BACHMANN: After a March head fake brought on by Bachmann adviser Ed Brookover, some Iowa Republicans say they expect Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann to announce her campaign for the White House at a May 26 Polk County GOP fundraiser in Des Moines. The Tea Party favorite is headlining the fundraiser and co-chair of the Polk County GOP in Iowa, Dave Funk, told the Daily Caller his "sense is she's going to run." Funk said the Minnesota congresswoman will go on a five day tour of the Hawkeye state after the May 26 fundraiser.
DANIELS: After House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Tuesday on the "Today" show he would like to see Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels bring the same reforms he made in Indiana to Washington, D.C., the Republican said his "chances would actually be quite good" if he were pitted against President Obama in the 2012 presidential election, Reuters reports.
GINGRICH: Newt Gingrich, whose personal wealth may not match some of his other likely opponents, plans to play in every single primary state, Politico writes. “Gingrich isn’t pinning his hopes on any single state, believing instead that, for those who can’t fund their own campaigns, the drawn-out contest will require a prudent use of resources spread across the board.”
Newt Gingrich’s past experience – and problems – may both help and hurt his campaign, the AP writes. “Viewed by many as a masterful grass-roots strategist and message manipulator, he led Republicans to control of the House for the first time in four decades. Still, he's remembered as much for his stormy fall — he faced ethics complaints and later resigned — as for his triumphant rise. And questions about his temperament still surface.”
HUNTSMAN: Politico reports former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is adding on to his previously scheduled trip to New Hampshire to give a speech at the University of Southern New Hampshire on May 21. His now five-day Granite State trip will now begin on May 19th with a stop in Lebanon near the Vermont border, and continues with a meeting with the state GOP chairman, Jack Kimball, in Concord the next day.
The Washington Post’s Cilizza reports that Huntsman’s political action committee has hired two more communications operatives: James Richardson, who first signed on with Haley Barbour and will oversee online communications, and Matt Connelly, who has worked on California gubernatorial campaigns and will be in charge of rapid response.
PAUL: Ron Paul is planning a rally in Exeter, NH on Friday, during a two-day swing through the state, WMUR reports.
ROMNEY: "Mitt Romney, whose emerging candidacy for president has been clouded by GOP doubts over his health care plan in Massachusetts, is planning a bit of political jujitsu tomorrow: taking the biggest perceived negative of his campaign and attempting to turn it into a positive," the Boston Globe writes. The former Massachusetts governor will seek to redefine his candidacy by delivering a major speech outlining his vision for dismantling President Obama’s overhaul and creating a new national model. Romney is expected to propose tax breaks for consumers buying coverage on the open market; a requirement that insurers cover patients with preexisting conditions; and provisions giving states more power in the health coverage arena."
By the way, Romney will deliver his speech in Michigan, and MSNBC.com’s Carrie Dann notes that a new poll from Lansing-based EPIC-MRA shows Obama’s job approval underwater in the state, with 61% giving the president a negative rating. But it’s worth noting that the poll was in the field before Osama bin Laden’s death, which -- per NBC’s latest survey -- is worth at least a modest bump for the commander-in-chief.
According to IowaPolitcs.com, Mitt Romney will make his first appearance in Iowa when he gives a speech and participates in a question and answer session in Des Moines on May 27 as part of a series of presidential lectures held in partnership with the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
TRUMP: An indication Trump might not actually run? He said on FOX, per GOP 12: "I have heard over a lifetime that if you have really accomplished a lot and done a lot, you cannot run for high political office. And I can see why. I can see now why Ross Perot dropped out… I heard from people that were involved that he was just getting hammered because he did a lot. He did a lot of deals, a lot of everything."
Trump spoke at length about his hair in a Rolling Stone interview, per the New York Daily News: "Okay, what I do is wash it with Head and Shoulders," Trump said. "I don't dry it, though. I let it dry by itself. It takes about an hour… I mean, I get a lot of credit for comb-overs. But it's not really a comb-over… Yes, I do use a comb. Do I comb it forward? No, I don't comb it forward. It's sort of a little bit forward and back. I've combed it the same way for years. Same thing, every time… I actually don't have a bad hairline. When you think about it, it's not bad."