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Posted at 5:28 PM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Afternoon Fix: Buddy Roemer exploring presidential bid

By Chris Cillizza

There's another presidential candidate in the field, Tim Kaine is likely making his Senate decision next week, yet another Republican is taking shots at 'Romneycare' and some Wisconsin legislators want to ban prank phone calls.

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* Fox News has suspended contributors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for the next two months as they both explore presidential bids, Bret Baier announced today. Their contracts will be terminated on May 1 unless they notify the network by then that they are not running for president.

* Yet another Republican is criticizing 'Romneycare' - this time it's Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), chairman of the House Budget Committee. "It's not that dissimilar to ObamaCare," he said at a breakfast this morning. "And you probably know I'm not a big fan of ObamaCare."

* Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon (R) appears to be getting cold feet about a campaign against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) next year. He told Politico he was wondering whether coming to Washington would "be a waste of my talents." That tracks with what Gov. Pete Shumlin (D) told the Fix last week.

* In the wake of a high-profile prank phone call from an alt-weekly blogger to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, two Republican legislators in the state are trying to outlaw the use of phony caller ID services. They deny that the proposal has anything to do with Walker's 20-minute phone conversation with a liberal writer pretending to be David Koch.

*A video crew has been following U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman around China for a documentary about the potential presidential candidate, Reuters reports. Huntsman and the embassy declined to confirm or comment about the video crew.

* Former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.) has joined Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz PC (got that?), a Washington law firm focused on agriculture policy and the Food and Drug Administration. In Congress, Herseth Sandlin served on the House committees on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Veterans' Affairs. Democratic campaign officials have said they would love to have her run for her old seat in 2012.


* Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine will likely announce his Senate plans next week - he's on vacation through Monday. Sources say Kaine is using the down time to decide whether he should run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.).

* Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer (R) will announce Thursday he will explore a bid for president, according to National Journal. Earlier this year, Roemer said he was considering a 2012 campaign. Originally a Democrat, Roemer became a Republican in 1991 and went on to lose the gubernatorial primary to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

* Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) is speaking at a breakfast in Indianapolis on March 14, along with former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. The event is part of the "Lugar Series," an annual breakfast that began as a "Businesswomen for Lugar" fundraiser in 1988 and evolved into a group that works to increase the number of Republican women in elected office.

* Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will headline the Iowa GOP's Night of the Rising Stars, being held on April 2 at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. "Sen. Paul is going Iowa to do two things: Talk about his book, "The Tea Party Goes to Washington," and then to help talk about what the Tea Party is looking for in 2012," a Paul spokesman told Roll Call. "He is hoping to start a conversation, and is not running for anything."

* Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) will be a resident fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. the week of March 28. Fellows traditionally meet with students, lead discussion groups on current issues and their experiences in public service, and participate in public policy classes. He will also deliver a lecture on March 31.


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By Chris Cillizza  | March 2, 2011; 5:28 PM ET
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