POLITICS AND PRINCIPLE

THE PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION FIGHT IS BACK, BUT CAN IT REALLY HELP DOLE CUT CLINTON'S DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAD?

When the House of Representatives voted last week to overturn President Clinton's veto of the ban on partial-birth abortion, some opponents saw more politics than principle behind the gesture. How better to portray Clinton as an extremist than by reminding voters that he had defended a practice that big majorities find repugnant? What better gift to give Bob Dole, as he searches for the wedge issues that might give him traction with the conservative and Roman Catholic voters who should form the base of his support?

As the Senate takes up the motion to override this week, both sides are poised...

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