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GILMORE: He's announcing via webcast from the Iowa Republican Party's headquarters. "Gilmore's official announcement of candidacy will be at 12 noon Thursday at GOP headquarters, 621 East 9th Street in Des Moines."

GIULIANI: The Politico writes, "Rudy Giuliani said if a Democrat is elected president in 2008, America will be at risk of another terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001. But if a Republican is elected, he said -- especially if it is him -- terrorist attacks can be anticipated and stopped."

With a headline that includes the word "Rude-y," the New York Daily News writes up Giuliani's New Hampshire town hall and notes the "in your face" Rudy made an appearance.

Also in New Hampshire yesterday, Giuliani defended his more moderate stances on key social issues at his town hall. The AP's Sidoti characterized him as being on the defensive regarding both his abortion and gun stances.

HUCKABEE: The former Arkansas governor lost a fundraiser yesterday for personal reasons.

MCCAIN: The Arizona senator officially kicks off his presidential bid today from New Hampshire. After that, he travels to South Carolina (on Thursday), Iowa (on Friday), and Nevada and Arizona (on Saturday). Per excerpts of his announcement speech that his campaign released last night, McCain will say: "Today, I announce my candidacy for President of the United States. I do so grateful for the privileges this country has already given me; mindful that I must seek this responsibility for reasons greater than self-interest; and determined to use every lesson I've learned through hard experience and the history I've witnessed, every inspiration I've drawn from the patriots I've known and the faith that guides me to meet the challenges of our time, and strengthen this great and good nation upon whom all mankind depends."

Also: "I'm not the youngest candidate. But I am the most experienced. I know how the military works, what it can do, what it can do better, and what it should not do. I know how Congress works, and how to make it work for the country and not just the re-election of its members. I know how the world works. I know the good and the evil in it. I know how to work with leaders who share our dreams of a freer, safer and more prosperous world, and how to stand up to those who don't. I know how to fight and how to make peace. I know who I am and what I want to do."

The Washington Post curtain-raises his announcement. "John McCain will formally launch his bid for the White House on Wednesday in the state that vaulted him to national prominence eight years ago, and if a candidate from either party needs a fresh start, it is the embattled senator from Arizona… Giuliani has surged past McCain in national polls testing the strength of the Republican field. McCain's fundraising in the first quarter was anemic and his candidacy has been defined almost exclusively by his public advocacy for President Bush's unpopular troop-increase policy in Iraq."

The Wall Street Journal makes this point, however: "For all the talk of his demise, it takes someone to beat someone. And each of Mr. McCain's rivals has vulnerabilities."
F. THOMPSON: CBN's David Brody reports on a new YouTube of Thompson saying, back in 1992, that abortion shouldn't be criminalized.