Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty began the day by making the rounds on television and radio programs in his first “official” day on the 2012 presidential campaign trail. He signaled his intentions on Sunday by posting a YouTube video, but made his formal announcement shortly before noon CDT today in Des Moines, Iowa.
“President Obama’s policies have failed. But more than that, he won’t even tell us the truth about what it’s really going to take to get out of the mess we’re in.” Pawlenty started in his remarks.
“President Obama doesn’t have an economic plan,” he went on to say. more >>
President Barack Obama repeated on Sunday his proposal for Israel’s 1967 borders to be the starting point for peace talks between Israel and Palestine.
The 1967 lines refer to Israel's borders before it made territorial gains in the Six-Day War.
After first making the call on Thursday, Obama has been accused of shifting the U.S. away from its pro-Israel stance for “a credible peace process.” more >>
Former Alaska Governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin criticized President Barack Obama's recent Mideast policy speech, saying he's flirting with disaster in not defending Israel.
In an interview with Fox News' Judge Jeanine on Saturday, Palin spoke in support of the Jewish state, saying, “Anyone who studies history, studies the Old Testament, studies geography understands that Israel now is surrounded by enemies at all times.
"It should be now that America takes a stand in defending our friends in Israel." more >>
Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana and a former top aide to President George W. Bush, is the latest big name in the Republican Party to suddenly announce that he won’t run for president in 2012.
Early morning on Sunday, just after midnight, Mitch Daniels sent an e-mail to his supporters saying that he has decided not to seek the Republican nomination for president. The Indiana governor, who since taking office in 2005 has turned the state’s budget from deficit to surplus, said he will not run because of “the interests and wishes of my family.”
“The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate,” said Daniels in the message distributed by the chair of the Indiana Republican Party, Eric Holcomb. more >>
A Southern Baptist media guru is reaffirming his support for Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney and urges evangelicals to consider the person, and not the theology, when deciding their presidential choice.
Mark DeMoss, the founder of evangelical public relations firm The DeMoss Group, made his pick for the GOP nomination public when he accepted a volunteer campaign position for the former Massachusetts governor. DeMoss heralds Romney for his political experience, business acumen and his support for traditional values such as marriage between a man and a woman.
He asserted that these things are more significant than Romney's Mormon faith. more >>
Not all Republicans, let alone Americans, will recognize the names Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain. But among those that do, a surprising number have intensely positive feelings for the two potential GOP presidential nominees, a new Gallup poll shows.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who has yet to officially declare her candidacy, has 58 percent name recognition among Republicans and a 21 positive intensity score. By comparison, former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin has a 96 percent name recognition within her political party, but only a score of 14 for positive intensity.
Palin leads the pack of potential GOP presidential candidates in terms of name recognition, followed by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (84 percent), former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (83 percent), and Texas Congressman Ron Paul (76 percent). more >>