The Politics Of Blame

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 9:22am

Finger-pointing begins after deficit super committee fails to reach a deal.

Republican presidential hopefuls debate again tonight, and again they've got a new front-runner in the polls: Newt Gingrich.

He's angling for a win in New Hampshire, the same state where President Obama campaigned today for his job, and for his payroll tax cut plan.

He's pushing for an expansion of the payroll tax cut to 3%, $1,500 a year for most households.

To pay for that, the president would raise income taxes on the rich.

That demand deadlocked the deficit super committee, whose failure won praise from conservatives who only want spending cuts.

At tonight's GOP debate the focus will be Romney versus Gingrich, the two best debaters, both with a shot at the nomination and a chance to take on President Obama.

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