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GOP issues 'awards' to Democratic debaters

February 1, 2008 |  1:42 am

Both major political parties seek any opportunity for publicity during campaigns, even if it means playing off their opponent's events, always with something critical.

So after Thursday night's Democratic debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, co-sponsored by The Times, CNN and in Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, the Republican National Committee issued its own set of mock Academy Awards. Included among them:

Actor in a leading role: Barack Obama, for his performance as Clinton's "friend" after snubbing her three days earlier.

Actress in a leading role: Hillary Clinton for her performance reaching out her hand "in friendship and unity" for three days.

Writing (Adaptation of a screenplay): Hillary Clinton for rewriting her record.

Director: John Edwards for dictating the first 15 minutes.

Cinematography: CNN for capturing Hollywood's love of the Democratic candidates.

-- Andrew Malcolm