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June 24, 1988 | United Press International
Bush's campaign manager said he did not expect the vice president to jump ahead of Dukakis soon and contended his summer strategy was to avoid falling so far behind that the vice president would be out of the race by the fall. Lee Atwater, speaking at a strategy session for Southern Republican leaders in Charleston, S.C., said the Bush campaign welcomed Dukakis to campaign in the South, arguing that the more the Democrat campaigned in Dixie, the more it would help the vice president.
May 1, 1994 | Steve Proffitt, Steve Proffitt is a producer for Fox 11 News and a contributor to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." He spoke with Stuart K. Spencer at Spencer's home in Palm Desert, Calif.
"Politics is never a science," Stu Spencer likes to say. "It's always an art." While Richard M. Nixon--the first Californian elected President--is credited with bringing the state into the political mainstream, it was Stuart K. Spencer who developed the modern California political campaign style, made it into an art form and exported it nationwide. As the dean of Western political consultants, Spencer helped make Ronald Reagan look engaged and informed, Gerald R.
When President Bush tried early this year to enlist public relations executive James Lake as a member of his senior staff, the answer--for then--was no. Offered the post of White House communications director, Lake told Bush aides that he wanted to help the President in any way he could. But he said he felt an obligation to maintain his ties to corporate clients. Under federal ethics laws, he could not maintain such a dual allegiance.
March 14, 1988 | Bob Secter
A defiant Bob Dole vowed Sunday to continue his faltering drive for the Republican nomination no matter how poorly he fares in the Illinois primary on Tuesday. "Our new theme song when we leave here is going to be 'On Wisconsin,"' Dole said, referring to that state's April 5 primary. "We're going to hand out sheet music today and road maps to all the traveling press."
As Democratic candidate for governor Dianne Feinstein gained strength and oomph with a powerful early television advertising campaign, the question has followed her: When will her rivals feel they must start firing back with their own campaigns on the airwaves? The answer came Thursday night as the first counter-volley was aired in Fresno and Eureka. The new commercial did not come from fellow Democrat John K. Van de Kamp. Instead, it was the work of Republican U.S. Sen.
May 14, 1988 | Keith Love
A private meeting between the Rev. Jesse Jackson and prominent Los Angeles Jewish leaders, which appeared to be in doubt earlier this week, will take place as scheduled Wednesday, according to Rabbi Allen Freehling of the University Synagogue in Brentwood. The meeting will not be under the auspices of the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, which was part of the negotiations with Jackson at one point.
July 8, 1988 | James Gerstenzang
President Reagan, Vice President George Bush and their senior political advisers conferred over lunch Thursday at the White House to map out a role for Reagan in Bush's presidential campaign. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said Reagan acknowledged during the meeting that "the vice president will want to take positions during the campaign that may differ from the President on Administration policy."
October 22, 1988 | KEITH LOVE, Times Political Writer
Crime, an issue usually associated with state or local races, remained sharply in focus in the 1988 presidential campaign Friday, with both sides launching TV ad campaigns pounding away at the subject. Democratic presidential nominee Michael S. Dukakis' campaign came slugging back on a nagging issue--prison furloughs--by unveiling a new national television ad that accuses Republican nominee George Bush of distorting the facts.
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