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Monday, February 26, 2007
'08ers weigh in on their favorite movies
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- It's Oscar time, so we asked some of the 2008 presidential candidates the question of the moment: what's your favorite movie?

The following are their choices and the corresponding plot outlines as described by the Internet Movie Database. Do any of the movies offer new insights into the candidates?

  • Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona: "Viva Zapata" (1952) -- "The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century."

  • Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York: "Casablanca" (1942) -- "An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications."

  • Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-New York: "The Godfather" (1972) -- "The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son."

  • Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina: "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964) -- "An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop."

  • Gov. Bill Richardson, D-New Mexico: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969) -- "Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close."

  • Former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Massachusetts: "Raiders of the lost Ark" (1981) -- "Renowned archeologist and expert in the occult, Dr. Indiana Jones, is hired by the U.S. Government to find the Ark of the Covenant, which is believed to still hold the Ten Commandments."

    -- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider and CNN Producer Douglas Hyde
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