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[Bob Dole]

With three previous turns around the national track -- once as Gerald Ford's vice presidential nominee and twice in his own right, Bob Dole is the GOP's elder statesman.

A bona fide war hero who still bears the scars of his heroism in his disabled right arm, a former GOP national chairman, five-term veteran of the Senate, Senate majority leader, both in the mid-1980s and again now in the mid-1990s, Dole has earned a reputation as a savvy politician -- an image he burnished as Senate minority leader in 1994, when he led his disciplined GOP troops into a successful campaign to thwart virtually all of the Democrats' legislative initiatives. But Dole has also earned a reputation for meanness. He played bad cop to Gerald Ford's good cop during their unsuccessful 1976 White House bid and has had a tough time since shaking the image of an acid-tongued political hatchet man.

Dole headed into the 1996 race insisting that he was more "relaxed, or serene, at peace," but after his New Hampshire loss lashed out at winner Patrick Buchanan as an "extremist." Dole's principal message is smaller government. The quintessential Washington insider is running on a promise of returning power to the people, through their state and local governments.

In the breast pocket of his perpetually crisp white shirts, he keeps an index card on which is printed the 10th Amendment, which reserves for the states all powers not expressly granted the federal government. While he fits the description of a classic conservative, Dole's right-wing credentials are not nearly as sharply edged as many conservative Republicans might like.

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