Afternoon Fix: Gingrich and Huntsman to debate
By Chris Cillizza,
Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman will debate, Cain is meeting with top supporters tomorrow, Lisa Murkowski is backing Romney and Jon Corzine has been subpoenaed.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was serious about those Lincoln-Douglas-style debates. Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman will participate in one of the long, free-form forums with Gingrich in New Hampshire this month. In announcing the event, the Huntsman campaign also disdainfully declined to participate in the Dec. 27 Donald Trump/Newsmax debate. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney rejected the Gingrich debate.
* Some Herman Cain analysis from none other than former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford on Fox News today of the Godfather’s Pizza CEO: “I would expect to see he's probably going to call it quits on the campaign ... if you can't vindicate yourself very very quickly, all those fundraising sources and all those support sources dry up.”
* Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum tried to knock Gingrich down a peg or two today, telling reporters that while “Newt is ... portraying confidence right now ... humility is an important thing in a president, and having the understanding of how this is a process that is a long way from over.” Santorum is also fundraising off of some positive words from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
The House Agriculture Committee unanimously voted today to subpoena former MF Global Holdings Ltd. CEO Jon Corzine . The one-time New Jersey governor and senator will testify next week about customer funds that went missing at MF Global. He resigned from the firm in November as it went bankrupt.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Cain is meeting with top supporters and donors in Atlanta tomorrow and is expected to make an announcement concerning the future of his presidential campaign at a subsequent press conference. Even as rumors swirl that his campaign is ending and a report says his marriage is strained, Cain’s wife Gloria was named the head of the new “Women for Cain” effort to highlight female supporters.
* Another endorsement for Romney: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) says he “has had the lifelong experiences needed to turn around our economy.” Murkowski likely won’t help win over many conservatives — she faced her own primary battle with the right in 2010 and has tacked towards the center ever since.
* Former Ohio state Rep. Joyce Beatty will run for the state’s new 3rd district. A hotly-contested Democratic primary is expected for the solid blue, Columbus-area seat. Former Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy is already in the race.
* According to Politico, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) will endorse Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-Ariz.) for Senate in New Mexico next week. Not a big surprise, but a good show of Hispanic support for Heinrich in his primary fight with state Auditor Hector Balderas.
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