Tip Sheet for the Week of August 19 - 23

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FRED BARNES, CO-HOST: Welcome back to The Beltway Boys.

Let's see if Mort is up to the challenge of this week's Tip Sheet with answers that are rich in detail and nuance. All right.

Item number one, Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld heads down to Crawford, Texas, to visit the president on his ranch. I don't think Colin Powell will be with him.

MORT KONDRACKE, CO-HOST: This looks like a war council to me, and if they're smart, they will begin writing an op-ed piece that Rumsfeld can plant in The Wall Street Journal to answer Brent Scowcroft.

BARNES: Yes, good idea.

Item number two, President Bush continues to stump for GOP candidates next week with stops in Oregon, California, and New Mexico.

KONDRACKE: Well, California's obviously about Bill Simon, where the president will not be seen in public with the candidate. Oregon and New Mexico, Oregon, the president only lost by 6,700 votes, New Mexico by 633 votes. This is all about 2004.

BARNES: I think you're right, and why not?

Item number three, it's primary day in Georgia next Tuesday. One of the campaigns to watch, the Fourth District Democratic race between incumbent Cynthia McKinney and former state judge Denise Majette.

KONDRACKE: This is the, this is the Arabs versus the Israelis, or the Arabs versus the Jews...

BARNES: You like that Alabama race, so...

KONDRACKE: ... exactly... the Earl Hilliard race...

BARNES: Right.

KONDRACKE: ... in which the Arabs lost...

BARNES: … Israel.

KONDRACKE: The Arab pro-Israel forces won, and the, and the, the Arabs lost.


KONDRACKE: This time, Cynthia McKinney has got Louis Farrakhan coming in to campaign for her.


KONDRACKE: I, I think Denise Majette.

BARNES: Yes, I agree. OK.

Item number four, the other hot race in Georgia, the Seventh District, where two Republican incumbents go head to head, Congressman Barr, that's Bob Barr, one of Mort's favorites, versus John Linder, one of Newt Gingrich's favorites.

KONDRACKE: Well, the polls indicate that it's very close. Barr is up by 2 points in the latest — I, I just think that Barr has had so many embarrassments, with firing off weapons. Do you think people want their congressman to be...

BARNES: Hey, he was right about impeachment, but — so, in other words, you're getting around to saying Linder's going to win.

KONDRACKE: I think Linder's going to win.

BARNES: You know, I think he is, because so many Democrats hate Bob Barr, and they can vote in that primary. Linder wins.

And item five, New York's Democratic candidates for governor will debate this Sunday on WCBS. Former HUD secretary Andrew Cuomo and comptroller, that's state comptroller, Carl McCall will square off.

KONDRACKE: Right now, McCall is leading industry the Quinnipiac poll, 47-31, with 21 percent undecided.

BARNES: Right.

KONDRACKE: But just two months, just a month ago, it was Cuomo up by 47-32.

BARNES: Yes, OK, all right.

KONDRACKE: So the debate means a lot.

BARNES: Well, wait, wait a minute, who's going to win? Don't dodge.

KONDRACKE: I say Cuomo.

BARNES: I say McCall. OK.

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