(CNN) – If Hillary Clinton, the woman who came closest to becoming a major party presidential nominee, is a feminist icon, could something similar be said of Michele Bachmann, who officially launched her presidential campaign on Monday?
Bachmann is seldom described in those terms; the conservative Minnesota congresswoman and Tea Party darling might cringe at the feminist label.
(CNN) – Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey said the "decency of the American people" is often ahead of political action while speaking about same-sex marriage during an interview on CNN's "In the Arena" Monday.
Though most elected officials "started in the same place – a marriage is between a man and a woman," McGreevey said politicians "understand that they're moving inevitably, catching up to the American public."
(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Lynn Woolsey of California announced Monday that she will not seek re-election next year after serving 20 years in the U.S. House.
"I will turn 75 years old just before the next Election Day, and after two decades of service to this district, it will be time for me to move on," Woolsey told supporters at her home in Petaluma, according to a statement from her office.
Washington (CNN) – After again hammering Barack Obama for his handling of the economy, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney did have one compliment Monday as the financial expectations game goes into high gear.
"The president will raise an astronomical amount of money, and what we have to do is raise enough money to get our message out," Romney told reporters after several stops in New Hampshire.
Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s New Hampshire state director, his only staffer in the state, as well as a Cain campaign regional director have both resigned.
Matt Murphy is the former state director and Jim Zeiler is the former regional director. Both defections raise the question of whether or not the Cain campaign is facing some trouble.
(CNN) - On the eve of her official presidential announcement, GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann incorrectly identified movie star John Wayne's origins in an attempt to draw a parallel between her and the American icon.
"I want them to know just like John Wayne is from Waterloo Iowa, that's the spirit I have too," Bachmann said Sunday on Fox News. "It's embracing America. It's sacrificing for America."
Washington (CNN) – On Monday, conservative activists banded together in Washington to talk about their early 2012 electoral plans – as well as some of their early frustrations.
Some 40 grassroots leaders from across the country spoke with reporters at the headquarters for FreedomWorks, a major conservative backer of the tea party movement. This comes after a weekend "boot-camp" to train many of them on policy, social media, and campaigning - among other issues – in preparation for the 2012 presidential and congressional races.
Waterloo, Iowa (CNN) – At times off-message during her political career, Michele Bachmann demonstrated at the launch of her GOP presidential bid that she can be disciplined, especially with the media.
The Minnesota Congresswoman's staff and even Bachmann's husband resorted to sharp elbows-literally-to keep a CNN crew from gaining an interview. And the Minnesota media, who came to the event to cover one of their own, complained loudly they were shut out as Bachmann did a round of interviews with the Iowa press.
Washington (CNN) - Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign is firing back at a top aide to Republican rival Tim Pawlenty who suggested Monday that Huntsman's skepticism about the ongoing U.S. mission in Afghanistan is "isolationist."
In a Monday appearance on MSNBC, Pawlenty senior adviser Phil Musser previewed a "major" foreign policy speech that the former Minnesota governor is slated to deliver tomorrow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Chicago (CNN) - Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted Monday on 17 of the 20 public corruption charges against him.
The jury acquitted Blagojevich on one count of bribery and was unable to reach verdicts on two counts of attempted extortion.
The charges against Blagojevich included trying to peddle the U.S. Senate seat held by Barack Obama before he resigned to become president. Blagojevich has denied any intention of bribery.