Democratic presidential candidate Paul Simon set aside his qualms about early disappointments and said today "I'm in it until the finish line in Atlanta," as Republican Bob Dole derided the now two-man GOP debate in Dallas tonight as "a Bush pep rally."
An invigorated Simon, encouraged by an outpouring of cash and support, changed his mind about needing a win in Minnesota or South Dakota next Tuesday to stay in the race.
"Candidly, I was at first frustrated by the razor-thin margins that separated me from victory in Iowa and New Hampshire," the Illinois senator said in Minneapolis. "I was tempted to bow to the conventional wisdom. . . . This is a marathon race for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party, and I'm in it until the finish line in Atlanta."
In Florida, Dole denied he and fellow Republican Pat Robertson coordinated their decision to skip tonight's Dallas debate, leaving only George Bush and Jack Kemp to share the stage with two empty chairs.