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Talking About The President

August 28, 1996

``It does seem a lot of times that he puts his finger in the air and whatever might be politically expedient is what finally pushes him to make a decision. But politics is compromise, if you want to get things done.″ _ High school teacher Dennis Adamson of Ankeny, Iowa.

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``Ronald Reagan had a great ability to express himself, but he didn’t necessarily know the issues that well. Bill Clinton knows what he’s talking about.″ _ North Dakota State Democratic Chairman Dan Hannaher of Fargo.

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``He’s a Democrat. That’s his greatest weakness (in Republican-leaning Idaho).″ _Mark Briggs, a labor union lobbyist from Idaho.

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``He does seem to flip-flop. His mind is changeable. Flowing with the times. Maybe that’s necessary but I wish he would stand up a little more strongly.″ _ Peg Kirkpatrick, 65, a retired teacher from Waikiki, Hawaii.

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``Here’s a guy who’s probably taken more knock-out punches than Joe Palooka and be bounces right back again.″ _ Thomas T. Berthiaume, a retired auto worker from Framingham, Mass.

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``I’ve had occasion to sit down one-on-one with him and he’s a very modest, quiet guy.″ _ Bill Cashin, Manchester, N.H.

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``I don’t like being blindsided, and often I feel I don’t understand why he has taken a position that he has.″ _ State Sen. Margarita Prentice of Seattle, Wash.

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