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The Fix: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

Who Won: The Video Edition

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. So how many words is a 30-second ad worth? The campaigns of both John McCain and Barack Obama have new ads (McCain's is a web video) that...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 27, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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The Mississippi Debate: First Thoughts and Who Won?

The first presidential debate of the 2008 election, which as recently as 12 hours ago looked like it might not happen, is in the books. The spin between the campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain, of course, has only...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 26, 2008; 11:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (911)
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The Fix Twitters the Debate

Want to keep up with our thoughts on McCain, Obama, moderator Jim Lehrer, the cable news coverage, Catholic field hockey, songs we like and any number of other thoughts? Make sure to sign up for The Fix Twitter feed as...

By Paul Volpe  |  September 26, 2008; 8:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
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First Presidential Debate: What To Watch For

The first presidential debate is finally here and the candidates have likely completed their preparations. Here's what we'll be watching for in tonight's main event. The debate that almost wasn't is now back on track for 9 p.m. ET...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 26, 2008; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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McCain Blinks

As Friday came and a bailout deal seemed more likely, John McCain decided to participate in tonight's debate, where the stakes couldn't be higher. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) The news that John McCain will debate Barack Obama tonight in...

By Paul Volpe  |  September 26, 2008; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (409)
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McCain Wins Debate

Although the fate of tonight's presidential debate in Mississippi remains very much up in the air, John McCain has apparently already won it -- if you believe an Internet ad an astute reader spotted next to this piece in the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 26, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (217)
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Friday House Line: The Top 25!

With the November election rushing to its conclusion, The Fix is stepping it up accordingly. Welcome to the new and improved Friday House Line in which we seek to bring our loyal readers the 25 -- yes, you read that...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 26, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Comment Registration Returns!

As some loyal readers have no doubt already noticed, comment registration has returned to The Fix. What does that mean for Fixistas? Simply that, before you comment on The Fix, you must sign on to the Post website using your...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 26, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Mississippi Debate Update

For those political junkies still wondering whether tomorrow night's scheduled presidential debate in Mississippi will happen, a just-released memo from John McCain's campaign casts doubt on the prospect. "Tomorrow, John McCain will return to Capitol Hill where he will work...

By Paul Volpe  |  September 25, 2008; 9:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
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Colbert Suspends!

The suspension strategy being employed by John McCain in the presidential race quickly made its way into popular culture with talk show host/comedian/political gadfly Stephen Colbert officially -- albeit briefly -- suspending his show on Comedy Central last night. Sure,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 25, 2008; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Bubba Re-Emerges: Still Bitter?

Former President Bill Clinton reappeared on the political scene -- and off the Democratic message -- during his Global Initiative meeting this week in New York City. (Getty Photo) Lost amid the wall-to-wall coverage of the collapse on Wall...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 25, 2008; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (187)
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VA-Gov: The Macker Makes a Move

Could former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe make a run at Virginia's top job? (Jae C. Hong -- Associated Press) The news that Terry McAuliffe, a longtime national party operative/cheerleader and friend to the Clintons, is seriously weighing...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 25, 2008; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Governors  
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Wag the Blog: A Presidential Staring Contest

John McCain and Barack Obama. Getty Photo. The decision yesterday by John McCain to suspend his campaign in order to deal with the financial crisis on Wall Street and Barack Obama's refusal to follow suit creates an old-fashioned political...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 25, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (372)
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Behind McCain's Decision to Suspend His Campaign

John McCain's decision to suspend his campaign comes as two new polls show him slipping in the head to head matchup against Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Sen. John McCain's surprise announcement that he would temporarily suspend his campaign...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 24, 2008; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1686)
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McCain Campaign Disputes Post Poll

John McCain waves as he is joined by Sen. Joseph Lieberman, left, campaign manager Rick Davis, second from right, and son Jack McCain. By Charles Dharapak -- Associated Press UPDATE, 2:30 pm: A new Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll shows...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 24, 2008; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (247)
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The Biden Paradox: Help or Hindrance?

Barack Obama took a calculated risk in choosing Joe Biden as a running mate. In the wake of some recent gaffes, some wonder if it will pay off. (Steve Helber -- AP) Over the last week, Delaware Sen. Joe...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 24, 2008; 6:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (451)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Veepstakes  
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Wag the Blog Redux: Is Palin Teflon?

As noted in Friday's Wag the Blog, "negative stories rarely stuck to" former presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton -- call it the Teflon quality. We wondered whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin might have the same quality. As most recent...

By Washington Post editors  |  September 23, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
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Ad Wars: Feeney's Mea Culpa

It's never a good sign when, just six weeks before election day, an incumbent puts up an ad in which he apologizes to his constituents for bad judgment. But, that's exactly what happened today in Florida's 24th district where embattled...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 23, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Ad Wars , House  
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The Tax Attack Cometh (Revisited)

New polling in four presidential battleground states -- Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin -- reveals that Republicans continue to hold an advantage over Democrats on taxes and suggests that John McCain's attacks on Barack Obama on the issue will only...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 23, 2008; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Beware the (Political) Browser

It's six weeks -- to the day! -- until the Nov. 4 election. With the end so near, washingtonpost.com and the Post are, literally, going all out to bring you the best coverage of the election out there. The latest...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 23, 2008; 6:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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The Debate Over the Debate

Barack Obama and John McCain will have different sets of expectations to meet and hurdles to clear in Friday's debate.. (Photo by Shannon Stapleton-Pool/Getty Images) It's debate week in Washington! The first presidential debate between Barack Obama and John...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 22, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (288)
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Schmidt Hammers the New York Times

AP Photo. UPDATE, 4:45 pm: New York Times editor Bill Keller gave the following statement to Politico's Michael Calderone on the allegations made by McCain operations manager Steve Schmidt today. "The New York Times is committed to covering the candidates...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 22, 2008; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (358)
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Fix Cam Week in Preview: The Fix Presidential Picks (Updated)

Now that just 43 days (!) separate us from the November election, we are going to use this space every Monday morning to update our "Pick a President" map with our latest and greatest take on where things stand...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 22, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
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SNL Swipes at McCain (Again)

For the second straight week, "Saturday Night Live" used its huge platform to take a shot at the presidential campaign of John McCain. Last week, Tina Fey delivered a spot-on (and not terribly flattering) send-up of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin....

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 21, 2008; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (323)
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