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2012: Cain knocks Romney on health care

CAIN: Herman Cain, per NBC’s Andrew Rafferty, spoke in Corpus Christi, TX, at a Nueces County Republican Women dinner. About 900 people attended. “I don’t know how many of you saw that last debate. I didn’t realize that that bull’s eye on my back was that big. They came after me like I had talked about their mama.” More: “Back in the early 1990s when I was a businessman running Godfather’s Pizza, I had to fight HillaryCare and be an outspoken voice against HillaryCare During the passage of ObamaCare, I had to fight ObamaCare and he passed it anyway against the will of the people. So it seems that many of my years have been fighting some kind of Care – HillaryCare, ObamaCare, and now I have to fight RomneyCare to get the nomination.”

And on foreign policy, where he has stumbled, Cain said, “I don’t need to know the detail of every one of the issues we face.  We’ve got plenty of experts who can fill in the details.  But we need to have a philosophy as to how we are going to approach dealing with every nation on the planet that we have or might have a relationship with.”

National Journal reports: “Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has collected over $680,000 in corporate director fees and stock-option exercises since the beginning of 2010, according to a just-released financial disclosure form. The paperwork also indicates that the former Godfather's Pizza CEO used some of his personal wealth to float his campaign a loan worth upwards of $500,000.”

PERRY: “President Barack Obama’s political machine is increasingly making common cause with Texas Gov. Rick Perry against a shared enemy: Mitt Romney,” Politico writes.

ROMNEY: Mother Jones has this story: "Walid Phares, the recently announced [2] co-chair of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Middle East advisory group, has a long résumé. College professor. Author. Political pundit. Counterterrorism expert. But there's one chapter of his life that you won't find on his CV: He was a high ranking political official in a sectarian religious militia responsible for massacres during Lebanon's brutal, 15-year civil war."

“In recent weeks, Mitt Romney has given fresh life to the longtime political complaint that he lacks a core,” Boston.com’s Glen Johnson writes. “The criticism has been leveled anew both by rival Democrats and Republicans, who may be hyperbolic as they work to dethrone him as a GOP presidential front-runner. The consistency of the complaint, though, underscores a major challenge the former Massachusetts governor faces if he hopes to win his party’s nomination and unseat President Obama just over a year from now. Can voters still getting to know him grow to trust what he says?”

Karl Rove on FOX yesterday said of his backtracks on the Ohio law, per GOP 12: "I think he made a mistake yesterday by saying 'Oh, it's not up to me'. I think it was smart of him to recognize how problematic that was. .... Who didn't think about this issue when they knew they were going to Ohio and going to a phone bank where they were calling people on behalf of proposition five? This happens in a campaign, but it's problematic, because it adds to the narrative that he is not strong. The good news is, so far, he's stronger than the rest of the pack."

“Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is leading the polls in all four early voting states, according to four polls released today by CNN/TIME/ORC International,” Boston.com’s Political Intelligence blog writes.

The Boston Globe: “In his second run for the White House, Romney is portraying his home state—and his own role in it—in a different light. Rather than showcase how hard he fought against liberal Massachusetts politicians, he cites how he was able to work with them to get things done. Rather than disparage the state’s political culture, he holds it up as an example of how bipartisanship should be conducted in Washington—and why he should be the one to make it happen.”