The Presidency: Eye on the Oval Office

On this hot August morning, the Capitol has been abandoned by the congressional combatants. The route to Majority Leader Robert Dole's office is uncrowded and cool, and the stone busts of Hubert Humphrey, Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson whisper from the shadows about great ambitions achieved and denied.

Dole has already tried and failed to follow the path of those three men from the Senate to the vice presidency. Now he wants to skip the intermediate step and go directly to the Oval Office. His gutsy performance as Senate leader over the past 7½ months may help open the way.


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