January 29th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Miami Herald: Florida Election A Barometer For Country
Florida will be a barometer for the nation on Tuesday, showing the rest of the country the might of the Hispanic vote, the importance of the economy and the fate of Rudy Giuliani.

Washington Post: McCain, Romney Go Another Round in Fla.
The front-runners in the Florida Republican primary exchanged some of their sharpest criticisms of the campaign on Monday, with each seeking a win on Tuesday that would provide a big haul of delegates and a burst of momentum heading into a Feb. 5 mega-primary.

NY Times: Less of a Draw, a Subdued Giuliani Stays Upbeat
For weeks, as he was getting shellacked in Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan and South Carolina, Rudolph W. Giuliani, former front-runner for the Republican nomination, answered his skeptics with a simple refrain: just wait till Florida, his stronghold and his bulwark against the tide of losses in the early states.

Washington Post: Obama Ready on 'Day One,' Kennedy Says
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy delivered a highly prized endorsement for Sen. Barack Obama yesterday as well as a pointed rebuttal to the main lines of attack used against him by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, Bill Clinton.

NY Times: High Enthusiasm Propels Democratic Voters
The race for the Democratic presidential nomination may have its divisive moments, but it is generating intense interest and enthusiasm among the party’s rank and file: significantly greater, by several measures, than the Republican contest, political experts say.

LA Times: McCain, Clinton Have Big Leads In California
One week before California throws itself into the presidential contest, John McCain and Hillary Rodham Clinton hold imposing leads in the races for their parties' nominations, but the battles remain extremely volatile, a new statewide poll has found.

Washington Post: Big Crowd For Obama In District
Sen. Barack Obama rode the winds of his South Carolina victory into the District yesterday, appearing before an overflow crowd of thousands at American University and picking up the coveted endorsement of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

NY Times: Power Through Delegates May Be Edwards Strategy
With the Democratic nominating contest building to Feb. 5, the candidates have been focusing on the crucial game of accumulating delegates, a task that has become a possible raison d’être for John Edwards.

LA Times: Huckabee Takes Low-Cost Route In Florida
While his Republican rivals fought hard in the week before today's primary, Mike Huckabee was forced to largely forgo this expensive battlefield.

WSJ: McCain Gains as Furor Over Immigration Cools
Today, as Republican voters go to the polls in Florida to determine whether Sen. McCain has become the clear favorite to win the Republican nomination, it is worth considering how things have turned around. On Iraq, the about-face is easy to explain: Things got better on the ground there, and Sen. McCain's support for the war and a new strategy for fighting it now looks more like wisdom than stubbornness. But what about immigration?

Washington Times: GOP Looks To Diverse Florida Retirement Enclave
Democratic presidential challenger Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton might argue that is takes a village to raise a child. In Florida, Republican hopefuls think it takes the Villages to help win an election.

WSJ: Two Plays for Latino Vote
The battle among Democrats for the Latino vote is kicking into high gear. Sen. Hillary Clinton is counting on Latino voters to play a decisive role as several big states vote Feb. 5. Sen. Barack Obama is battling to overcome Sen. Clinton's lead and decades of hostility between Latinos and African-Americans in some major cities.

WSJ: Age May Help McCain in Florida
Much is made of John McCain's 71 years. In Florida, his seniority could be a boon among older voters, many of whom have already cast ballots in early voting.


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