(CNN) – President Obama will take the spotlight in Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, but it was Republicans who went on the offensive this weekend.
Former presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney appear to be taking the nation’s temperature. 2016 may seem like a long way away, but possible presidential candidates are already dipping their toes in the water.
2008 candidate Mike Huckabee is promoting a new book and weighing in on the culture wars. Sunday on ABC’s This Week, he criticized President Obama for letting the Obama children listen to Beyonce.
“That some of the lyrics, he won’t listen to some of the lyrics with his daughters because it embarrasses him. Well, here’s my point, if it embarrasses you, then why would you possibly think it’s wholesome for your children to put it into their heads.”
2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney spoke at a GOP event over the weekend. He said he believes his party can control Congress and the White House next time around.
“I’m giving some serious consideration to the future, but this I know, we can win in 2016 as a party.”
Congressman Jason Chaffetz says Romney already stands out among other potential candidates.
“You’ve got to have somebody who can raise the $1 billion that it’s going to take in order to beat Hillary Clinton. Certainly Mitt Romney can do that, as well.”
Hillary Clinton, of course, hasn’t yet said if she’ll seek the Democratic nomination, but the former Secretary of State stayed in the spotlight during November’s elections, making campaign stops for several candidates.
Other Democratic possibilities include Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.
All this presidential talk is happening amid the backdrop of Tuesday’s State of the Union.
President Obama is set to square off against a Republican-controlled Congress for the first time in his presidency.