Tricky George vs. Inspector Perot

The campaign heats up big-time as Bush and Perot start calling each other some nasty names

George Bush hates to attack his political rivals. Character assassination is so unseemly a business that the courtly President relies on others to do it for him. "How come nobody is taking on Ross Perot?" he asked in frustration at a White House meeting in early June. Informed that a frontal attack on the Texas billionaire could backfire with the resentful public, Bush replied, "Well, dammit, if no one else is gonna do it, I will."

But not without a sympathetic pretext to protect him. So, when the Washington Post detailed Perot's considerable record of investigating people, including Bush himself, the...

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