WINNERS & LOSERS: AMID THE BUDGET DEBACLE

AMID THE BUDGET DEBACLE

WINNERS

BOB DOLE Distances himself from "extremists," gets credit for making government work. A real campaign message

DICK GEPHARDT AND AL GORE Played the Dem line hard with an eye to the 2000 presidential race

BILL CLINTON The President's numbers are up as he shows backbone

& LOSERS

NEWT GINGRICH Already weighed down by the polls, he must now try to salvage his leadership of the House Republicans

PHIL GRAMM AND COMPANY G.O.P. presidential wannabes shut out as Dole dominates media

BILL CLINTON If he rides this horse too far, he'll be defender of the status quo

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