Politics

Former Housing & Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp is hinting to top Republicans that he may sit out the '96 GOP Presidential race. Kemp, who lags far behind Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole in early polls, has said he is having too much fun making money on the lecture circuit to give it up for the campaign. Republican insiders say the ex-quarterback may change signals, but they're betting he stays on the sidelines. One sign of a no-go: Kemp has been slow to assemble a campaign team, while Dole, ex-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, former Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander, and Texas Senator Phil Gramm are recruiting top talent. Another omen: Kemp plans to pass up the Christian Coalition's September conclave.

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