(CNN) - George Pataki heads to Iowa Saturday to speak at a major GOP gathering, amid word that the former New York governor is getting serious about making a run for the Republican presidential nomination.
A Polk County, Iowa Republican official tells CNN that Pataki will speak Saturday at the group's GOP picnic, which will be held at the Iowa State fairgrounds in Des Moines. The official also says that he was told by Pataki's office that the former three-term governor “would have something to say” about a presidential bid. An aide close to Pataki confirms the former governor will attend the event.
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will unveil a jobs plan in September, the former Massachusetts Gov. announced Monday.
The September 6 event in Nevada coincides with an expected speech from the president after Labor Day, where administration officials have said he will map out his plan to improve the economy.
(CNN) – Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah will not launch a primary challenge against Sen. Orrin Hatch next year, he announced Monday.
The two-term congressman who represents Utah's 3rd Congressional district enjoys strong support from many tea party activists and other grassroots conservatives. Hatch, who is running next year for a seventh term in the Senate, is facing opposition from some in the tea party movement, including FreedomWorks, a major DC-based conservative grassroots organization that is actively working to find a candidate to take on Hatch in next year's primary.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama is closely matched in hypothetical head-to-heads with 2012 Republican presidential candidates, according to a poll released Monday.
The Gallup survey showed Obama within the sampling error among registered voters when pitted against Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann.
(CNN) - Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida will run for re-election to the House in 2012, closing the door on a Senate bid, the tea party favorite announced in a statement Monday.
West said he considered launching a primary bid for the Republican Senate nomination to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in the next election, but ultimately decided he would be most effective as a member of the House.
(CNN) – Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin announced Monday that he will not run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.
Ryan said he appreciates the support of those who encouraged him to launch a bid for the White House, but that he will continue to serve in Congress.
UPDATE: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also accepted an invitation to participate in the forum.
(CNN) - Four presidential candidates have accepted invitations to participate in a Labor Day forum in South Carolina being organized by Sen. Jim DeMint, a conservative kingmaker who has yet to pick a horse in the 2012 race.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and businessman Herman Cain have agreed to take part in the Palmetto Freedom Forum, to be held on Sept. 5 at a convention center in downtown Columbia.
Washington (CNN) - Roughly six months after President Barack Obama called on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down from power, it appears change has come to Tripoli. Four decades of iron-fisted rule are coming to an end.
So does this make you more or less likely to vote for Obama next year?
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Monday that the regime of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya "is coming to an end" and he pledged U.S. support for a democratic Libya.
In a statement to reporters from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Obama said the situation remains fluid on the ground in Libya, but that it was clear that "Gadhafi's rule is over."
(CNN) - The situation in Libya "is still very fluid," U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday.
"There remains a degree of uncertainty and there are still regime elements who pose a threat," he said in taped remarks. "But this much is clear. The Gadhafi regime is coming to an end and the future of Libya is in the hands of its people."