How To Do It Better

A respected Congressman suggests an injection of substance

The irony of the 1988 campaign is that while George Bush and Michael Dukakis are both bright and able men, this campaign has been criticized as one of the silliest, least substantive in history. Over the past several weeks my conviction has grown that the way we conduct a presidential campaign is not good enough, and we should set about trying to improve it.

This dissatisfaction may have been partly because no overriding national issues gave focus to the campaign and partly because campaigning on less substantive issues brought success in the polls. Yet the basic problem is that the candidates...

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