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2012: Huntsman and China

BACHMANN: Rep. Michelle Bachmann will be the “fifth and final participant” at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s summit on April 29 in Manchester, NH, Roll Call reports. The other four are Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain.

BARBOUR: While visiting lawmakers in Tallahassee, FL, Haley Barbour said he would run in the state’s primary “whenever they have it,” declining to say whether he thought Florida should be punished for having an early primary, the Miami Herald writes.

CHRISTIE: “Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey said it would be an ‘obscenity’ to not take on the teachers union, which is protecting ‘lousy’ educators as he seeks to overhaul tenure and improve student performance,” Bloomberg reports. It’s worth pointing out that for all the bluster New Jersey public schools are among the highest performing in the country.

DANIELS: Although the White House has canceled the trip, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels would have greeted President Obama on the tarmac in Indianapolis today when the president arrived for an event at a transmission plant, The Hill says.

GINGRICH: Newt Gingrich penned a letter on behalf of the NAACP endorsing their drive for alternatives to prison, Politico’s Ben Smith writes.

Gingrich will hold a fundraiser in Atlanta, GA, April 13, the Greenfield Reporter says.

HUNTSMAN: Jon Huntsman’s harsh criticism of China during his last public address as the American ambassador there reveals possibilities for how Huntsman could campaign for the presidency, The Hill writes. He “could initiate a very serious campaign discussion of Chinese manipulation of its currency, and unfair Chinese trade practices that damage New Hampshire and other American workers as part of a larger discussion about the American and world economies… This approach, consistent with recent Huntsman moves and his political style, would bring a ‘grownup’ message that many voters want.”

Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who both worked for Huntsman while he was governor of Utah, were mum on whom they’d support for president if both Huntsman and Mitt Romney ended up running, the Salt Lake Tribune writes.

PAWLENTY: Tim Pawlenty’s exploratory committee is planning a fundraiser on May 18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota Public Radio reports. “Someone with knowledge of the event told us the evening gathering in Minneapolis is one of several scheduled around the country. It's not clear who is invited to the Minneapolis fundraiser, how much money will be raised or how many people will be there.”

TRUMP: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told ABC he doesn’t think Donald Trump -- whom he calls “a really good friend of mine” -- really wants to be president or take the Republican nomination, The New York Times writes.