In Thurmond vs. Balaguer, Only the Strom Survives

He may be 97 and ailing, but strom Thurmond holds the title for political longevity. His challenger, Joaquin Balaguer--92, blind and frail--lost his bid for an eighth term as President of the Dominican Republic last week. A fair fight?

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

THURMOND Law BALAGUER Law

HAILS FROM...

[THURMOND] A tobacco state [BALAGUER] A tobacco family

DEMONSTRATED FIRST OF NINE LIVES BY...

[THURMOND] switching parties; abandoning race-baiting past [BALAGUER] abandoning ties to assassinated dictator boss

HELD ON TO OFFICE BY...

[THURMOND] denouncing commies; calling constituents on their birthday [BALAGUER] denouncing commies; siphoning U.S. aid for constituents

DESCRIBED AS TOO OLD TO GOVERN...

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