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The Fix: January 27, 2008 - February 2, 2008

'08 Hopefuls To Talk With MTV, MySpace and The Fix

As regular reads of this blog know, The Fix has had the unique opportunity to partner with MTV and MySpace for a series of presidential dialogues with the 2008 presidential candidates. Tomorrow night marks the culmination of those dialogues with...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 1, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
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Florida Prediction Winners

We asked the Fix community on Tuesday to predict the winners of that night's Florida Republican primary. And predict you did! More than 320 predictions were registered -- a new record! In the early hours of the vote counting, the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 1, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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The Line on Running Mates

As Super Tuesday draws ever closer, the fields for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations have narrowed significantly. Always fond of basketball metaphors, The Fix has taken to referring to those still standing as the Final Four -- Sens. Barack...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 1, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (477)
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Democratic Debate Wrapup: A Tame Affair

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By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 11:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Celebrity Spotting

After nearly two hours straight of typing, The Fix's fingers are tired. But, we've got a roundup of tonight's debate still to write. That's going to take a little bit of time so, in the meantime, let's see how many...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 10:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Clinton on Clinton, Part Two

Give Clinton credit. She has faced the tougher questions tonight and has generally handled them with aplomb -- although her answer on her vote for the use of force resolution was a bit rambling and semi-confusing. Asked moments ago about...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 9:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Another Break?

The Fix loves politics more than the average guy but wasn't this a 90-minute debate? And didn't the debate start at 8? And isn't it 9:40? Just asking.......

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 9:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Clinton, Obama Spar On Electability

The choice between Clinton and Obama was framed nicely moments ago when asked about the use of the force resolution against Iraq. Clinton turned a tough topic for her into a subtle questioning of whether Obama has the stature to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 9:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Republican-Bashing on Iraq

On an issue -- Iraq -- that was expected to be one of the flash points of this Democratic race, Obama and Clinton largely gave each other a pass on their differences, choosing instead to hit Republicans. Clinton went first...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 9:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Clinton on Clinton

That was a moment. Clinton was asked perhaps the toughest question we have heard tonight -- a 38-year-old woman emailed in asking how Clinton could possibly represent change when the Bushes and Clinton have been on every presidential ballot for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 9:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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The Kennedy Endorsement

Frankly, we're surprised it took this long for the Sen. Ted Kennedy's (Mass.) endorsement of Obama to come up in the debate. Clinton was asked by the L.A. Times's Doyle McManus whether the Kennedy endorsement was a signal that Obama...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 9:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Obama Calls Out Clinton on Drivers Licenses

Just as it appeared Clinton would escape the illegal immigration discussion without a mention of her support and then opposition to a plan in New York to give drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants, Obama brought it up. In the "more...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Immigration: Republicans' Secret Weapon?

An emailed question asked of the two candidates by Politico's Jeanne Cummings exposes a real potential problem for Democrats: immigration. The question was whether either candidate would acknowledge that the declining employment rates and declining wages in the black community...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 8:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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McCain Makes An Appearance

As we wrote earlier today, the emergence of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) as the likely Republican nominee would almost certainly impact tonight's Democratic debate. Obama just used McCain as a foil to castigate Republicans for their fiscal responsibility. He praised...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 8:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Clinton Solid on Health Care

Few candidates know as much about health care as Clinton and she just showed off her knowledge. "This is the passionate cause of my public service," said Clinton before launching into an extended explanation of why she believes her plan...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 8:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The Differences: Hillary and Obama

Asked what were the main policy differences between her and Obama, Clinton gave two. First, health care where Clinton supports a universal coverage plan and Obama's proposal does not include such a measure and would leave out a projected 15...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 8:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Hillary Gets in on The Edwards Action

Not to be outdone by Obama, Clinton threw a little love John Edwards's way in her opening remarks. "I am grateful for the extraordinary service of John And Elizabeth Edwards," she said, adding that the couple served to remind "that...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 8:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A Debate of Historic Import

And now, live from The Fix basement.... CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer plays up the historical import of the night, makes the obligatory press pool acknowledgment and introduces the candidates -- Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. Blitzer says the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Away We Go!

The Fix has stopped live blogging debates in the last few months -- preferring to sit back and watch a bit more. But, given the historic nature of this debate, we just couldn't resist. So, for one night only, the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Democratic Debate Preview: Lights Out In L.A.?

After a year of campaigning, tonight's Democratic debate in California finally offers the sort of a mano a mano -- eh, mano a womano -- confrontation that many within the party have been craving. Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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The McCain Impact on the Democrats

Following Florida's Republican primary on Tuesday night, one thing became indisputably clear: Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) is now the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. McCain's ascension to that coveted role has drawn massive coverage over the past 24 hours...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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Memo: McCain 'De Facto' Nominee After Feb. 5

In an internal memo for Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential bid, campaign manager Rick Davis argued that his candidate stands in extremely strong position to rack up a decisive delegate victory over former governor Mitt Romney (Mass.) on Super Tuesday...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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McCain, Romney Clash in Personal Terms

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By Chris Cillizza  |  January 30, 2008; 10:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
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Domestic Issues Dominate 1st Hour of GOP Debate

Domestic issues dominated the first hour of tonight's GOP debate, a focus that put frontrunner John McCain on defense on issues like illegal immigration and tax cuts. On immigration, McCain was asked by Los Angeles Times reporter Janet Hook whether...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 30, 2008; 9:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Romney, McCain and Who's the 'Real' Conservative

John McCain and Mitt Romney clashed repeatedly over their respective credentials as conservatives in the opening minutes of tonight's Republican debate in California. Romney, echoing his stump speech of recent days, insisted that McCain was not an authentic conservative due...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 30, 2008; 8:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Schwarzenegger To Endorse McCain, Says L.A. Times

The Governator is planning to add some muscle to McCain '08 (AP photo) Just as the Republican debate began tonight in California tonight, the Los Angeles Times broke the news that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) will endorse Sen....

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 30, 2008; 8:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GOP Debate Preview: Clashing in the Shadow of Reagan

And then there were four. Tonight at the Ronald Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif., the four remaining candidates -- John McCain, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul -- will take to the stage for the final time...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 30, 2008; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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With Giuliani Aboard, Is Straight Talk Express Moving at Warp Speed?

It's a testament to how fast-moving this election cycle has become that even before former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is scheduled to end his campaign and endorse Sen. John McCain (R) later today, the development already feels like...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 30, 2008; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Winners and Losers: Florida Primary Edition

For the umpteenth time in recent memory, Florida again played a critical role in helping to shape a national presidential election by handing Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) a victory -- a win that solidifies him as the frontrunner for the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 30, 2008; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Edwards's Departure & A New Democratic Race

Former senator John Edwards (N.C.) ended his bid for the presidency today in New Orleans, bringing to a close a five-year quest for the nation's highest office. Former Sen. John Edwards is ending is campaign for the White House. (AP)...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 30, 2008; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (187)
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Florida: First Thoughts on McCain, Clinton Wins

What a night! After a month of primary and caucus results that muddied the field more often than clarifying it, Florida's Republican primary provided some much needed clarity. Make no mistake: Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) is now the frontrunner for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 29, 2008; 11:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McCain Win Cements GOP Frontrunner Status

Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) cinched a crucial victory in Florida's Republican presidential primary tonight, cementing his status as the GOP frontrunner heading into Super Tuesday. County-by-County Results McCain is now a strong favorite to be his party's nominee. He will...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 29, 2008; 10:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Is Winning Florida a True Boost for Clinton?

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) cruised to a win tonight in Florida's presidential primary -- a contest that had been heavily neutered by the fact that no delegates were at stake and none of the candidates actively campaigned in the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 29, 2008; 8:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Florida Primary: What to Watch For Tonight

Most polls will be closing in Florida at 7 p.m. ET, with some of the Panhandle counties not closing until 8 p.m. ET. As you would expect, The Fix is chomping at the bit to find out what will happen...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 29, 2008; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Endorsement Hierarchy Revisited

Today the campaigns of Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) are trotting out competing endorsements as they seek to build excitement in the run up to Super Tuesday. ("Super Tuesday" won our Fix poll question as to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 29, 2008; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Florida Prediction Time (And S.C. Prediction Winners)

The competition for official Fix t-shirts grows more heated with each passing primary. Nearly 300 predictions were made in advance of last Saturday's South Carolina Democratic primary -- the most we've had for a single vote yet! Political Geography of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 29, 2008; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (326)
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The Edwards Factor

John Edwards's campaign laid out its Feb. 5 strategy in a conference call Monday, a sign that the former North Carolina Senator has no plans to leave the race before 24 states have their say on the first Tuesday in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 29, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Rebuts Muslim Falsehood With Jewish Reporters

As the political world waited to see (and hear) Sen. Ted Kennedy (Mass.) formally endorse Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) today, the Illinois Senator hosted a conference call with reporters from Jewish publications and -- once again -- rebutted false charges...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 28, 2008; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ted Kennedy and the Hierarchy of Endorsements

As regular readers know, The Fix isn't one to make a big deal out of political endorsements. A politician or celebrity choosing to stand up for a candidate isn't as influential or meaningful as many in the media (not to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 28, 2008; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FixCam Week in Preview AND a Fix Poll

Sunshine dominates this week's presidential calendar with a primary vote tomorrow in Florida, and back-to-back debates in California on Wednesday and Thursday. The Sunshine State primary is the final vote before the cavalcade of states on Feb. 5 and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 28, 2008; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
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Winners and Losers: S.C. Democrats Edition

With the South Carolina Democratic primary now behind us and all eyes on the 22 states set to vote on Feb. 5, here is The Fix's take on the winners and losers from the race that was. County-by-County Results This...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 27, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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