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The Fix: February 4, 2007 - February 10, 2007

Iraq Issue Follows Clinton to Concord

CONCORD, N.H. -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) spent much of her second town hall of the day as she did the first: Defending her position on the war in Iraq and her work in the Senate to limit the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 10, 2007; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Clinton Explains Iraq Vote in Berlin, N.H.

BERLIN, N.H. -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) arrived here this morning to address an overflow crowd that included the committed, the interested and the skeptical. "I'd like to like her," said Nathaniel Gurien who drove from North Conway to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 10, 2007; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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On the Eve of Clinton's Visit to N.H.

GORHAM, N.H. -- After a three-hour drive north from Manchester, I arrived in New Hampshire's North Country tonight to find a memo from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-N.Y.) campaign detailing the "why" behind her visit to the state this weekend....

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 9, 2007; 10:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Line: Parties May Swap Ky. and La. Governor's Mansions

The Fix is on the way to New Hampshire for the weekend to track the presidential campaigns of Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.), but what would Friday be without a fresh installment of The Line? Today...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 9, 2007; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Governors , The Line  
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Scavenging Team Bayh

Minutes after Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) shocked the political world with his December announcement that he would not run for president in 2008, the staff scavenging began. Members of Bayh's senior staff immediately became some of the hottest free agents...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 8, 2007; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Edwards Keeps Bloggers

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) has decided against firing two campaign bloggers who came under fire for past comments that critics said were anti-Catholic. (Read Edwards's statement and statements from the two bloggers at the end of this post.) The...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 8, 2007; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Parsing the Polls: Likeability vs Electability

Regular Fix readers know that we're fascinated by the opinions voters hold about the 2008 presidential candidates. While head-to-head matchups and favorable/unfavorable ratings are important, the answer to questions like "Which candidate would you most like to have dinner with?"...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 8, 2007; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Edwards's Blogger Problem

Most presidential campaigns have now embraced the new media world of blogging, video on demand and other technology with open arms. But, an ongoing controversy swirling around the campaign of former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) highlights the potential perils of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 7, 2007; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Is Latest Dem to Forgo Public Financing

UPDATE, 5:45 p.m. ET: Obama, apparently, hasn't entirely given up on the option of accepting public cash for the general election. According to a document filed today with the Federal Election Commission, Obama is seeking a ruling on whether accepting...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 7, 2007; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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McCain, Romney and the Endorsement Race

Roughly two dozen GOP House members gathered at the Capitol Hill Club Tuesday to declare their support for Mitt Romney's bid for the 2008 Republican nomination. Rep. Jim McCrery (La.), the leader of the bunch, said the assembled group was...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 7, 2007; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Wag the Blog: What You Had to Say

Over 180 readers have commented so far on our question about former Sen. John Edwards' assertion that a universal healthcare plan would have to be funded by a tax increase and whether such comments hurt a candidate in the 2008...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  February 6, 2007; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Edwards, Obama and the "Clean" Money Issue

The 2006 election showed that the Jack Abramoff scandal has done more to make "lobbyist" a dirty word in politics than any event since the House bank mess of the early 1990s. In waging the midterm election fight, Democrats clubbed...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 6, 2007; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Wag The Blog: Tax Trouble for Edwards?

During an appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press", former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) said he favored a tax increase in order to fund his universal health care plan. "Yes, we'll have to raise taxes," Edwards acknowledged. "The, the only...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 6, 2007; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (213)
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Giuliani Sends Another Signal

The big news of the day on the presidential front is that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has filed a "statement of candidacy" with the Federal Election Commission -- the latest sign that he is an all-but-announced presidential...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 5, 2007; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Minnesota Senate: Is Franken the Dems' Dream Candidate?

In a recent Senate Line, we said that comedian and soon-to-be-former radio show host Al Franken (D) would be a weak candidate if he decided to challenge Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman (R) in 2008. Is comedian Al Franken the right...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 5, 2007; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
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Giuliani's Finance Team

After setting a $100 million fundraising goal for 2007, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is filling out the team charged with collecting that cash for his all-but-declared bid for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. As the former mayor...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 5, 2007; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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