And The Hot Button Issue For '96 Is...Free Trade?

That dull boom you hear in the distance is the opening salvo of the '96 Presidential campaign. Bill Clinton is blasting away on the "Three Es," hitting Republicans for gutting education, the environment, and elders' Medicare benefits. The GOP is firing back at Clinton for being soft on criminals, welfare chiselers, and illegal immigrants. Yet despite the partisan bombast, both sides are ducking an explosive issue that's starting to stir voters: surging economic nationalism.

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