The 33-Day Three-Legged Race

Perot's back in, the debates are on, and the campaign pace picks up

FOR ALL THE COMPLAINTS THAT AMERICAN PRESIdential campaigns are far too long, lingering like a chronic disease over the lion's share of two years, the country has suddenly found itself experimenting -- unexpectedly -- with what amounts to a one-month contest. For it was only last week, with Ross Perot's second coming made official, and with an agreement on televised debates at last achieved, that Campaign '92's full dynamics were in place.

Perot, though much diminished by his quixotic behavior during the summer, managed to manipulate events like a master puppeteer. He invited top advisers of George Bush and Bill Clinton...

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