January 23rd, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Thompson abandons White House bid
Former Sen. Fred Thompson on Tuesday ended his run for the presidency, coming off the heels of a disappointing third-place finish in South Carolina's GOP primary and heading into the showdown state of Florida next week.

Washington Post: Clinton Now Looking Beyond S.C.
The next Democratic presidential nominating contest will take place in South Carolina on Saturday, but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has already turned her full attention to places such as this: delegate-rich pockets of states that will vote in a tidal wave of primaries two weeks from now.

NY Times: Huckabee, Short on Cash, Curtails Effort in Florida
Before he won the Iowa Republican caucuses, Mike Huckabee told voters that sending him to victory would forever debunk the conventional wisdom that money could decide a presidential race.

Boston Globe: Rocky Fla. economy altering political landscape
The Republican presidential field may find the political ground shifting under its feet in Florida, where the faltering economy is fast surpassing national security as the cutting issue in next week's primary, when GOP voters could clear up the blurred contest for the party's nomination.

Washington Post: Obama Turns His Message Of Change to The Economy
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has spent much of the past year laying out a vision for voters weary of partisan rancor and political double talk. Now, as he faces an electorate suddenly worried about plummeting 401(k) accounts and vanishing jobs, he argues that the issues are linked.

NY Times: Candidates Turn Attention to Gyrating Markets and Weakened Economy
The weakened economy and the turmoil in financial markets have helped to cement a gradual shift in emphasis in the presidential campaign to domestic issues from national security, giving the candidates an opportunity on Tuesday to spotlight economic proposals and try to convince voters that they could handle a crisis.

USA Today: Two Clintons one too many for some
In 1992, when he was running for president, Bill Clinton bragged that his brainy lawyer wife would give voters "two for the price of one." This year, Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief rival for the presidential nomination says that's precisely the problem he faces in the campaign.

USA Today: Candidates use stimulus plan as chance to tout own ideas
A Bush administration proposal to fend off economic recession, still in the making, is already prompting disapproval from both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates.

Washington Times: Hillary-Obama feud alarms party officials
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama are increasingly going after each other, prompting top Democrats to warn they are muddying the party's image in advance of the general election.

The State: Rocking the vote
Dems try to tune in young voters — and hope they’ll show up at polls

The State: Democrats’ eyes on prize
Beyond Saturday primary, who can win in the fall? After eight years of being shut out, state Democrats say they are choosing candidates based on who’s best to win the White House in November.

Boston Globe: Sunshine State primary to test McCain's appeal to core Republicans
McCain has led in some recent Florida polls, but the vote here will be a particular test for the Arizona senator, who is hoping to build on his close victory Saturday in South Carolina. Florida will be not only the largest state yet to vote – with a demographic diversity foreshadowing the range of states voting on Feb. 5 – but also the biggest test of McCain's appeal to a Republican Party he has never fully won over.


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