Campaign 2000: The Lover vs. The Fighter

With just two weeks to go, the campaigns have made the choice clear: Do you want Bush's pledges of civility or Gore's crusading punch?

Before last Tuesday's town-hall debate, advisers for George Bush and Al Gore agreed that each candidate would be surrounded by an invisible perimeter, about an arm's length away, that could not be breached by the other. For the Vice President--who had been told that this "hockey crease," as it was described to his amusement, had been requested by the Bush camp--the make-believe security zone was an invitation to rattle and challenge his opponent. Like a boy playing red light--green light, Gore encroached. "I thought he was going to hit George," Barbara Bush said the next morning. The ploy, along with Gore's...

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