Virginia: A Noted Name Under Assault

Is Robb's biggest hurdle his own Senate record?

Ask Charles Robb, two-term Democratic Senator from Virginia, just what he was doing for those two terms, and first he says, "There's a lot of different ways to look at legislative success." Then he counts the ways: putting through $220 million for ship maintenance and construction, raising military pay and brokering a large civil-rights settlement for black farmers who claimed the Agriculture Department had refused them loans and other supports. But even Robb ends up characterizing the list as "a lot of little things like that."

Once upon a time, Robb was regarded as presidential material--a square-shouldered moderate who had commanded...

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