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The Fix: August 19, 2007 - August 25, 2007

Friday Presidential Line: No Rest for the Weary

It's August -- that lovely month when politics slows down in preparation for the drinking-from-a-water-hose days that come after Labor Day. Unfortunately for The Fix's vacation plans, no one seems to have told the candidates for president. On both sides,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 24, 2007; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Line  
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Giuliani's Media Team

One of the final pieces of Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign has fallen into place as the former New York City Mayor has settled on his team of media consultants, a group led by Scott Howell and Company -- one of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 23, 2007; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Wag the Blog: What's the Deal With Louisiana?

When the news broke that Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) was a client of the so-called "D.C. Madam" the chattering class immediately began to debate whether the revelation was a death blow to Vitter's political career. Would he resign? Could he...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 23, 2007; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Biden Shuffles Finance Team

Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) is bringing in an old fundraising hand to manage the day to day operations of his finance team even as his campaign continues to be dogged by suggestions that it will run out of money before...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 22, 2007; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wag the Blog Redux: Richardson's Slip of the Tongue

During a recent Democratic presidential candidate forum in Los Angeles, Bill Richardson was asked whether homosexuality was a lifestyle choice or a biological predisposition and chose the former option -- a big mistake when courting the gay community. Last week,...

By Washington Post editors  |  August 21, 2007; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (215)
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Hillary's New Press Man

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is bringing in Jay Carson -- the top flack from her husband's personal office -- to serve as her traveling press secretary. Carson replaces Jen Hanley in the post. Hanley will remain with the campaign...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 21, 2007; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mississippi's 3rd: Another One Bites the Dust

What a week! Rep. Chip Pickering's (R-Miss.) decision to leave his Mississippi House seat after six terms marked the third retirement in the Republicans ranks in the last seven days. Luckily for House Republicans, keeping Pickering's seat is not nearly...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 20, 2007; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Nevada: More Bad News for Edwards

Less than a week after former Sen. John Edwards' (D-N.C.) campaign acknowledged it was moving some staff out of Nevada and into other early primary states, a key staffer in the state has left his post. Preston Elliott, who had...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 20, 2007; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sunday's Democratic Debate: Winners and Losers

If The Fix was a bit groggy yesterday morning at the start of the Democratic debate in Des Moines, the 90-minute affair didn't do much to wake us up. Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton chat Sunday in Des...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 20, 2007; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Debate Roundup: The Silence of the Pack

The Democratic presidential candidates on stage just prior to this morning's debate in Iowa. (Courtesy ABC) The three Democratic candidates leading in the opinion polls dominated this morning's debate in the Hawkeye State, fielding the vast majority of questions...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2007; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
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Inspiration Time...

They crop up in every debate ... the navel gazing questions. The candidates were asked to name what the decisive moment in their lives were that put them on the path to running for president. Here's a sampling: Kucinich said...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2007; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Richardson: 'I Am Not the Scripted Candidate'

Bill Richardson acknowledged his recent stumbles on the campaign trail but sought to paint himself as the candidate who comes through when the chips are down. "I'm making at this rate about one mistake a week," said Richardson. "I make...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2007; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Politics Is ... Never Having to Say You're Sorry

The candidates were asked to describe an instance where they didn't tell the whole truth about an issue related to their public roles. Clinton used the question to discuss her 2002 vote for the Iraq invasion. "I, too, regret giving...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2007; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Trade Policy and the Family Farmer

The candidates spent the few minutes before a commercial break debating trade policy -- a very important issue for Iowa's farmers. All four of the major candidates tended to agree that the current trade policy was skewed in favor of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2007; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Prayer in the Spotlight

An interesting question submitted via e-mail asked the candidates whether they believed God and prayer could prevent bad things from happening. Here's a sampling of the answers: Clinton: "I don't pretend to understand the wisdom and power of God. I...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2007; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama: On Message

Obama, who has been silent for much of this morning's discussion of Iraq, used a question directed to him to remind voters that he alone of the top-tier Democratic candidates was against the war from the start. "The thing I...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2007; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Edwards the Uniter

In contrast to his performance over the late few debates, Edwards is casting himself as the uniter in the field. On Iraq, Edwards sought to paint the Democratic field as largely united on the matter and took off after the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2007; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Preaching Pragmatism

Clinton is casting herself as a voice of pragmatism when it comes to the Iraq war, insisting that it will take time to safely pull U.S. troops out of the country. "This is going to be very dangerous and very...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2007; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton on Trial

Is Clinton too divisive to be elected president? Yes, sort of, according to both Edwards and Obama. Asked by moderator George Stephanopolous whether Karl Rove was right when he said Clinton would enter the general election with incredibly high negatives...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2007; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Edwards Chimes In

Can you say "shooting the gap"? After Obama and Clinton spent the first ten minutes of the debate arguing over whether they can discuss hypothetical uses of nuclear weapons, former Sen. John Edwards sought to distinguish himself. "How about a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2007; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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The Experience Factor

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked directly whether Obama had the experience to be president, but she basically dodged it. "I'm running on my own qualifications and experience," Clinton said. "It's up to the voters to make these decisions." Pressed...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2007; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Score for Obama

Sen. Barack Obama's ad decrying the power of lobbyists ran just before the debate began. Of course, an ad paid for by the California Nurses Association that portrayed Obama as a cardboard cutout on health care followed it. Still, nice...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2007; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Liveblogging the Democratic Debate: A Disclaimer

Before this morning's Democratic presidential debate in Iowa gets started, a quick disclaimer: The Fix is blogging this event in real time. The following posts are meant to provide a flavor for the proceedings but should not be treated as...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2007; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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