Bush's 'Kkk' Campaign

Although President Bush won't announce his intention to seek re-election until early next year, he has already chosen the broad themes of his campaign. The core issues he will focus on are Kuwait, Crime and Quotas-or what insiders call "the KKK strategy." "Those are three legitimate issues, but they won't be all of the campaign," says a top Bush adviser.

Bush aides say the president will try to capitalize on his extraordinary post-gulf-war popularity and emphasize the liberation of Kuwait at every opportunity. And, they say, White House chief of staff John Sununu has carefully controlled Bush's opposition to Democratic civil-rights and crime bills to keep quotas and crime as campaign "wedge issues." Sununu has argued that Bush should not compromise-even if that's the only way to pass the bills-because their enactment would defuse ammunition for '92.