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2012: Pence says no to WH bid

DANIELS: “Students for Mitch, a PAC organized by Yale students, announced on Thursday that they purchased TV time to air an ad to try and draft Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels into the Republican presidential primary for the coming campaign cycle,” Real Clear Politics writes. The ad will run on a Fox affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa during this weekend’s NFL Pro Bowl, Bloomberg adds.   and

GINGRICH: “A split between prominent Republicans emerged Thursday over whether Congress should allow states to declare bankruptcy,” The Hill writes. “Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga) wrote in the Los Angeles Times that Congress should authorize a new law allowing states to declare bankruptcy, a move that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has derided as a ‘bailout of the states.’”

HUNTSMAN: Florida political adviser Susie Wiles, who worked previously on Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign, has “signed on as the new executive director of a political action committee formed by supporters of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.,” who is rumored to be considering a presidential run, the Florida Times-Union writes.

PALIN: Palin will keynote the Reagan 100 Opening Banquet at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara California Feb. 4.

PAWLENTY: “In an interview released in Christianity Today Thursday, Tim Pawlenty asserted that the United States was ‘founded under God’ and that the founding fathers put that into the nation’s founding documents. In the wide-ranging interview, Pawlenty talked about his faith, his reversal on cap and trade, and the possibility of running against Rep. Michele Bachmann,” the Minnesota Independent writes.

PENCE: “U.S. Rep. Mike Pence shut the door today on a run for the presidency, but left wide open the likelihood that he’ll seek a different office: Governor of Indiana,” the Indianapolis Star reports. “’In the choice between seeking national office and serving Indiana in some capacity, we choose Indiana,’ Pence, R-Columbus, said of himself and wife Karen in a letter being sent to supporters. ‘We will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.’”

ROMNEY: Romney is planning a “quiet, non-public visit” to New Hampshire, the Manchester Union-Leader’s political blog Granite Status writes. He will come to the state “next week specifically for private meetings with a handful of key state Republican activists. He has no public visits scheduled here at the moment prior to his scheduled March 5 appearance before the Carroll County Republican Committee Lincoln-Reagan Dinner fund-raiser at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel in Bartlett.”

Romney is losing support, however, from influential players in key primary states, Politico writes. “In each of the traditional early states, top Romney supporters from the last campaign tell POLITICO that they’re hesitant to get behind the nearest thing the GOP has to a frontrunner. His difficulties are particularly acute in Iowa and South Carolina, where his former enthusiasts say they have not heard from him, believe he may be intent on downplaying the states in his second White House run and are openly flirting with his potential rivals.” 
 
THUNE: His decision on whether he’ll run for president will come at the end of February. “[I]t strikes me, at least, for somebody like myself who's not known, and would have to work a lot harder at getting known, that sometime in the next month or two, but for sure probably at the end of next month, we'd have to let folks know our intentions," Thune said on the Hugh Hewitt conservative talk-radio show.

Republican polling firm Resurgent Republic yesterday released the results from their dial test of President Obama’s State of the Union address. The group said viewers had an overall positive view of the address, but claim the dials dropped when Obama mentioned his administration’s accomplishments, like health care reform, and when he mentioned new federal investments. While voters responded positively to his talk of fiscal discipline and bipartisanship “there’s a healthy skepticism as to whether or not what he’s saying is going to match up with reality down the line,” Ed Gillespie, the firm’s co-director, said. Independents also tracked more closely with Republicans on Paul Ryan’s Republican response to the speech, which focused on fiscal issues. http://bit.ly/gHxQVR