While the Iraq war continues to dominate the current political debate, Republican candidates are jockeying to position themselves as the true fiscal conservative in the race. The question is whether voters are satisfied with what they are hearing.

A Web site created a stir by publishing a story claiming Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., had plans to use a purported Islamist upbringing of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., against him in her presidential campaign. Experts discuss the struggle to separate…