THE POLITICAL INTEREST: NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME

DOLE IS MORE FOCUSED, BUT ONLY WITH A SCRIPT

For a few brief moments last week, Bob Dole soared. after his self-destructive waffles about tobacco, assault weapons and abortion, Dole found in education reform an issue on which he and Bill Clinton disagree so fundamentally that the President's tactic of "me-tooing" Dole's proposals is simply not an option.

"If you're making $15,000 a year," Dole said at one stop during a four-state, three-day "education tour" through the Midwest, "your one hope and your one dream is that your children will have better opportunities because they will have a better education." But that won't happen without competition, Dole argues. Parents, he...

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