GOP Candidates Take on the Elephant Not in the Room

Eight Republican presidential candidates stood on the same stage in Durham, N.H., Wednesday night for their fifth debate and the usual issues of illegal immigration, Iraq and national security were front and center. But the first thing the candidates were asked about? The elephant not in the room. Fred Thompson, the newly announced candidate in the Republican field, was notably absent from the debate. He was taping an appearance on "The Tonight Show" in Burbank, Calif., just before the...Full Story
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