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Oh-eight (R): Huck's crossover appeal

GIULIANI: Giuliani picked up the endorsement of former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson (R) Thursday. The Daily Herald suggests the endorsement will help Giuliani increase his campaign cash in Illinois, where he has raised less than Romney and McCain.

HUCKABEE: Today, the chattering class's favorite dark horse GOP candidate, Mike Huckabee, does his turn walking a day in the shoes of an SEIU worker. What's remarkable about this event? All of the Democrats have done it, but Huckabee's the only Republican to do so. In fact, to date, Huckabee's the only Republican to nab a union endorsement (the machinists endorsed him in the GOP primary, while endorsing Clinton in the Dem primary). Is there any other self-described conservative candidate doing more to show crossover appeal than Huckabee? Imagine if Huckabee is on the national ticket and SEIU's Andy Stern has nothing but nice things to say about him?

MCCAIN: The New Hampshire Union Leader called McCain the "clear and convincing winner" of Wednesday's debate and also says "reports of his political death are premature. And he is breathing new life into his campaign in the only place such a feat is possible: in New Hampshire."

ROMNEY: More debate reaction from the Concord Monitor's Dorgan, who talked to Mark Riss about his pointed question for Mitt Romney on Iraq. He "said that it felt good to get his grievance off his chest and that he's accepted Romney's apology. But Riss, who said he's an undecided independent who leans Republican, said he wasn't satisfied with the answer." Riss: "What I was looking for from him was a response as to how he would end the conflict in Iraq, and he did not provide that to me. In fact, he did not even come close." Also, NH GOP chair Fergus Cullen said Giuliani "wasn't knocked off his game." More Cullen: ""I think governor Huckabee continued to distinguish himself. He's clearly the best wit in the crowd."

The New York Times: "Mitt Romney is set to propose eliminating taxes on most investment earnings for families that make under $200,000 a year, the first in what his campaign says will be a series of announcements throughout the fall on the specifics of his tax policy… Mr. Romney's advisers have estimated that his plan will benefit 95 percent of American families, costing the federal government about $32 billion a year." The campaign says to make up for that loss of revenue, it proposes to veto "any budget that does not cap discretionary nonmilitary spending at the rate of inflation minus one percentage point, as well as find savings in Medicare and Medicaid. 

TANCREDO: "I believe we are in a clash of civilizations," said Tancredo in New Hampshire, per the New Hampshire Union Leader. He also called the United Nations "an anti-America debating society."