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Bush passes, Quayle fails, the hog test

THE two girls squinted through the glare at the distinguished- looking man who sat by the roadside, apparently talking to himself. "Who's that?" asked one. "That's Dan Quayle," said the other, without any great surprise or interest. "Who's Dan Quayle?" was the response, as they wandered off to get an ice- cream.

... while maverick who stayed away retains mystique

IOWA had been crawling with Republican presidential hopefuls for weeks before yesterday's "straw poll". But there was one notable absentee.

Bradley and Gore clash over abortion

AS THE Republican Party's would-be presidential nominees slugged it out before today's Iowa straw poll, an ugly spat erupted between the two contenders for the Democratic nomination on a topic that more often raises tempers on the right: abortion.

Big spender Forbes woos Midwest

STEVE FORBES has mounted a massive push to boost his Presidential candidacy for the Republican Party as a key test of strength approaches today.

Forbes runs second to Bush

THE BILLIONAIRE publisher Steve Forbes has overtaken his opponents to stand second in the race for the Republican presidential candidacy, according to an opinion poll released last night.

Bush's campaign hits first setback

THE TEXAS Governor, George W Bush, early favourite for next year's Republican presidential nomination, has been forced into an embarrassing U-turn over campaign spending in the first serious mis-step of his month- old bid for the White House.

Dole falters on first lap of race

THIS SHOULD have been a week when Elizabeth Dole made headlines in America. One of the leading possible candidates for the Republican nomination for the White House, she announced on Wednesday that she was serious: she would go for it.

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Support and cash flood in for Bush

TIRED BUT triumphant, George W Bush took the day off yesterday after launching his presidential campaign. The Governor of Texas, who is hot favourite to win the Republican nomination next year, confirmed on Saturday what had already been apparent: he will be a candidate for the White House, following in his father's footsteps. "I'm running, and I'm running hard," he said in Iowa, a state that is among the first to choose its candidates next February.

Bush jnr hits campaign trail

LIKE A STORM blowing across the plains from Texas, George W Bush, the man most likely to carry Republican hopes in next year's presidential elections, set out on his first campaign trip yesterday.

Bush goes on his first date with voters

IN CONVENTIONAL warfare, overwhelming force wins. But in guerrilla warfare, more lightly armed combatants can triumph by drawing their opponents into small engagements, turning their strength against them and gradually grinding them down.

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Clinton and Gore clash on election `spin'

VICE-PRESIDENT Al Gore flew back from a two-day campaign trip to Iowa yesterday into a new controversy. In Iowa, Mr Gore had given what was billed as the first main policy speech of his presidential campaign, an end-of-term disquisition on education at Graceland College, a small private college in the south of the state.

Dole's presidential run begins

ELIZABETH DOLE came to the snow-shrouded mid-Western state of Iowa yesterday and launched her bid for the White House, announcing the formation of an "exploratory committee" to determine her chances of raising the money and support she needs. Descending into a packed audience at the convention centre in Des Moines, in the populist Oprah-Winfrey style that has become her trademark, Mrs Dole said she wanted to restore "respect for our fellow man, civility, honesty and integrity".

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