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2012: Sharron Angle doesn't rule out WH bid


Republican tea-party backed Senate candidate Sharron Angle concedes in her race against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at her election night party in Las Vegas.

“Instead of relying solely on ambivalence as the motivating favor behind their public hesitation, leading presidential prospects are also admitting some of the strategy involved,” The Hill observes. “Four top prospects have admitted to some of the truest dangers of going early — financial burn rate, overexposure, and turning into a sitting duck.”

ANGLE: Sharron Angle (R-NV), who lost to Sen. Harry Reid in 2010, apparently isn't ruling out a presidential run, she said in Iowa.

BARBOUR: While visiting party activists and community leaders in Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C., “Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour opened the door to a 2012 presidential run Wednesday, but said he could opt to support another candidate for the GOP nomination if he thinks another Republican has a better chance to unseat President Barack Obama,” the Spartanburg Herald Journal writes.

CHRISTIE: The New Jersey governor “told CNBC's Larry Kudlow that he's had recent meetings with Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels and Tim Pawlenty -- and he thinks they're all good governors,” Politico says. "’They are all really credible folks,’ Christie said, calling Daniels among the brightest governors in America and saying he had ‘extreme respect’ for Barbour.”

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

DANIELS: While touring a middle school yesterday, Gov. Mitch Daniels admitted to a reporter that he hadn’t watched President Obama give the State of the Union address, opting rather to watch the Purdue-Ohio State basketball game. ““You caught me. I didn’t watch it. I was watching the Purdue game as long as it was watchable,” Daniels said.

DEMINT: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is headed to Iowa March 26. "DeMint will be in Iowa to keynote an event for Congressman Steve King," The Iowa Republican writes. "The event, which is being billed as a 'conference,' will not be held in the 5th Congressional District, which King represents, but rather it will be held in Des Moines." 

GINGRICH: “Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who's mulling a run for president, is in Florida,” the AP reports. “The Republican is touring Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach on Thursday and will speak about health reform.”

PALIN: On her Facebook page, “former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin responded to President Obama’s State of the Union address, writing that Mr. Obama’s message was ‘the era of big government is here as long as I am, so help me pay for it,’” The State Column writes.

“SarahPAC, the leadership committee of former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, said in its latest fund-raising report on Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission that it brought in $279,000 from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31, 2010,” the New York Times writes. “Nearly all of the money raised came from individual donors, mostly in amounts less than $200. Just eight of the more than 600 itemized donations were for $1,000 or more.”

PENCE: The AP: “Republican Rep. Mike Pence is nearly face-to-face with his own deadline to announce by the end of the month whether he'll be making a run for president or governor next year. A state ethics law passed last year, however, could throw a wrench into any immediate campaign for governor since it prohibits any political fundraising by candidates for statewide office until the Legislature completes its session in late April.”

ROMNEY: “Former Governor Mitt Romney tonight blasted President Obama, going after him using a line of attack that opponents have utilized before: competency for the job,” the Boston Globe writes of Romney’s appearance on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News. “He’s trying awfully hard,” Romney said. “The problem is, he just doesn’t know what to do.”

Romney also said “it was important for the field to have a businessman,’ the Globe continues. “’I don’t know who all is going to get in the race, but I do believe that it would be helpful if at least one of the people who’s running in the Republican field had extensive experience in the private sector – in small business, in big business,’ he said.”