The Patrician and the Preacher

Pete du Pont and Pat Robertson get off to an early start for 1988

For Pete du Pont, the 1988 playbook writes itself. Right now the former Republican Governor of Delaware rates no more than an asterisk in the polls, and that only because of his name, ambition and prior public service. But last week, an hour after becoming the first major politician to announce his presidential candidacy, Du Pont set out on the familiar path of aspirants who need miracles: he was en route from Wilmington to the first skirmish sites. "I'm in Iowa and New Hampshire," he observed cheerfully, "from here to eternity."

For Pat Robertson, the plan is as intricate as a...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!