Is Bush Losing the Numbers Game?

As the jobless figure goes up, his standing in the polls heads down

Matthew Beck, a deputy sheriff from Pleasanton, Calif., stood up in the White House Rose Garden Wednesday morning and asked George Bush a question that's been on a lot of Americans' minds lately. "I'd like to know," Beck said, "why I should vote for you."

"That's a good one," Bush replied, as if Beck had just got off a real knee slapper. "That is good."

The President then launched into what has become the essential message of his re-election bid: "I think in the final analysis people are going to say, 'Who has the experience, who has the temperament to take...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!