Birthplace: Milton, Mass.

Education: BA, Yale University

Public Career: Congressman from Texas, 1967-70; US ambassador to UN, 1971-73; US liasion chief in China, 1974-75; head of CIA, 1976-77; vice president, 1980-88; president, 1988 to present.

Key Positions:

* Would increase educaton funding by 7

percent, including increases for Head Start.

* Advocates capital-gains tax cut from current top rate of 28 percent to a maximum rate of 15.4 percent for assets held at least three years.

* Proposes cutting defense spending by $50 billion over five years.

* Supports merit pay for teachers.

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