DANIELS: Yesterday, “Daniels laughed about the possibility that his State of the State address will be of as much interest in Washington, D.C., as in Washington, Ind.,” the Indianapolis Star notes. “’You know, I hope they do, because I want them to notice Indiana,’ Daniels said. ‘We want people to notice Indiana so they'll bring more jobs here. That's the whole point, and I guess anything that gets them to tune in, I'm for it.’”
GINGRICH: “Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is headed back to Iowa, and plans to speak at the Iowa Renewable Fuel Association’s annual summit in Des Moines on Jan. 25, aides to the Georgia Republican said today,” the Des Moines Register reports.
The Washington Post: “On the right, former House speaker Newt Gingrich lashed out at liberals who have blamed the shooting rampage in part on tea-party-inspired anger, arguing these same liberals ‘cannot bring themselves’ to draw connections between accused terrorists and ‘radical Islam ideology.’”
PALIN: The Washington Post’s Balz: “Palin caught in crosshairs map controversy after Tucson shootings.” “The controversy, which may have caught the Republican by surprise, is the kind of test candidates commonly face in a presidential campaign. How she navigates it, several Republican strategists said Monday, could be a defining moment for her politically,” Balz writes.
PAWLENTY: “In an interview Monday with reporters at The New York Times, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, considered another contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, defended Ms. Palin, if only to a point. ‘There’s no indication at present that those cross hairs, Fox News, any particular commentator or show or set of remarks or person was a motivating factor in his thoughts,’ Mr. Pawlenty said of Mr. Loughner. When asked if he would have produced a similar map, Mr. Pawlenty said, ‘I wouldn’t have done it.’”
PENCE: The (Columbus, IN) Republic reports that “Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said today that he hopes to make a decision on his political future by late January.”
An adviser close to Pence told First Read of the timing: "We're looking at weeks, not months." Asked if Pence decides not to run for president would it then be clear if he will run for governor of Indiana, the adviser said, “Stay tuned.”
ROMNEY: “Mitt Romney [yesterday] met with President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan, as part of a week-long overseas trip that could bolster the former Massachusetts governor’s foreign policy credentials,” the Boston Globe writes.