Why Is Pat Buchanan Still Running? He's Gearing Up for '96.

Party elders urge him to quit, but Buchanan soldiers on, with his sights on rival rightists -- and the next election

Give Pat Buchanan this much: he has propelled himself out of the Crossfire thunderdome and into the first tier of G.O.P. hopefuls for 1996. He has jerked a nervous President hard to starboard and roused the Bush-Quayle campaign from groggy complacency. And he has singlehandedly destroyed the incipient threat Bush faced from Louisiana's David Duke. Not bad for 13 weeks' work.

Republican Party elders say it is nonetheless time for Buchanan to do the ! right thing. They will bombard the TV commentator with calls to get out of the race this week no matter how he fares in the Michigan...

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