ELECTION '96: CLINTON AND DOLE: TWO MEN, TWO DECISIONS

HOW DOLE DECIDED ON TAX CUTS, AND CLINTON ON WELFARE REFORM, THROWS LIGHT ON HOW THEIR MINDS WORK

Of all the myriad strategic decisions made in both presidential candidates' camps, two did more than any others to shape the race. Bob Dole's 15% tax cut turned out to be a turkey; voters never came to believe he could give them a break and balance the budget. Bill Clinton's signature on a Republican-drafted welfare-reform bill, over the anguished screams of party liberals, turned out to be so popular that the President bragged about it over and over to enthusiastic crowds in Florida last week.

But the decisions, and the story of how they were reached, are important for another reason:...

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