Man-in-the-Street Views MANCHESTER, N.H.
POLLSTERS and pundits offer a stream of opinions about the seven major candidates running in next week's New Hampshire presidential primary.Skip to next paragraph
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But what do the voters think of them?
To find out, the Monitor asked more than a dozen people in Manchester, Concord, and Nashua to give capsule descriptions of each of the candidates. Here are some of their answers: Democrats
BILL CLINTON: Well-educated. Pre-packaged. Lacks creativity. Strong leader. Could give Bush a hard time. Attractive. Treated unfairly by the media. Best one for November.
PAUL TSONGAS: Great ability. Excellent track record. Straight arrow. Boring on TV; interesting in person. Right for the job. The only one who doesn't need it. Truthful. A person of character. Honest.
BOB KERREY: Very sincere. Wants the job very much. National health care. Johnny One Note. Devotion to country. Cautious. A person I could respect. Alternative to Clinton.
JERRY BROWN: Hollywood. Opportunist. Not very believable. Confused. Couldn't beat Bush. Saying what needs to be said. Right on the issues, so he'll lose.
TOM HARKIN: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Iowa. Tin horn. Hornswoggler. Intelligent. Not ready for prime time. Good for his local area. Shrill. Republicans
GEORGE BUSH: A winner. Strong. Does whatever is expedient. Pragmatist. Supports the ultra-rich. CIA. The next president. Where has he been?
PATRICK BUCHANAN: Strong. A real character. Negative campaigning. Courage. Stands by his convictions. What America needs. Scaring the president.