U.S. Politics: Is Bush Getting a Free Ride?

The President has avoided a grilling on character issues so far, but the barbs will come and some may stick

BILL CLINTON HAS ENDURED A MERciless beating on his way to the Democratic nomination. The Arkansas Governor has been grilled on marital infidelity, draft dodging, pot smoking and conflicts of interest, and the going may get even rougher if he faces George Bush in the fall campaign. Clinton has talked himself hoarse trying to explain his way through the thicket of nettlesome questions and get back to discussing the political and economic issues that he hopes will help him topple an unpopular incumbent. All he needs is a level playing field, say Clinton's aides; but so far, they complain, Bush has...

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