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Democratic vice-presidential nominee, Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas, understands some of the problems of the West, according to Sen. Alan K. Simpson, R-Wyo.

But his partner on the ticket - Gov. Michael Dukakis - has a problem in that regard, Simpson said, because he "doesn't understand anything about the West. Nothing."Simpson told reporters Dukakis "doesn't understand about our water rights, our federal lands, and our multiple-use theories of the national forests. He doesn't even make the (distinction) between the national forest and wilderness areas. Those distinctions are critical," Simpson added.

The senator said Bentsen is a strong addition to the Democratic ticket who is interested in the West and Wyoming and in the oil and gas business.

"He will be a very formidable vice-presidential candidate."