- Bob Dole dropping his Web address
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"It is not midnight in America, Senator, we are better off than we were four years ago."
- Bill Clinton
"Well, he's better off than he was four years ago...and I may be better off four years from now."
- Bob Dole on whether the country is better off today
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- Clinton responding to a question about possible Whitewater pardons
So who won the debate? Clinton or Dole? That's the question everyone is asking, and nearly everybody has a different answer.
President Bill Clinton did what he had to do: committed no major gaffes, stayed largely above the fray, acted presidential. No disastrous highlight films here. GOP challenger Bob Dole turned in a steady if unspectacular performance, mixing flashes of wit with a persistent critique of the Clinton Administration. No hatchet man, no wandering thoughts, no disasters.
Calling it a draw would probably be fair. But a draw, in reality, is a Clinton win, because the debate most likely did nothing to change the fundamental course of the campaign. And that could be construed as a disaster for Dole, who remains mired in a double-digit deficit in the polls.
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