Campaign 2000

U.S. Presidency: The Job That Keeps on Giving

Guests at next summer's Republican National Convention in Philadelphia can start planning for the 55 different parties, lighted boat parade and fireworks that will spell out G.O.P. 2000. But they can't start planning where they're going to stay. Edward Rendell, the popular Democratic mayor of Philadelphia, instituted a tough "no whining" policy for local hotels to ensure that Republicans get a warm welcome. Rendell, who intends to run for Governor, needs the convention to go swimmingly. "They're not allowed to book anybody," says Rendell. "Every hotel has guaranteed 90% of its room block for that week. They're not allowed to take...

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