DIARY: Deaver doles out some campaign tips

Ronald Reagan’s ex-deputy chief of staff, Mike Deaver, flew into London two weeks ago for an American Chamber of Commerce briefing on the US elections.

Ronald Reagan’s ex-deputy chief of staff, Mike Deaver, flew into London

two weeks ago for an American Chamber of Commerce briefing on the US

elections.



Deaver - now executive vice president of Edelman Public Affairs, USA -

predicted a second term for Bill Clinton with a narrowly-held Republican

Congress. No change there then.



Deaver was unstinting in his (back-handed) praise for Clinton, who he

described as America’s first Zen president: ‘he just keeps repeating the

same message over and over again’.



Asked about Reagan’s success, Deaver said he always made sure of one

thing: ‘that he was lit well’. Sterling advice for ailing Republican

candidate Bob Dole, whose gradual slide in the polls can be traced back

to January and his (unintentional) impersonation of Dr Death in a

televised reply to Clinton’s State of the Union address. Dole’s handlers

blamed poor lighting.



So where was Deaver when they needed him?



edited by Rebecca Dowman



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