This morning on “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien,” is live at 7am Eastern. This morning, Soledad will talk with our panelists Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Naftali Bendavid with the “Wall Street Journal” and Abby Livingston, daughter of former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman. Top stories today include:

* Mitt Romney’s momentum seems to be picking up steam as he heads into Super Tuesday, and over the weekend he picked up the endorsement of House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). Soledad will ask Cantor about his endorsement live at 7amET.

* We’ll preview President Obama’s meeting with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with Iran being front and center in that discussion.

* Our guests will also address if Rush Limbaugh’s apology for criticizing Sandra Fluke and calling her a “slut” is enough.

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[Updated 8:40 a.m.] Newt Gingrich says doesn’t think there will be a brokered convention…predicts a candidate will break out from the pack around May.

[Updated 8:36 a.m.] Newt Gingrich: “I represent much larger change…willingness to take on the system.” He adds: “I have a tradition of being very clear where I stand.”

[Updated 8:36 a.m.] GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says “I’m pretty comfortable betting on Georgia” for a Super Tuesday win.

[Updated 8:09 a.m.] Sen. John McCain on the Russian elections, says “Putin’s days are numbered.”

[Updated 8:05 a.m.] Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Iran: “I’d like the President to say ‘here are the red lines.’ If Iranians cross those red lines, action will be taken.” “If there was a country in our hemisphere dedicated to our destruction, i don’t think we’d rely on another country for our security.”

[Updated 7:38 a.m.] Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), Newt Gingrich supporter, says Gingrich doesn’t just talk the talk, he has walked the walk. “He’s my man.”

[Updated 7:20 a.m.] Louisiana shrimper Dean Blanchard responds to BP’s $7.8 billion settlement, says he thinks he lost about $18 million since it happened. “Everything has a beginning and end, for some reason no one can tell me where the end is.”

[Updated 7:10 a.m.] Rep. Cantor on Iran: “What I’m concerned about is [President Obama’s] commitment to follow through” in not letting Iran get a nuclear weapon. “Where is the American injection of influence to address these situations?” “Are you going to accept Iran’s capability or wait till it has the weapon?”

[Updated 7:01 a.m.] Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) says he endorsed Mitt Romney because he’s the only candidate who has a pro-growth economic plan.

[Updated 7:00 a.m.] First song change up: Soledad was more in the mood for “Back in Black” by AC/DC. Let’s get this Monday before Super Tuesday started right!