presidents

Last But Not Least: Ron Paul and Mike Gravel

Los Angeles Times
July 27, 2007
By Alex Tizon

ONE is a Democrat, the other a Republican. They’ve never met but share much in common: Both wear dark suits and sneakers, for one. Neither has a lot of money. Both are running for president. Mike Gravel and Ron Paul. Mike and Ron. Their names, sharing space at the bottom of the polls, seem increasingly linked. Each came out swinging in the debates and scored points for candor and quirkiness and, in Gravel’s case, crankiness.

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“John Kerry Saved My Life”

Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2004
By Alex Tizon

FLORENCE, Oregon – The eyes still get watery 35 years later, and Jim Rassmann — former Green Beret, retired California cop — doesn’t want anybody to see. He turns away or uses his beefy hands to cover up. But he gets through it, recalling in vivid detail the day, March 13, 1969, when John F. Kerry snatched him out of a muddy brown river in Vietnam and saved him from a watery end.

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Aquino Pursues the Gentle Fight

The Seattle Times
May 2, 2002
By Alex Tizon

In one of the most famous true-life fables of good vs. evil in the late 20th century, the good guy wore yellow, and she wasn’t a guy. Corazon Aquino, the demure housewife who overthrew Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the “people power” revolution of 1986, still wears her trademark yellow, her fighting color, and for good purpose: She’s not done with the revolution.

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Fidel Ramos Downplays ‘Asian Flu’

The Seattle Times
November 23, 1997
By Alex Tizon

The leader of the 13th-most-populous nation on Earth sat back in his chair, cigar in hand, and told stories like a favorite uncle holding court at the dinner table. He talked about everything from push-ups to the East Asian economic crisis. About push-ups, Philippine President Fidel Ramos said he still does them regularly at age 69. “Want to do some right now?” he said, challenging a guest sitting across from him in his suite at the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel in Seattle. About the economic crisis in Asia, his basic message was this:

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