EYES ON THE PRIZE

AS OTHER REPUBLICANS MAKE PLANS, BOB DOLE REVS UP HIS CAMPAIGN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE

The news didn't surprise, but the forum sure did. Bob Dole has wanted to be President almost forever--this will be his third try--and an announcement was expected soon. But not last Friday night, and certainly not on David Letterman's Late Show. But why not? Richard Nixon said ``Sock it to me'' on Laugh-In in 1968, and later appraised his cameo as ``a stroke that helped people see I wasn't just that Tricky Dick, meanspirited son-of-a-bitch.'' So Dole took a page from the Nixon playbook, and for the same reason. If he feared that he's seen as stiff and sardonic, still perceived...

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