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2012 Race continues!

Newt Gingrich
Sean was joined by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to get an update on his campaign for the 2012 GOP Presidential nominee. "It's appalling some of the policies this administration has put out there and you can add your voice to the tens of thousands who're speaking out against the Obama administration by visiting, "began Hannity before pressing Speaker Gingrich on his thoughts about Governor Mitt Romney, "You've said this is coming down to a Romney versus non-Romney contest but why do you think he's having so much trouble with the conservative base." "I like Mitt and I think he's a very good manager," praised Gingrich, "If the country wanted a manger who would run Washington better he would be a challenging candidate but the country wants someone who will fundamentally change Washington as I have in the past." "You've been very careful not to be critical of your opponents," questioned Hannity, "You've decided to, along with Herman Cain, have a series of dialogues which starts this weekend, right?" "That's right," explained Gingrich, "If you're turning in to watch two people fight, that's not going to happen, but what we're going to do is tell you what we're talking about and if this works well I'd like to have this dialogue on your show." The good news for Speaker Gingrich is that, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports, he's found a solid footing in third place right now and is gaining rapidly in the polls. To read the latest report, click here .

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
Congresswoman Bachmann called Sean from the Iowa State Dinner, the largest fundraiser in the state, to give an update on her campaign. "You did very well in the straw poll there," congratulated Hannity, "How important is Iowa to you?" "It's very important," conceded Bachmann, "Remember Iowa was the state that launched Barack Obama and it'll be the state that launches a Republican nominee." Sean spent time in Iowa yesterday spending some time with Governor Rick Perry to get his thoughts on the campaign as well. To see that interview, click here.

Perino vs. Beckel & Beckel
Dana Perino, Bob Beckel and Graham Beckel stopped by to give their thoughts on the 2012 battles. "I think we would all agree that Herman Cain didn't come out of the box strong on the issue of his sexual harassment charges," asked Hannity, "where do you guys stand on this." Perino jumped first saying, "Where there's smoke there is usually fire but if there's no truth to this story than Cain will have an even stronger footing here." Bob Beckel offered, "Why do we even care about this, I just think it's a distraction and it should just go away." Bob's brother Graham disagreed saying, "It's so easy to lay these attacks on somebody but let's realize that the Cain camp new this story was days in advance and they didn't seem prepared to handle it."

Show Guests

Bob Beckel

Bob Beckel is an American political commentator and an analyst on the Fox News Channel. He is also a columnist for USA Today. Beckel was the campaign manager for Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign. He became known as the man who wrapped the Wendy's slogan "Where's the Beef?" around Mondale's opponent Gary Hart so effectively. While Beckel was still in college, he worked for Robert F. Kennedy's presidential campaign in 1968. Early in his career, Beckel joined the U.S. Department of State and became the youngest Deputy Assistant secretary of state for the Carter administration. He was co-host of Crossfire Sunday on CNN alongside Tony Snow and later Lynne Cheney and went on to Fox News Channel as a political analyst and commentator, regularly appearing on such shows as Hannity & Colmes, Hannity, and America's Newsroom.

Newt Gingrich

Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson ; June 17, 1943) is an American politician who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority. During his tenure as Speaker, he represented the public face of the Republican opposition to Bill Clinton . A college history professor, political leader, and author, Gingrich twice ran unsuccessfully for the House before winning a seat in the election of November 1978. He was re-elected 10 times, and his activism as a member of the House's Republican minority eventually enabled him to succeed Dick Cheney as House Minority Whip in 1989. As a co-author of the 1994 Contract with America , Gingrich was in the forefront of the Republican Party's dramatic success in that... More >

Michele Bachmann

Michele Marie Amble Bachmann (born April 6, 1956) is the United States Representative of Minnesota's 6th congressional district and member of the Republican Party . She is the third woman and first Republican woman to represent Minnesota in Congress. She defeated her Democratic challenger, Elwyn Tinklenberg , in the 2008 election in a race that had gained national attention following her controversial televised call for the media to investigate members of Congress for perceived anti-American bias, including Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama . The 6th congressional district includes the northern far suburbs of the Twin Cities along with St. Cloud . She won 50 percent of the votes in the 2006 election , defeating Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate Patty Wetterling and the Independence Party 's John Binkowski . Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2001 to 2007.