(CNN) – As the presidential waiting game continues, potential 2012 GOP candidates are off on various travels this week, mostly in presidential contest states.
– Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: Goose Lake, Iowa: GOP dinner
– Santorum: Dubuque, Iowa: Town hall meeting
– Santorum: Dyersville, Iowa: Meeting with conservative activists
– Santorum: Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Address at the Chairman’s Series Dinner
Washington (CNN) – Mike Huckabee is coming to the defense of potential GOP-presidential rival Donald Trump following criticism of the billionaire's stances on taxes and spending by the conservative Club for Growth.
Washington (CNN) - Potential 2012 presidential candidate Haley Barbour isn't putting much stock in Donald Trump's recent surging poll numbers.
"I wouldn't read too much into that in all candor," Barbour told Chris Ryan on WKXL Radio Tuesday. "For some voters it may have just been that pure and simple, I've heard of Donald Trump, nobody else I've heard of I want to be for. So I'll just park my vote for this little poll with Donald Trump."
Washington (CNN) – Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee advised Republicans in Congress to strike a budget deal, warning a government shutdown will hurt the GOP politically.
"Don't let the government shutdown because the consequences of that are going to hurt the Republicans, not the Democrats and the Republicans can't win this battle when it gets down to it," Huckabee said Friday on the Fox Business Network. "I think it's important that the Republicans don't jeopardize all of their chances for both the White House, Senate and the House elections in 2012 by arguing over what amounts to less than a penny."
Washington (CNN) - One of the strategists who engineered Mike Huckabee's victory in the 2008 Iowa caucuses is going to work for another Republican, one more indicator that the former Arkansas governor isn't eying a repeat presidential bid in 2012.
Huckabee's Iowa political director in 2008, Wes Enos, has signed on as a consultant with Michele Bachmann's political action committee as the Minnesota congresswoman and Tea Party hero mulls a bid for the Republican presidential nomination. An adviser to Bachmann confirmed the hire.
Washington (CNN) - Mike Huckabee won a 2012 presidential straw poll conducted in a key South Carolina county Saturday.
The informal vote was the first of many upcoming straw polls taking place this month at grassroots GOP gatherings across South Carolina, one of the four crucial early voting states in the presidential nominating process.
(CNN)-Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would go toe-to-toe with President Obama if he sought the presidency in 2012, according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University survey. Among registered voters nationwide, 46 percent said they'd vote for Huckabee and the same number would re-elect the president.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is also considering another presidential run, only trailed the president by one percentage point. Voters favored the president 44 to 43 percent over Romney, who wrote a Wednesday op-ed attacking Obama's treatment of unemployment and job creation in USA Today.
Washington (CNN) – Several potential Republican candidates emphasized various themes important to social conservatives – a key constituency in Iowa - during speeches there at a conference of several hundred pastors.
On Thursday night, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee told the Rediscover God in America event, held in West Des Moines, that the country is in a battle pitting good against evil.
(CNN) - Potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will soon hit the best-seller list.
The former Arkansas governor's new book, "A Simple Government," will debut in the number two spot on the Hardcover Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous Best-Seller List to be published March 20th, according to the Times.
(CNN) - Mike Huckabee is explaining comments he made earlier this week criticizing Oscar winner Natalie Portman for being pregnant and unmarried.
"In a recent media interview about my new book, A Simple Government, I discussed the first chapter, 'The Most Important Form of Government Is a Father, Mother, and Children,'" Huckabee said in a statement obtained by CNN. "I was asked about Oscar-winner Natalie Portman's out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar trophy and I am glad she will marry her baby's father. However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not "slam" or "attack" Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country."