Washington (CNN)-Arizona Rep. Trent Franks told CNN he was "seriously considering" running for retiring Senator Jon Kyl's Senate seat.
Asked if the decision by his House GOP colleague Rep. Jeff Flake to run would impact his decision on whether or not he would ultimately jump in the race, Franks responded, "Jeff is a decent man of the highest integrity." Franks then added, "of course" Flake's official announcement that's he's in would factor into his own decision on the race.
When pressed on a timetable for making an announcement Franks declined to give one.
Washington (CNN) - Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour refused Tuesday to denounce attempts to create a special license plate honoring a 19th-century Ku Klux Klan leader.
"I don't go around denouncing people," Barbour told reporters Tuesday in Jackson, MS.
(CNN)-President Barack Obama issued a veto threat Tuesday, following the introduction of a controversial spending bill last week. The bill is a continuing resolution that would fund federal government for the rest of the fiscal year and includes $100 billion dollars in spending cuts promised by House Republicans.
In a statement, the Obama administration affirmed that it is "committed to cutting spending and reducing the deficit so that current government spending does not add to the debt." But it also makes clear that it "does not support deep cuts that will undermine our ability to out-educate, out-build, and out-innovate the rest of the world," terms that sound familiar to those following the president's recent speeches.
Los Angeles (CNN) - California Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced via social media that she will run to replace outgoing U.S. Congresswoman Jane Harman.
Bowen released the following statement today: "Exciting news: I've decided to run for Congress in the 36th District! Thank you so much for your feedback and support over the last few days. But now we face a short-term sprint: While the date of the special election hasn't been set yet, it will be held in the next two to four months, so there isn't any time to waste. Can you make a contribution to help me get my campaign for Congress off to a fast start?"
Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has added another event to her upcoming South Carolina trip as she explores the possibility of running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
The outspoken conservative will headline a low-dollar fundraiser for the York County Republican Party in Rock Hill on Friday evening, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by CNN.
Washington (CNN) - The Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus said Tuesday that if President Obama were still part of the group of African American legislators he wouldn't like his own budget.
"I think the proposed budget from the president is not the budget we would present," said Missouri Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver during a press conference on Capitol Hill about the president's budget and proposed GOP spending cuts.
Washington (CNN) - Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia) came into the James S. Brady Briefing Room after receiving the nation’s top civilian honor today. Surrounded by reporters, the civil rights icon described the honor as “unreal.”
He recounted his efforts in the civil rights movement, the more than 40 arrests he endured, and the countless times he was left beaten, bloodied, and unconscious. “I didn’t give up, I didn’t give in, I kept the faith, I kept my eyes on the prize,” he said solemnly. “It’s worth every step, every sit-in, every beating, every arrest.”
Washington (CNN) - Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel may not be ready for a change in career.
According to a statement of candidacy filing with the Federal Election Commission, Rangel plans to seek a 22nd term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Bob Liff, a spokesman for Rangel, told CNN, "It is what it says. You file in order to raise money to run for re-election, that is what he has done."
Washington (CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said Tuesday he plans to talk with President Obama in the next day or two about a possible Senate bid in Virginia.
Kaine told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he is "flattered" by speculation that he might run for the Senate seat, which will be open in 2012 following Sen. Jim Webb's announcement last week that he will retire after just one term.
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.
It's not just Boehner
Former first lady Barbara Bush, in an NBC News interview with her granddaughter - "Today Show" contributor Jenna Hager - said that her husband cries a lot and reminds her of a certain top congressional Republican.
In the interview Monday, President George H.W. Bush began choking up and got teary after he and Mrs. Bush read love notes to each other.