When Sweet Talk Falls Flat

So far, Bradley's race pitch isn't winning black votes

Arguing against welfare reform in August 1999 is a bit like arguing against the Apollo moon shot in August 1969. The Eagle has landed, and the naysayers appear to be on the wrong side of history. But at least one of them remains unmoved by the news--because nobody loves a lonely, principled fight more than Bill Bradley.

Before he left the Senate in 1996, Bradley voted against the landmark welfare bill. Today Al Gore's lone challenger for the Democratic nomination is still speaking out against that reform. Welfare is "a disastrous system," Bradley recently told TIME, "but the way to deal...

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