Politics: Showdown at The Rostrum

Showdown at The Rostrum

Robert Dole called it a "man-to-man" talk, but it looked and sounded more like a tirade. During a lull in the Senate contra-aid debate, the Republican leader angrily strode up to the rostrum where George Bush was presiding, pounded on the desk and waved a Bush campaign press release in the Vice President's face. For five minutes he took his rival for the Republican presidential nomination to task for practicing what he called "low-down, nasty, mean politics."

What steamed the Senator was statements in the press release contending that Dole is "mean-spirited" and practices "cronyism," a reference to recent accusations that...

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