THE NOTE: Obama in Spotlight at Democratic Debate

But he was in town long enough to have a fight with Romney over immigration. Romney started it by calling him a "Freddie-come-lately" to the issue, according to the Union Leader's Tom Fahey, and Thompson slapped back: "Surprisingly, he's changed his position."

Another anti-Clinton video is becoming a Web sensation, the AP's Jim Kuhnhenn writes. It's a "stinging 13-minute video by a bitter Clinton foe," Peter Paul, and has gotten more than 1.7 million views so far. Paul, a former Clinton fundraiser who's entangled in a lawsuit with the Clintons, "is getting help from two technical producers who set up the Web site for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth," Kuhnhenn reports. Says Camp Clinton: "Peter Paul is a professional liar."

As for Bill Clinton, The Washington Post's Anne Kornblut sees him largely as a "free agent -- attending occasional strategy meetings with senior advisers at the couple's home in Chappaqua, N.Y., and serving as a surrogate in places his wife cannot be, but rarely making his presence felt at the campaign's headquarters." "Clinton has seemed convincingly on his own, arguably promoting his own causes as much as hers."

Also in the news:

Former governor Mike Huckabee's mini-wave continues. "Obviously I'm doing something right," Huckabee, R-Ark., said on ABC's "Good Morning America. "It's beginning to catch just at the right time, as I had hoped and prayed it would." On why he's the best candidate to take on Clinton: "Nobody knows her better than me, and nobody has successfully run against the Clinton political machine in Arkansas as I have." And the one rocker he wants to share a stage with? Keith Richards, so he can "just turn it loose."

Huckabee gets the David Yepsen treatment in the Des Moines Register: "Talk has escalated to a new level of buzz: Huckabee's doing so well in Iowa, he just might be able to win the Iowa Republican caucuses. Wow," Yepsen writes. "At a time when GOP candidates are falling all over themselves to rekindle the spirit of Ronald Reagan in their party, Huckabee's coming as close as anyone."

Sen. John McCain's wife, Cindy, sits down with ABC's Cynthia McFadden tonight on "Nightline," and offers some behind-the-scenes tidbits. On whether she wanted her husband to run for president again: "I said, 'hell no.' I just didn't think I had wide enough shoulders for this again, and I really had to think long and hard." On her role in the campaign: "I am the one person he can trust." And on whether she'd ever tap her personal fortune to help his financially struggling campaign: "My husband has never believed that we should do that, he has always said, you know, 'I run on my own merits.' "

Sen. McCain, R-Ariz., is profiled in the Chicago Tribune today. "McCain's Vietnam experience offers a way to understand what he is all about and his deep support for the Iraq war -- an issue that has helped hobble his campaign since the beginning of the year when he began his quest as the unquestioned front-runner for the Republican nomination," Jill Zuckman writes.

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