Campaign Journal I Can't Take Another Day

For Bruce Babbitt, a gnawing personal matter keeps reminding him how tough it is to run for President. It arose this time in Bloomfield, Iowa, over coffee and sweet rolls. "What about elderly health care?" a woman asked. Babbitt's mind rushed to thoughts about his father, who lies seriously ill in Flagstaff, Ariz. "He's 89 years old," Babbitt softly tells her, "and he doesn't have a lot of time left." Though Babbitt often returns to sit by his father's side, each departure rekindles the personal pangs. "It's a very poignant time in my life," he says. "It keeps me human."

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