Where Is the Real George Bush?

The Vice President must now step out from Reagan's shadow

All the factors and issues involved in deciding a presidential election notwithstanding, voters ultimately tend to select the individual whose character and ideals they think are most suited to the challenges of the job. This is the first in a series of occasional TIME profiles that will attempt to give a sense of the personal characteristics and individual outlooks of the major potential 1988 contenders.

November was drawing to a close, and though the Iran arms scandal was an accelerating political danger, the President, even in private conversation, still refused to concede error. George Bush confided to a friend that he...

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