How Clinton Ran Arkansas

He won more battles than he lost but rarely upset special-interest groups in the process

What kind of Governor has Bill Clinton been? That critical question has often been lost in the frenzy of inquiries about his character, inquiries that frequently produce the next day's tabloid headline but say little if anything about his ability to govern. After running Arkansas for 11 years, Clinton has amassed a rich record that deserves at least as much discussion among voters as anything else in his life.

It is not, however, a record that lends itself to easy summary. As President, Clinton pledges, he would be an agent of "fundamental change," but in Arkansas he has been quite willing...

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