The Washington Post
FROM THIS early vantage point it appears that the main danger in this campaign could be the spectacle of two candidates clinging so firmly to the center that their themes become interchangeable in the public mind. If that happens, the election could very likely turn on issues of personality, and it would be unfortunate if the public reacted to its disappointment with Clinton by deciding this election on the basis of personal charm. Bush and Gore both have a long way to go before even winning a nomination. They also have plenty of work to do turning the warm and fuzzy campaign themes unveiled this week into proposals of clarity and substance.
The New York Times
GORE AND Bush are being a bit premature in their general-election mind sets. Former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley is eager to take on Gore on issues such as the environment, health care, education and - watch out, Mr. Vice President - the campaign-finance system. While many voters have a favorable early impression of Bush, he still needs to test his ideas against those of Elizabeth Dole, Senator John McCain, Steve Forbes, Dan Quayle, Pat Buchanan, and perhaps others. If the major parties allow these two sons of the status quo to get too comfortable too soon, they just might find themselves vulnerable to a third-party candidate willing to bring ideas with clarity and controversy to the campaign.
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