Most of New Hampshire's GOP faithful have heard of Rep. Michele Bachmann, but last weekend was the first time they got a chance at an up close look. And most said they liked what they saw.
Reporter Mark Zdechlik is in New Hampshire following two potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates -- former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
While he's not climbing much in public opinion polls, a lot of Washington insiders consider Tim Pawlenty a top contender for next year's GOP nomination. Part of the reason for that may be the team he's been quietly assembling to help him run for president.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be back to Iowa Monday for what's called a "presidential forum" sponsored by a group called the "Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition."
More than 600 gang members have been arrested in the last three months in what Immigration and Customs Enforcement calls its biggest gang roundup since 2005. Two of those arrests were in the Twin Cities.
A lot of possible GOP presidential contenders are acting like candidates, including former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, but so far no high profile Republicans have announced they're running. Some analysts say the party is having an unusually difficult time getting behind a candidate.
Congress faces a deadline next Friday for sending President Barack Obama legislation to keep the government running.
Minnesotans have had some time to think about Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal, which would rely in part on higher taxes for the state's wealthiest residents to erase a projected $6.2 billion budget deficit.
Given the size of the budget shortfall, however, any solution to the deficit is likely to painful. And economists say the available options --cutting spending or raising taxes - likely will cost jobs, not create them.
The Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, wraps up Saturday in Washington with the release of a presidential preference straw poll Saturday afternoon.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says
bullies and world leaders respect strength, not weakness, and
President Barack Obama needs to stop apologizing to the nation's
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., kicked off the Conservative Political Action Conference with a fiery speech Thursday morning that was heavy on criticism of President Obama and congressional Democrats. She urged conservatives to work together to defeat Obama in 2012.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is expected to formally launch a presidential campaign in the next few months, has long made the case that a White House bid could be challenging because he lacks the fame and money of other presidential hopefuls.
Ted Mondale is making his state Capitol
debut as Gov. Mark Dayton's point man on the push for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be back in New Hampshire and Iowa this week as part of his month-long tour to promote his book.