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The Fix: April 29, 2007 - May 5, 2007

GOP Debate: Winners and Losers

After a good night's sleep and a bit more reflection, we're ready to go with our winners and losers from last night's debate. A few overall comments first. No candidate did himself any serious damage and no candidate emerged as...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 4, 2007; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
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Evolution and the Hand of God

Fix editors Eric Pianin and Jason Manning write: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was one of three GOP presidential candidates who said he doesn't believe in evolution. (AFP/Getty Images) Last night's GOP debate included some questions on hot-button issues important...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  May 4, 2007; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1046)
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The Line: GOP Wants Its 'Safe' House Seats Back

The Fix is knee-deep in sorting through the winners and losers from last night's Republican presidential debate, but the thought of going two straight weeks without a Friday Line was just unacceptable. So here's an update on the most-competitive House...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 4, 2007; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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Debate Wrap Up

And it's over. A high-spirited debate Thursday night at the Reagan Library in California. Watch an AP Video report. (AFP/Getty) In the first Republican presidential debate of the 2008 race, the ten Republican presidential candidates engaged in a high-spirited debate...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 10:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (183)
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Frontrunners on the Terri Schiavo Case

The three frontrunning candidates all said that they thought the Republican-controlled Congress had made a mistake in weighing in on whether Terri Schiavo should live or die. Here's an excerpt from each of their responses: Romney: "I think we should...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 9:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Most Oppose Embryonic Stem Cell Research

All ten candidates were asked for a "yes" or "no" answer on support for embryonic stem cell research -- a question complicated by the fact that former First Lady Nancy Reagan, a strong stem-cell research advocate, was in the audience....

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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McCain v. Tancredo on Immigration

After Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) decried the platitudes and happy talk regarding illegal immigration, moderator Chris Matthews asked whether any of the other candidates wanted to take issue with Tancredo's stance. McCain offered his thoughts, repeatedly emphasizing that he was...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 9:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Giuliani Casts Himself as Candidate of Change

Give Giuliani credit for this -- he's working to cast himself as the candidate of change -- albeit subtle. "It is important we define the Republican party to fit today," Giuliani said, calling for outreach to Democrats and Independents and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 8:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Romney on Religion

Romney took an opportunity to do a bit of insulation on his Mormon faith when asked about whether Roman Catholic priests should prohibit pro-abortion rights politicians to receive communion. "We have a separation of church and state," Romney said. "It's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 8:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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McCain on the Age Issue

McCain subtly confronts the "age" issue. "I may not be the youngest candidate in this race but I am the most prepared," he said. It's not exactly Reagan's "I won't hold the youth and inexperience of my opponent against him"...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 8:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Giuliani Struggled With Abortion Issue

Asked whether it would be a good day when and if the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling allowing abortions is repealed, Giuliani was the one candidate who struggled a bit. Giuliani, right, talks with fellow GOP presidential hopeful Ron...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 8:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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"He Will Die..." and the "Gates of Hell..."

McCain and former Gov. Mitt Romney just had a brief competition to see who could talk tougher about the capture of Osama bin-Laden. The candidates tried to one-up each other on the issue of tracking down al-Qaeda chief bin Laden....

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 8:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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McCain: Iran Poses One of the Greatest Threats

Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) isn't at this debate. But moderator Chris Matthews brought him up in asking Sen. John McCain about the former Senator's statement that Iran has already committed acts of war. Sen. McCain makes a point during...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 8:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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GOP Debate Underway

Before we start, a quick note. This is NOT meant to be a transcript of the debate so please don't take it as one. We'll be typing right along as the candidates talk and doing our best to document the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Setting the Stage: The Republicans' First Debate

Tonight the ten -- that's right TEN -- candidates running for the Republican presidential nomination square off for the first time. The Fix didn't make the trip out to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California for the gathering, but...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
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Wag the Blog Follow-up: Readers' Advice for the Dems

On Monday, The Fix asked readers to weigh in on what the Democrats' best next move is -- politically -- when it comes to the debate over the war. Here are excerpts from some of the best comments submitted by...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  May 3, 2007; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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Senate Recruiting Under the Microscope

The Hill newspaper yesterday declared that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is adrift -- trailing its Democratic counterpart in cash raised and unable to convince any top-tier candidates to run next year. While we agree on the fundraising front --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Dodd Throws a Punch

Following the flap over David Geffen's comments, all of the Democrats running for president resorted to playing nice publicly. Until now. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) just released a statement taking former Sen. John Edwards to task for his new ads...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 2, 2007; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Parsing the Polls: No Room For Compromise on Iraq

President Bush's veto of the Iraq funding bill returns the debate over the war to square one. The question for Democratic congressional leaders and the White House is how far is each side willing to push the fight over legislating...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 2, 2007; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (305)
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Fix Picks: More on Gore

Anyone familiar with The Fix knows that we watch the movements of former Vice President Al Gore very closely for signs that he might be considering a late-entry run for president in 2008. You can imagine our interest then when...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 1, 2007; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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Will Rudy Talk About Iraq?

Listen to any stump speech by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and you're likely to hear talk of crime rates, education reform, tax cuts and Sept. 11, 2001. What you're not likely to hear is much at all...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 1, 2007; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
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Will Dems Get Another Shot at Arizona's 1st?

It's been a bad last week for Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.). Rep. Rick Renzi of Arizona -- on resignation watch? (Getty Images) Following the news that his wife's business had been raided by the FBI in connection with an investigation...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 30, 2007; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wag the Blog: What's Next for Democrats on Iraq

Since we skipped Wag the Blog last week amid all the hubbub surrounding the first Democratic presidential debate, we decided to kick this week off with it. And given President George W. Bush'spledge to veto the Iraq funding bill approved...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 30, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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