CAMPAIGN '96: THE SEARCH FOR ALEXANDER

HE HAS PROSPERED BY STRESSING WHAT HE IS NOT: NEITHER TOO OLD, MEAN NOR EXTREME. BUT WHO IS HE?

DOG PEOPLE TEND TO PICK straightforward names for their pets, as with Gus, the slobbery Labrador who has been barking at former presidential candidate Phil Gramm for staying too long on the campaign trail. Lamar Alexander, though, is a cat person, and when his family acquired two new kittens last year, he dubbed them Kato and Ito, a hopeful play on the potential of fame. For the past year, as Alexander struggled to win the attention of Republican-primary voters, he would flash his chin-up smile and explain that he was "encouraged by the experience of Kato Kaelin that it's possible these...

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