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CLAREMONT, N.H. _ Republican John McCain and Democrat Bill Bradley, the leading challengers for their respective party presidential nominations, joined forces Thursday to shine a bipartisan light on campaign finance reform _ and themselves as well.
The unusual cross-party forum, scheduled to be broadcast on ABC's Nightline, was staged earlier in the day at the site where, in June in 1995, President Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich shook hands and vowed to curb the heavy influence of special interest money on Washington. The blue-ribbon commission they promised never materialized, nor did the reforms.
The candidates vowed Thursday bring about campaign finance reforms long promised by other elected officials.
Bradley, the former New Jersey senator, and McCain, a senator from Arizona, appeared a bit like mismatched bookends. Each is an outsider and underdog to his party's formidable front-runner. Each appeals to independent voters disgruntled with …