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Live Blog: Follow and interact with the GOP debate

This is a recap rundown of the Fox Business Network/WSJ GOP debate. Follow what the candidates said here! Our moderator, Jared Yamamoto is responding to your questions and statements below.

11:16 p.m. Trump wants to make the country better than it’s ever been and notes that he’s self-funding his campaign.

11:15 p.m. Carson focuses on healthcare reform in his closing remarks.

11:14 p.m. Rubio closes with an alternative to the current path America’s heading down. The focus should be families.

11:14 p.m. Cruz reflects on his family’s immigrant history and how he will win using grassroots activism.

11:13 p.m. Bush closes by saying that we need a real Commander-in-Chief and that he'd be that guy.

11:12 p.m. Fiorina closes by attacking Hillary Clinton saying that she can beat Hillary.

11:11 p.m. Kasich closes with a message of hope and responsibility to reconnect with the American Dream and win the 2016 election.

11:10 p.m. Paul starts the closing remarks, claiming that he’s the only fiscal conservative on the stage and we need to get back to those values.

11:07 p.m. Bush looks for a middle ground in the climate change argument.

11:05 p.m. We’re switching to climate change, Paul doesn’t think that humans have a massive impact on the environment.

11:02 p.m. Trump explains what a corporate inversion is and why companies move around to avoid the rising tax rates.

10:59 p.m. Rubio focuses on the future and the way America should be.

10:55 p.m. Fiorina compares Kasich’s argument to Socialism.

10:53 p.m. Kasich attacks Cruz saying his philosophical argument does not help a crisis.

10:51 p.m. Cruz also wants to bring back the gold standard.

10:49 p.m. Cruz wants to eliminate Washington cronyism in both parties.

10:47 p.m. Kasich believes that values need to be utilized in a free market system.

10:44 p.m. Carson thinks we need to focus on cutting banking regulations.

10:41 p.m. Bush claims the Obama administration’s overreach has led to income inequality.

10:35 p.m. Kasich doesn’t consider China as an enemy, but they are not our friends.

10:33 p.m. The conversation has shifted to cyberattacks.

10:32 p.m. Rubio refers to Putin as a global gangster. Rubio thinks he’s very dangerous.

10:30 p.m. Paul thinks Fiorina’s policies would lead to another lengthy war.

10:28 p.m. Fiorina has a different vision to handle Putin and doesn’t agree with Trump.

10:25 p.m. Bush thinks we need to be leaders, but not the police force of the world.

10:23 p.m. Trump attacks the Iranian nuclear deal and is not against Russian President Putin sending troops to fight ISIS in the Middle East.

10:21 p.m. Bush believes American leadership is needed to fix the Middle East.

10:18 p.m. Carson answers the first question out of the break on adding special operations forces throughout the Middle East. He thinks the current state is ineffective and we need to “make them look like losers.”

10:12 p.m. Paul is getting more airtime this time around. He continues promoting fiscal conservatism.

10:08 p.m. Cruz jumps in saying there is a middle ground between the two arguments.

10:07 p.m. Paul’s attack continues. Rubio thinks we need to focus on spending more on the military.

10:04 p.m. Paul attacks Rubio’s tax plan, questioning his conservatism.

10:02 p.m. Rubio enforces family values in his tax code. He says the family is the core of the American economy.  

9:59 p.m. Bush also thinks the tax code should be simplified. He says 2% economic growth isn’t good.

9:57 p.m. Cruz is the second candidate to plug his website. He focuses on his tax plan.

9:55 p.m. Paul says, "I want a government really really small, so small you can barely see it."

9:54 p.m. Paul would make a tax plan with zero deductions on businesses.

9:52 p.m. Carson explains his tax plan. He thinks it needs to be the same percentage across the board no matter how much you make.

9:47 p.m. Fiorina thinks the ‘free market’ is the best alternative to fix Obamacare.

9:45 pm. The conversation has changed to Obamacare. Fiorina wants it repealed and thinks it prohibits businesses from succeeding.  

9:42 p.m. Cruz attacks the media again for misinterpreting his campaign pledges.

9:40 p.m. Rubio focuses on American business tax rates. He believes they are too high and need to be lowered.

9:37 p.m. Trump says, "If you think walls don't work, all you have to do is ask Israel."

9:36 p.m. The moderators are losing control after Trump’s response to Kasich. Several candidates are trying to chime in.

9:35 p.m. Kasich disagrees with Trump’s analysis. He doesn’t envision moving 15 million immigrants.

9:33 p.m. Trump turns the conversation to immigration reform and reaffirms that a wall will work on the U.S.-Mexican border.

9:30 p.m. Ben Carson responds to his controversial statements made last week. He turns the conversation into a attack on Hillary Clinton.

9:24 p.m. Sen. Rand Paul opens by attacking the U.S. Federal Reserve. He thinks that rising interest rates are not helping the middle class.

9:21 p.m. Carly Fiorina opens by attacking the size and scope of the ever growing U.S. Government.

9:20 p.m. Gov. Bush wants to focus on small businesses and suggests the economy is not as well as we think.

9:18 p.m. Gov. Jeb Bush is frustrated with Gov. Kasich for taking his opening time.

9:16 p.m. Sen. Ted Cruz opens with a vision of growing the economy.

9:13 p.m. Gov. John Kasich is first to promote his presidential website. He’s seeking ‘middle class’ reform.

9:10 p.m. Sen. Marco Rubio is also against raising the minimum wage. “It only accelerates automated processes.”

9:08 p.m. Ben Carson and Donald Trump respond to raising the minimum wage. Both do not want to see it raised.

9:03 p.m. The candidates and rules are being introduced. Here we go.

Herman Cain: speech from a Morehouse Student

Wise beyond his years.

A few days ago, I spoke at Morehouse College, which is a historically black institution. Now I often encounter tremendous intelligence from the college students I meet when I speak on campuses - which I do a lot - but on this particular night, I think the student who spoke before me may have actually given the best speech of the night.

His name is Mark A. Smith II, and he is the political director of the Morehouse College Republicans. I love how he makes the case that the greatest fighters throughout our history have not been those who fought for activist government, but those who fought on behalf of freedom and opportunity.

Here is that speech in its entirety. Enjoy:

She is an intelligent woman, a hardworking woman and a woman who would never let her circumstances define her. She experienced unemployment at its worst, right after she moved into what she described as her dream home. Yes, she was on unemployment but she understood that unemployment and any other government assistance wasn’t a life sentence or a hand out, it was a hand up. Within a year, she was working again. It was contract work with no full time benefits, but she knew that she had to work and take whatever job was out there to support her family. Even in financial hardships, being a single mother and experiencing illness, she continuously put her family first and ensuring that her kids lived in a safe community and were pursuing their educational goals.  Now, she’s back to work at the place she began her career, full time and with decent pay. This woman is my mother. She’s always persistent, she always wants the best for her children, she always overworks and she always sacrifices. I’m thankful that her story, takes place in America. You see folks; America is a place of hope, not only to our citizens but to the world. We are a nation whose history may not have always been pretty but the stories of how we overcome our adversities are beautiful. America is 238 years old. We have experienced the nightmare of slavery and we have experienced the beauty of the emancipation proclamation.  We have experienced the nightmare of Jim Crow and experienced the beauty of the Civil Rights Movement. We have experienced the nightmare of ignoring women rights and we have experienced the beauty of the Women’s suffrage movement. We experienced the beauty of The Roaring twenties, the nightmare of the Great Depression and the beauty of returning to economic power overcoming that Depression in a number of years. When I think about these stories, big or small, there is one theme that reoccurs. This theme is that, America is a place that defeats nightmares and restores dreams, The American Dream. Despite what others want us to believe, America is Progress. The American Dream is real. It’s the freedom to hope for better days ahead of us. Those who have sacrificed and died during monumental moments of our history died and sacrificed for a dream and a hope. They believed in America.  Pastors like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in America with a dream, Presidents like President Calvin Coolidge believed in America with resilient hope. Women like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton believed in America with a dream. Abolitionist like Fredrick Douglass believed in America with a new patriotic hope. War heroes like Sen. Daniel Inouye and General Richard Cavazo believed in America with a dream through service. You too have the opportunity to believe in America. You have the opportunity to continue to fight for economic opportunity and educational freedom. You have the opportunity to get involved to ensure that the people’s party is heard. Yes, I so happen to believe that the Republican Party is the people’s party. We were founded as the party to free people, the party to protect civil rights, the party to fight for human life and the party to fight for educational rights. The people’s party is the party that believes in empowering individuals and communities. Not giving more power to the government. When we give more power to the people, we see businesses sprout and living conditions improve. When we give more power to the government, children are trapped in schools based on their zip codes. When we give more power to the people, minority and women owned businesses will be able to flourish again without excessive government regulations that put them at a disadvantage. When we give more power to the government, they sell communities out for bigger businesses and larger tax payer paid stadiums relocating churches and displacing community residents. The people’s party does not support low taxes just for the heck of it or because we want to bankrupt the government. We support lower taxes, for everyone, because people deserve to keep more of their hard earned money than to turn it over to a government who has no respect to spend it responsibly. The people’s party does not support school choice and vouchers because we want to see public schools fail. No, we want all educational avenues to succeed but we want parents to have the right and opportunity to decide the best way for their child to flourish, not a teacher union. The people’s party does not support immigration reform or border security because we are heartless, want to lock everyone up or send them back to their home countries. No, we support immigration reform because those who come to America seeking to live the dream should also be protected as an American, if and when they apply to become a citizen according to the law. We also must make sure our borders are safe, not to exclude us from the world but to protect our families, our dreams. The people’s party doesn’t support business friendly policies because we just love businesses, love the rich or want to fill our pockets with money. No, we support them because these polices can be an engine for prosperity by encouraging businesses to stay here in America and create jobs for all Americans. Yes we support businesses creating jobs for people. If you think there is anything wrong with that then you haven’t met the average unemployed American citizen or better yet the 20% underemployed African Americans in our nation. These people want, need and deserve jobs. Join us as we empower people. Join us as we dream again. The Grand Ole Party must become the Great, Opportunity, for People Party. Thank You and God Bless.

Full Article: "My Side of the Story"

I refuse to leave my reputation under a dark cloud that has no relation to the truth.

On September 24, 2011, I won the Florida Republican Presidency 5 Straw Poll by a large margin over the next closest candidate. It was an upset victory and helped propel me to the position of frontrunner in the national polls for the Republican presidential nomination. My messages of common sense solutions and tax code replacement were clearly resonating with the American people. What happened next brought my campaign to an abrupt and unexpected end – a series of scurrilous accusations, sensationalized by an onslaught of media coverage. All this made it impossible for me to continue without subjecting my family – particularly my wife of 45 years – to more pain than any decent man could ask his family to endure.   The accusations were false. I have never sexually harassed a woman and I did not have an affair with Ginger White. Until now, I have never offered the facts that expose these accusations as lies, although I have been in possession of them. It is now time to do so, not only because the false accusations have received renewed attention with the publication of a book that discusses them, but more importantly because I refuse to live my life, pursue my radio and professional career or do anything else that God has left for me to do in this world with a dark cloud attached to my reputation that is not consistent with the truth. Here are the facts: During the week of November 14, 2011, a news story was reported about me having been accused of sexual harassment while I was president of the National Restaurant Association. The female employee who made the charges was being terminated and wanted a large sum of money as part of her termination. She threatened to file a lawsuit and the Association decided to let the litigation proceed because the Association had concluded that the charges were false. The accusation never made it to court. A review by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that the charges were baseless. Despite trying to thereafter negotiate a settlement greater than normal, the accuser ended up receiving typical termination pay. During the week of November 21, 2011 (a week later), another former National Restaurant Association female employee went public with sexual harassment charges. My campaign staff and I had no idea that this was coming. We first heard the charges when she read them during a press conference carried by CNN with her attorney, Gloria Allred, attending and also speaking at the press conference. The former employee had been employed by the Association's Educational Foundation based in Chicago. As we watched the press conference and heard the outlandish charges being read by the employee, I commented to staff members in the room that I did not even remember the accuser, especially since I was based in the Association’s Washington, D.C. office. At the time of the Allred press conference, we were in San Francisco, where I was giving a speech, following which we headed to Phoenix, Arizona the next day for another event. We decided to hold a press conference in Phoenix where I could address the charges directly to the media. At that event, I unequivocally denied the charges by Allred’s client, which was appropriate because they were absolute fabrications. We wanted to address the false accusations quickly and directly so they would not become an ongoing distraction from my campaign and the important issues we were discussing with the American voters. But less than one week later, the week of November 28, 2011, an individual named Ginger White emerged and claimed that I had had a 13-year affair with her. This false accusation fanned the media flames and led to an even larger media firestorm. But again, the simple truth is that there was no affair. I acknowledged that I had known Ms. White for about that period of time, and had helped her from time to time with some ongoing personal financial problems she had been experiencing. Her “proof” of the affair – beyond her own words – consisted of some of my published books that I had signed for her, and some text messages and phone calls exchanged. I have published five books and have signed thousands of them, and there was nothing unusual about how I signed the books she had in her possession. But some media stories showed the signed copies as if they were evidence of wrongdoing. Innocent acts were being transformed into something else to support mistruths. The text messages over the limited period of time she referenced, based on obtaining my actual telephone records, show a pattern of contacts by Ms. White to me 2.5 times for each response to her. The exchanges were usually around the end and middle of a month when she was asking for help with another money crisis such as being unable to pay her rent or buy food for herself and her two children during times when she was unemployed. I was soft-hearted, and admittedly naive, for continuing to help her, as her situation seemed to never get on a stable financial track. She asked me for advice on several business ideas she was considering, and I gave her my opinion, as I have done hundreds of times with many people. As my presidential campaign consumed more and more of my time and my resources, I finally told her that I could no longer help her. This was about a week before she went public claiming a 13-year affair. While she was all over the media enjoying her “fifteen minutes of fame” (see attached timeline), she was being sued by a former business partner for libel – in lay terms, for making false statements. She did not show up for the court appearance and the court subsequently ruled in favor of her former business partner. All of this is a matter of public record. What follows is a timeline of how things unfolded as this story became almost the exclusive focus of the media. The constant recycling, repeating and repackaging of the same unsupported accusations over and over caused some people to lose confidence in me and my campaign. But more importantly, what my family had to endure was too painful for me to ignore. As a result, I ended my campaign for the presidency. Here is the timeline: 11/28/2011:  I was already scheduled to appear on CNN with Wolf Blitzer on his late afternoon show from Washington, D.C.  Apparently, the local Atlanta Fox affiliate WAGA had a reporter who tweeted that their I-Team was “breaking a story with HUGE implications on the presidential race.” They were about to broadcast their first interview with a woman who claimed to have had a 13-year affair with me.  I told the anchor that I did know Ginger White, but since I had not seen the story, I would “see what the story’s going to be.” 11/28/2011:  Fox Atlanta affiliate WAGA breaks the news with a sit-down interview of Ms. White by Dale Russell.  Ms. White said she decided to talk after she was contacted by “numerous news outlets who had been tipped off to the affair.” She went on to say she was “bothered by watching Cain’s attacks on the other women who accused him of sexual harassment.” Ms. White stated, “It bothered me that they were being demonized, sort of.”  Ms. White said she met me in the late 1990s when I was president of the National Restaurant Association. This may be the only truthful statement about me that she has made other than that I sometimes agreed to help her with her personal financial problems. For the record, I did meet Ms. White in the late 1990s and I have never demonized her or anyone else in my life.  During her first interview of many, she was asked if the relationship was still going on and she indicated that it had stopped just before I officially entered the presidential race, which was in May 2011. She also produced copies of two of my books I had personalized for her.  I have personalized books for hundreds of people!  I also wrote words of encouragement, as I had done for other friends. She also pulled out her cell phone and copies of cell phone records indicating that there had been some 61 texts or phone calls.  I, too, have copies of my cell phone records. Yes, there were text messages to and from Ms. White, mostly from Ms. White by a ratio of 2.5 to 1 from her to me. 11/30/2011:  Ms. White appears on Good Morning America and tells George Stephanopoulos that I “would not make a good president.”  Rather than focusing on our nation’s problems, the focus was clearly on my candidacy.  George Stephanopoulos was a former White House staffer and policy advisor to President Bill Clinton.  12/3/2011:  With my wife, Gloria, at my side, I announce that I am dropping out of the race, due to the stress the false accusations and media coverage of them was putting on my family, especially Gloria.  As I said that day:  “The pundits would like for me to shut up, drop out and go away, and I am not going away.” 12/5/2011:  Ginger White gives an interview to The Blaze, in which she makes more unbelievable remarks about me.  I think this speaks volumes that she would continue to voluntarily put herself in the public spotlight with such tawdry comments within days of her claims that her reputation was “stolen from her.” 12/5/2011:  White gives an interview to Leslie Bennetts of the Daily Beast, where she laments that “Cain wasn’t the only man who helped her financially; her work history and her sex life have long been intermingled in complex and contradictory ways.” She also tells Ms. Bennett, “I wasn’t the only one he was helping.” 12/16/2011:  White hires a Tampa-based public relations firm to “help her repair her reputation, which was stolen from her.” Her publicist’s other clients include former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, now serving a 14-year prison sentence for corruption, as well as Drew Peterson, who was convicted of the death of his third wife, only after his fourth wife went missing. 12/21/2011:  White gives Fox Atlanta affiliate WAGA another interview where she feigns amazement at the personal attacks against her, telling the reporter that “it has been tough.”  2/29/2012:  White walks the red carpet at an Oscar party in Beverly Hills, California as the guest of her new attorney, Gloria Allred. 3/26/2012:  White’s former business partner in the spin cycle business wins a libel lawsuit against Ms. White.  At a later hearing, a judgment (Civil Action #11A-37341-7) is awarded against Ms. White in the amount of $23,842.50 in Superior Court of DeKalb County, Georgia. As of the writing of this commentary, the plaintiff has not received any payment(s) of this judgment.  10/24/2012:  White gives an Internet interview to Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn of the Daily Download.  She tells the interviewers that she plans to write a “tell all” book about her relationship with me.  The exclusive interview garnered six, yes only six, comments on their new website, two of which came from the reporters. We haven’t heard anything about Ms. White in 2013. I decided to write this piece and publish it now for several reasons. Candidates for office who are untrustworthy in their personal lives should absolutely be held accountable. But it is equally true that those who make false and scurrilous accusations against others need to be held to account for what they do. And the media should demand factual evidence of accusations before shouting “guilty” 24/7. When a person is running for president and is faced with charges such as these, the media are not focused on whether the charges are true or the source credible. The media focus more on how the candidate and the campaign “handle the situation,” as if smooth public relations skills are the primary attribute we seek in our presidents. If that were the case, we would be doing great under Barack Obama. But an even more relevant reason is this: Today I have a powerful platform through my radio show and this website, both of which are growing in their audience and influence, and I have much to say about what ails this nation – as well as what is good about this nation. There still exists a school of thought that I have no business addressing certain issues because, it’s said, Herman Cain is “a womanizer” or “a sexual harasser” or whatever. No. I am not. And I never have been. And I refuse to silence myself on any issue because some dishonest people and publicity-seeking attorneys care little or nothing about the truth. These are the facts. You don’t have to believe them, but facts are what they are. I know who I am and what I am and so does God, and that is more than enough for me. I remain at peace with the truth.

More from Flashback 2013!

Today's Black Woman Power Breakfast

Hosted by JENNIFER KEITT, Chief Empowerment Officer Saturday March 16, 2013 @ 10:00AMJoin your Chief Empowerment Officer and Host, Jennifer Keitt for Power Breakfast 2013. She's taking this annual event to another level as hundreds of women will join forces for the theme: EVERY WOMAN'S REINVENTION CONVENTION!

That's right, the event is at the Georgia International Convention Center and we're going to be empowered, educated, equipped and encouraged to REINVENT our lives, one area at a time. Ladies, hopefully you will never be the same again!!

Location: Georgia International Convention Center2000 Convention Center Concourse College Park, GA Saturday, March 16 10:00AMSingle Seat: $35Friendship Package: 2/$65 Women's Empowerment Group of 10: $350(404)314-4646 or 1(888)TB-WOMAN Click here to register

Trayvon Martin Round-table

Wednesday April 11th, following George Zimmerman being charged with 2nd degree murder, KISS 104 had a round-table discussion live on-air about the latest developments in the Trayvon Martin case.  We discussed what does that mean for the family, the supporters and ultimately justice for Trayvon?  Kiss104's Veronica Waters, Jennifer Keitt and WSB Radio's Condace Pressley hosted the round-table with special guests and your calls.  If you missed it, listen here

Twanda Black

You know her as Twanda Black, the Host of "Good News Gospel" weekday mornings from 4am-5:30am just before the "Tom Joyner Morning Show" and every Sunday from 7am to 12 noon , but there is much more to the Tampa native. She is a mother of two young men, an ordained minister, a published writer, an avid reader and an amateur photographer. Twanda is also the Public Affairs Director for KISS 1041.1 fm where she serves as the liaison between the station and the community and hosts the public affairs talk show “Business in the Black” every Sunday from 5am-7am. Twanda loves that she gets to use her Public Relations/Communications degree earned at Berry College on a daily basis. "I love interacting with different people and organizations, it makes for interesting days," says Black. T wanda volunteers her time and talent to various organizations, but her heart belongs to issues of the elderly, such as long term care, conditions of nursing homes and quality of life. She can be found in and around Georgia hosting ceremonies, parties, shows, church events, awards dinners and other benevolent causes. She was recently honored as one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Women of Influence by the Atlanta Business League. Twanda is spreading her wings to television and is working on her first show on the Christian Television Network.

Charlie Wilson

As lead singer for the Gap Band, Charlie Wilson sang on four number one R&B hits: "Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)," "Early in the Morning," "Outstanding," and "Addicted to Your Love" -- as well as the classics "You Dropped a Bomb on Me," "Yearning for Your Love," "Party Train," and "Big Fun."

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