(TIME) – 0 minutes. Presidential debates come and go. But tonight’s GOP debate, the fourth in a series too numerous to bear, is a special treat. “We are all gathered under the wings of Air Force One,” says NBC’s Brian Williams, referring to the great phallus of American presidential might that sits in the hangar at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. No setting could be more appropriate. The camera soaks it in all 153-feet of Reagan’s retired plane.FULL STORY
(TIME) - Last weekend, Rick Perry privately met some 300 conservative evangelical leaders at long-time supporter Jim Leininger’s home near Fredricksburg, Texas. And on Monday afternoon, reported-attendee and evangelical leader Rick Scarborough told TIME he is endorsing Perry: “I was holding judgment,” says Scarborough, who in 1998 founded the group Vision America to mobilize pastors and their congregations to vote on social issues, “but the more I’ve studied and listened, the more I have liked what I have heard.”FULL STORY
(CNN) - As the Republican presidential field begins to take shape, our partners at TIME want you to predict which candidates will make the cut.
TIME has placed a tournament bracket on the cover of its latest issue to go along with Joe Klein's latest piece in which he predicts an NCAA basketball tournament-style nominating process this primary season.
It was after 8 p.m. at the public library in the quiet town of Adel, Iowa, and staffers were folding up the metal chairs. Tim Pawlenty's question-and-answer session had wrapped up some 30 minutes earlier, but a handful of voters were still here, and therefore so was Pawlenty, tall and lean in his dark suit, staying as always until no one was left to talk with him. When the polls show you in the low single digits, you make time for everyone.
Presently, one middle-aged man in a blazer was telling Pawlenty why Republicans need a tough-talking presidential candidate like Donald Trump. "We need to be bold," he implored. Conservatives were going to be attacked in 2012, and they had to be willing to fight back hard. Was Pawlenty up to it?
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(TIME)-First on The Page: An e-mail from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee seems to lean the potential presidential candidate more in the "yes" direction.
The e-mail to his inner circle states:
Tomorrow night (Saturday) I will announce the next step in my plans for 2012 during my show on the Fox News Channel. I would like to be able to call you or email you personally and in advance of the announcement, but due to the fact that the decision was not finalized until today and that I committed to Fox that I will absolutely not release it prior to doing so on the channel, that became impractical.
(TIME) - Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman has just proved he can keep 1,100 graduating college kids awake for 17 minutes – and even led them in a popular local cheer about kicking ass. But Obama's lean, understated former ambassador to China is really here to prove he can mount a credible campaign against the man he was working for a week prior. In a brightly lit cinder-block room inside the sports arena where the University of South Carolina has held its commencement, the former Utah governor jokes that the stark setting of our interview – his first since returning to the U.S. – suggests he might be in for some "enhanced interrogation."FULL STORY
(TIME)-On Feb. 11, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, his wife and three aides flew in a luxury jet to Washington for a weekend of politicking, including an appearance on Fox News Sunday and a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference. "Our problem is not that we tax too little," Barbour told the gathering. "It's that we spend too much."
The potential presidential contender may have another problem: Mississippi taxpayers paid the tab for Barbour's first-class travel. State documents obtained by TIME show that Mississippi shelled out $7,020 to shuttle Barbour and his entourage to and from D.C. on its Cessna Citation, a cost that Barbour says is justified by state work he did in D.C. over the same weekend.FULL STORY
Time reports that Mark Salter, a senior campaign adviser for former presidential candidate John McCain, is the author of the anonymous political novel “O.” The mysterious soon-to-be-released fictitious account of President Barack Obama's upcoming campaign for re-election has left politicos scraping to figure out the identity of the well-informed author.
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(CNN) - Our colleague TIME columnist Joe Klein has been watching Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and has some thoughts on whether she should move over to the Defense Department.
On our sister blog "Swampland," Klein writes that he was 14 years-old when he watched JFK's inauguration on a black-and-white television.
(CNN) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year, according to the magazine’s managing editor Rick Stengel.