Rudy Giuliani may be one of the "four or five best known Americans in the world," but on Friday he may not be one of the four or five most popular guys in the room when he speaks before the National Rifle Association's Celebration of American Values Conference at the Washington Capitol Hilton.
Fresh off a statesman-like trip across the pond, the former mayor jumps right back into the deep end of Republican primary politics and delivers remarks at 11:30am ET
Giuliani told reporters this afternoon that he will outline in "great detail, well not in great detail, but some detail" his approach on gun control and dealing with criminals who use guns, ABC News' Jan Simmonds reports.
Giuliani acknowledged that he is going before a crowd that he does not see eye-to-eye with on this issue so he will emphasize the "eight or nine out of ten areas" they agree on.
"The reality is that there are certain agreements and disagreements with every single group. So tomorrow when I go before the NRA I am going to emphasize the areas in which we have a great deal of agreement," Giuliani said. "There probably isn't a group in America that I can go before where there aren't some disagreements with that group, so they are going to decide ultimately who they support either as a group or individually."
When asked if his view has shifted in the past few years, Giuliani said that his view right now is to focus on people who use guns illegally. As a candidate, Giuliani has made a states' rights argument, suggesting that restrictive gun laws suitable for larger metropolises may not be necessary in rural communities, ABC News' Jennifer Parker reports.
The NRA hears from the rest of the Republican field, either in person or via taped message and each candidate is angling to present himself as the best person to defend the Second Amendment. But that positioning may be tougher for some of the front-runners.
NRA chief lobbyist Chris Cox told ABC News' Parker the group will take into account a candidates' past, present and future record on gun rights when weighing its endorsement and that many NRA members are skeptical of some of those (ahem, Giuliani and Romney) who have been accused of shifting their positions on gun rights because they are running for the Republican nomination.
While Giuliani is speaking, how many people in the audience instead will have this quote running through their heads: "The NRA for some reason, I think goes way overboard. It's almost what the extremists on the other side do…" (then-New York Mayor Giuliani in an interview with Charlie Rose in 1995)
So…don't hold your breath waiting for a photo op of Giuliani holding a rifle above his head a la Vice President Cheney.
Bill Richardson is the only Democratic presidential candidate to address the conference and he speaks at 1:20 pm ET via videotaped message.
The NRA also makes an announcement of a new initiative with the firearms industry at the conference.
'08ers speaking times: 9:30 John McCain 10:30 Fred Thompson 11:25 Duncan Hunter (taped) 11:30 Rudy Giuliani 1:20 Bill Richardson (taped) 2:00 Mike Huckabee 4:00 Speaker Newt Gingrich (not yet an '08er but on hand anyway) 4:30 Mitt Romney (taped - sans varmint)
Over in the ever-increasingly important state of Michigan (with its Jan. 15 primary), the GOP '08ers speak at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island beginning Friday evening.
Michigan wanted to be more relevant in the early primary process and judging by the line-up, the Republican candidates are making that wish come true.
Mitt Romney speaks during the conference's Saturday lunch program at 12:30 pm ET on the need for Republican to get their house in order by reducing spending, fighting to secure the borders and improving ethical standards.
Friday: 7:30 pm dinner program with Duncan Hunter and Rudy Giuliani
Saturday: 8:30 am ET breakfast program with Ron Paul and Sam Brownback 10:10 am ET morning session with Newt Gingrich 12:30 pm ET lunch program with Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney 7:00 pm ET dinner Program with Fred Thompson and John McCain
McCain raises campaign coin in Indianapolis, Indiana (as the Washington Times reports that he has only raised $3.7 million this quarter with the clock ticking -- a report the campaign disputes)
Hoping that the good folks of Indianapolis are feeling generous, Romney attends a fundraising event, there too. He then makes his way to Illinois for a coinraiser in Savoy at 11:10 am ET, followed by a photo-op at the University of Illinois-Willard Airport and a media availability at 11:25 am ET. After that, Romney stays in the Land of Lincoln holding a fundraising luncheon in Champaign at 12:15 pm ET, and another media availability event at the Chicago Club in Chicago at 5:45 pm ET
Giuliani delivers remarks at the Northern Virginia Technology Council at the Hyatt Regency Reston at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Sam Brownback is in Kansas.
As for the Democrats. . .
Hillary Clinton is in Washington, DC with no public campaign events, but where she does the "Full Ginsburg" on tape.
One day after bailing on the senior-focused AARP event in Davenport, Barack Obama is in Iowa for a 1:00 pm ET event at the Iowa State University Central Campus before making his way to a 3:30 pm ET senior-focused town hall meeting at the Ames City Auditorium. (Quick -- what's the average age of the Democratic caucusgoing population in Iowa?)
John Edwards marks his "adventure" in Iowa speaking at the East Polk Interagency Association luncheon in Altoona at 1:00 pm ET held at the Adventureland Inn. It's off to Des Moines after that, for a 2:15 pm ET major education policy address at Brody Middle School. He ends his day attending a 6:15 pm ET community meeting at Gutherie Center High School. His wife, Elizabeth is in New Hampshire for attending house parties throughout the state.
Bill Richardson is in Albuquerque, NM for a fundraiser.
Chris Dodd is at the Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City, IA signing copies of his new book "Letters from Nuremberg" starting at 1:30 pm ET
Joe Biden hosts two events in Iowa today, starting with a breakfast for Jasper County Democrats at Uncle Nancy's Coffeehouse and Eatery in Newton IA at 9:00 am ET. He then heads to a town hall meeting with Marion County Democrats beginning at 12:00 pm ET in Knoxville, IA.
Dennis Kucinich is at the AFSCME Ohio Council 8 AFL- CIO Biennial Convention in Dayton, OH at 1:30 pm ET
At the White House. . .
President Bush honors the 2006/2007 NCAA sports champions. He makes remarks at 3:25 pm ET.
POLITICAL NEWS STORIES ON ABCNEWS.COM ABC News' Jennifer Parker: Republican Candidates to Court Gun LobbyLINK
ABC News' Rick Klein and Aaron Katersky Report: "Clinton Fund-Raiser Faces New Charges"LINK
ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: "General 'Betray-Us' vs. 'Max Cleland bin Laden'"LINK
ABC News' Jonathan Greenberger reports: "Obama Stays in Washington for Iraq Votes"LINK
ABC News' Luis Martinez Reports: "Gates: 'I Don't Know' Was Taken Out of Context"LINK
ABC News' Eloise Harper and Raelyn Johnson Report: "Elizabeth Edwards Sees Clinton as Copycat"LINK
POLITICAL VIDEO ON ABCNEWS.COM Bush Speaks Up on N Korea, MoveOn President Bush holds a news conference to answer reporter questions.LINK
Clinton Calls Cheney 'Darth Vader' During a NY fundraiser, Sen. Hillary Clinton compares Cheney to Darth Vader.LINK
Agriculture Secretary Resigns Agriculture Sec. Johanns resigns and is expected to run for U.S. Senate.LINK
Thompson Discusses his Faith Fred Thompson responds to questions about his religious devotion.LINK
McConnell Says FISA Debate is Dangerous DNI McConnell says a public debate of FISA may cause Americans to die.LINK