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Let’s focus on foreign policy

In 2008, presidential candidates are not giving sustained emphasis to foreign policy, but those concerns are present and candidates do make regular references to the wider world. In the…

Losing the endorsement game

Hillary Rodham Clinton lost another big endorsement besides that of Caroline and Ted Kennedy this past week. The Clinton team had tried to cultivate young Ilana Wexler, 15, who four…

Hillary, Barack try civility

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama struck a rare note of civility in their White House battle, uniting to observe that history was in the air as the Democrats vie to…

Super Tuesday: A not-so-super idea

The race among the states to have earlier contests in order to share in the attention the press and politicians lavish on Iowa and New Hampshire has given us Super…

Experience is more important than charisma

Voting for any candidate at any level requires a leap of faith and that is particularly the case in a presidential election, even when one has a strong party affiliation.…

Romney’s free ride on abortion

One of campaign 2008's mysteries is Mitt Romney's free ride from anti-abortion advocates. His anti-abortion declarations are eloquent, as is everything else the silver-tongued former Massachusetts governor utters. But, once…

Negative campaigns: Yes and no

As is the case with beauty, wit and cuisine, negative politics occurs in the eye of the beholder, or in this case, the voter. The 2008 presidential campaign has turned rough,…

Not much sympathy for Rudy

In what used to be the shadow of the World Trade Center, it was hard to find much sympathy for former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as he exited…

Voters want a champion

Americans have a decidedly dour view of how things are going in the country and an outsized view of what one person — the president — can do about it. In…

Sparks fly as GOP Presidential race heats up

Republican Mitt Romney accused John McCain of using dirty tricks by suggesting the former Massachusetts governor wanted a deadline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, in a spirited debate Wednesday…