Bush spins drug coverage issues

WASHINGTON, DC: Suddenly, George W. Bush finds himself facing doubt about his chances in November after having been up against Al Gore for so long.

WASHINGTON, DC: Suddenly, George W. Bush finds himself facing doubt about his chances in November after having been up against Al Gore for so long.

WASHINGTON, DC: Suddenly, George W. Bush finds himself facing doubt about his chances in November after having been up against Al Gore for so long.

The campaign is now engaged in an effort to recapture momentum including spin-doctoring his own Medicare drug coverage plan.

Bush's move to address the Medicare pharmaceutical issue was done in the spirit of believing the best defense is a good offense. Gore had been pummeling him over the lack of a plan.

A Bush strategist conceded: 'We'll lose the issue, but by how much?' He admitted: 'If we spend the rest of the campaign debating health care it will not be a good thing.'

His goal would be to return to issues such as strengthening the military and education.

Steve Lombardo, president and CEO of Edelman research subsidiary StrategyOne thinks the same way, noting how issues such as healthcare rank in the polls. 'Republicans in the past spent too much time trying to turn, even force, the debate to issues they thought they could win on. I'm glad to see Bush's campaign address issues that people care about.'

Bob Moffitt, director of domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, credited Bush for delivering a plan based on the work of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. This was based on '18 months of study - not trying to meet a deadline for a press release.' Bush's plan allows Medicare beneficiaries to choose from traditional coverage or that of outside plans. Gore's plan would require people to stay within the system.



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