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The Fix: October 7, 2007 - October 13, 2007

FixCam: Why House Republicans Are Frowning

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By Chris Cillizza  |  October 12, 2007; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Fawning Over the Gore-Acle

The news out of Norway this morning that former vice president Al Gore had won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global climate change ensures a healthy dose of "will he or won't he" talk through the weekend....

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 12, 2007; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
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The Governor's Line: All Eyes on Louisiana

Eight days are all that separate political junkies from the first significant vote of the 2007-2008 election cycle. It will come on Oct. 20 when Rep. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), state Sen. Walter Boasso (D), businessman John Georges (I) and Public...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 12, 2007; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Movement From the Gore-acle?

As regular Fix readers know, we have long been fascinated with former Vice President Al Gore and his future (or lack thereof) in elected politics. The confluence of two recent stories has our Gore-dar buzzing again. The first was an...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 11, 2007; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
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The GOP Field's Dirty Little Iowa Secret

Over the last two months, one thing has become increasingly clear in the fight for the GOP presidential nomination: The Republican field is all-but-ceding the Iowa caucuses to Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney on the campaign trail in Iowa. (AP File...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 11, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (155)
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A Comments Change for The Fix

As regular Fix readers know, we are always trying to make this blog better; from FixCam to Wag the Blog to the Friday Line we are always trying to raise the bar for ourselves and this community. With that in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 10, 2007; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Wag the Blog: Are GOP Attacks Helping Hillary?

Time and time again in yesterday's Republican debate, the leading candidates attacked Hillary Rodham Clinton and the direction they said she would take the country if elected president in 2008. In The Fix's debate winners and losers post, we put...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 10, 2007; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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Republican Debate: Winners and Losers

Yesterday's GOP debate in Dearborn, Mich., was supposed to be all about former Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.). It was the actor turned politician's first time on stage with his opponents and was widely cast as a chance for Thompson to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 10, 2007; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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At Debate, GOP Hopefuls Again Focus on Clinton

A much anticipated Republican debate today in Dearborn, Mich. turned into a contest to see which of the assembled candidates could most effectively skewer Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and her policy proposals. The Republican presidential hopefuls on the state...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Union Yes!

The candidates were asked whether unions are a good or a bad thing for America. All of them generally agreed -- unions have done much good but at times were used by Democrats for political gains . For our money,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thompson the Tone Setter

Say this for Fred Thompson's strategy of not appearing in debates up until today: It's allowing him to get the first response in on many of the most important questions of the debate. Since most viewers are interested in hearing...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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A Contrast in Visions

The three frontrunners used a question about how to convince voters that Republicans can be trusted with the economy to offer their larger philosophical visions. Romney, not surprisingly, was the most upbeat of the trio. "Our future is going to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Fred Thompson KNOWS Andy Griffith

Fred Thompson is making sure voters know he is from the South. After Huckabee unloosed one of his classic lines -- how America needs to approach energy security with the speech of a NASCAR pit crew rather than like the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Romney Picks the Low-Hanging Fruit

As we wrote before, both Romney and Giuliani are showing their debate experience today. On a question of whether Romney would want or need to go to Congress for approval of military action against Iran, Romney stumbled a bit but...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Thompson on Iraq

The debate is moving off economic issues and onto Iraq. Thompson (again) went first, essentially positioning himself on the issue alongside the other frontrunners -- that is, criticizing the initial entry into Iraq but insisting that the surge is working...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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McCain: Serious, Somber Straight Talk

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has used his first three responses in the debate to offer some "straight talk" on the economy. Not surprisingly, McCain is working to turn the debate more into one over cutting spending -- long a focus...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fight, Fight Fight

It's on! Romney and Giuliani just took public their behind-the-scenes scuffle over their own records on taxes and spending. The brouhaha began innocently as Giuliani took a pass on drawing harsh distinctions between himself and Romney. Refusing to name his...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Huckabee Seeks to Distinguish Himself

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) sought to burnish his "everyman" credentials while drawing a distinction between himself and the other candidates on stage. "For many people on this stage the economy is doing terrifically well," said Huckabee. "But for a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Romney and Giuliani: Surely You Jest

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani have done this debate thing before and it shows. After a decidedly serious answer from Thompson about the possibility of a recession, Romney found a way to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thompson First Up

We didn't have to wait long to hear from Fred Thompson in today's debate -- his first. Asked by CNBC's Maria Bartiromo whether or not the country was on the verge of a recession, Thompson said he did not believe...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live Blogging the Republican Debate: A Disclaimer

Before today's Republican presidential debate in Dearborn, Mich., 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...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GOP Debate Preview: Fred Takes the Stage

This afternoon's Republican debate in Dearborn, Mich., is likely to be dominated by the one new face on stage -- Fred Thompson. What kind of welcome are the other GOP candidates planning today for newcomer Fred Thompson? (AP Photo) Thompson,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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SEIU's Non-Endorsement: How Bad for Edwards?

Moments after the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced yesterday that it would not offer a national endorsement of any of the Democratic candidates for president, the political class seemed to arrive at a swift conclusion: this was terrible news...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Mexico's 1st District: Wilson's Gone, Democrats Line Up

The dominos are starting to fall in New Mexico following Sen. Pete Domenici's (R) retirement announcement late last week. The first major domino was Rep. Heather Wilson (R) who announced last Friday she would leave the 1st district seat she...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2007; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Why Rudy Needs Hillary

Over the last few months, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has ramped up his rhetoric against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, deriding her as a radical liberal who will take the country in the wrong direction. In an interview...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 8, 2007; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FixCam: Week In Preview

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By Chris Cillizza  |  October 8, 2007; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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