(CNN) - Despite his socially conservative stances, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty believes he can win the presidency.
"Yes of course," Pawlenty said when asked if he could win. "If you're not willing to stand by your values, what's the point in doing it anyhow?"
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Orrin Hatch "invited himself" to the Tea Party town hall that will be held in Washington on Tuesday, according to the chairman of the Tea Party Express.
(CNN) – Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he's "concerned" about the Obama administration's handling of the situation in Egypt and what he sees as a divide between the White House and diplomat Frank Wisner.
"I think the fact that they appointed a very able diplomat Frank Wisner and within two days were publicly contradicting him is you know so amateurish," Gingrich told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "I was with John Bolton (former ambassador to the United Nations) last night. He said it's inconceivable that they would be this clumsy and this out of sync. I mean just with themselves, forget the Arab world. They can't even get the White House and their special envoy to be on the same page."
Washington (CNN) - Egypt faces a "bumpy" process in its transition from decades of repressive rule to a multiparty democracy, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday in signaling U.S. backing for a more deliberate approach to political negotiations.
In a briefing with reporters, Gibbs repeated the U.S. insistence on meaningful change in Egypt, but he added that the government there should "outline a series of steps and a timeline that the Egyptian people are comfortable with."
Washington (CNN) - Democratic California Rep. Jane Harman is expected to announce her intention to resign from office on Tuesday and when she does she will face more questions about the timing of her decision.
Harman won her 9th term in office in November and was sworn in just last month. She is expected to announce she will leave Congress to head the Woodrow Wilson Center, a top think tank in Washington.
Washington (CNN) – In keeping with post Super Bowl tradition, President Obama placed a phone call not to a head of state, but to a head coach.
The president “congratulated” Coach Mike McCarthy of the winning Green Bay Packers and commended him “on his leadership in guiding the team through a rash of injuries both throughout [the] season and during the game,” The White House said in a written statement.
(CNN) - Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham may count Sarah Palin as a friend, but he disagrees with her on Egypt.
"I really have no fault with the president, Obama, the way he's handled this process," Graham said in an interview set to air at 7 p.m. ET on CNN's "John King, USA." "I disagree with Governor Palin over this particular issue."
Washington (CNN) - Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham predicted President Barack Obama is beatable in the 2012 presidential election, but only if the Republican nominee wins over independent voters.
"Conservatism sells, it's a center right nation but the nominee for the party is going to have to win the independent voter at the end of the day," Graham said Monday in an interview set to air at 7 p.m. ET on CNN's "John King, USA."