Poland Electrician vs. Intellectual

As the sweet-talking Walesa challenges a diffident Mazowiecki for the presidency, the rifts within Solidarity grow deeper

As a study in contrasts, the two front runners in Poland's first-ever popular presidential election campaign could hardly be more sharply drawn. The gaunt, intellectual Tadeusz Mazowiecki moves slowly and speaks diffidently on weekends-only campaign swings that are wedged into his prime-ministerial schedule. The paunchy trade unionist Lech Walesa, on the other hand, blitzes the country with almost daily campaign meetings, haranguing opponents and sweet-talking supporters at every stop.

With only days to go before the vote on Nov. 25, Walesa's aggressive campaigning appears to be paying off. One opinion poll showed last week that the Nobel laureate, who trailed Mazowiecki...

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