Politics

12:30pm

Sat May 7, 2011
The Spark

Herman Cain: A Political Outsider, And Proud Of It

NPR has been profiling some of the Republicans who are considering a presidential run in 2012, to find out what first sparked their interest in politics. Read more of those profiles.

In 1994, President Clinton was crisscrossing the country to sell his health care reform plan. Among the skeptics were small businesses.

Herman Cain was living in Omaha, Neb., then, and was the CEO of Godfather's Pizza. At a town hall meeting, he stepped forward to question the president.

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4:02pm

Fri May 6, 2011
Politics

Groups Question Rep. Gardner’s EPA Stance

More than a dozen environmentalists gathered outside 4th Congressional District Congressman Cory Gardner’s office on Friday to protest his support of the Energy Tax Prevention Act.
Grace Hood

More than a dozen environmentalists rallied in downtown Fort Collins today. At issue was Republican 4th Congressional District Congressman Cory Gardner’s support of legislation that would have blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

The protesters delivered a letter to Congressman Gardner, questioning his support for a bill that would have taken away the EPA’s ability to limit carbon dioxide emissions. Gary Wockner is Colorado program director for Clean Water Action, which helped organize Friday’s event.

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12:01am

Thu May 5, 2011
The Spark

Santorum: A Talent For Politics, Honed In College

There are at least a dozen Republicans considering a run for the White House in 2012. As part of a series, NPR is profiling some of them to find out what first sparked their interest in politics.

In the fall of 1976 — the bicentennial — Rick Santorum was a freshman at Penn State University. He didn't know what he wanted to major in, so he signed up for Political Science 1. The course was called "Introduction to American Politics," and that's just what it was for the young Santorum.

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6:42pm

Tue May 3, 2011
The Spark

Mitch Daniels: A Behind-The-Scenes Player Emerges

There are at least a dozen Republicans considering a run for the White House in 2012. As part of a series, NPR is profiling some of them to find out what first sparked their interest in politics.

When asked how he got started in politics, Mitch Daniels has to stop and think.

"Hard to tell," he says. "I did not come from a political family. [But] I did go to Boys State ... so maybe that was one of the starting points."

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10:53pm

Mon May 2, 2011
Politics

In Colorado, Palin Questions bin Laden, Pakistan Link

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks at Colorado Christian University.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Sarah Palin is questioning whether Pakistan played a role in helping harbor Osama bin Laden.  The 2008 vice presidential candidate spoke in Lakewood Monday night at a fundraiser for veterans.

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