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Jan. 30, 1997


Military cutbacks will be painful

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Paul Tsongas was always his own man. A Massachusetts Democrat, he served
in the U.S. Senate and in 1992 was briefly the Democratic presidential
front-runner, until his finances ran out - ironic, considering that
money was his issue. He strongly advocated a balanced budget and moved
both parties toward fiscal responsibility.

Sen. Tsongas never took the easy path. He was respected because of his
willingness to speak hard truths ...

During his race for the presidency, he aired ads of himself swimming
laps in an effort to squelch concerns about his earlier bout with
cancer. (After) he withdrew from the presidential race ... he stayed on
the lecture circuit and remained deeply involved with fiscal issues. ...

Tsongas can be faulted for being less than candid about his illness when
he ran for president. In fact, he battled cancer and the devastating
side effects of repeated treatment for 14 years.

... His counsel will be missed as Congress and the president finally
begin to take his sage economic warnings seriously.
--The (Columbia, S.C.) State
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