The Republicans I've Been Underestimated

The Vice President tells TIME he will "outwork, outhustle, outrun and outknowledge" Michael Dukakis

On the eve of his nomination, George Bush seemed in an upbeat mood as he met with TIME Correspondents Robert Ajemian and David Beckwith in his White House office. Halfway through the discussion last Friday, the Vice President excused himself to take a call from his campaign chairman, James A. Baker. On his return, a deadpan look on his face, Bush declared he had called on his executive skills to "straighten the new kid out." Excerpts from the interview:

Q. Critics say you still have not defined a vision of America, or where you want to take the country.

A. We're...

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