during the Tuesdays presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Blogger Matt Cherette captured some great screenshots from their discussion that focused on illegal immigration:

    Perry and Romney

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