Nation: Toe to Toe

Duel to lead the House G.O.P.

Ever since Arizona Republican John Rhodes, 64, announced a year ago that he would not seek another term as House G.O.P. leader, a behind-the-scenes battle has been taking place to determine his successor. The contenders: Robert Michel of Illinois and Guy Vander Jagt of Michigan. Though both men are Midwesterners and conservative Reaganites, their personalities and leadership styles are vastly different. Michel is "Mr. Inside," an affable master of backstage compromise and consensus. Vander Jagt is "Mr. Outside," a fiery champion of muscle and confrontation. The outcome...

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