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Posted at 6:05 PM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Afternoon Fix: Sam Graves won't run for MO-Senate, McCain won't endorse in 2012

By Chris Cillizza

Missouri Rep. Sam Graves is out of the Show Me State Senate race, John McCain is out of the presidential endorsement business, Jon Huntsman begins his 2012 tryout next week.

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* Missouri Rep. Sam Graves (R) will not run for the Senate. "I believe it is a winnable race for me," Graves said in deciding not to run.

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wants nothing to do with presidential politics. He's not endorsing anyone for 2012. "I think I'm staying out of this for the first time in many years," McCain told Politico.

* Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank is running -- for the House. The longtime congressman will seek reelection in 2012, but he won't challenge Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) as some party leaders had hoped.

* Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) denies that he's supporting former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty for president. Branstad "welcomes all 2012 contenders, and is remaining strictly neutral," his staff said on Twitter.

* Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who Post columnist George Will today argued would be a strong 2012 contender, told a South Carolina tea party that he'd get rid of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. "That court is rogue," he said. "It's a pox on the western part of our country."

* Gearing up for 2012, strategist David Axelrod (who just left the White House to work on Obama's campaign) dismissed the Republican field as "all Fox News personalities," in an interview with... Fox News.


* U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman has set his first public appearance since announcing he would step down from his post, possibly to run for president. He'll be talking about jobs and the economy next Wednesday at an event in D.C. sponsored by The Atlantic and Microsoft.

* Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be the keynote speaker at a banquet celebrating Ronald Reagan's centennial (that's the 100th anniversary of his birth) tomorrow night at the conservative icon's ranch in Santa Barbara, California.

* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's book "No Apology" is now out in paperback, so all you cheapskates, go to it. (The book also has a new subtitle: "Believe in America" takes the place of "The Case for American Greatness."

* The "Live Fix" chat goes down at 11 a.m tomorrow. Bring your questions. We'll (hopefully) have the answers.

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I want my MTV.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 3, 2011; 6:05 PM ET
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