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October 18th, 2011
12:13 PM ET

Ron Paul explains his 'Plan to Restore America'

Presidential hopeful Ron Paul unveiled his economic plan yesterday, saying that he would balance the federal budget in his first year in office if elected.

Paul said that he'd accomplish this task by cutting one trillion dollars in government spending while eliminating five cabinet-level departments of government, including HUD and the the Departments of Energy, Commerce, Interior and Education. Under his "Plan to Restore America," Paul also would move to eliminate all foreign aid and war spending.

Paul currently stands in fourth place behind Romney, Cain and Perry for the candidate most likely to win the GOP nomination. He joins Carol Costello on American Morning today to discuss his new economic plan and to weigh in on what his chances are in this race ahead of tonight's CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate.


Filed under: 2012 • GOP
October 18th, 2011
12:05 PM ET

Rancic's breast cancer diagnosis raises questions about in vitro fertilization

Fans of the "Giuliana & Bill" reality show are aware that E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic has been trying to get pregnant with the help of in vitro fertilization (IVF).

However, as Rancic was about to try a third round of assisted reproduction, her new doctor insisted that she get a mommogram first, even though she is only 36 years old. The screening revealed she had early stage breast cancer.

Senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen joins American Morning today to discuss Rancic's diagnosis and the potential link between cancer and fertility treatments.


Filed under: Health
October 18th, 2011
11:54 AM ET

New polling shows Romney, Cain vying for top spot among GOP presidential hopefuls

According to new CNN/ORC polling, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney are vying for the top spot among the 2012 GOP presidential candidates. The two candidates will join the other GOP presidential hopefuls tonight to go head to head at the Republican debate in Las Vegas, co-hosted by CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference.

Although these types of debates have been happening frequently across the country, CNN senior political analyst Ron Brownstein says that they are having an impact on voters. In fact, Brownstein calls the current campaign season a "nation audition" for the GOP candidates.

Today on American Morning, Brownstein joins Carol Costello in Las Vegas to weigh in on the latest polling numbers and to discuss what he is looking forward to at tonight's debate.


Filed under: 2012 • GOP
October 18th, 2011
11:50 AM ET

Cain's former colleagues weigh in on what makes the candidate click with voters

Herman Cain's presidential campaign is hot right now.  Cain's amicable personality and catchy, unorthodox policy proposals have captured the attention of the electorate.

In fact, a new CNN/ORC poll shows  that the former Georgia business executive is locked in a dead heat with Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination.

Ali Velshi speaks with Spencer Wiggins and Jeff Campbell, two former Cain business colleagues, on American Morning today to find out what makes the pizza man tick and what makes him click with voters.


Filed under: GOP
October 18th, 2011
11:29 AM ET

What are Nevada voters looking for at tonight's GOP debate? Former Nev. congressman weighs in

It only seems fitting that the gambling capitol of the world is the backdrop for tonight's CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate, because the stakes couldn't be higher. Nevada is becoming a player in the battle for the nomination and Silver State Republicans may play a crucial role in choosing the next GOP presidential nominee.

Nevada's currently scheduled January 14 caucus will come early in the voting season, after Iowa and New Hampshire, and before South Carolina and Florida.

Jon Porter, former Nevada Congressman and chairman for the Western Republican Leadership Conference, talks with Carol Costello today about what the people of Nevada want to hear from the candidates at tonight's debate.


Filed under: GOP
October 18th, 2011
11:27 AM ET

12 year old finds that 1 in 5 teachers can't distinguish real medicine from candy

More than a half million kids under the age of five go to the emergency room every year for medicine poisoning, a situation that has inspired the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to launch an initiative to combat the growing problem.

Casey Gittelman, a twelve year old student, learned about this problem from her father Mike, an ER doctor who specializes in the issue at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Casey then decided to test teachers and kindergartners to find out who was better at telling the difference between real pills and candy.

Casey found that more than one in four kindergarten children, and one in five teachers, had difficulty distinguishing between medicine and candy. She presented her research yesterday at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Boston.

Today on American Morning, Casey and her father talk to Ali Velshi about Casey's experiment and explain why it is important to spread the word about keeping medicines out of kids' reach at home.


Filed under: Health
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