(CNN) - 2012 Republican presidential candidates are traveling this week, mostly in early presidential-contest states. Here's a look at where they're headed:
- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: Amherst, Andover and Laconia, New Hampshire: Walks in a parade along Main Street, visits a holiday celebration, marches in another parade
- Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman: Amherst, Belmont, Moultonborough and Plymouth, New Hampshire: Walks in a parade along Main Street, barbecue, house party, Republican group’s cookout
- Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: Clear Lake, Iowa: Marches in holiday parade
(CNN) – Two leading voices in the Senate on foreign policy continued their criticism of President Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw roughly 30,000 American troops from Afghanistan over the next 14 months.
Republican Sen. John McCain, speaking from Kabul, Afghanistan, said Sunday the president’s plan creates an “unnecessary risk” in the region.
Washington (CNN) - The American people do not want Republicans to compromise on their opposition to any form of tax increase as part of a deficit reduction deal being negotiated with Democrats, veteran Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said Sunday.
“The principle of not raising taxes is something that we campaigned on last November and the results of the election was the American people don’t want their taxes raised and they wanted us to cut spending,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “They don’t want compromise.”
Washington (CNN) – Housing prices have hit rock bottom and the economic climate is prime to purchase a home, said Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.
In an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Donovan said declining foreclosure rates make him hopeful, adding that it is “very unlikely we see a significant further decline.”
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is getting more creative, and apparently more aggressive, in her political attacks against President Barack Obama.
On Saturday, the Minnesota congresswoman took fresh jabs at the president. In one instance, Bachmann said she hoped to oust him from his current employment, become president herself - and then help Obama find a job. Bachmann also blasted "Obamacare," saying it would cost American jobs and questioning if Obama "was in his right mind" for championing it.
ASPEN, Colorado (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton urged the Obama White House to remain steadfast over its pledge to increase the federal debt ceiling by August 2.
"This is the political equivalent of the government shutdown when I was president..." Clinton said.
(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 this morning: The rising fatalities in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch the show today at 9am/12pm ET with Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona). And on this 4th of July weekend, stay tuned for a special edition of the show, "Making it in America," a look at the American Dream.