The Washington Post
AS THE lone rival to Gore, Bradley remains an underdog in his bid for the Democratic nomination. But his campaign has made significant strides in part because of strong doubts about whether Gore has the political strength to defeat Texas Gov George W Bush, the front-runner for the Republican nomination. Recent polls in New Hampshire indicate that Bradley has significantly reduced Gore's once strong lead in that state, which holds the first primary. The test for Bradley, who has avoided addressing major issues, is whether he will be able to make a compelling case that he has the answers to the problems he has identified.
THE 2000 race is shaping up as a battle of aristocrats. The people Bradley must dispatch to get to the presidency - Vice-President Al Gore and Texas Gov George W Bush - are more "aristocratic" than he. Bradley must offer more than breeding papers or a resume. He must produce a message that resonates with Democrats who have been let down by Clinton. Can he do it? That's a tough call. He still has to prove himself to progressives. And he could be outflanked on the left by actor Warren Beatty, who continues to ponder a run. Say what you will about Beatty's Beverly Hills 90210 credentials, but he has been right on the issues more often than Gore or Bradley, and his threatened candidacy will gain steam unless Bradley pivots to the left.
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