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The Fix: December 9, 2007 - December 15, 2007

Des Moines Register Picks Clinton and McCain

The Des Moines Register endorsed Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) this evening, handing Clinton a boost of momentum with the crucial caucuses less than three weeks away. The newspaper also endorsed Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) in the Republican presidential...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 15, 2007; 9:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Alaska: A Target-Rich Environment for Democrats?

New polling out of Alaska shows that the state's two iconic Republican incumbents are in real jeopardy at the ballot box next year. The survey, conducted by Research 2000 for the liberal website DailyKos and in the field from Dec....

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 14, 2007; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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The Friday Presidential Line: Obama & Clinton Tied

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Each week -- heck, each day -- is critical now in the race for the presidency. Voters in early states are paying close attention and campaigns have to be at their best. Some candidates are rising...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 14, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
Categories:  The Line  
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Giuliani to Outline Governing Vision

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will deliver a speech Saturday aimed at laying out a broad governing vision for the country, an address his campaign is touting as a turning point in his bid for the Republican nomination....

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 13, 2007; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democratic Debate: Winners and Losers

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The final Democratic debate before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses is in the books. Rather than give Fix readers a roundup of what just happened (you can get that here from the AP's Nedra Pickler), we...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 13, 2007; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
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Democratic Debate Preview: Do or Die for Clinton?

DES MOINES -- Beset by stories -- thanks for nothing Billy Shaheen and Bill Clinton -- that play into a narrative that her campaign is panicking, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) takes to the debate stage this afternoon with...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 13, 2007; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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GOP Wins Ohio Seat: Does it Signal a Comback?

DES MOINES -- Beset by stories -- thanks for nothing Billy Shaheen and Bill Clinton -- that play into a narrative that her campaign is panicking, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) takes to the debate stage this afternoon with her last, best chance to regain the momentum in the Iowa caucuses.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 13, 2007; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Republican Debate: Winners and Losers

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Republican debate staged here Wednesday was largely a disappointment as the candidates -- bound by a strict debate format -- were unable to engage one another in a meaningful way. Even so, some candidates helped...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 13, 2007; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Debate in Name Only

JOHNSTON, Iowa - In a debate that barely lived up to the definition of that word, the nine Republican candidates found far more common ground than disagreement during the 90-minute event. The gathering was heavily anticipated as today's debate marked...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 12, 2007; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Debate Preview: All Eyes on Huck

JOHNSTON, Iowa -- The Fix -- as well as every other political reporter in the known universe -- is packed into a tiny and increasingly chilly room here at the headquarters of Iowa Public Television awaiting the Republican debate, which...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 12, 2007; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Register Endorsement

There is perhaps no process more shrouded in mystery and secrecy than newspaper endorsements of political candidates. The editorial boards that make these decisions exist entirely independent of the newsroom staff and their members often covet their anonymity and the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 12, 2007; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Clinton Pushes Electability Argument

With the Iowa caucuses now just 23 days away, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is using the electability argument as a cudgel against Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.). In a hastily-organized conference call this afternoon, which just happened to be scheduled...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 11, 2007; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Air Wars: Romney Goes Negative

Regardless of the positive pledges that candidates take at the start, all campaigns eventually devolve into a series of increasingly nasty comparative ads. The wonder is that in a race as competitive and expensive as this presidential contest that it...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 11, 2007; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (129)
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Wag the Blog: The Oprah Effect

The three-state tour by Oprah Winfrey in support of the presidential candidacy of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) over the weekend dominated political coverage in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina as well as nationally. Nearly 67,000 people total attended the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 11, 2007; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
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Louisiana's 4th District: Open Opportunity?

The retirement of Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.) , which broke late Friday night, brings to 17 the number of Republicans leaving Congress at the end of 2008. McCrery's departure -- while not totally unexpected -- is a powerful symbolic blow...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 10, 2007; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Giuliani's Virtuoso Performance

Ever since former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced he was running for president, questions have lingered about his ability to withstand an extended look at his public and private life. In an appearance yesterday on "Meet the Press,"...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 10, 2007; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
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FixCam Week in Preview: It All Comes Down to This

After more weeks -- and "weeks in preview" -- then we care to remember, we are down to the final stretch with just 24 days separating us from the Iowa caucuses. And, it is Iowa where the top-tier campaigns...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 9, 2007; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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