Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - When Tim Pawlenty quit the presidential race, his supporters in New Hampshire quietly called each other to spread the word. Then the other campaigns started calling, too.
The former Minnesota governor had built a strong staff in the first-in-the-nation primary state, and now those staffers were suddenly at loose ends in the 2012 race. For former Pawlenty staffers, another candidate is the alternative to stay in the game. And Pawlenty's competitors didn't want to miss their chance.
DECORAH, Iowa (CNN) – President Barack Obama slammed partisan politics and called on lawmakers to prioritize economic growth Monday, the first day of his three-day Midwestern tour.
The president spoke in the afternoon at a town hall meeting in Decorah, Iowa.
(CNN) - One day after dropping out of the race for the White House, Tim Pawlenty said he and his family are thinking about the next step.
"We will be taking time to prayerfully consider what is next," the former Minnesota governor said in an email to supporters Monday.
(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton was paying attention Saturday when Texas Gov. Rick Perry formally launched his presidential campaign
"I got tickled. I watched Governor Perry announce…for president," Clinton said Monday. "He's a good-looking rascal."
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry dismissed comparisons between himself and former president George W. Bush on Monday, calling them "inevitable" but unfair.
"I am Rick Perry and he is George Bush," Perry declared as he marched through the Iowa State Fair, surrounded by reporters. "And our records are quite different."
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Texas governor Rick Perry blew a kiss to Mitt Romney on Monday, kissing off criticism from the former Massachusetts governor and saying, "Give him my love."
The newly-minted Republican presidential candidate was responding to criticism from Romney during a visit to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. In New Hampshire earlier Monday, Romney said he is the only contender in the GOP presidential race with extensive experience in both business and government.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry devours a pork chop at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines while stumping for the 2012 GOP nomination for president.
Decorah, Iowa (CNN) – This is really rural northeast Iowa. And I love it.
What a pleasure to get out of Washington for a few days. I can identify with President Obama and the Republican presidential candidates who are all working the crowds here in the Midwest. The people are very friendly and seem so happy to see us; the weather is fabulous; and the corn fields are majestic.
(CNN) - If third place finisher Tim Pawlenty is out, why are Rick Santorum and Herman Cain, the fourth and fifth place finishers at the GOP presidential straw poll Saturday in Ames, Iowa still in the race for the White House?
One answer: Size matters.
Litchfield, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney said Monday his experience in business would help propel him over his opponents for the GOP presidential nomination, including the man who threatens to be his biggest rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Facing reporters' questions, the former Massachusetts governor and private businessman took a dig at Perry, who drove media coverage this weekend with his splashy entrance into the presidential race, and most of the rest of the field of Republican White House hopefuls.