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The Al Smith Dinner 

A pro-life special interest group launches an ad attacking Santos for his abortion stance, but Vinick also sees it as trouble since he's also pro-choice and doesn't want to draw attention ... See full summary »

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Senator Arnold Vinick
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Annabeth Schott (credit only)
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C.J. Cregg
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Will Bailey
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Kate Harper (credit only)
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Donna Moss
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Toby Ziegler
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Josh Lyman
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President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet (credit only)
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Steve Hodder - Republican Party Chairman
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A pro-life special interest group launches an ad attacking Santos for his abortion stance, but Vinick also sees it as trouble since he's also pro-choice and doesn't want to draw attention to the issue. With Vinick ahead in the polls, he has no incentive to debate Santos and thus continues to drag his feet over negotiations. Back at the White House, C.J. orders new Communications Director Will Bailey to not answer questions from the press about the leak investigation. Written by Murray Chapman

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30 October 2005 (USA)  »

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Trivia

As the candidates are walking down the halls near the end, the lighting is reflective of their parties. Santos is walking down a hallway that has bluish lighting, and there are flashing red lights behind Vinick. See more »

Goofs

The Al Smith Dinner, officially known as The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner is actually held on the third Thursday of October, about 3 weeks before the election. A graphic at the beginning of the episode states the episode begins 63 days before the election, which would place the episode beginning in early August, and the episode time line does not allow for the Dinner to be in it's real historical time frame. See more »

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Louise Thornton: Let this attack stand and we strip away what's different about Santos: he's a religious Catholic, not another secular Democrat who can be portrayed as hostile to heartland values.
Matthew Santos: Leo?
Leo McGarry: I worry about elevating this, but if the charge sticks it could kill us with values voters and that puts Vinick's nine-point lead in the bank.
Matthew Santos: We hit Vinick and we hit him hard!
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West Wing Suite
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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