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2012: The ridicules are coming, the ridicules are coming

BACHMANN: At the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Rep. Michele Bachmann ended her speech with a prayer. “‘We do pray for our president, we pray for the Supreme Court, we pray for the members of Congress, we pray for those who are in authority, because this is not a political scorecard,’ said the Minnesota congresswoman. ‘This is about the very life and future of our nation,’” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. 

CAIN: The New York Times on Herman Cain’s rising momentum as a Republican primary star: “If few people think Mr. Cain can win the nomination, he is satisfying voters’ desire to fall in love with a candidate. Their passion for him says as much about what the Republican field is lacking as it does about any specifics he is offering.”

CHRISTIE: “South Carolina state Rep. Phyllis Henderson (R) wants to draft New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie into a 2012 presidential run,” Roll Call writes.

GINGRICH: Newt Gingrich will return to Iowa during the July 4 holiday, having not visited the first primary state since May 21, the Des Moines Register reports. In addition, the director of Gingrich’s Iowa grassroots campaign, Will Rogers, has resigned to return to his job as the director of government affairs for the Iowa Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association, although he will continue to volunteer for the Gingrich campaign.

GIULIANI: In the years between now and his last presidential run, Rudy Giuliani’s support in New Hampshire has dissipated, McClatchy writes. “[H]is dilemma was obvious last week. He spoke Thursday at an Italian restaurant in North Conway, while about 90 miles away, Doug and Stella Scamman, influential Giuliani supporters in 2008, hosted 400 eager Mitt Romney backers for the former Massachusetts' governor's campaign kickoff.”

HUNTSMAN: Jon Huntsman told the AP that he would not compete in Iowa “for a reason,” first and foremost his opposition to subsidies for corn-based ethanol, which are considered a deal-breaker for many Iowans. He said he would compensate in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, which he called his “make-or-break state.”

The Los Angeles Times points out, however, that Tim Pawlenty, whose campaign is counting heavily on a strong showing in Iowa, has already come out against continued ethanol subsidies and “drew applause at the Faith and Freedom event Friday night when he said Republicans must have the courage to tell voters the truth, even if it comes with risk.”

PALIN: “Sarah Palin insisted Sunday that history was on her side when she claimed that Paul Revere’s famous ride was intended to warn both British soldiers and his fellow colonists,” the AP writes. “‘Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there. That, hey, you’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have,’ she added. ‘He did warn the British.’”

Bloomberg writes “Palin said she didn’t mean to steal media attention from Mitt Romney by appearing in New Hampshire at the same time he formally announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in the state. “‘I didn’t mean to step on anyone’s toes,’ Palin, the former governor of Alaska, said on ‘Fox News Sunday.’”

A documentary about Sarah Palin set to be released next month shows the former Alaska governor in a positive light, shifting the narrative away from some of the more controversial episodes from her political career, The Hill writes after a screening of the film was shown to reporters just outside Washington D.C. “An outsider, Palin climbs up Alaska's political ranks and along the way evolves into tough ‘Mama Grizzly’ willing to fight for her beliefs, according to the film. The word ‘courage’ is frequently used to describe her willingness to shake up the status quo; whether Palin is taking on corrupt oil executives and politicians, liberals, the media and the elites within her own party.”

ROMNEY: The New York Times’ Harwood writes that Mitt Romney, who tailored his presidential announcement for the 2008 cycle to fit the current ideological trends including condemning “radical violent jihad” and invoking “the sanctity of life.” Now running in 2012, however, Mitt Romney is shifting gears once again to accommodate the dominant issue on voters’ minds, jobs, which he didn’t even mention in his last presidential announcement speech.

We noted that Romney on Thursday had dropped the social conservative rhetoric of his announcement four years ago during his announcement this time around in New Hampshire. Some of that rhetoric, however, reappeared a day later at a conservative confab in Washington, before Romney pivoted back to the economy. “We’re united in our belief in the sanctity of human life,” Romney said, per the Boston Globe. We’re united in our belief in the importance and significance of a marriage between one man and one woman.”

SANTORUM: Ahead of Rick Santorum’s presidential announcement today, the New York Times looks at his campaign strategy so far, in which he has touted not only his work the social issues that he is known for but also what he did in Congress on national security, foreign policy and entitlement programs. “Nonetheless, the social issues are the ones that fire up the segment of the Republican primary base to which Mr. Santorum most appeals. And he has yet to address fully the issues that likely voters in a general election tell pollsters are most important: jobs and the economy. His core message now is his belief in American exceptionalism, a philosophy that he says President Obama does not share. The Obama presidency, he said, ‘has been a disaster’ in almost every respect.”

“Santorum, the former No. 3 Republican in the U.S. Senate and a favorite among his party's anti-abortion rights bloc, planned to make official his White House aspirations from the western Pennsylvania coal fields where his Italian immigrant grandfather worked,” the AP writes.