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The Fix: October 28, 2007 - November 3, 2007

NM-Senate: Shifting Sands

New Mexico Rep. Tom Udall (D) has taken the first steps toward running for what will be the open seat of Sen. Pete Domenici in 2008.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 2, 2007; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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The Line: Casting Doubts on Clinton's Inevitability?

Tuesday's Democratic debate highlighted the two schools of thought about Hillary Clinton's campaign -- and there's truth to both. -- Chris Cillizza

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 2, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (206)
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Knocking Down a McCain Rumor

The silly season is upon us. Rumors are flying everywhere about additions (and subtractions) from presidential campaigns. The Fix, as always, seeks to cut through the clutter and provide Fixistas (?) with the straight dope. A rumor that reached us...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 1, 2007; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Hillary Tries to Rock the Vote

Maybe it's the time we've been spending with the MTV and MySpace crowd but we've grown more and more interested in the youth vote. Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) has made no secret of his desire (need?) to turn out far...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 1, 2007; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Parsing the Polls: Clinton's Female Foundation

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y) was under attack throughout Tuesday night's Democratic debate in Philadelphia, valiantly fighting off some of the hits landed by her opponents, but also getting knocked off her balance by a few. It's easy to get...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 1, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (186)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Parsing the Polls  
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FixCam: Happy Halloween

Once Thanksgiving arrives, it will be harder and harder for the 2008 presidential candidates to change conventional wisdom about the race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 31, 2007; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democratic Debate: Winners and Losers

The Fix grew up a HUGE fan of professional wrestling. So, it was with a mixture of fascination and glee that we watched last night's Democratic presidential debate.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 31, 2007; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (145)
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Democratic Debate Wrap Up: Clinton Under Attack

New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton came under withering attack from her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination tonight in Philadelphia on topics ranging from Iran to electability to immigration, emerging largely unscathed despite the near-relentless focus on her...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 30, 2007; 11:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UFOs and Alien Life

In the weird last minutes of the debate (the period, by the way, when The Fix made it onto the basketball court in high school) Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio) gave us a highlight. Asked about the statement by actress Shirley...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 30, 2007; 11:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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Opponents Pounce on Clinton's Statements on Immigration

After withstanding a series of pointed questions from her rivals in the debate's first hour, Clinton appeared to commit an unforced error when answering a question on whether she supported Gov. Eliot Spitzer's (D-N.Y.) plan to offer drivers licenses to...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 30, 2007; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is the 'Lightning Round' Enlightening?

The concept of a "lightning round" -- whereby each of the candidates offers a very brief thought on a topic is problematic. These candidates know that there is no real penalty for going over time and therefore do so with...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 30, 2007; 10:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dodd Gets His Moment

That cheer you just heard came from Sen. Chris Dodd's (Conn.) campaign. After spending much of the last several debates complaining that Dodd wasn't getting any chance to talk about the issue on which he is strongest, he just got...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 30, 2007; 10:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Edwards Shines Against Clinton, Obama Scores on His Background

So far in the debate, Obama has been one-upped by Edwards when it comes to challenging Clinton directly but that doesn't mean the Illinois Senator hasn't scored points of his own. Just before the second commercial break of the night,...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 30, 2007; 10:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Biden Bashes Rudy

Sen. Joe Biden (Del.) took a page from the Republican playbook, bashing the GOP frontrunner to endear himself to the Democratic base. "[Former New York City Mayor] Rudy Giuliani is probably the most underqualified man to lead this country since...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 30, 2007; 10:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama & Edwards Keep the Pressure on Clinton

Not a moment has passed in this debate where Clinton has not been at the center of the conversation. After refusing to offer a direct answer to a challenge that she tell the National Archives to release the papers she...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 30, 2007; 9:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton Debates Bush

If Obama and Edwards want to turn this debate into a fight between themselves and Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner seems to want to make the fight one between herself and the current president. Sen. Hillary Clinton sought to keep the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 30, 2007; 9:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama: We Will Not Be Governed by Fear

Obama just showed that he is learning when it comes to debates. Asked whether he would pledge to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons, Obama used it as a launching pad to offer a broad indictment of the Bush Administration....

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 30, 2007; 9:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Edwards Fluent in 'Neocon'

Edwards isn't content to let this debate devolve into a battle between Clinton and Obama. After Clinton sought to explain her vote for a measure that designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, Edwards went for a direct rebuttal....

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 30, 2007; 9:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama & Edwards Go After Clinton

If the first 10 minutes of the debate are any indication, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and former Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) are going to take shots at Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) but she isn't going to play along. Obama...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 30, 2007; 9:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live Blogging the Democratic Debate: A Disclaimer

As tonight's Democratic presidential debate in Philadelphia 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  |  October 30, 2007; 9:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democratic Debate Preview

Seven Democrats -- sorry Mike Gravel fans! -- gather tonight in Philadelphia for perhaps the most eagerly anticipated debate of the presidential cycle to date. Why the excitement? This will be the first chance -- on national television, no less...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 30, 2007; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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KY-Senate: Is McConnell in Trouble?

Is Mitch McConnell the next Tom Daschle? That is, has McConnell's position as leader of Senate Republicans done him enough political harm back home that he could lose a re-election bid come next November? Sen. Mitch McConnell. Dueling poll results...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 30, 2007; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Endorsements Tracker: Courting State Legislators

Today The Fix calls your attention to washingtonpost.com's 2008 endorsement database -- giving you a quick snapshot of how the presidential candidates are doing when it comes to attracting support in key early states from state legislators. Support from elected...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 30, 2007; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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Mitt and Judd: Perfect Together

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The Fix is still in Iowa after today's MTV/MySpace presidential dialogue with Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) but, of course, the presidential campaign is in full swing all over the country. The big news -- aside from...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 29, 2007; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama's MTV/MySpace Forum

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) repeatedly sought to draw contrast between himself and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) on issues ranging from next steps in Iran to attitudes toward torture in an hour-long presidential forum sponsored by MTV...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 29, 2007; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Obama in Spotlight at Today's MySpace/MTV Forum

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By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 29, 2007; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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