Bush Stumbles As Dole scores with Reagan

As Dole scores with Reagan

It should have been a good week for George Bush. With the Democrats in disarray over Gary Hart, the Vice President maintains a comfortable edge over his strongest challenger, Republican Senator Robert Dole. Last week's poll for TIME by Yankelovich Clancy Shulman found Bush ahead of Dole, 40% to 20%, as the first choice of likely G.O.P. voters. After bidding Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev farewell at the airport, Bush seemed to bask in the summit's afterglow. But by Friday, the front runner had stumbled over two minor mishaps and allowed his staff to make him sound like a beleaguered underdog.


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