Quick Start for a Long, Hard Campaign

Clinton's deficit-cutting plan scores in first polls, but foes are formidable

THE MAIDEN ADDRESS OF A NEW PRESIDENT TO A joint session of Congress, plus the Supreme Court, the Cabinet and the assembled diplomatic corps, is always one of the great ceremonial rituals of the republic. For Bill Clinton, it was also the opening of a campaign that promises to be every bit as hard fought as the one that ended last Nov. 3. And the outcome is in considerable doubt.

Aides separately released details of Clinton's plan to enact the greatest tax increase in history, plus a package of sharp spending cuts, in order to begin the long-overdue job of reining...

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