Tracking the GOP race to 2012

Sarah Palin defended her plans to speak at the Tea Party convention in an op-ed in USA Today; Mitt Romney will raise money for possible White House contender John Thune on Feb. 19; Romney says his PAC supporters are "still basking" in the glow of Scott Brown's victory; Rick Santorum says President Obama's claims of not being an ideologue remind him of President Nixon saying "I am not a crook"; Mike Huckabee fondly recalled a campaign stop in Cedar Lake, Iowa...but the town is called Clear Lake; and Haley Barbour delivered a pep talk to the Illinois GOP at a breakfast.

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