(CNN) – As the presidential waiting game continues, potential 2012 GOP candidates are off on various travels this week, mostly in presidential contest states.
– Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: Columbia, South Carolina: Tea Party rally
– Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain: Chicago, Illinois: Tea Party rally
"STATE OF UNION" HIGHLIGHTS
Donald Trump, Chairman of Trump Organization, on CNN’s “State of the Union”
on a potential presidential run:
“I wish I didn't have to do it. I would prefer not doing it. But I love this country. And if you ask me, what are the odds, I'll let you know some time prior to June. But I will tell you, I am giving it serious, serious thought. And I'm honored by the polls, because people agree with what I'm saying. I am honored by the polls.”
(CNN) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump touted his net worth as a selling point over likely presidential contender and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
“I'm a much bigger business man and have (a) much, much bigger net worth. I mean, my net worth is many, many, many times Mitt Romney,” Trump said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I built a very big net worth and I’d like to put that ability … to work for this country.”
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, led a six-member congressional delegation to Iraq this weekend. The trip came at a crucial time for Iraq, as the last U.S. forces are scheduled to depart the country by year's end.
Boehner issued the following statement on the delegation visit:
Washington (CNN) - To reach a deal in Congress over the national debt, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said both political parties need to make concessions, excluding higher tax rates.
“The compromise is for conservatives to admit that the military budget’s going to have to be cut,” Paul said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Liberals will have to compromise and will have to cut domestic welfare.”
Washington (CNN) - An escalating national debate on federal deficits and government spending focused Sunday on the upcoming deadline for Congress to increase the amount of money that the United States can borrow.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said congressional leaders told President Barack Obama last week that they will raise the federal debt ceiling when it reaches its limit, which is expected to happen sometime within the next 10 weeks.