Washington (CNN) - Mike Huckabee on Monday defended Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour from recent criticism that he has been insensitive to issues of race and civil rights.
The former Arkansas governor said Barbour, another southerner who is strongly considering a 2012 presidential bid, is "a person of impeccable integrity when it comes to issues of race."
Washington (CNN) - Former Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle is getting a fresh round of publicity as she tours the country promoting "The Genesis Code," a Christian film that explores the tension between science and faith.
Angle's travels have taken her to three of the four early presidential caucus and primary states - Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina - something Angle says is by design.
Washington (CNN) - Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon said Thursday he sees little chance that his state will move its 2012 presidential primary date to later in the year to comply with rules approved by the two national political parties.
"I think we belong at the beginning of the national conversation about who the next president is, and so I favor keeping it early," Cannon told CNN during a visit to Washington. "I am aware of the risks, and people say it should be moved later, but I definitely favor keeping it early rather than moving it back like the parties are asking."
Washington (CNN) - Rick Santorum's political travels will take him back to the first-in-the-south primary state of South Carolina next week as he prepares for a likely presidential bid.
The former Pennsylvania Senator will travel to Republican-heavy Greenville and Spartanburg next Monday for two days of glad-handing with party activists and a meeting at the home of South Carolina Republican Party Chairwoman Karen Floyd, a Santorum adviser told CNN.
Washington (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie traveled to the nation's capital Wednesday with a message for Democrats and Republicans alike: the country is "teetering on the edge of disaster" unless the government's looming fiscal problems are confronted head-on.
"It's put up or shut up time," Christie declared in a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in downtown Washington.
Washington (CNN) - No matter many times he denies having his sights on the White House in 2012, presidential buzz seems to follow New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wherever he goes.
His latest foray onto the national stage comes Wednesday, when Christie will deliver a high-profile speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute titled "It's Time to Do the Big Things" - a plea to other political leaders to confront the country's fiscal problems head-on, much like has done in the Garden State.
Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has added another event to her upcoming South Carolina trip as she explores the possibility of running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
The outspoken conservative will headline a low-dollar fundraiser for the York County Republican Party in Rock Hill on Friday evening, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by CNN.
Washington (CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said Tuesday he plans to talk with President Obama in the next day or two about a possible Senate bid in Virginia.
Kaine told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he is "flattered" by speculation that he might run for the Senate seat, which will be open in 2012 following Sen. Jim Webb's announcement last week that he will retire after just one term.
Washington (CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will make two appearances in Kentucky this week as he continues to enhance his national profile ahead of a possible 2012 presidential bid.
Barbour will visit Lexington on Thursday to address the Kentucky Coal Association, an alliance of Kentucky coal producers that has often sparred with environmental groups.
Washington (CNN) - Already coming under fire for his lobbyist past as he ramps up for a 2012 presidential bid, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is denying that he once urged Congress and the Bush administration to pass legislation providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Or, as a good many Republican primary voters like to call it, "amnesty."