Understandably, the chatter this week has been about which candidates will be most hurt by Fred Thompson’s just-announced candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.
But on the eve of his declaration on Sept. 6, there was more evidence that the biggest x-factor in the G.O.P. race is not from Tennessee. The eight non-Thompson candidates debated in New Hampshire—and this time there actually were verbal confrontations that justified the use of the term “debate”—and it provided still more signs that the man to watch may actually be Mike Huckabee.
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