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Nearly everyone likes the arms deal but the G.O.P. conservatives

The INF treaty would appear to be the Republicans' ideal arms-control pact: a conservative President stuck to his guns for six years, until the Soviet Union finally agreed to eliminate an entire category of nuclear missiles. Yet as Ronald Reagan sits down with Mikhail Gorbachev this week to sign their ) precedent-setting treaty, he has the wholehearted support of only one of the six Republican presidential candidates: Vice President George Bush.

Four others -- Jack Kemp, Pete du Pont, Pat Robertson and Alexander Haig -- have spoken out against the deal, and Bob Dole has expressed only lukewarm support. Their disapproval...

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