Herman Cain swatted away character issues, Rick Perry couldn't remember which federal agencies he wants to eliminate, and all the Republican candidates agreed that the way to save the government is by shrinking it.
This is the live blog of the CNBC GOP presidential debate for 2012.
The debate was relatively gaffe-free, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry providing the biggest oops moment: He said there were three Cabinet departments he wanted to get rid of but could only name two.
An awkward moment during tonight's appearance on CNBC's GOP Debate, Governor Rick Perry couldn't recall the third agency he would cut in his budget plan if he were elected President.
Texas Governor Rick Perry forgets the third agency he would dissolve. He says he would do away with Education, commerce and can't remember the third.
Romney says people on both sides of the aisle realize it's time to worry about America. We're headed toward being Italy if we don't change our course, he says.
I would turn those GSEs into private entities, says Herman Cain. "The government does not need to be in that business. I would find a way to unwind Fannie May and Freddie Mac."
High unemployment, a teetering economy and Europe on the brink sets a daunting backdrop for Wednesday's debate for a Republican presidential field without a clear leader.
Forced to cut its budget, the Agriculture Department has decided to eliminate dozens of reports, including the annual goat census (current population: three million), and the number of catfish on the nation’s fish farms (177 million, not counting the small fry), the New York Times reports.
We have drifted far from our founding principles, and our country is in crisis.
The fleecing of the American taxpayer will end when I am president.
We will create a tax code that is flatter, fairer, simpler and more conducive to growth.
I would eliminate taxes on dividends and capital gains for middle-income taxpayers.
My plan slashes the runaway regulatory burdens that are killing jobs.
Dodd-Frank has badly burdened American business to the permanent advantage of their foreign competitors.
CNBC's Maria Bartiromo and John Harwood will be working the candidates at the GOP presidential debate in Michigan.
If a politician in the 2012 election is looking for a way into many a voter's heart, there may be no easier way than to propose a repeal of the alternative minimum tax. But both major parties seem anxious to avoid the issue.
There's a number of big issues out there that will have a bearing on the economic well-being of Americans, and voters are beginning to wonder where the presidential candidates stand on some of them.
When the Census Bureau said in September that the number of poor Americans had soared by 10 million to rates rarely seen in four decades, commentators called the report “shocking” and “bleak.” Most poverty experts would add another description: “flawed.” The New York Times reports.
Oakland University's students, anxious about their post-college job prospects, are eager to hear what the GOP candidates have to say on Nov 9.