CAMPAIGN '96: SEE YOU IN NOVEMBER

NOW THE REAL RACE BEGINS, A CONTEST TO BE THE MAN OF THE MIDDLE. ALREADY THE TWO VISIONS ARE GETTING BLURRY, AS CLINTON TALKS VALUES AND V CHIPS AND DOLE TRIES HARD TO FEEL YOUR PAIN

TO HEAR THEIR ADVISERS talk, you might guess Bill Clinton and Bob Dole are not just running against each other; they are running as each other. Clinton argues for V chips, school uniforms and a balanced budget. Dole pushes a family tax cut and a balanced budget. Even the styles are stolen, each from the other--Dole posing breezily in shirt-sleeves on the steps of an airplane, while Clinton lunges at the chance to go overseas and appear the responsible grownup. Be presidential, Clinton's aides advise, something that comes more naturally to Dole, who has never been President, than to Clinton, who...

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