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GOP watch: Ensign in Iowa

The Las Vegas Sun says that Nevada Sen. John Ensign's visit to Iowa today "continues to stoke speculation that the rising conservative leader is testing for a presidential run in 2012. Ensign will speak before a conservative organization in Republican-friendly Sioux City, and make a few other stops. He admits he has thought about being president — what politician hasn't? — he recently suggested to an interviewer."

The AP looks at the GOP activity in Iowa. "Potential Republican candidates who have visited the state include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the GOP caucuses in 2008. More politicians have trips planned, starting with … Ensign on Monday, followed by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and another appearance by Huckabee."

Stu Rothenberg, writing in Roll Call, looks at GOP infighting and concludes: "Times are indeed tough for the GOP, and the party may suffer more defeats before it starts to string together some victories. But most of the yapping about the ideological rift within the Republican Party simply isn't worth listening to any longer."