SNEAK PEEK: 'Shuck & Jive'

4 days until the Michigan primary

8 days until the Nevada caucuses

The Clintons defended themselves Friday against charges of racial insensitivity towards Democratic rival Barack Obama.

"Well, I think its regrettable because both of these accusations are baseless and divisive and any fair reading of what both of us said would be clear and I think it's regrettable that these are being in a way used to try to divide people in our country during this election and I'm not going to have any part of it," Clinton told ABC News. "I personally find it offensive."

"You know," she continued, "I was inspired by Dr. King when I was a young girl. I considered him one of my heroes, a global symbol, an icon of everything that is the best about America and he worked his entire life to make the changes that we enjoy today so I hope that this kind of unfortunate political activity really just ceases because I don't think this is what we want this election to be about."

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Clinton made her comments to ABC's Eloise Harper while campaigning in East Los Angeles, Calif. She was asked if comments she made about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and remarks her husband made about Obama receiving "fairy-tale" treatment from the press might hurt her standing with African Americans.

While the former first lady was defending herself in California, her husband was explaining himself to the Rev. Al Sharpton.

"It's not a fairy tale; he might win," said Clinton. "I think he's a very impressive man, and he's run a great campaign."

Clinton is under fire for using the words "fairy tale" in connection with Obama. South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn told Friday's New York Times that he saw the remark as a slap at the image of a black candidate running on a theme of unity and optimism. Clyburn is now reconsidering his neutral stance in South Carolina's Jan. 26 Democratic primary.

The former president explained to Sharpton that his comment was not a swipe at Obama reaching for the White House but rather a reference to the fawning press treatment Obama has received. In particular, Clinton is incensed that the press has not focused on Obama's 2004 acknowledgement to the New York Times that when he spoke out against the prospect of war he was "not privy to Senate intelligence reports."

"We went through 15 debates," Clinton told Sharpton, "and the Obama campaign made the argument that his relative lack of service in the Senate was not relevant because he has better judgment than all the Democrats because he'd always been against the Iraq war in every year."

"I pointed out," Clinton continued, "that he had never been asked about his statements in 2004 that he didn't know how he would have voted on the war resolution, and there was, at that time, no difference between his position and President Bush's."

"Look," Clinton continued, "there could be a perfectly good explanation for it. Maybe, he just meant, that once it was done, everybody wanted it to work, including the UN. But the point is, it disproves the arguments that he was always against it, and everybody else was wrong and he was right. So I said, 'that's what those debates were for, and how many of you knew those two facts, in the audience?' And I said, 'So that story is a fairy tale.' Now that doesn't have anything to do with my respect for him as a candidate or as a political figure in this campaign. He has put together a great campaign. It's clearly not a fairy tale; it's real. And I have gone out of my way not express any personal disrespect for him or his campaign, even when they've been fairly critical of me and Hillary."

On the Republican side, Giuliani campaign manager Mike DuHaime told ABC's Jake Tapper that a few staffers have volunteered to work for free to maximize the campaign's resources this month. Tapper has also learned that Roy Bailey, Giuliani's finance co-chair, has stepped down to return to his post at Giuliani Partners.

Asked Friday if his campaign would have enough funds remaining after Florida's Jan. 29 primary to compete in the more than 20 states that will vote on Feb. 5, Giuliani said, "Yeah, we'll have some. But frankly, Florida is really important to us, so we are gonna put if not everything into Florida, almost everything."

The kicker:

"That is certainly the kindest offer I've had in a while, but I'd probably get arrested." --Hillary Clinton to a Nevada man who said, "Hillary! Marry me, baby!"

On the campaign trail…

MIKE HUCKABEE

-- 9:30 am ET: Attends event with voters, Grand Rapids, MI

JOHN MCCAIN

-- 10:45 am ET: Attends event with voters, Warren, MI

-- 11:55 am ET: Holds media availability, Warren MI

-- 1:30 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Livonia, MI

-- 3:45 pm ET: Attends rally with voters, Clawson, MI

-- 4:50 pm ET: Holds media availability, Clawson, MI

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (campaigning for McCain)

-- 9:15 am ET: Attends event with voters, Rock Hill, SC

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM and FMR. SEN. TRENT LOTT (campaigning for McCain)

-- 11:45 am ET: Attends event with voters, Spartanburg, SC

-- 4:15 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Greenville, SC

SEN. SAM BROWNBACK (campaigning for McCain)

-- 10:00 am ET: Attends event with voters, Clare, MI

-- 7:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Charlevoix, MI

MITT ROMNEY

-- 12:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Livonia, MI

-- Attends event with voters, St. Joseph, MI

RUDY GIULIANI

-- 4:30 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Bradenton, FL

-- 7:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Port Charlotte, FL

FRED THOMPSON

-- 9:00 am ET: Attends event with voters, North Charleston, SC

-- 12:15 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Lady's Island, SC

-- 2:15 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Bluffton, SC

As for the Democrats…

JOHN EDWARDS

-- 10:30 am ET: Attends event with voters, Hilton Head, SC

-- 2:15 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Barnwell, SC

-- 7:15 pm ET: Attends rally with voters, Aiken, SC

DENNIS KUCINICH

-- 9:15 am ET: Attends event with voters, Bagley, MI

-- 10:00 am ET: Attends event with voters, Detroit, MI

-- 11:00 am ET: Attends event with voters, Dearborn, MI

-- 12:35 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Wyandotte, MI

-- 4:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Detroit, MI

-- 7:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Livonia, MI

At the White House. . .

PRESIDENT BUSH

-- 12:45 am ET: Meets with the Commander of Multi National Force, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

-- 1:50 am ET: Makes a statement following the meeting, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

-- 2:10 am ET: Speaks to military personnel, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

-- 4:30 am ET: Participates in roundtable discussion on democracy and development with Kuwaiti women, US Embassy, Kuwait

-- 7:30 am ET: Participates in ceremony, Bahrain

-- 11:30 am ET: Meets with the King of Bahrain, Bahrain

Sunday, January 13, 2008

On the campaign trail…

JOHN MCCAIN

-- 2:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Howell, MI

-- 3:15 pm ET: Holds media availability, Howell, MI

-- 4:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, East Lansing, MI

-- 5:15 pm ET: Holds media availability, East Lansing, MI

-- 6:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Battle Creek, MI

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM and FMR. SEN. TRENT LOTT (campaigning for McCain)

-- 1:45 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Easley, SC

-- 4:30 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Anderson, SC

MITT ROMNEY

-- 2:45 pm ET: Attends rally with voters, Marquette, MI

-- 5:00 pm ET: Attends rally with voters, Taylor, MI

RUDY GIULIANI

-- Attends event with voters in Miami, FL

-- Attends event with voters in Coconut Grove, FL

-- Attends event with voters in Little Havana, FL

-- Attends event with voters in Pompano Beach, FL

As for the Democrats…

BARACK OBAMA

-- Events TBA in Nevada

MICHELLE OBAMA

-- Attends event with voters, Atlanta, GA

JOHN EDWARDS

-- 10:45 am ET: Attends event with voters, Sumter, SC

-- 2:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Florence, SC

DENNIS KUCINICH

-- 8:30 am ET: Attends event with voters, Detroit, MI

-- 11:00 am ET: Attends event with voters, Clawson, MI

-- 6:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Livonia, MI

-- 7:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Livonia, MI

At the White House. . .

PRESIDENT BUSH

-- Visits the Navy's 5th Fleet. Bahrain

-- Travels to the United Arabv Emirates to meet with the President

-- Speaks in Abu Dhabi on freedom in the region.

Monday, January 14, 2008

On the campaign trail…

JOHN MCCAIN

-- 9:45 am ET: Attends event with voters, Kalamazoo, MI

-- 11:10 am ET: Holds media availability, Kalamazoo, MI

-- 12:15 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Holland, MI

-- 1:40 pm ET: Holds media availability, Holland, MI

-- 3:55 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Spring Lake, MI

-- 5:20 pm ET: Holds media availability, Spring Lake, MI

-- 5:45 pm ET: Attends rally with voters, Grand Rapids, MI

-- 9:00 pm ET: Holds media availability, Traverse City, MI

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM and SEN. JON KYL (campaigning for McCain)

-- 8:45 am ET: Attends event with voters, Aiken, SC

-- 11:45 am ET: Attends event with voters, Columbia, SC

SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN (campaigning for McCain)

-- 4:30 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Detroit, MI

-- 6:45 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Ann Arbor, MI

MITT ROMNEY

-- 12:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Lansing, MI

-- 6:30 pm ET: Attends event with voters, West Bloomfield, MI

RUDY GIULIANI

-- Attends event with voters in Naples, FL

-- Attends event with voters in Fort Myers, FL

-- Attends event with voters in Punta Gorda, FL

-- Attends event with voters in Sarasota, FL

-- Attends event with voters in Clearwater, FL

-- Attends event with voters in Lakeland, FL

As for the Democrats…

JOHN EDWARDS

-- 12:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Georgetown, SC

-- 7:15 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Myrtle Beach, SC

DENNIS KUCINICH

-- 2:30 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Ann Arbor, MI

-- 7:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Harper Woods, MI

At the White House. . .

PRESIDENT BUSH

-- Visits Abu Dhabi

-- Travels to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah

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