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Anything for a laugh



A Washington Post political writer captures the lengths to which Republican candidates are going in Iowa to get attention. Yes, the man from Arkansas figures.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee brought a Bill Clinton impersonator on stage to make jokes about womanizing and Hillary Rodham Clinton, then threw a reception where his band, Capitol Offense, performed.

"People ask why am I running for president," Huckabee joked. "Well, my band didn't make it on 'American Idol.' "

And so it went. To the extent that the candidates differed on substance, the field divided into two camps. Two front-runners who spoke first, Giuliani and Romney, stuck to unifying themes of national security and conservative economics. Those lagging behind in the polls, such as Huckabee and Brownback, echoed those themes but also raised social issues ignored by the leaders, particularly abortion and same-sex marriage.

NY Times coverage is more serious, focusing on the underdogs' attacks on Rudy Giuliani.

Mr. Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, pointedly noted that he had always been an opponent of abortion rights and gun-control measures, and that he had supported President Bush’s tax cuts from the beginning.

“I’m not late in declaring that life begins at conception and we ought to protect human life,” he said. “I am not late in believing that the Bush tax cuts were good when they were first proposed, and they are still good today.”

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