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The Salon News guide to the millennial elections.

Oct. 8, 1999 | With less than a year to go until the presidential primary season kicks off in Iowa and New Hampshire, candidates for both parties are busy poll-testing their pet policy platforms and sharpening their talons in preparation for America's favorite quadrennial cockfight. Already, at least 13 major candidates have announced their candidacy or publicly stated their interest in running.

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Latest Salon stories

George W.'s New York homeboy
Floyd Flake, the former Democratic congressman, welcomed candidate Bush to Harlem with open arms.
By Jake Tapper
(10/08/99)

Top Bush flack grinds out candidate's memoir
George W. mentions Robert H. Bork and Lewis Carroll, but communications director Karen Hughes reveals no literary influences.
By Craig Offman
(10/07/99)

Bush: As compassionate as he has to be
Just how far will George W. reach out to minorities? As far as he can without alienating any bigots.
By Jake Tapper
(10/06/99)

Triangulation, or strangulation?
As Rush Limbaugh blasts away, George W. Bush insists he's not running against the GOP Congress.
By Jake Tapper
(10/06/99)

President of what?
George W. Bush led the Delta Kappa Epsilon branding regime at my university. Now he wants to lead the free world.
By Simon Rodberg
(10/06/99)

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Gore rips Bush environmental record (AP)
(10/08/99)

President Oprah? (AP)
(10/08/99)

Poll: Giuliani hurt by museum flap (AP)
(10/07/99)

Trump forms exploratory committee (AP)
(10/07/99)

Dole promises anti-drug fight (AP)
(10/07/99)

Jesse Ventura visits Harvard (AP)
(10/07/99)

Bradley wants to aid working parents (AP)
(10/07/99)

Conservatives call Bush a turncoat (AP)
(10/06/99)

Buchanan meets with Reform leader (AP)
(10/06/99)

Bush proposes national school testing (AP)
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Recent Salon stories

Homeboy in the 'hood
In the Democratic bastion of Harlem, George W. Bush further outlines his education plan while taking a swipe at the GOP.
By Jake Tapper
(10/05/99)

Feinstein gets a challenger
Political gadfly Ron Unz jumps into the ring for the U.S. Senate race in California.
By Anthony York
(10/05/99)

Throw the bums out
Al Gore's corporate team has struck out, so it's time for the vice president to bring some true believers on board.
By Joe Conason
(10/05/99)

Trump bombs in first Reform appearance
The Donald needs to do some homework before opening his mouth.
By Micah L. Sifry
(10/04/99)

Steve Forbes finds religion
His Christian Coalition appearance marks him as the leading conservative rival to George W. Bush.
By Jake Tapper
(10/04/99)

Who's the real underdog?
As Bill Bradley surges, Al Gore claims second-class status. But are Democrats ready for this spacy, aloof anti-candidate?
By Anthony York
(10/02/99)

Everyone's a critic
New Yorkers apparently do not support Mayor Giuliani's holy war on the Brooklyn Museum.
By Bruce Shapiro
(10/02/99)

Bauer is reborn -- as a feminist!
The Christian rightist's presidential candidacy was going nowhere fast until he discovered that everyone likes a little sex thrown into the mix -- everyone, that is, except his uptight top aides.
By Susan Crabtree
(10/01/99)

Bradley: I'm still the underdog
Bill Bradley stunned the political world by raising more money in the last three months than had Al Gore -- but he's not about to claim front-runner status.
By Anthony York
(09/30/99)

Bulworth or just bull?
Warren Beatty delivers a coquettish speech in Beverly Hills.
By Vivienne Walt
(09/30/99)

Bauer: I am not a slut!
Only God knows why the GOP hopeful called a press conference to deny he's having an affair with a pretty staff member.
By Jake Tapper
(09/29/99)

McCain steps up attacks on Bush
In his official campaign kickoff, the Arizona senator comes out swinging against the Texas governor and GOP presidential front-runner.
By Jake Tapper
(09/28/99)

Political circus
While other parties talk about the Big Tent, the Reform Party constructs the Big Top.
By Micah L. Sifry and Doug Ireland
(09/25/99)

Murky future for tax cuts
Republicans regroup and plot strategy after President Clinton's veto of their $792 billion tax-cut package.
By Sarah Keech
(09/24/99)

Buchanan, McCain go head-to-head
GOP presidential hopefuls debate whether U.S. had any business stopping Hitler.
By Jake Tapper
(09/24/99)

Cry for me, Puerto Rico
The next big issue after the clemency controversy is the growing pressure to throw the U.S. Navy off its test bombing range.
By Susan Crabtree
(09/22/99)

Republican tax cut, R.I.P.
President Clinton plans to announce his veto of the $792 billion GOP plan Wednesday.
By Daryl Lindsey
(09/22/99)

How the Rodham girl lost her accent
These days, Arkansans might have a thing or two to say to New Yorkers about the woman who would be as one among them.
By Suzi Parker
(09/20/99)

The Teflon governor meets the national media
Bush is glib, none-too-smart and quick to anger, but reporters have yet to tell the truth about him.
By Jerry Politex
(09/17/99)

Surprise: Bush could be the "education president"
A longtime school reformer says the Republican front-runner might be the best hope for low-income and minority students at a time when you can't talk about "poor kids" -- to Democrats.
By Joan Walsh
(09/17/99)

Commentary: When will the GOP court blacks?
African-Americans like George W. Bush, and they're more conservative than ever, but will Republicans be smart enough to recruit them in 2000?
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
(09/17/99)

Let them eat stock options
The Democrats and Republicans have shamelessly abandoned the poor.
By Arianna Huffington
(09/16/99)

Shays' rebellion takes the House
One determined Republican overcomes his own leadership's opposition to pass a bipartisan campaign finance reform bill -- again.
By Jake Tapper
(09/15/99)

The Buchanan triangle
Most analysts think a run by Buchanan under the Reform Party banner would hurt Bush more than Gore. It's time to think again.
By Micah L.Sifry
(09/15/99)

The Amazon.com primary
Was Buchanan trying to seduce readers, not just voters, with his latest TV splash?
By Anthony York
(09/15/99)

The real Bush drug scandal
Texas Gov. George W. Bush has presided over a crackdown on first-time drug offenders from poor neighborhoods like Houston's Third Ward Bottoms.
By Debra Dickerson
(09/15/99)

Run, Lowell, Run
The Connecticut Yankee could stop Pat Buchanan from hijacking the Reform Party -- and give that Texas preppy in cowboy boots a run for his money in November.
By Bruce Shapiro
(09/14/99)

Christie's secrets
Rumors continue to swirl around New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman's withdrawal from the Senate race, including hints of a future role with George W. Bush.
By Victorino Matus
(09/11/99)

Back from the dead?
Former New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio was once the most hated man in the Garden State. Now he's running for the Senate.
By Jake Tapper
(09/11/99)

A place called Crystal City
Bill Bradley kicks off his presidential campaign with an old-fashioned tug at the heartstrings.
By Jake Tapper
(09/09/99)

Who's afraid of Pat Buchanan?
His spineless Republican rivals and the political punditocracy, that's who.
By Jake Tapper
(09/04/99)

Run Warren run
A Beatty campaign could force both parties to admit their addiction to special-interest money.
By David Talbot
(09/02/99)

Life of the party?
Hollywood, Democrats and Reform Party leaders aren't saying much about a possible Beatty candidacy.
By Anthony York
(09/02/99)

My dinner with Bulworth
The Minnesota adman who helped Jesse Ventura become governor advises Warren Beatty on how he might claim the White House.
By Jake Tapper
(09/02/99)

Big Willie style
Controversial Florida state Rep. Willie Logan is hiring Jesse Ventura's adman to launch his grass-roots Senate campaign.
By Jake Tapper
(09/02/99)

Bush won't have to testify in whistle-blower case
A Democratic judge rules Texas governor will not have to give a deposition in the so-called Formaldegate case.
By Robert Bryce
(8/31/99)

It's about character, stupid
Why the public needs to know whether, when and why George W. Bush used drugs.
By Fred Branfman
(8/31/99)

A question of faith
Why religion-based social help, the pet issue of Al Gore and George W. Bush, may be the next president's first broken promise.
By Michael Kress
(8/30/99)

Texas judge rules against Bush
A motion to force Eliza May to give a deposition in the Texas "Formaldegate" matter was rejected.
By Robert Bryce
(8/27/99)

The little old hell-raiser from Pasadena
Granny D, 89, is walking across the U.S. to push for campaign finance reform.
By Suzi Parker
(8/26/99)

John McCain plays Dumbo
Guns and elephants are not the same, the presidential hopeful says. You got that right, Senator.
By Jake Tapper
(8/26/99)

The blame game
Bush's people are putting the Steve Forbes campaign on the defensive in the drug-use controversy.
By Susan Crabtree
(08/25/99)

"A noble hypocrisy"
Conservatives grapple with George W.'s drug-rumor woes.
By Dave Shiflett
(08/24/99)

Class will tell
The Bush cocaine controversy should encourage an overdue debate on why drug abuse among the rich is a "disease" while among the poor it is a crime.
By Joe Conason
(08/24/99)

Louder than words
While George W. Bush refuses to answer questions about possible drug use in his past, the Texas governor slashed rehabilitation programs for inmates while ushering in tougher sentencing laws for drug offenders.
By Robert Bryce
(08/24/99)

Austin, we have a problem
What does his clumsy, evasive handling of rumors of cocaine use do to George W. Bush's much-heralded "electability"?
By Jake Tapper
(08/20/99)

Who is Eliza May?
Is the woman at the center of the Texas funeral home scandal a wronged government watchdog or a Democrat with a political agenda?
By Robert Bryce
(08/20/99)

The funeral scandal time line
A chronology of the battle between the Texas Funeral Service Commission and Service Corporation International
Compiled by Robert Bryce
(08/20/99)

Feingold's new gimmick
In his never-ending quest for campaign finance reform, Russ Feingold has been calling out monied special interests before important Senate votes.
By Jake Tapper
(08/19/99)

They feed horses, don't they?
Bush and Forbes finished one-two in the Iowa straw poll, and why not? They paid for this circus, after all.
By Jake Tapper
(08/16/99)

Hollywood can wait
Americans are frustrated with the gridlocked two-party system. Is the answer Warren Beatty?
By Anthony York
(08/14/99)

"Nuke 'em. Nuke the bastards" So said Bill Pullman in "Independence Day." But what would he say at the State of the Union?
By Anthony York
(08/14/99)

Rick Lazio: Is he or isn't he? And who the heck is he?
He's the man who might have been the next senator from New York. If he were a candidate. If he could beat Hillary. If Rudy weren't around.
By Keith Moore
(08/13/99)

Guns and money
The owner of the firm that made an assault rifle found in possession >of the L.A. shooter was, until recently, a key George W. Bush fund-raiser.
By Jake Tapper
(08/11/99)

Bill Bradley: The next black president?
His campaign purports to make race a central issue, but so far it's more style than substance.
By Keith Moore
(08/11/99)

Did Bush lie under oath in funeral home case?
An SCI attorney says the Texas governor talked to him about a state agency investigation, contradicting Bush's affidavit in the case.
By Robert Bryce and Anthony York
(08/09/99)

Gov. Death
George W. Bush has presided over an execution in Texas almost every two weeks since his election. Why isn't that a campaign issue? By Christopher Hitchens
(08/07/99)

"He's going to have to hit a sitting jump shot"
Bob Kerrey talks about why -- against the odds -- he endorsed Bill Bradley for president.
By Jake Tapper
(08/06/99)

The thinker
Bill Bradley may have "big ideas," but as a notoriously cautious senator he sat out the big political fights.
By Joshua Micah Marshall
(08/06/99)

Pulling a Clinton?
George W. Bush is locked in a legal battle to keep him off the witness stand in a growing influence-peddling scandal.
By Robert Bryce
(08/05/99)

Fanatics of the far right
Ex-GOP Sen. Bob Smith is thinking about joining the U.S. Taxpayers Party. He should think again.
By Jake Tapper
(08/05/99)

"I'm not peaking too early"
Al Gore takes on his critics and the substance-averse media, who've savaged the vice president for all the wrong things.
By Jake Tapper
(08/04/99)

R.I.P. Prop. 187
California Gov. Gray Davis' flip-flop marks the end of immigrant bashing as a viable political tactic.
By Anthony York
(07/30/99)

So this is compassion?
George Bush's compassionate conservatism sounds a lot like Al Gore's. But are faith-based charities really the answer to America's problems?
By Debra Dickerson
(07/29/99)

Let the circus begin
Rudy Giuliani visits Little Rock to ridicule his carpetbagging New York Senate rival, Hillary Clinton.
By Suzi Parker
(07/28/99)

Keepers of the faith
Despite dwindling time and numbers, the anti-Clinton movement won't say die.
By Sarah Keech
(07/27/99)

The Body vs. The Midget
Jesse Ventura's followers attempt to reform the Reform Party still headed by Ross Perot as the party prepares for the 2000 elections.
By Jake Tapper
(07/26/99)

Reform's raison d'être
Reform Party activists prepare for what could be a showdown between the forces of Ross Perot and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.
By Sarah Keech
(07/23/99)

Bill Bradley: Achingly funny and profound
Dish-lovin' gal stumped by stilted Stepford candidate.
By Amy Reiter
(07/23/99)

The Texas way of death
George W. Bush is subpoenaed over the alleged special treatment of a funeral-home mogul who's a big campaign contributor.
By Robert Bryce
(07/21/99)

Why Gore would censor "South Park"
In the name of protecting kids, watch for the politically correct vice president and his friends to try to shut down the trash-talking, moon-faced midgets.
By David Horowitz
(07/19/99)

Sambos in the shadows
George W. Bush's restrictive deed covenant provides an audit trail to our racist past.
By Debra Dickerson
(07/15/99)

Hillary's hipocrisy
Why did the first lady put New York's dairy cartel before the interests of children, and why doesn't anyone care?
By David Horowitz
(07/14/99)

You can call me Al
In her effort to line up political support, Hillary Clinton extends an olive branch, and a White House invite, to Rev. Al Sharpton.
By Keith Moore
(07/09/99)

The not-so-good war
Just like President Clinton, eight of 10 Vietnam-era GOP presidential candidates managed to avoid going to Vietnam -- and the wealthiest wound up in the National Guard. Does it still matter?
By Jake Tapper
(07/08/99)

On her own
Hillary takes one giant step and one baby step out of her husband's political shadow.
By Anthony York
(07/08/99)

Quién es más macho?
Below are nine excerpts from the speeches of Al Gore and George W. Bush. Which one is which?
Compiled by Anthony York
(07/06/99)

I'm not Hillary
What do Tipper Gore, Laura Bush, Ernestine Bradley and Cindy McCain have in common? See above.
By Jake Tapper
(07/02/99)

All things to all checkbooks
The smoothly humming Bush machine makes sure that no one gets a chance to find out just who that man in the driver's seat really is.
By Anthony York
(07/01/99)

George W.'s California swing The Texas governor meets the GOP gilded on his first campaign trip to the Golden State.
By Anthony York
(06/29/99)

Will Pat Buchanan and Jesse Ventura join forces?
When the right-wing populist met the wrestler turned political star, they made nice for the cameras. But Jesse's searching for someone else to carry the Reform Party banner next year -- until he's ready in 2004.
By Micah L. Sifry
(06/26/99)

"Primary Colors" II
Hillary Clinton builds a New York Senate campaign staff on a foundation of 1992 Clinton loyalists, as Rudy Giuliani fumes.
By Harry Jaffe and Anthony York
(06/24/99)

Is Elizabeth Dole really running for president?
While her husband talks openly about Viagra, she can't bring herself to declare her candidacy.
By Anthony York
(06/18/99)

On the road with George W. Bush
By Jake Tapper
Where never is heard a discouraging word for the goofy cowboy who would be president.
(06/16/99)

The fab four
By Robert Bryce
Meet the people maneuvering behind the scenes to put George W. Bush in the White House.
(06/16/99)

Gore gets religion
By Christopher Shea
But can he co-opt the GOP's embrace of federal dollars for religious charities?
(06/15/99)

Search for a boogeyman
By Jake Tapper
With Clinton and Gingrich out of the picture come Election Day 2000, how will Democrats and Republicans scare the voters? Hint: Imagine Dick Gephardt with horns.
(06/11/99)

Shays calls the GOP's bluff
By Jake Tapper
By trying to force a floor vote on campaign finance reform, Rep. Chris Shays puts his money where his mouth is -- and his career in jeopardy.
(05/27/99)

Whole Lott o' blamin' goin' on
By Jake Tapper
Senate Republicans are angry that their leadership let Al Gore be a hero on guns.
(05/24/99)

Shays' rebellion
By Jake Tapper
The maverick congressman may buck GOP leadership and push for a vote on campaign finance reform.
(05/21/99)

Impeachment's legacy
By Anthony York
Susan Carpenter McMillan, the former spokeswoman for Paula Jones, is being wooed by California Republicans hungry for candidates.
(05/21/99)

Where's a crazy billionaire when you need one?
By James Poniewozik
Daddy Warbucks! The American media wants you ... to run for president.
(05/20/99)

Can we talk?
By Joshua Micah Marshall
Steve Forbes takes a sharp right turn just as the Republican Party is looking for a centrist path.
(05/17/99)

How tough is John McCain?
By Jake Tapper
The GOP contender stands up to Milosevic, but will he defy the NRA?
(05/14/99)

"I'm a uniter, not a divider"
By David Horowitz
George W. Bush talks about going from patrician to populist -- and from party boy to presidential front-runner.
(05/06/99)

Endangered congressman?
By Jake Tapper
Former allies target a term-limit promise-breaker.
(05/05/99)

More bad news for California GOP
By Anthony York
Rising star Jim Rogan won't challenge Dianne Feinstein.
(04/29/99)

How to gore Al?
By Jake Tapper
Bill Bradley looks for a winning issue. Is it Bill Clinton?
(04/23/99)

Bill Bradley's fast break
By Jake Tapper
With a big campaign war chest, he thinks he can upset Al Gore.
(04/22/99)

Off and running?
By Joan Walsh and Anthony York
Hillary Clinton moves to hire a New York campaign staff.
(04/17/99)

Hoosier daddy
By Jake Tapper
Presidential candidate Dan Quayle notes that Murphy Brown is long gone now, but he's still here, "fighting for the American family."
(04/15/99)

Prodigal son
By Jake Tapper
How will George W. Bush -- and the GOP -- confront the whispers about his past?
(04/09/99)

Backward, Christian soldiers
By Harry Jaffe
The Christian right may be hurting at the top, but at the grass roots, it's still a force to be reckoned with.
(04/09/99)

Broken contract
By Jake Tapper
Republicans find populism is easier when you don't have any power.
(04/05/99)

Elizabeth Dole is not man enough to be president
By Camille Paglia
Why Elizabeth Dole isn't ready for prime time.
(03/31/99)

Where does Elizabeth Dole really stand on abortion?
By Daryl Lindsey
She's dodged it for 20 years -- but the question won't go away
(03/24/99)

California Republicans: "Circular firing squad"
By Anthony York
Abortion foes win big as state GOP tries -- and fails -- to regroup after impeachment
(04/02/99)

Robertson redux
By Frederick Clarkson
Splits in the religious right will make it hard to recapture the Christian Coalition's glory days
(02/24/99)

The war against sprawl, I
By Frederick Clarkson
Think Al Gore's "smart growth" plan is a no-brainer? Think again
(01/21/99)

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