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The Craig Shadow

Every Republican on stage is cursing Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) for his guilty plea for disorderly conduct in an airport men's room and subsequent rethinking of his resignation.

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) -- after 25 minutes without a single word -- was forced to answer whether the Craig incident endangered the party's ability to be strong on family values.

Brownback dodged, somewhat, by noting that Craig should stay resigned.

"I'd say on his second thoughts, he's already pulled that trigger," said Brownback. He condemned it as a "terrible situation" but praised the quick response by Senate Republican leaders to pressure Craig to resign his post.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (Calif.) got a similar question and said that he believed Craig should stick to his original resignation plan.

None of the frontrunners -- including Romney who Craig had endorsed -- were asked the question. Count that as a dodged bullet for the former Governor.

By Eric Pianin  |  September 5, 2007; 9:36 PM ET
 
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