Off to the races: Clinton to decide on run next year

Hillary Clinton says she’ll decide in 2014 if she’ll run for president. “I haven’t made up my mind. I will look carefully at what I think I can do and make that decision sometime next year,” she told Barbara Walters.

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer was in Iowa last night and took an indirect shot at Hillary Clinton for her vote on Iraq. “I didn’t vote for that war, and I didn’t think it was a good idea,” he said at a Progress Iowa event. “When we were attacked at 9/11 by 17 Saudis and two Egyptians who called themselves Al-Qaeda, who weren’t welcome in Iraq, and George Bush got a bunch of Democrats to go to that war, I was just shaking my head in Montana.”

The Des Moines Register: “After his speech, asked about Clinton’s vote, Schweitzer answered with a grin, ‘Did she vote for it? I didn’t keep track. I think there were 21 Democrats who didn’t vote for it, she might’ve been one of those.’”

“New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie co-opted the lampooned ‘Pajama Boy’ image promoting Obamacare in order to send his own message about volunteering,” Politico notes. “Christie tweeted a parody of the image Wednesday featuring him volunteering in an apron with a dig at the group.”

Rich Lowry mocks the ad campaign, too, calling “Pajama boy” an “insufferable man child,” who might be a “brilliantly successful troll.”

Ted Cruz’s outrage goes to 11. He told FOX: “Unfortunately, the new tone has been nasty partisan politics, taken up, as they say in ‘[This is] Spinal Tap,’ ‘Ours goes to 11.’ And the nasty partisan politics from this administration really does go to 11.” 

Speaking of Cruz, Beth Reinhard looks at Tea Party candidates being shunned by their Senate idols.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) called Vice President Joe Biden “dead meat” in Iowa.

GEORGIA: Sounding like Newt Gingrich… “Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) wants kids to learn early in life that there's no such thing as a free lunch. To make sure they absorb that lesson, he's proposing that low-income children do some manual labor in exchange for their subsidized meals,” The Huffington Post writes. “On Saturday, Kingston, who is vying to be his party's nominee in Georgia's Senate race next year, spoke at a meeting of the Jackson County Republican Party about the federal school lunch program.”

This is on tape: "But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch? Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria -- and yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem, and I understand that it would probably lose you money. But think what we would gain as a society in getting people -- getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch.”

LOUISIANA:National Journal: “When you have a Democrat like Sen. Mary Landrieu on your side, why bother sticking your neck out for her Republican challenger? So goes the mind-set of most big fossil-fuel companies, which are pumping more of their money to Landrieu—one of the industry's biggest supporters—than to her GOP challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy. Republicans, who attract most of this industry's backing and see a road to the Senate majority running through Louisiana, are not happy.”

MASSASCHUSETTS: Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker told The Republican newspaper: "I believe the goal should be to stop using hotels and motels that remove families and kids from home environments, schools, friends and their support systems. … Most people don’t dispute the fact that a hotel/motel is the most expensive option of all.”

PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) has just a 36% approval and trails every potential Democratic opponent, per a Quinnipiac poll. Rep. Allyson Schwartz leads him 45%-37%, but former State Auditor General Jack Wagner leads by the widest margin, 48%-36%. 

VIRGINIA: The Washington Post: “Federal prosecutors told Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell last week that he and his wife would be charged in connection with a gift scandal, but senior Justice Department officials delayed the decision after the McDonnells’ attorneys made a face-to-face appeal in Washington, according to people familiar with the case. Dana J. Boente, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, told the McDonnells’ legal teams that he planned to ask a grand jury to return an indictment no later than this past Monday, people familiar with the conversations said. McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen, would have been charged with working together to illegally promote a struggling dietary-supplement company in exchange for gifts and loans from its chief executive, the people said.” 

WYOMING: “Liz Cheney’s husband has been registered to vote in both Virginia and Wyoming for the past nine months, even though he signed a document in Wyoming saying he was not registered elsewhere,” Politico writes.