On The Grapevine

Close encounter. Although George Bush had adamantly rejected Bob Dole's challenge to a series of debates in Illinois, both wound up at separate events at Knox College in Galesburg, site of a Lincoln-Douglas clash. Fearful of an ambush, Bush's men dispatched a staffer with a walkie-talkie to watch Dole. When Dole finished his event and headed toward where Bush was giving his dinner speech, the staffer frantically radioed, "He's on his way over!"

Bush was flashed a prearranged signal. Quickly wrapping up his remarks and shaking hands on the fly, he hurried into his limousine. Dole got lost on the way...

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