Monitor: The US press on Bill Bradley's prospects for the Democratic presidential nomination

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BILL BRADLEY showed that he is not too laconic to make official his amble - let others run; he hungers without seeming to - for the Democratic presidential nomination. Conservatism, a doctrine of wariness and prudence, is about coping with scarcities - of material resources, and of virtue. With the nation's burst of wealth-creation promising a budget surplus, and with many indices of social health - welfare caseloads, crime, illegitimacy, teen pregnancy and so on - trending in the right directions, liberalism advocated in Bradley's low-voltage way may suit the hour. (George Will)

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.

The Capital Times