Missouri: It Makes New York Look Sweet

A couple hundred ob-gyns sitting around" might sound like the first line of a dirty joke, but it was a meeting of St. Louis gynecologists that brought Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates to the city's elegant University Club last week. The two played to type: Governor Mel Carnahan, the two-term Democrat, gave an earnest but dust-dry talk about how he supported a genuine patient's bill of rights and his opponent, incumbent John Ashcroft, didn't. The better orator, Ashcroft joked easily and touted his work on cutting back Medicare regulations. Judging by applause, the crowd seemed equally divided.

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