In a Contrary State, an Underdog Has His Day

Bill Bradley finds his voice--and a surprise beachhead in New Hampshire

Bill Bradley's leather shoes are cracked, and his suit and tie--as he makes a point of telling me at a doughnut shop in Claremont, near the Vermont border--are suffering through their second straight campaign day. For the former New Jersey Senator, an insurgent trying to grab the Democratic nomination from Al Gore, genteel shabbiness signifies authenticity. Bradley wants you to know he's got bigger things--purer things--on his mind, and the doughnut shop is packed with people who have come to hear about them (and a few who just want coffee and crullers). Ten months before the primary, voters still outnumber reporters...

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