Bush Vs. Mc Cain, Round Two

The two are heading for a collision on campaign-finance reform

It's no secret that soon-to-be-President George W. Bush's first-year agenda will focus heavily on education, Social Security, tax cuts, and military retooling. But folks at the Bush Ranch are beginning to worry about another cowpoke's agenda. Bush's old nemesis, Arizona GOP Senator John McCain, is drawing up a wide-ranging reform plan, which includes everything from limits on campaign contributions to advancing shareholders' rights to attacking Pentagon waste. Bush, who fancies himself a "Reformer with Results," is about to run headlong into McCain, the "Reformer with a Mission." And McCain, the former fighter pilot and perennial maverick, isn't waiting for Bush's Jan. 20 inauguration to relaunch his reform crusade.

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