THE GOOD FIGHT

IN MASSACHUSETTS, A GOOD-OLE-BOY ARISTOCRAT TAKES ON A SLIGHTLY STUFFY SENATOR IN A RACE THAT SHOWS POLITICS AS IT SHOULD BE

While many Americans have tuned out the presidential campaign, voters in Massachusetts are holding their breath, almost reluctant to choose between Democratic Senator John Kerry and Republican Governor William Weld in their race for the Senate. Massachusetts voters are feeling a little like children caught in a divorce. Instead of fighting, they ask, why can't the candidates just stay where they are?

That's what Kerry would prefer, but it would deny the state a race that should be the envy of voters everywhere. The Kerry-Weld battle has it all: two strong candidates, seven debates, a serious discussion of issues like taxes...

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