(CNN) - 2012 Republican presidential candidates are traveling this week, mostly in early presidential-contest states. Here's a look at where they're headed:
- Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota: Waterloo, Iowa: Official campaign announcement
- Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman: San Francisco and Los Angeles: Holds fund-raisers
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie not only shoots down questions about running for president in 2012, he also doesn't think he's vice presidential material.
"The person that picked me as vice president would have to be sedated," Christie said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "Seriously, forget it."
(CNN) - Highlights from "State of the Union":
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) on CNN's "State of the Union":
In this political mess, well I've got a 2012 campaign, which unfortunately I think this was more written by the political shop than it was by the Pentagon… I think it's very hard to come to any other conclusion when the time line is exactly in line with the 2012 election, with the commanders on the ground saying don't do this.
Washington (CNN) – It's not every day that a presidential trip takes a back seat to another political story in the state he's visiting.
But that may be the case for President Obama Tuesday, as he visits a manufacturing plant in battleground Iowa.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann lead a new poll of caucus goers in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa.
The Des Moines Register Iowa Poll released Saturday night showed former Massachusetts Gov. Romney, a familiar face from his 2008 bid, with 23 percent followed by Congresswoman Bachmann of Minnesota, who will officially kick off her campaign in Iowa Monday, with 22 percent.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, questioned the timing of President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan withdrawal plan Sunday, suggesting it is politically motivated.
The Michigan Republican said Obama’s plan to remove 33,000 “surge” troops by September 2012 is “concerning.”
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann boasted of having a "titanium spine" in an interview Sunday, the day before she formally enters the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
However, Bachmann had some difficulty in clarifying her stance on key issues and explaining federal funding that benefited her family in the interview on "Fox News Sunday" and another one with the CBS program "Face the Nation."
Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Jim DeMint isn't sold on who to support in the 2012 presidential election, but Jon Huntsman will not make his list.
The South Carolina king maker and early supporter of the tea party movement has called on Republican presidential candidates to sign a "cut, cap, balance" pledge to slash spending and balance the budget. He has said a commitment to the pledge is necessary to win his support that could prove valuable in the early voting state of South Carolina and within his larger conservative following.
Washington (CNN) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi framed her campaign argument against Republicans ahead of the 2012 elections, predicting the GOP will be blamed for the high unemployment rate.
"When the … unemployment rate is high, it's hard for the incumbent to win," Pelosi said in an interview with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "I remind you though, we're not the incumbent. The Republicans are the incumbent."
(CNN)-It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.
On our radar: Policy analysis for military action in Afghanistan and Libya, the latest in 2012 politics, and more.
Check out what we're reading, and make sure to watch the show today at 9am/12pm ET, which includes an interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.