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Afternoon Fix: Santorum first on the air

at 05:45 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Top aides are out at Camp Gingrich, Pawlenty engages the White House, and about the only people who aren’t trying to draft Chris Christie are pro sports teams.

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FIRST ON THE FIX:

Former senator Rick Santorum’s just-launched presidential campaign is the first to go up with paid advertising, launching a radio ad that will run on satellite radio (Fox stations) and on select stations in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The ads, in which Santorum speaks out against government expansion and the national debt, will run for two weeks, but the campaign wouldn’t share the size of the buy.

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* In an impromptu video interview with the New York Post, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) says he still has no plans to resign. Weiner also said he’s now telling the whole truth about his flirtations with various women. “I was completely honest on Monday after I hadn’t been for a while,” Weiner said. He declined to comment about reports that his wife, Huma Abedin, is pregnant.

* Tim Pawlenty is firing back at the White House, which has been critical of his economic plan. White House press secretary Jay Carney and former White House spokesman Bill Burton have both offered stinging criticism of Pawlenty’s stated goal of growing the economy by 5 percent annually. “Obama’s economic team doesn’t have a plan, so their spokespeople attack ours,” Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant said. “The idea that they don’t believe in the American people enough to say that we can grow the economy at 5 percent GDP really says everything.”

* State legislators in South Carolina are the latest to try and draft New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) into the presidential race.

* Donald Trump explains why he didn’t run for president, for what it’s worth.

* Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is still a long way from returning to work, according to chief of staff Pia Carusone.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* The bipartisan “Gang of Five” is reportedly close to a deficit reduction proposal.

* Six in 10 Americans now oppose military action in Libya, according to a CBS News poll.

* Congressional incumbents in California are on pins and needles, as the state’s Citizens Redistricting Commission is set on Friday to release a redistricting proposal that could completely overhaul the map and draw numerous members into the same districts.

* House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) says Republican candidates should take yes-or-no positions on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget. But Cantor’s homestate GOP Senate candidate, former senator George Allen (R), has declined to do so. Does this put pressure on Allen to take a stand?

* The Texas GOP’s redistricting map is moving it’s way through the state House after passing in the state Senate.

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