San Antonio Express News
THE 2000 presidential election campaign is already upon us. The race for the Republican nomination is the most unpredictable. The GOP traditionally has had an "heir apparent" - whether a vice president such as George Bush, or an elder statesman like Bob Dole - whom the party apparatus rallied behind. That's not the case this year; the race is wide open. Bush, coming off a wildly successful reelection bid is widely seen as the front- runner among GOP voters. Early polls, which are generally meaningless, show him ahead of the likely Democratic nominee, Vice President Al Gore. Hundreds of GOP officeholders have endorsed Governor Bush, but some on the right doubt his conservative credentials. His behavior as a young man could become an issue.
Christian Science Monitor
THIS ELECTION may demonstrate that the clout of the social-issues conservatives of the GOP, to whom Quayle is also playing, is insufficient to deliver a nomination. With Bush's impressive victories in Texas behind him, and his decent record as governor, it's unfair to say of him that he has risen to the top as a result of sheer pressure from below. But he does not look short of stature next to any of his rivals so far.
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