Why The Gop Loves To Hate Bob Rubin
When President Clinton journeyed to Capitol Hill on Feb. 11 for a budget summit, his Republican hosts counted the chairs with special care. "We made sure there were only the exact number at the table" for Clinton, Vice-President Al Gore, and congressional leaders, smirks a GOP aide. The target of the snub: Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, who was forced to sit with lowly staffers. The missing-chair stunt was a symbol of frustration with Rubin, whom Republicans view increasingly as the chief hurdle to a host of GOP priorities--from the balanced-budget amendment to a broad capital-gains tax cut.
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