(CNN) – While the presidential waiting game continues, potential and declared 2012 GOP candidates are off on various travels this week, mostly in presidential-contest states.
- Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain: Des Moines, Iowa: Town hall
- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa: Begins his 17-city visit to Iowa
- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: Las Vegas, Nevada: Visits a fundraising phone bank; takes part in a town hall on Facebook
(CNN) – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who announced Saturday he will not seek the Republican presidential nomination, said he thought he would make a run for the White House “up until a few days ago.”
“I honestly thought I would be in it,” Huckabee said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner says he’s ready to “lock arms” with President Barack Obama on a deficit reduction agreement tied to raising the federal debt ceiling.
Such a deal, reminiscent of past political agreements between presidents and House speakers of different parties, will be necessary to get congressional and White House approval of a measure that allows the U.S. government to increase how much it can borrow, Boehner told the CBS program “Face the Nation” in an interview broadcast Sunday.
(CNN) - Gov. Nikki Haley, the top Republican in the early presidential contest state of South Carolina, readily revealed her thoughts about the 2012 GOP presidential field, calling the coverage that paints Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ wife as a reluctant spouse “ridiculous.”
“I think it's ridiculous. I think it’s a terrible distraction to a campaign,” Haley said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “He was an amazing reformer in his state. He brought great issues. He showed great courage at times that he needed to. Those are the issues we need to talk about.”
Washington (CNN) – While the budget negotiations led by Vice President Joe Biden continue with members of Congress, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell maintained his position that a vote to increase the debt limit must be accompanied by changes in spending.
In order to vote to increase the limit of $14.3 trillion that the government expects to reach in coming months, McConnell called on Congress to institute a spending ceiling for the next two years and also address discretionary and mandatory spending and entitlement reforms, including Medicare and Social Security.
Washington (CNN) - Judge me by what I can do for America now, rather than only by my mistakes in the past, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Sunday.
The former House speaker, who announced his candidacy last week, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he has made mistakes in life, including an adulterous affair that led to one of his two divorces.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said Sunday he will decide this week if he will run for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl.
Kohl announced Friday he will not run for reelection in 2012, leaving Democrats to defend 23 Senate seats in the next election. Ryan, who serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee, is one of the names discussed as a possible replacement.
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