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The Fix: September 2, 2007 - September 8, 2007

Sen. Hagel Won't Seek Reelection in 2008

The Omaha World-Herald is reporting -- and The Post's Jonathan Weisman has confirmed -- that Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) will announce Monday that he will not seek a third term in 2008 nor run for any other national office. Sen....

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 8, 2007; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
Categories:  Senate  
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Doolittle Says He Will Run, "Period."

California Rep. John Doolittle's defiant pronouncement that he will seek re-election to the House in 2008 has to send shivers down the spines of savvy Republican strategists. For months, political operatives have been acting as though Doolittle's retirement is a...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 7, 2007; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  House , Republican Party  
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The Line: Ranking the House Races (and FixCam)

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By Chris Cillizza  |  September 7, 2007; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Line  
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Introducing FixCam: Is It All About Fred?

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 6, 2007; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , FixCam  
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Republican Debate: Winners and Losers

The last P.F.T -- pre-Fred Thompson -- debate is in the books. Eight Republican candidates gathered on a stage in Durham, N.H., last night while one, the aformentioned Thompson, chose an appearance on "The Tonight Show" to finally make his...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 6, 2007; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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GOP Debate Wrapup: Frontrunners Under Fire

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani -- the two leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination -- came under pointed criticism both from their rivals and from New Hampshire residents in tonight's debate...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 5, 2007; 11:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Giuliani's On The Spot Moment

Another question from someone at Young's restaurant and another tough moment for a frontrunning candidate. Giuliani was asked why the turmoil in his private life didn't offer a contrast with his support for family values. "I certainly haven't lived a...

By Eric Pianin  |  September 5, 2007; 10:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Romney and Giuliani Defend Tax Records

Quizzed about their respective records of raising fees and fines during their respective tenures in elected office, Giuliani and Romney argued that they did the best they could given the strong Democratic nature of their city/state. Giuliani noted that he...

By Eric Pianin  |  September 5, 2007; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Romney -- Ugh

A very tough moment just now for Romney when FNC's Carl Cameron ("Campaign Carl" for those in the know) interviewed a man whose son is serving in Iraq. The man condemned Romney for comparing the work his sons are doing...

By Eric Pianin  |  September 5, 2007; 10:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Huckabee vs Paul

Picking a fight with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is a questionable strategy but it just paid off for Huckabee. After Paul -- yet again -- advocated the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, Huckabee managed to both criticize the war...

By Eric Pianin  |  September 5, 2007; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain as Wildcard

As we wrote in our debate preview, Sen. John McCain is the wildcard in both tonight's debate and the race more generally. McCain isn't a top tier candidate any more but he is well-liked in New Hampshire and his reputation...

By Eric Pianin  |  September 5, 2007; 9:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Romney vs Giuliani

With one-third of the debate already gone, the sniping between Giuliani and Romney has been the central dynamic thus far. Romney is working hard to make sure viewers know that he and Giuliani differ when it comes to immigration, seemingly...

By Eric Pianin  |  September 5, 2007; 9:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Craig Shadow

Every Republican on stage is cursing Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) for his guilty plea for disorderly conduct in an airport men's room and subsequent rethinking of his resignation. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) -- after 25 minutes without a single word...

By Eric Pianin  |  September 5, 2007; 9:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hammering Fred

One-liners were the rule when it came to a question about why Fred Thompson wasn't a part of the debate tonight. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee: "I was scheduled to be on Jay Leno but I gave up my slot for...

By Eric Pianin  |  September 5, 2007; 9:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Romney, Giuliani Clash Over Immigration

After no talk of illegal immigration in the last Republican presidential gathering in Iowa, the topic is front and center tonight. Former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani have clashed repeatedly over the issue...

By Eric Pianin  |  September 5, 2007; 9:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Liveblogging the Republican Debate: A Disclaimer

Before tonight's Republican 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 of the proceedings but should not be treated as an...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 5, 2007; 8:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Republican Debate Primer

Seeking to blunt the star power of soon-to-be presidential candidate Fred Thompson, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is set to announce that actor Robert Duvall has endorsed him in the 2008 presidential race. Duvall, an Academy Award winner...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 5, 2007; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Tim Johnson's Good Week

While the eyes of the national media were (and remain) on the increasingly strange saga of Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), something else far more meaningful to the fight for Senate control in 2008 was happening. Sen. Tim Johnson (D) returned...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 5, 2007; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Parsing the Polls: Is Thompson Too Late or Right on Time?

With less than 24 hours to go until Fred Thompson's formal entry into the 2008 presidential race, The Fix thought it made sense to scan the available polling data to figure out whether Thompson waited too long to get into...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 5, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Parsing the Polls  
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Edwards and Schweitzer: Perfect Together?

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) will be introduced by Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer later today at a fundraiser in Missoula, according to his campaign. Sources on both sides were careful to note that Schweitzer's presence at the "Small Change for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 4, 2007; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Arizona's 1st: Where Retirement Is a Good Thing

The decision by Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) not to seek re-election in 2008 is the rare instance where an incumbent stepping aside increases his party's chances of holding the seat. Renzi had been beset from ethical questions and legal woes...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 4, 2007; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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