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Perry, Romney Spar Over Hiring of Illegal Workers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Perry, Romney Spar Over Hiring of Illegal Workers

Las Vegas, NV (AP) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says he's never hired an illegal immigrant "in my life."

But it was disclosed in 2007 that a lawn care company doing work at Romney's home had employed illegal immigrants.

During a Republican presidential debate Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry accused Romney of not telling the truth when Romney said he had not hired illegal immigrants to work on his property.

Both GOP candidates raised their voices during the testy exchange, with Romney telling his Republican rival, "Let me finish what I have to say."

Perry was referring to reports that arose in the 2008 GOP primaries that several illegal immigrants, including at least one from Guatemala, worked for a company that handled lawn care at Romney's home in a Boston suburb for a decade.

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Rivals Pile on Cain's Tax Plan Early in GOP Debate

Las Vegas, NV (AP) - Republican presidential candidates ramped up
criticism of Herman Cain's tax plan that includes a 9 percent
national sales tax.

Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said during Tuesday's GOP
debate that there's no reason why a future Congress and president
couldn't raise that to 90 percent.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania says 84 percent of
Americans would see a tax increase under Cain's plan. He cited an
independent analysis from the Tax Policy Center.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says he likes Cain's
boldness but his plan would raise taxes on the middle class.

Cain defended his plan and says it is a jobs plan that wouldn't
add to the national debt. He says the plan faces criticism because
it challenges the status quo and his rivals don't understand it.

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Bachmann on taxes: "Everyone should pay something"

Las Vegas, NV (AP) - Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says when it comes to the tax code, "everyone should pay something."

Bachmann says during a Republican presidential debate in Las
Vegas that she wants to encourage an "economic miracle" that came
about under President Ronald Reagan during the 1980s.

But she says every American should pay some amount in taxes
"even if it's a dollar."

Bachmann reiterated her calls to repeal a health care plan
pushed under President Barack Obama and tighter regulations on the
financial industry.

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Romney Faces Criticism -- Again -- on Health Care

Las Vegas, NV (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Sen.
Pennsylvania Rick Santorum have been tag-teaming presidential rival
Mitt Romney over Massachusetts' health care law.

Romney said during Tuesday night's GOP debate that "Obamacare
is bad news" and he pledges to repeal it.

Perry says Romney is being dishonest about his record on the law
that Democrats used as a model for their national health care plan.
Santorum was more direct: "You just don't have credibility, Mitt."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also piled on, calling it a
big-government take-over of health care.

It was the strongest criticism Romney has faced in a debate on
Massachusetts' health care law. During one moment, both Perry and
Santorum interrupted Romney's defense of the plan as right for his
state but wrong for the nation.

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GOP Candidates Spar on Border Fence During Debate

Las Vegas, NV (AP) - Republican presidential candidates are debating the merits of a fence along every inch of the United States' border with Mexico, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry saying it isn't the best
way to fight illegal immigration.

Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said Tuesday she would build a double fence along the southern border. She says the country
spends $113 billion each year to provide benefits to illegal
immigrants.

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas says the fence is not the answer, agreeing with Perry. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says a fence would help but the way to cut illegal immigration is to end benefits for them. That was a jab at Perry, who signed a law that provides in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.

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GOP Candidates Oppose Yucca Mountain Project

Las Vegas, NV (AP) - Republican presidential hopefuls say they
oppose the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in
Nevada. The Obama administration has said it will not consider the
site and is looking for alternatives.

During a Republican presidential debate Tuesday in Las Vegas,
Texas Congressman Ron Paul says the other 49 states don't have the right to "put our garbage in your state."

Both former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick
Perry say they agree with Paul.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says there's a need "to have
a safe method of taking care of nuclear waste."

The depository for the country's nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain
is not open. The site is unpopular in Nevada, and its representatives in Congress have pushed to kill the project.

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Cain: Protestors Should be in Front of White House

Las Vegas, NV (AP) - Presidential hopeful Herman Cain says the Wall Street protestors don't understand the economy and are misdirecting their frustrations.

Cain on Tuesday said the Occupy Wall Street activists should be
camped out in front of the White House protesting President Barack
Obama, not the bankers and investors in Manhattan. He says Obama
and Washington politicians put in place the economic policies that
the anti-greed activists dislike.

Cain says he isn't clear what the protestors want and asks
whether the protestors expect Wall Street to write them checks.

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas says both parties are to blame for the
2008 Wall Street bailouts the activists are protesting. Paul says
the middle class suffered in the deal.

The candidates' comments came during a Republican presidential
candidates' debate in Las Vegas.

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Romney Says Religion Shouldn't be a Factor

Las Vegas, NV (AP) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says
voters should not choose their president based on the candidate's
religious beliefs or the place where they worship.

Romney was responding Tuesday to recent comments made by Robert Jeffress, a Dallas minister and supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Jeffress called Mormonism a cult. Romney is Mormon.

Romney says he was troubled that the minister would imply that
people should choose a president based on the candidate's religion.
He says it runs counter to the country's principles.

Perry reiterated that he did not agree with Jeffress's remarks.
Jeffress introduced Perry at a recent speech and asserted that
Romney isn't a Christian and Mormonism is a cult.

Asked about the comments, Romney said he's heard worse, "so I'm
not going to lose sleep over that."

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Bachmann Says Cuts to Pentagon Budget Are Possible

Las Vegas, NV (AP) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann says cuts to
defense spending have to be considered as Washington weighs massive budget cuts, and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas says slashing the Pentagon budget needs to start with bringing home U.S. forces from South Korea and Japan.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday says foreign spending needs to
be examined, including defunding the United Nations. Former
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says spending abroad needs to make sense and says it is foolish to borrow money from China to give
foreign nations.

The Republicans seeking the GOP presidential nomination are
debating whether the country can weather cuts to the Pentagon.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania says he wouldn't
support cuts to the defense budgets because only the federal
government can protect the United States.


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