Politics: Hart Is Where The Home Is

Hart Is Where The Home Is

In his quest for the presidency, Gary Hart is plagued by two troublesome perceptions: that he is cold and aloof, and that he has tried to reinvent or run away from his roots. Last week Hart confronted these notions by paying a % rare visit to his hometown of Ottawa, Kans. (pop. 11,500).

With his wife by his side and a phalanx of cameras clicking, the shy Hartpence boy who changed his name while attending Yale Law School in 1961 spoke tearfully about his home and his parents. In the past Hart has been reluctant to discuss his stern upbringing in...

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