Nation: New Faces in the Senate

An athlete, a spare-time poet and a famous daughter

Bill Bradley, 35, was no flashy superstar as a New York Knicks basketball forward. He was no intellectual whiz kid as a Rhodes scholar. But on the court and in college, the son of a Republican banker in Crystal City, Mo., proved steady, persistent—and successful. His political career in New Jersey has begun the same way. In campaigning as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate, Bradley was not eloquent, inspirational or innovative. But he studied the issues, plugged away with a left-of-center pitch and barely...

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