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The Fix: June 1, 2008 - June 7, 2008

With Legacy and Future in Mind, Clinton Ends Run

Hillary Rodham Clinton today offered a full-throated endorsement of Barack Obama's presidential campaign in a speech that mixed the historic nature of the protracted Democratic nomination fight with intimate personal reflections about her time on the campaign trail and an...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 7, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Pick: Broder on RFK, Milbank on Milbank

As The Fix (and the political world) waits for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) to deliver her concession speech at noon, we offer up a few videos produced by our colleagues that are well worth a few minutes of your...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 7, 2008; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Framing The Clinton Legacy: Mending Fences with Black Voters

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (N.Y.) concession speech tomorrow afternoon in Washington will be one of the most closely watched -- and eternally analyzed -- political addresses in modern history. Following her widely-panned speech on Tuesday night, Clinton must show...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 6, 2008; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McCain's First General Election Ad

Since Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) formally secured the Democratic nomination for president on Tuesday night, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) has been doing everything he can to stay on offense in the general election. From his scathing speech denouncing Obama for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 6, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Line: Get Ready for Obama-Clinton?

From the moment it became clear that Hillary Rodham Clinton would come up short in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, the talk of whether Barack Obama would pick her as his running mate began. Groups were formed to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 6, 2008; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (462)
Categories:  The Line , Veepstakes  
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FixCam: The Campaign That Was...

Now that the Democratic presidential primary campaign is over (right?), The Fix has been doing two things: 1. Sleeping 2. Reflecting back on the campaign that was. There were any number of great moments during the primary fight, but...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 5, 2008; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
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Veepstakes: Pawlenty Aims to Raise Profile Within GOP

Publicly, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) demurs when asked about his interest in serving as John McCain's running-mate. Privately, however, Pawlenty is doing all the right things to make sure he keeps his name in the mix as spring turns...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 5, 2008; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dean Stays at DNC, Tewes Joins

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) is moving quickly to put his imprint on the Democratic National Committee, offering a vote of confidence in current chairman Howard Dean while also installing one of his most senior political deputies in a leadership role...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 5, 2008; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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What Went Right for Obama

After devoting nearly 1,500 words (as several readers helpfully pointed out) to an exegesis of what Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) did wrong in her bid for Democratic presidential nomination, it occurred to us that the counter argument about what...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 5, 2008; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (262)
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Clinton's Departure a Bow to Reality

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's decision to depart the Democratic presidential campaign on Saturday is, in many ways, a bow to the inevitable reality of her situation. Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) crested the magic number of 2,118 delegates needed to formally...

By Eric Pianin  |  June 4, 2008; 10:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
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The Last Primaries: Winners and Losers

After five months of voting, the Democratic presidential nomination fight ended last night as South Dakota and Montana put Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) well beyond the magic number of delegates to secure his party's nomination over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 4, 2008; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Dream Ticket' Group Looks to Fund Ads

VoteBoth, a group founded by two former aides to Hillary Rodham Clinton, is ramping up its fundraising efforts with the expectation of sponsoring television ads in key swing states urging presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama to pick Clinton as...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 4, 2008; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
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Obama Campaign Will Use Six Consulting 'Teams'

Less than 24 hours after securing the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama is putting in place six teams of campaign consultants that will handle advertising, polling and direct-mail efforts for the general election campaign. Much of the expanded structure is...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 4, 2008; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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What Went Wrong for Clinton?

In the days and weeks to come, there will be dozens (if not hundreds) of stories written revisiting Hillary Rodham Clinton's unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to supporters at a Tuesday night rally in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 4, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (443)
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Obama Is the Presumptive Dem. Nominee

After 152 days of voting and more than 18 months of campaigning, Barack Obama has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. Barack Obama waves to supporters as he arrives Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Reuters)...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2008; 10:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What to Watch For: Downballot Races Dominate

Today may be the end of the presidential primary fight between Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) but it's only the beginning of the primary season in the battle for control of Congress. Seven states -- Alabama,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2008; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton: Will Do 'Whatever it Takes' to Elect a Democrat

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) said she was willing to do "whatever it takes" to elect a Democrat in the fall in response to a question from Rep. Nydia Velasquez about the vice presidency during a recently completed conference call...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2008; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton To Acknowledge 'Where We Are' Tonight

A senior Clinton adviser told The Fix moments ago that Hillary Rodham Clinton will "recognize the reality of where we are" during her remarks tonight in New York City. The adviser warned that the language of Clinton's speech was not...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2008; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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South Dakota, Montana Primary Predictions

All good things must come to an end. Today's primaries in South Dakota and Montana mark the official end of voting in the Democratic nomination fight and, as importantly, the last chance for Fixistas to win official Fix t-shirts in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Montana Governor, Senators Set To Jump Off Fence

The three highest ranking Democrats in Montana plan to wade into the Democratic presidential race as soon as the state's primary is decided tonight, according to a source familiar with the decision. Gov. Brian Schweitzer as well as Sens. Max...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2008; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ickes To Clinton Superdelegates: No Timetable

Harold Ickes, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's liaison to superdelegates, convened a conference call with between 35 and 40 members of Congress loyal to the New York senator this afternoon, a gathering designed to take their temperature on her future in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 2, 2008; 9:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ad Wars: Bush Leaves Voters in the Dust

Republicans are hoping that once Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) becomes their party's official presidential nominee this fall, voters' negative impression of President Bush in particular and his party more generally will begin to fade. Democrats don't seem likely to let...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 2, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wag the Blog: The Biggest Upset Ever?

Upsets have always captivated the imagination of the American public. To wit: * The U.S. ice hockey team defeats Russia and captures the gold medal in the 1980 Olympics. * "Shakespeare in Love" bests "Saving Private Ryan" for Best Picture...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 2, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FixCam Week in Preview: The End

After 152 days and 56 contests, the Democratic presidential nomination fight between Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) comes to a close tomorrow as South Dakota and Montana hold the final primaries. Obama has emerged over...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 2, 2008; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton Puts Up Popular Vote Ad

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) took to the airwaves in South Dakota and Montana today with an ad that pushes the idea that she is winning the popular vote in the race against Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) "Some say there...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 1, 2008; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Puerto Rico Primary Prediction Contest

Puerto Rico holds its Democratic presidential primary vote today -- one of only three contests remaining in the race between Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) For Fixistas, the dwindling number of primary votes means your opportunities...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 1, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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