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A Primary Roll Call

TIME magazine 03-16-98

HENRY BURTON The idealistic campaign manager (Adrian Lester) who struggles to balance his faith in the system with his belief in the man.
A.K.A.: GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS

RICHARD JEMMONS The political strategist (Billy Bob Thornton) whose sometimes crude good-ole-boy style belies his savvy political instincts.
A.K.A.: JAMES CARVILLE

LIBBY HOLDEN The longtime Stanton loyalist (Kathy Bates) who does double duty as a pragmatic political fixer and the couple's moral conscience.
A.K.A.: BETSEY WRIGHT

DAISY GREEN A campaign consultant (Maura Tierney from TV's NewsRadio) who provides media advice for Jack and romantic spice for Henry.
A.K.A.: MANDY GRUNWALD

NORMAN ASHER The brash big-city politico (Robert Klein) who jumps on the bandwagon and almost hijacks it, assured that his tactics can turn Stanton into a front runner.
A.K.A.: DAVID GARTH

LUCILLE KAUFMAN Susan Stanton's bossy New York friend (Caroline Aaron) breezes in and out of the campaign with compassion and comic bravado.
A.K.A.: SUSAN THOMASES

YOU CAN'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE...
Not only the names have been changed. Details about characters and events based on the '92 Clinton campaign have been altered too.

REAL LIFE, 1992

--Singer Gennifer Flowers claims affair with Bill Clinton, plays phone chats as evidence

--Volatile Clinton pal Betsey Wright has mission to suppress embarrassing tales of Wild Bill

--Former Massachusetts Senator Paul Tsongas, cancer in remission, wins N.H. primary

--Zillionaire H. Ross Perot enters race as white knight, ensures election for Clinton

REEL LIFE, 1998

--Hair stylist Cashmere McLeod claims affair with Jack Stanton, plays doctored phone tapes

--Lesbian nutcase Libby Holden engages in blackmail, murder threats and rampant idealism

--Senator Lawrence Harris wins N.H. primary but has heart attack while arguing with Jack

--Ex-Florida Governor Fred Picker enters race as white knight, tests Stanton's ethics

In TIME This Week

Cover Date: March 16, 1998

True Colors
A Primary Roll Call
"Primary Colors" A Tale Of Two Bills
All The Presidents' Movies
Will Betty Currie Stick To The Script?
The White House: Getting The Story Straight
The Nonsense Stops Here: Profile of Judge Johnson
Purloined Papers At The State Department?
Now It's Paula Jones' Turn
Hizzoner The Hall Monitor: Rudy Giuliani
Mr. Gates Goes To Washington
Bill Gates' Diary
Harassed Or Hazed?
The Notebook: Oh...That Clinton Personality





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