CAMPAIGN '96: THE CASE AGAINST BUCHANAN

WITH HIS STAR RISING, PAT BUCHANAN IS UNDER GROWING FIRE, MOSTLY FROM REPUBLICANS. ARE THE CRITICS ON TARGET? LET'S REVIEW THE DETAILS

IN POLITICS, A SURE SIGN OF a serious candidacy is when the candidate finds himself at the bottom of a political pile-on. That's how you can tell that Pat Buchanan is serious. Within a day after he unhinged the party establishment by winning the New Hampshire primary, his fellow Republicans started treating him as if he were a proposal to increase the capital-gains tax. On ABC's PrimeTime Live, General Colin Powell said Buchanan gives out "messages of intolerance." Sam Donaldson asked Powell whether he could vote for Buchanan for President if he were the Republican nominee. The general was crisp and...

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