CAMPAIGN 2000

G.O.P. WONDER BOY GATHERS A TEAM OF WISE MEN

Can a man really run for president with a Buster Brown haircut? Ever since word spread that JOHN KASICH was interested in the White House, the irrepressible Ohio Congressman with a passion for balanced budgets and the Grateful Dead has been dogged by charges that he lacks the gravitas for the job. According to critics within his party, Kasich, 45, may be the G.O.P.'s most inspiring communicator, but he's too young, too arrogant and too unfocused to run for President. But TIME has learned that Kasich is so serious about getting into the race that he has assembled a team of...

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