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Oh-eight (R): Romney vs. McCain

— The Washington Post:
"The political collision between Romney and McCain, which had been
anticipated by both men for almost a year, has developed into a
make-or-break contest that could reshape the Republican field. McCain,
whose campaign nearly fell apart over the summer, has poured most of
his time and attention since then into winning over voters in New
Hampshire. Romney has also sought to make his mark here, spending
millions of dollars to build an extensive campaign infrastructure and
to purchase television advertising. The loser could effectively be
eliminated from the Republican presidential contest."

GIULIANI: Doing some campaigning
in New Hampshire yesterday, Giuliani said he is sticking by his
later-states strategy. "We are going to do well here. I'm very
optimistic. I think our strategy is a good strategy. I said from the
very beginning nobody's going to win all these primaries. It's going to
be someone's going to win a few, somebody wins a couple more; the real
question is, who wins the most and right now we're ahead in more states
than anyone else."

HUCKABEE: "After arriving in New Hampshire by chartered jets
late Thursday night, most of the presidential contenders rose early to
hit the trail. Not Mr. Huckabee," the New York Times writes. "He gave
morning interviews to no fewer than seven television networks,
continuing his strategy of capitalizing on his folksy charm and
self-deprecating wit to compensate for the fact that his shoestring
campaign cannot afford much advertising. And at his first face-to-face
event with voters, at 4 p.m., he warmed up the crowd by playing bass
guitar with a local rock band ('In the Midnight Hour,' 'Mustang Sally')
and introduced his campaign sidekick, the actor Chuck Norris."

Also, campaign chairman Ed Rollins "made clear that the campaign's main target was Mr. Romney, who has tried hard to appeal to the social conservatives who make up Mr. Huckabee's base of support. 'We are going to see if we can't take Romney out,' Mr. Rollins said."

Huckabee's son was treated and released after a traffic accident. Per a release from the campaign, "John Mark Huckabee … was treated and released from a Des Moines, hospital Friday following a traffic accident. The Governor and former First Lady Janet Huckabee are campaigning in New Hampshire. They spoke with their son by phone while he was in the hospital. "Janet and I are relieved that John Mark is alright. He will be stiff and sore from the accident, but doctors assured us he sustained no serious injuries," Mike Huckabee said.

MCCAIN:
Per the New York Times, Mike Huckabee's defeat of Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses jolted a Republican Party establishment already distressed about the state of its presidential field. But out of the turmoil may rise yet another opportunity for Senator John McCain of Arizona, whose candidacy all but collapsed last year." More: McCain is the latest beneficiary of the continuing upheaval in the Republican field that has seen nearly all of the candidates rising at various points. Among them were Mr. McCain, former Senator Fred D. Thompson of Tennessee and Rudolph W. Giuliani… Mr. Romney's defeat in Iowa only underlined concerns that many Republicans had expressed about him, while the success of Mr. Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, gave rise to new worries among the Republican establishment."

PAUL: "After being 'uninvited' to participate in an televised debate tonight at St. Anselm College, Paul decided to purchase an hour-long television slot that evening, because 'I can afford it.'"

ROMNEY: "Romney, who is seeking a rebound in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, downplayed his runner-up status in Iowa. And the former one-term governor from Massachusetts continued to knock Sen. John McCain, his main rival in New Hampshire, as a Washington insider. "Romney at several points yesterday said the Iowa results showed people want change in Washington, another indirect shot at the long-time senator."