HANOVER, N.H. — President Barack Obama has failed to lead, the leading Republican presidential candidates declared Tuesday night, accusing him of indulging in too much regulation and too much politicking.
In a televised debate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry went after the president instead of each other at the start, laying the blame for the nation’s weak economy at Obama’s feet.
Romney said Obama “has divided the nation and tried to blame other people” for the stubbornly high unemployment rate.
Perry said the government must open the way for more production of domestic energy. The nation must “pull back those regulations that are strangling American entrepreneurship,” he said.
Candidate Herman Cain repeated his call for replacing the U.S. tax code with a 9 percent national sales tax and a 9 percent levy on personal and corporate income.
Given the chance to assail Wall Street for economic problems, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann instead blamed too much federal regulation. She also said Obama wants to let Medicare collapse, pushing everyone into “Obamacare,” the health care system overhaul passed by congressional Democrats in 2010.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blamed Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke for the recession.
Also debating were Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
Cain came under fire for his 9-9-9 tax plan, as rivals sought to slow his sudden momentum into the top tier of contenders for the GOP nomination.
“I thought it was the price of a pizza,” said Huntsman of the proposal from Cain, a former CEO of the Godfathers pizza chain. “We need something that’s doable, doable, doable.”
Bachmann joked that the mirror of 9-9-9 looks like 6-6-6, Satan’s number. She said “the Devil’s in the details” with his economic plan and isn’t a viable option .
“The last thing you would do is give Congress another pipeline at a revenue stream,” she said.
The argument over Cain’s tax plan was among the economic issues highlighted in the debate at Dartmouth College, co-sponsored by The Washington Post and the Bloomberg business news service.
Man gets shock after poking dead bear on live wire
LIVINGSTON, Mont. — Authorities say a bow hunter in southern Montana suffered serious injuries from an electric shock when he used a knife to poke a dead bear that was lying on live wires.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office says Edward Garcia came across the bear carcass Sunday in the Beattie Gulch area north of Gardiner. The shock from poking the carcass caused injuries to Garcia’s torso, head and hands.
Garcia walked two miles to find help, according to the sheriff’s office. He was flown to a burn center in Salt Lake City.
Garcia’s condition wasn’t immediately clear. Sheriff’s office Lt. Tom Totland told the Livingston Enterprise he does not know where Garcia is from.
The sheriff’s office says NorthWestern Energy has turned off power to the line.
Vitamin E heightens risk of prostate cancer, study finds
Large daily doses of vitamin E, long touted as a virtual wonder drug that could protect against cancer, heart disease, dementia and other ailments, increase the risk for prostate cancer among middle-aged men, according to a large federal study released Tuesday.
The analysis of data from more than 35,000 healthy men concluded that those who took vitamin E every day at the relatively large dose levels commonly sold in drug, grocery and health food stores were 17 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer.
“You really have to question now how taking vitamin E will help someone,” said Eric Klein, a Cleveland Clinic prostate cancer expert who led what had been hoped to be a cancer-prevention study. “Not only is it unlikely to help them, it apparently could hurt them.”
The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, are the latest in a series of carefully designed experiments that have found that vitamins and other dietary supplements are useless or possibly dangerous. On Monday, the Archives of Internal Medicine published a paper that concluded that older women might have a higher overall mortality rate if they take multivitamins, folic acid, iron, magnesium, copper or zinc.