Blog Posts by Chris Moody

  • Tidbits from Herman Cain’s new book: Cornbread, Constitutions and Cat’s games

    Screenshot from Amazon.comRepublican presidential candidate Herman Cain will roll out his new book, "This Is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House," next week.  Alex Pappas from The Daily Caller snagged an copy and drops some fun details:

    1. Call me "Cornbread."

    If elected president, Herman Cain wants his Secret Service codename to be "Cornbread."

    2. Cat's game

    Before he dropped out of the race, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty asked Cain to play tic-tac-toe with him on stage during commercial breaks at the presidential debates.

    3. No celebs at parties

    A newly minted President Cain will not invite "A-List celebrities" to his inaugural balls, but "normal Americans who work each day to restore our nation to greatness."

    4. Free love in the Lincoln bedroom

    "Unlike the practice of certain previous administrations, there will be no 'paying' guests staying in the Lincoln Bedroom," Cain writes.

    5. You get a Constitution! You get a Constitution! You get a Constitution!

    Everyone in the Cain administration will

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  • Sixth-grader who asked Christie for campaign advice loses class election

    Zack Martini, the 11-year-old from Springfield, N.J. who asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for guidance about how to win a seat on the sixth grade council, lost the student election Wednesday.

    "Unfortunately, the results from the election didn't go our way," Zack's father, Ed Martini, told The Ticket. "Zack is disappointed he didn't win but he wishes the new president, Zoe Frie, the best of luck."

    At a town hall meeting in Union Township earlier this month, Zack asked Christie for "tips" about how to run his campaign for the student council. The governor responded with four pieces of advice: Make colorful signs, ask people for your vote, find friends to campaign for you, and don't make promises you can't keep. The exchange was caught on video and went viral on the Internet.

    Zack used the governor's input. He put up big signs, asked his friends for their vote and gave his own stump speech on Tuesday.

    Despite the loss, this won't be the last Florence Gaudineer Middle School hears of Zack Martini.

    "He is looking forward to trying again next year," his father said.

    You can see the exchange between Martini and Christie after the jump.

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  • Herman Cain says he would not endorse Rick Perry for president

    Herman Cain would not support Rick Perry's candidacy should Perry become the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2012, Cain told CNN on Wednesday.

    Cain, a Georgia businessman who won the Florida Republican straw poll this past weekend, cited Perry's support, as Texas governor, for giving in-state tuition to illegal immigrants as the primary reason he would withhold his endorsement.

    "Today I could not support Rick Perry for a host of reasons. Him being soft on securing the border is one of the reasons. I feel very strongly about the need to secure the border for real, the need to enforce the laws that are already there, the need to promote the path to citizenship that's already there," Cain told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "But more importantly empower the states to enforce the national/federal immigration laws because the federal government didn't do it, can't do it, they never will do it. So that's where I think he and I have a basic fundamental difference of opinion."

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  • Bachmann can’t look to Congress for endorsements, even among friends

    Gohmert, Bachmann and King (Getty Images)

    Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has many friends in the House, but when it comes to snagging a presidential endorsement, she may not be able to rely on her closest confidants.

    Bachmann, a congresswoman since 2007, has not received any nods from her colleagues in the lower chamber, and it is likely that even Rep. Steve King of Iowa and Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas--part of a group so close that they're known as "the three amigos"-- won't go to bat for her either.

    "I'm not ready," King told The Ticket when asked if he will endorse a candidate, a question the tea party favorite has fielded several times since Bachmann announced her campaign. "This is a great big decision and if it were just personalities, that decision would have already been made. We're still in the middle of this test yet."

    For Gohmert, the question of his endorsement is more about having too many friends in the contest. Although he says that he is "extremely close" with Bachmann, Gohmert has personal relationships with every candidate except former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: Gohmert has known Texas Gov. Rick Perry since college; he once invited former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum to his home district for a fundraiser; he has looked to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for guidance on several occasions; and, as he puts it, he has a "mutual admiration society going on" with businessman Herman Cain.

    "I'm not planning on endorsing anybody anytime soon," Gohmert said.

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  • Paper or coin? In Congress, a battle over George Washington’s face

    (Victoria Arocho/AP)There is a movement brewing among House Republicans to replace the traditional $1 bill with metal coins, which supporters say will save the country billions because of their longer circulation life.

    Arizona Republican Rep. David Schweikert introduced the Currency Optimization, Innovation and National Savings (COINS) Act last week, which would require the Federal Reserve Banks to end production of the $1 paper currency within four years of passage.

    "At a time when we are staring down a record-breaking $1.3 trillion deficit, any commonsense measure that cuts billions needs to be given serious consideration. That is exactly what the COINS Act will do and why I am introducing it," Schweikert, a member of the House Financial Services Committee and the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy, said in a statement.

    In a report published in March, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found that replacing paper money with coins would save the federal government $5.5 billion over the next three decades.

    But, like every idea that makes its way to Capitol Hill, it's facing stiff opposition.

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  • Rasmussen poll: Cain five points behind Obama in match-up

    Businessman Herman Cain, who upset Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Florida P5 straw poll last weekend, earned 34 percent of respondents' support to President Obama's 39 percent in a Rasmussen survey of likely voters released Wednesday.

    The poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted by telephone on Sept. 26-27 and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

  • Watch as Yahoo moderates a Hispanic roundtable with President Obama

    President Obama will court Hispanic voters during a roundtable meeting Wednesday, with plans to discuss his administration's record on immigration, health care and the economy.

    Yahoo! Editor-in-Chief for U.S. Hispanic and Latin America Jose Siade will moderate the discussion, called "Open for Questions With President Obama," which will be broadcast at Yahoo! and on the White House website. Viewers can submit questions to the president online.

    Hispanic Americans are one of the fastest-growing demographics in the country, according to the most recent Census data. The Hispanic population grew by 43 percent over the past 10 years, with more than 50 million in the United States today. Obama won a majority of the Hispanic vote in his first run for the White House in 2008, but Republicans are making an effort to swing more of the voting bloc into the GOP camp next year.

    The event begins at 11:25 am EST. You can watch a live feed of the discussion below:

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  • ‘What’s good is to get these goats for our computer industry.’

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry gets the Bad Lip Reading treatment.

    If you want to see what he really said, here's the original video.

  • Google spokesman: The Drudge Report drives more traffic to Politico than Google does

    Google may be the largest search engine in the world, but when it comes to driving traffic to at least one news site, it's no match for Matt Drudge.

    The news website Politico receives 22 percent of its online traffic from The Drudge Report compared to just seven percent from Google, according to Adam Kovecevich, a Google spokesman on public policy.

    "Politico gets more traffic from The Drudge Report than from Google," Kovecevich said at a luncheon in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, adding that the company's search engines field more than one billion searches per day.

    Something to think about the next time anyone wonders why Politico's unofficial motto is, "F*** you, Drudge me."

    Here's how other sites compare:

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  • (Mark Lennihan/AP)

    The day after a former Google executive asked President Obama to raise his taxes at a town hall meeting in California, representatives from the tech company distanced themselves from the encounter, saying they were making an effort to engage both sides of the political spectrum.

    "He doesn't work here anymore!" Lee Dunn, who works for Google's federal lobbying team, told a group of conservative bloggers Tuesday at a luncheon at The Heritage Foundation. "It sometimes pains me as a Republican to see ex-Google executives standing up asking for more taxes."

    While donations from Google's political action committee are divided fairly evenly between the major political parties, the company's employees and executives give heavily to Democrats. Doug Edwards, the former executive who asked for higher tax rates, for instance, has donated $300,000 to Democratic causes over the past decade. Google employees are some of the most generous donors to President Obama's election campaign. Marissa Mayer, a Google vice president, hosted a fundraiser for the president at her home last October.

    So you can see why Google may have been wading into dangerous waters by addressing a lunch group of hungry conservative bloggers.

    "Our giving has been basically straight down the middle," said Adam Kovecevich, a Google spokesman on public policy. "I think one of the things we've recognized is that no company can get anything done in Washington without partnerships on both sides of the aisle."

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