CAMPAIGN '96: EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF

WITH DOLE SO FAR BEHIND, VULNERABLE G.O.P. CANDIDATES ARE KEEPING THEIR DISTANCE AND COZYING UP TO THE PRESIDENT

If you are fighting for a seat in Congress, it never hurts to strap yourself to a popular President. And if he doesn't happen to be a member of your own party--well, so what?

It was only two years ago that political rookie Frank Cremeans redecorated the roadsides of his sprawling Ohio district with billboards urging voters to SEND THE WHITE HOUSE A MESSAGE. These days his campaign is more likely to draw attention to the personal thank-you note Cremeans got from Bill Clinton last month for bucking Newt Gingrich and supporting a 90[cents]-an-hour minimum-wage hike. Fellow G.O.P. freshman Phil English,...

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