Discuss as:

Oh-eight (R): Arthur Branch revisited

GIULIANI: Giuliani took shots at Democrats on Saturday during his tax plan rollout. "'The Democrats believe in government when they have a choice. Republicans believe in people when we have a choice . . . The Republican Party is the party of the people. The Democratic Party is the party of the government.'"

The New Hampshire Union-Leader examined Giuliani's flat tax plan. "Holding up a single piece of paper, he said future tax returns would fit on that piece of paper under his plan."

On Saturday, the New York Times fact-checked claim on the campaign trail that, as New York mayor, he turned a $2.3 billion deficit into a multi-billion-dollar surplus. "The assertion, which Mr. Giuliani has repeated on the trail as he has promoted his fiscal conservatism, is somewhat misleading, independent fiscal monitors said. In fact, Mr. Giuliani left his successor, Michael R. Bloomberg, with a bigger deficit than the one Mr. Giuliani had to deal with when he arrived in 1994. And that deficit would have been large even if the city had not been attacked on Sept. 11, 2001."

HUCKABEE: On his way to the FOX studios for his Sunday show appearance, Huckabee encountered a Code Pink Lady waiting for him, according to NBC's Lauren Appelbaum. He patiently indulged her for about a minute, telling her he appreciates her convictions. In response to her "troops home now" stance, Huckabee said he too wants the troops home soon. "I want us to get out hopefully soon and hopefully victoriously too."

The Columbia State's Lee Bandy writes that Huckabee was given a "hero's welcome" at a stop in South Carolina. "The applause and cheers were deafening, never seeming to end."

HUNTER: Are we seeing Republicans beginning to eat their own? Hunter's campaign put out this statement last night responding to John Warner's appearance on Meet the Press. "Our service men and women stand right now, as we speak, in harm's way, ready to sacrifice everything for our nation's defense and for the freedom of the Iraqi people.  Just when we are beginning to see real progress under the capable General Petraeus, Senator Warner, whom I respect, undermines their efforts by tucking tail."

More: "As President I WILL NOT cower under pressure from politicians, media, or the international community. This nation is great because it is just and free. We absolutely cannot back down in defending that freedom. I am very disappointed in Sen. Warner tonight, and I trust his comments will fall on deaf ears."

MCCAIN: The Saturday New York Times looked at McCain's age. The Arizona senator, "who will turn 71 on Wednesday, is hoping to become the oldest person ever elected to a first term as president. So on the stump, he makes his experience a central theme of his campaign, while keeping up a grueling campaign schedule and showing his not-inconsiderable store of energy, despite injuries he sustained as a prisoner of war that limit his mobility and a bout with melanoma that left his face scarred. Mr. McCain has recently been bombarded with questions about the viability of his campaign because of its fund-raising troubles. But on the campaign trail, his age is a subtler issue that could affect his candidacy."

ROMNEY: Family Matters: Check out the photo of Ann Romney holding up an oversized studio picture of her family.

THOMPSON: The New York Times front-pages this investigative piece: "As a congressional investigator in the 1970s and 80s, he "sometimes straddled a fine line between investigating his targets and defending them. Dozens of interviews and records from two administrations reveal a lawyer who often struggled to balance the agenda of his party against his duty to pursue the truth aggressively and independently."

"Over time, as Mr. Thompson traversed the highly politicized terrain of the Congressional investigations that built his off-screen career, he evolved from a man primarily cast as a defender of Republican interests to one whose fair-mindedness would win praise from Democrats and incur the wrath of the Republican leadership."