Dole prepares for presidential race
Known for his commentary on international relations and US politics, Rupert Cornwell also contributes obituaries and occasionally even a column for the sports pages. With The Independent since its launch in 1986, he was the paper's first Moscow correspondent - covering the collapse of the Soviet Union – during which time he won two British Press Awards. Previously a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters, he has also been a diplomatic correspondent, leader writer and columnist, and has served as Washington bureau editor. In 1983 he published God's Banker, about Roberto Calvi, the Italian banker found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge.
Friday 13 January 1995
In a brief statement, Mr Dole, 71, thanked his supporters for their "outpouring of support," and promised a final decision within three months. But after yesterday there seemed little doubt what that decision would be. Mr Dole's one drawback is his age. If elected he would be 73 in 1997, the oldest President ever to take office.
But he has money, high name recognition and strong approval ratings. Long regarded as too acerbic and mean spirited for the White House, he is now the clear Republican front runner for 1996 - an avuncular and moderate elder statesman of the party in comparison with Newt Gingrich and his brash conservative cohorts in the House. In theoretical match-ups with Mr Clinton, Mr Dole is invariably a comfortable winner.
Meanwhile, the White House has moved to lay to rest speculation over the future of Warren Christopher by saying that President Clinton wanted his Secretary of State to stay on in the job "indefinitely".
For all the criticism which has been heaped upon the often uninspiring Mr Christopher, the vote of confidence from his boss makes ample sense. US foreign policy has been reasonably successful of late.
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