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At its conference in Florida, the conservative Club for Growth today hears from Gilmore (in the late morning), Brownback (in the afternoon), and Gingrich (tonight). Giuliani speaks to the group tomorrow at lunch. And as we mentioned above, McCain heads to Iraq at the end of this week.

Not a good clip day for Giuliani… First, there's his vow -- to be broadcast in his interview tonight with Barbara Walters -- that he will allow his wife to sit in on Cabinet meetings if he's elected president.

Second, there's the New York Times report on Giuliani's grand jury testimony from a Bernie Kerik investigation from last year. Apparently, Giuliani may have known about Kerik's questionable background before promoting him.

And third, the AP does its not-everyone-in-New-York-thinks-Giuliani-was-a-hero-on-9/11 story. He's dogged by a small group of New Yorkers who aren't happy with him on 9/11-related issues.

You know a candidate is nervous about the upcoming 1st quarter fundraising report when he starts touting his ability to run a "low-budget" campaign -- just two days before the fundraising deadline. Brownback did just that in South Carolina yesterday.

Steve Forbes backs up his endorsement of Giuliani earlier this week with an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

Here's a fun fact on Fred Thompson that a source passes on to us today: He was one of the 10 Republicans to vote not guilty on at least one of the charges in the Clinton impeachment. He voted not guilty on the perjury charge but guilty on the obstruction of justice charge. What will base conservatives think of that?

And Richard Nixon's son-in-law, Ed Cox, will head up McCain's campaign in New York. (A source tells us this is a slap at Giuliani, since he and Cox were law partners before Giuliani became New York mayor.)