Several potential presidential hopefuls, including Newt Gingrich and Haley Barbour, remained “coy” on Sunday when they were asked about their plans on the Sunday morning talk show circuit, the Wall Street Journal writes.
BACHMANN: “Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told CNN Friday she will visit the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire ‘soon’ as she explores the possibility of a 2012 presidential bid.”
BARBOUR: “Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Saturday he would campaign aggressively for the Iowa caucuses, should he decide to seek the Republican nomination for president,” the Des Moines Register reports.
“Mississippi Governor, and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Haley Barbour joined ‘Fox News Sunday’ to discuss the possibility that he’ll make a run for the White House,” Fox writes. “On whether he will make an announcement to run Governor Barbour said, ‘I'm not going to make a decision until April, but I am very serious about it… I understand that this is a decision to dedicate the productive -- remaining productive years of my life, the next 10 years, to the most consuming job in the world.’”
CNN recounts Barbour’s appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” noting that he defended his lobbyist past. “"I'm a lobbyist and had a career lobbying. The guy who gets elected or the lady who gets elected president of the United States”
“According to a State Department filing by Barbour's former lobbying firm, The Embassy of Mexico decided to retain Barbour's services on August 15, 2001, to work on, among other things, legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for foreigners living illegally in the United States—what opponents of immigration reform call ‘amnesty.’”
PALIN: “Sarah Palin has hired a chief-of-staff, a move that experts say is the strongest indication yet that the former Alaska governor will run for President in 2012,” the New York Daily News writes. “Michael Glassner, attorney who has worked for several high-profile politicians, including Bob Dole and John McCain, will serve as the head adviser of her political action committee, Sarah PAC.”
PAWLENTY: Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor, said the administration ‘spoke like a Tower of Babel’ and that its message throughout the progress of Egypt’s revolution was ‘incoherent’ and ‘inconsistent,’” The Hill writes.
“Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty on Friday delivered some of his harshest criticism yet of President Obama's foreign policy, telling the president to ‘stop apologizing for our country,’” the Washington Post writes.
“Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, who has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate, had dinner with former Minnesota governor and possible Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty Saturday night in Richmond,” the Washington Post reports.
ROMNEY: “Mitt Romney has a lot riding on Nevada as he readies his early-state strategy for a possible Republican primary campaign, but changes in the state’s caucus rules and a surge of Tea Party movement activism will make the state a tougher environment for him than in 2008,” the Boston Globe writes. Romney is in Las Vegas today.
“More than twice as many Utahns would vote for Mitt Romney over Jon Huntsman Jr. in a GOP presidential primary, according to a new Deseret News/KSL poll,” KSL reports. “56 percent of Utahns would cast their ballot for Romney, while just 26 percent would choose Huntsman in a race between the two.”
TRUMP: “Don't laugh,” the Manchester Union-Leader writes of Donald Trump’s presidential aspirations. While political analysts think he probably wouldn’t do well in most parts of the state, “they concede anything is possible in New Hampshire and it would be up to Trump to figure out a way to get Granite Staters to hire, and not fire, him.”
ARIZONA: Rep. Jeff Flake is expected to announce his bid for Senate today to replace Sen. Jon Kyl.
IOWA: “Iowa Republican officials, leaders and activists say the most active caucus participants were watching [CPAC], and that buzz from the conference will travel through the state's conservative channels,” the Des Moines Register writes. “‘Really, it's the first time you get to see them on the same stage, a chance to see who demonstrates that leadership quality,’ said Rockford Republican Chuck Laudner, a former Iowa GOP executive director attending his 15th CPAC conference.”
MAINE: Tea Partier Ian Dodge announced at CPAC he’s running against Olympia Snowe (R) because she’s too liberal.