Harkin Vs. Clinton: The Tug Of War For Labor Is Just Beginning

How badly do the Democrats want to win in November? This badly: Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, a fire-breathing liberal who votes with labor more than 90% of the time, is finding himself in the awkward position of scrambling to head off wholesale defections of his union allies. To Harkin's surprise, the defectors are lining up behind Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, a moderate who criticizes union work rules, opposes blank-check social spending, and once boasted of his state's right-to-work law. "People are looking at electability," says one union political director. "Clinton could probably win."

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