On the trail: McCain takes his announcement tour to Iowa; Romney makes remarks at a Lincoln Day dinner in Michigan; Giuliani addresses the conservative Civitas Institute in Raleigh, NC; and Huckabee is in Iowa.
HUCKABEE: The AP writes that his son, David, "was arrested at an Arkansas airport Thursday after a federal X-ray technician detected a loaded Glock pistol in his carry-on luggage... Huckabee, 26, later pleaded guilty in Little Rock District Court after being charged with a misdemeanor count of possessing a weapon in a prohibited place. 'It was a silly mistake,' Huckabee told reporters as he left the Pulaski County Jail. When asked whether it would affect his father's presidential campaign, Huckabee responded, 'It shouldn't.'"
MCCAIN: Covering the senator's stop in South Carolina yesterday, the Arizona Republic notes that "McCain's outspoken support for the controversial Iraq war doesn't seem to be hurting him in this Red State, the second stop on his formal presidential announcement tour. South Carolina voters want to debate the consequences of a U.S. defeat in Iraq, a serious topic for McCain, said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a top McCain ally here."
The Washington Post reminds us, however, that South Carolina was the scene of McCain's undoing in 2000. In the days and weeks after that vote, McCain was angry, lashing out at the Bush team. But seven years later, as he woos former Bush supporters here, he allows not a hint of the animosity he once exuded. 'The state has really been growing, particularly along the coast. There's a whole new set of voters out there,' he said to reporters after a rally…, explaining his strategy for victory here. 'We're building a strong political base along the lines that President Bush was able to do in 2000.'"