The "Values Voter" summit was held in Washington this past weekend. The event was sponsored by The Family Research Council, a social conservative group. The weekend got off to a rousing start Friday night when Robert Jeffress, a prominent Texas pastor, criticized Mitt Romney and his faith, calling Mormonism a "cult."
And in the Values Voter straw poll, Rep. Ron Paul came out on top with 37% of the vote.
This morning on American Morning, CNN's Carol Costello talks with Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, about Jeffress' controversial remarks and why he believes Ron Paul's straw poll win is insignificant.
Last Friday marked ten years since the U.S. entered Afghanistan. But with the death of Osama bin Laden and other key al-Qaeda leaders, what is the end game? The U.S. has now been in Afghanistan longer than the Soviets were. What will bring our troops home?
Stanley McChrystal, former commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, says the U.S. and its NATO allies are only "a little better than" halfway to achieving their military goals.
Turning to our defense budget, in an interview with CNN last week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned about further cuts to the defense budge if Congress doesn't reach an accord on debt reduction.
This morning on American Morning, Christine Romans talks to General Ray Odierno about where our military stand today.
The future course of the global economy remains highly uncertain. And the "fuel" that runs that economy – oil – has seen prices fluctuate dramatically within the past year. The price of oil has dropped from over $30 a barrel over the last five months – even as the Arab Spring continues to destabilize the oil-rich Middle East.
On American Morning this morning, Christine Romans talks with Daniel Yergin, author of "The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World," to get his take on why oil prices have been so volatile – and why the United States urgently needs to diversify its energy supply.
From CNN's Carol Costello:
Imagine a 2012 presidential race that pits Barack Obama against Herman Cain, hey, anything is possible. Many political talking heads pooh-pooh the polls. They claim Cain is just "flavor of the week."
Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia calls Cain a "place holder" for voters unhappy with the rest of the GOP field.
But something about Cain resonates with people. He's a self-made man who makes no excuses for high black unemployment.
"I don't think racism in this country holds anybody back in a big way," Cain said.
He's also a personable guy saying things like, "I would bring a sense of humor to the White House, because America's too uptight."
Cain also has, what sounds like, a simple solution to our economic woes. It's his signature "9-9-9" plan. It would throw out the current tax code, and replace it with a 9 percent income flat tax, a 9 percent sales tax, and a 9 percent business flat tax.
Many economists say the 9-9-9 plan would hurt poor people and retailers. Regardless, 9-9-9 is catchy – as is Herman Cain.
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