Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

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Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

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The Bet: Who will be the next president of the United States?

Following the Iowa primary, I expressed surprise that George Bush Jr was still favourite to become the next American president. He isn't now. The new odds that have Al Gore as even-money favourite, in from 11-8, have nothing to do with Gore, who continues to act like a Thunderbird puppet. The movement in the market is entirely down to one person: John McCain. This is the man who didn't even bother to stand in Iowa but has seen his odds slashed from 9-1 to 100-30.

McCain is the sort of candidate that the professional politician hates because he pretends not to be a politician at all. He is a bit of a "character" and the voters love it. It's a bit like why the British public likes Glare Short, Ann Widdecombe and Mo Mowlam. His battle bus is called "The Straight Talk Express" and the voters like what he talks about--and it's not all about tax cuts either. …

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