An Icy Duke Edges Out Bush in a Taut Debate

Behind in the polls, Dukakis attacks on drugs, the deficits, Iran and Quayle

The pendulum swung last Sunday night, as it may several times again before the election. Michael Dukakis, whose campaign had been moribund since the Democratic Convention, reasserted his voice at the first of two 90-minute showdowns -- and while his overconfident debater's style may be grating, he consistently displayed his mastery of both the forensic arts and substance. George Bush, while certainly the warmer and more user-friendly of the two, appeared at the same time to be hesitant, disconnected and too often on the defensive.

For Dukakis, the Wake Forest wordfest may have been the moment he badly needed. Given his...

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