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Oh-eight (R): Guy rips Fred

GIULIANI: The New York Times picks up on the attacks Giuliani is receiving from Romney and Thompson over guns and immigration, and it notes they are coming via references to "New York City."

Meanwhile, Giuliani supporter Guy Molinari decided to rip Thompson for the gun attack. "Giuliani's adviser called Thompson out of bounds for penning a column on his blog blasting New York City's gun-control laws under Giuliani and his successor, Mayor Bloomberg. 'He's not just attacking Rudy. He's attacking every resident of New York City,' Molinari charged."

Giuliani again said, "I will end illegal immigration," which won him "his loudest applause of the evening," the New York Daily News writes. Giuliani added, "And one of the strict requirements of citizenship should be that you have to read English, write English and understand English."

USA Today looks at Giuliani's attempts to ramp up his operation in New Hampshire under the header: "Giuliani out to win a state 'made for him.'"

The Los Angeles Times begins what appears to be a profile series of sorts -- either specifically on Giuliani or on the 2008 candidates in general. This Giuliani profile focuses on Giuliani's days as a Justice Department aide in the Reagan Administration. "Years before he would become the swaggering, crime-busting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, before he would serve two terms as mayor and help lead New York through its darkest day, Giuliani already was demonstrating a florid sense of self, a high degree of self-confidence and a daring to pull the levers of bureaucratic power."

By the way, Andrew Giuliani is a REALLY good golfer. He just might have a chance to go pro.

HUCKABEE: At a media avail in South Carolina yesterday, Huckabee said, per NBC's Lauren Appelbaum, "We've certainly exceeded all of the expectations we've had everywhere we've been since the Iowa straw poll. People are realizing the campaign is alive. It has momentum. We've separated from the pack. And that's evident not only by the crowds that are coming, but also by hits to the website, by people who are scheduling fundraising events, by the fact that people are giving money to the campaign that have been sort of sitting back and waiting until now."

The Boston Globe has kind words for Huckabee on his attention to arts and music education. "Regardless of how the Republican presidential contest plays out, Huckabee is right to bring attention to art and music. The right side of the brain is a terrible thing to waste."

ROMNEY: The Washington Post: "Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said this week that as president he would allow individual states to keep abortion legal, two weeks after telling a national television audience that he supports a constitutional amendment to ban the procedure nationwide… The two very different statements reflect the challenge for Romney, who has reinvented himself as a champion of the antiabortion movement in recent years and is seeking to become the conservative alternative to former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination."

A day before Romney gives a major health-care policy speech, the Boston Globe writes in a staff editorial that he has "health care amnesia." "As he campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination, Romney makes the law seem like a triumph of free-market economics… There was a little bit of that in the final law, but what really makes it work is a system of government subsidies and regulation." The paper adds: "The state intervened to tame the cruelties of the free market." 
Romney discussed with the AP that movie that's coming out next week about the Mountain Meadows Massacre. He shrugged it off, saying, "There are bad people in any church and it's true of members of my church, too."

THOMPSON: "His image has been cultivated as much by Hollywood as by his time as a real-life Republican senator in Washington," the AP writes. "While many have used acting to launch political careers, including President Reagan and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, few have made the transition from an acting career to a political career and back again."