Timing Is Everything

IF ROSS PEROT GETS BACK IN THE RACE, WHICH CANDIDATE would suffer most? When's the thing: both campaigns agree that he would hurt Clinton more if he jumped in now, since he would cut Clinton's lead in California and New York and give Bush a chance to edge out a win in close races in Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. But in a few weeks, as Bush tightens the race, a last-minute howdy-hi from Perot could knock him out of the box in crucial Western and Southern states. Like Texas.

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