Even though the White House has announced no timeline for a final decision in the midst of its renewed deliberations about whether to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, some of the Republican presidential candidates are taking the opportunity to remind their base where they stand.

Speaking with reporters in Helena, Mont., Mitt Romney reiterated his support for the facility.

“I believe that Guantanamo plays an important role in protecting our nation from violent, heinous terrorists,” the former Massachusetts governor said. “Guantanamo is a symbol of our resolve.”

He added, “Evil still exists in the world. It did not go away when the Soviet Union collapsed.”

Mr. Romney raised eyebrows when he called for doubling Guantanamo during the last G.O.P. debate.

Representative Duncan Hunter, a G.O.P. candidate and member of the House Armed Services Committee, sought to arouse NIMBY sentiments in his San Diego-area district on Friday, warning that Democratic legislation to close the prison would send terrorists to military bases nearby. “We should keep them isolated from the criminal population in this country,” he said.

Among the Republicans, only Senator John McCain and Representative Ron Paul have said they think Gitmo should be closed, and the Democratic candidates agree on closure.

Meanwhile, a top aide to Mr. Romney is on paid leave while accusations that he impersonated a state trooper and illegally ran a reporter’s license plate are investigated. Jay Garrity has denied both charges. That latter charge, by the way, stemmed from this article by The Times’s Mark Leibovich.

Meanwhile, an advocacy group for victims of child abuse by Catholic clergy members is urging Rudolph W. Giuliani to fire a suspended priest who was then hired by Mr. Giuliani’s security consulting business. Alan Placa was accused of covering up sex crimes. A spokesman for Giuliani Partners said the former New York mayor believes that his childhood friend has been “unjustly accused.”

The Times’s Michael Cooper looks at Mr. Obama’s grassroots activists around New York City, and looks into whether the campaign represents a bona fide movement or, as one liberal blogger put it, “a better-than-ordinary campaign for a candidate that’s personally compelling, and not much more.” Alan Fram of The Associated Press writes that Mr. Obama could have problems if he is unable to broaden his support past elites.

Mr. Obama is expected to raise at least $25 million this quarter, which ends this month, as is Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Washington Post reports. John Edwards, a Democrat, and Mr. McCain are likely to have disappointing numbers.

Aaron Gould Sheinin of The State of Columbia, S.C., looks at varying responses by five different campaigns from both parties to the deaths of nine firefighters in the early primary state.

As Mrs. Clinton returns to Little Rock, Ark., today, Politico.com reports on her past with the Rose Law Firm.

Gov. Bill Richardson, in Iowa Friday, said he would use support for Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion decision, as a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees.