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The Fix: May 20, 2007 - May 26, 2007

McCain vs Obama

It's getting chippy. As official Washington seeks to slip quietly into the long Memorial Day weekend, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) have gone to war over the war. McCain started the squabble with a release expressing his...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 25, 2007; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Line: As '08 Race Heats Up, Hillary and Rudy Remain on Top

Every month that passes between installments of The Fix's Line on the 2008 presidential race seems like an eternity. With June almost here, the primary campaigns are getting close to fully engaged -- several candidates are on television in the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 25, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , The Line  
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Wag the Blog: HRC & Iraq, Revisited

Last week we asked The Fix community for their thoughts on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's delicate danceover her positioning on Iraq. Here's a sampling of the best comments: "As far as I can tell, neither Senator Clinton nor any of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 24, 2007; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Hillary's New Video

So far in campaign 2008, YouTube (and video more generally) has been used as a tool for mischief rather than good. A number of candidates have already been forced to explain anonymous negative clips posted on YouTube and one --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 24, 2007; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Case Against Mike Bloomberg

Earlier in the week, we argued why New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg should make a bid for the presidency in 2008. Today we play devil's advocate -- making the case why a presidential run would be the wrong choice...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 24, 2007; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama's Got a Memo, Too

Memos on Iowa are flying everywhere today. The big bombshell came via the Associated Press --quickly followed by the New York Times' Adam Nagourney who had a copy of the actual memo -- with the news that Sen. Hillary Rodham...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 23, 2007; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
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KY-Gov Results

Democrats got exactly what they wanted last night in the Kentucky governor's race. Embattled Gov. Ernie Fletcher won the Republican primary while former Lt. Gov. Steve Beshear narrowly avoided a runoff on the Democratic side. Fletcher took the first step...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 23, 2007; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Governors  
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Parsing the Polls: Hillary and Women

How do women voters view the presidential candidacy of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton? It is a tricky question to answer. For the most part, women's groups have lined up quickly and vocally behind Clinton's campaign. The president of the abortion...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 23, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (180)
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Edwards Expands Ad Buy

The John Edwards presidential campaign will expand its television ad campaign tomorrow in -- wait for it -- Oregon. Yes, Oregon. The same Oregon that set its presidential primary for May 20, 2008. The former Democratic senator's campaign confirmed the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 22, 2007; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Fred Thompson Inks Another GOP Insider

Fred Thompson has inked former Federal Elections Commission Chairman Michael Toner to serve as the lead lawyer for his increasingly likely campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. Toner is the second major Thompson hire to become public in recent days....

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 22, 2007; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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The Case For Mike Bloomberg

The buzz surrounding a possible independent presidential candidacy by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) continues to build among the political chattering class, even as the mayor himself does little to extinguish or ignite the rumors. New York City...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 22, 2007; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Ky. Primary Day: Can Both Parties Avoid Runoffs?

Kentuckians head to the polls today, marking the first primary of the 2007-2008 election cycle. (And, yes, we are more than a little excited.) Ernie Fletcher, Kentucky's first Republican governor in three decades, appears likely to win the party primary...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 22, 2007; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Governors  
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Third Way Study Revisited

Last week, The Fix wrote up a new study by Third Way, a centrist Democratic group. The study examined the 2006 electorate and considered how voter turnout might explain durable trends that could stretch through 2008. In that post we...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 21, 2007; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Collamore Heading up Fred Thompson's Effort

Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) is growing more and more serious about a run for president, installing a former aide to President George H.W. Bush as his "campaign manager in waiting." Tom Collamore, a former vice president of public affairs...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 21, 2007; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
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Romney Making Gains in Iowa

Mitt Romney is winning over Republicans in the Hawkeye State. Two polls released in the last week show Romney climbing into a statistical dead heat (or even a lead) over his two better-known rivals for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination....

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 21, 2007; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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