January 22nd, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Analysis: Sparks Fly In Most Contentious Debate To Date
The gloves came off quickly Monday night as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama traded blows just days before the South Carolina primary, and two weeks before voters in 24 Super Tuesday states weigh in on this wide-open presidential contest.

Chicago Tribune: GOP Hopefuls Flock To The Sunshine State
The stakes in Florida could not be much higher. For Giuliani, who is openly pinning his hopes on winning the state, a loss could be devastating. For McCain, a victory could finally make him the undisputed front-runner of an unusually turbulent GOP field. For either Romney or former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a win here offers a badly needed revival heading into Super Tuesday in two weeks.

NY Times: In S. Carolina, It’s Obama vs. Clinton. That’s Bill Clinton.
Facing formidable support for Senator Barack Obama in South Carolina, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is deploying former President Bill Clinton there while she shifts her attention to campaigning in states with nominating contests next month and to raising money.

Miami Herald: Huckabee Skimps On Fla. For Georgia
No television commercials. A small and hastily arranged Florida rally. No clear travel schedule. Mike Huckabee is running the most unorthodox campaign of the major Republican candidates. While his opponents blanketed Florida - the biggest primary yet - on Monday, he opened and closed the day in another state, Georgia.

NY Times: Crossing Mayor Giuliani Often Had a Price
Rudolph W. Giuliani likens himself to a boxer who never takes a punch without swinging back. As mayor, he made the vengeful roundhouse an instrument of government, clipping anyone who crossed him.

Washington Post: Will Thompson Roll the Closing Credits?
Former senator Fred D. Thompson of Tennessee took the stage at Florida's state GOP convention in October after his three main rivals gave energetic stem-winders before a throng of 4,000 conservative activists. But when his turn came, Thompson mumbled for about five minutes and departed abruptly, leaving a stunned crowd to wonder whether he was even interested in running for president.

WSJ: McCain Keeps Populist Pitch
Mr. McCain's primary victory two days later boosted his status, albeit a fragile one, as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. And that makes the 2008 campaign even more nerve-wracking for some in the American business community who already are jarred by intensifying populist attacks from the Democratic field.

Washington Post: The Other Clinton Is an Absent Presence
The clash between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton Monday night was a debate long waiting to happen, and at the heart of it was the man who was not on stage: former president Bill Clinton.

Washington Post: Candidates Face Big Primaries With Smaller War Chests
With their campaign treasuries running on empty and only weeks to attract support in the nearly two dozen states that will cast ballots on Feb. 5, candidates for president are scrambling to find creative and unorthodox ways to grab the attention of voters with the funds they have remaining.

WSJ: Thompson Campaign Quiets After Loss
Following his disappointing finish in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, it looked like former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson could be thinking about dropping his presidential bid. The state was widely viewed as a make-or-break contest for him after he largely avoided the earlier contests in Iowa and New Hampshire to focus his efforts in South Carolina, the first contest held in his home region.

Washington Times: Obama Confronts Clinton Attacks
Sen. Barack Obama shot back at Bill Clinton yesterday, charging the former president's combative advocacy of his wife's presidential bid has reached troubling levels and warning that he would "directly confront" him if he continues to hurl false accusations at his candidacy.

Miami Herald: GOP Courting Florida's Cubans
The street corner's divided loyalties could be a metaphor for the Cuban-American community, expected to represent about one out of 10 voters in Florida's GOP primary on Jan. 29. After years of coalescing behind the Reagan and Bush campaigns, Cuban Americans are now divided among rival GOP camps.

Miami Herald: Giuliani, Romney Seek To Blunt S.C. Winner's Edge
Rivals for the Republican presidential nomination sought Sunday to chip away at any momentum John McCain rides to Florida as they planned competing bus tours across the state that is poised to deliver a pivotal verdict in an unsettled field.

NY Sun: Giuliani Trails McCain in New York, Polls Show
Mayor Giuliani's once commanding lead in the race for New York's Republican delegates has evaporated and he now trails Senator McCain in his home state, according to two polls released today.

AP: Huckabee Trims Costs, Press Travel
Battling to stay competitive after his weekend loss in South Carolina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is taking new steps to save money, including no longer scheduling planes and buses for journalists trying to cover his presidential campaign.

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