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Starting Lineup: Rehberg Running

February 1, 2011
Romney's Blitz: Remember when we were talking just a week ago about how Romney was staying out of the news? No longer. Here's the former Massachusetts governor's Tuesday schedule: "Good Morning America," "The View," Piers Morgan's new CNN show and he'll read David Letterman's Top 10 list in the evening. Ostensibly, the media tour is to tout the paperback release of his book, "No Apologies," which features a new introduction in which Romney sharply criticizes Pres. Obama. The Starting Five 1. Obama didn't get a post State of the Union approval rating bump (few presidents do), but his number stayed at 50 percent through last week, per Gallup. 2. Advisers to Jon Huntsman, who sent a letter to the White House announcing his resignation as ambassador to China, make their case that there is a path to victory for Huntsman in the GOP primary. 3. It's nice to be the frontrunner. Mississippi Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant ended finished 2010 with more than $2 million in his gubernatorial campaign coffers. That's far more than any of his potential rivals in the 2011 race. 4. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) reported $2.5 million for the end of 2010, far more than potential primary challenger Rep. Jason Chaffetz's $140,000. Hatch is also beginning to staff up his campaign team. 5. Speaking of fundraising, check out this startling statistic: Republican Meg Whitman spent $178.5 million on her unsuccessful 2010 gubernatorial campaign, including $144 million of her own money. That's a record that isn't going anywhere, folks. Unless, of course, she runs for the Senate. Jessica Taylor contributed to this post.
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