(CNN) – Three sources close to Republican Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana tell CNN they are told he will announce he is not running for president in 2012 and will instead begin exploring a run for governor.
These sources say he has been flattered by the efforts to nudge him into the GOP presidential race but, as one of the sources put it, "he is a realist and kept coming back to questions about the fund-raising." The second source said some around Pence also have reminded him of the difficulty of mounting a presidential campaign from the House, and noted that, at age 51, he would have a better platform to explore a presidential run if he first was elected governor.
(CNN) - The first ad of the 2012 presidential campaign will air Sunday in support of Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels.
The 30-second spot sponsored by the Students for Daniels Political Action Committee will run once during local news in Iowa, New Hampshire and Indiana over the next week and premiere during the Pro Bowl Sunday in Des Moines, according to Max Eden, National Director for the group.
Washington (CNN) – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told a room of South Carolina Republicans Wednesday that if he decides to seek the GOP presidential nomination, it will be a "serious" campaign.
"If I get in this thing, it's going to be a serious effort," Barbour told a crowd of roughly 30 Republican movers and shakers in Spartanburg, according to longtime GOP fundraiser Barry Wynn, who was in the room.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's communications director, Jay Carney, was named the new White House press secretary Thursday as part of a series of other big staff moves announced by new Chief of Staff Bill Daley.
Carney, a former Time magazine reporter, will succeed Robert Gibbs as the most visible spokesman for President Barack Obama. Other White House aides who have been considered for press secretary include Bill Burton, Stephanie Cutter, Josh Earnest and Jen Psaki.
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.
Meghan McCain had some choice words for Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican who delivered a Tea Party response after the State of the Union address. The move was widely criticized by the media, Democrats and even some Republicans.
In an interview on MSNBC's "Last Word," McCain said that Bachmann is not a leader, and she is "no better than a poor man's Sarah Palin."
(CNN) – To those keeping a list of when potential presidential candidates are going to announce their intentions, pencil South Dakota Sen. John Thune in at the end of February.
Thune, who rivals Mitt Romney in the I-look-like-a-president category, told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Wednesday he will decide by the end of February.
(CNN) – Freshly reelected to another six-year term, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn’t holding back fire when it comes to his disagreements with President Obama over a ban on earmarks.
“This is an applause line,” the Nevada Democrat told NBC News Wednesday regarding Obama’s pledge not to sign a bill with earmark spending in it. “It’s an effort by the White House to get more power. They have enough power as it is.”
(CNN) - Sarah Palin begins 2011 in solid financial shape, according to her Political Action Committee's most recent financial disclosure report.
Palin's Sarah PAC has just over $1.3 million in the bank and is carrying no debt, according to the filing with the Federal Elections Commission made public Thursday.
Washington (CNN) – News that South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint will travel to Iowa on March 26 to address a conservative forum organized by Rep. Steve King is sparking another round of chatter that DeMint might launch a dark horse bid for the White House in 2012.
The Republican gadfly has been adamant in denying such intentions for more than a year – just Wednesday, he gave CNN's Wolf Blitzer a flat "No" when asked if he plans to seek his party's presidential nomination.
(CNN) - It's January 27th, which means the month is almost over. So the clock's ticking for Rep. Mike Pence to make an announcement regarding his political future.
The Indiana Republican says he is sticking by his timetable to announce by the end of January whether he'll make a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination or run next year for governor of his home state.