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CLINTON MAKING PROGRESS ON CAMPAIGN PROMISES

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A year ago, President Clinton used his inaugural address to package a long list of campaign promises into a simple, guiding theme: "We pledge an end to the era of deadlock and drift, and a new season of American renewal."

Clinton can look back at the one-year mark with considerable satisfaction at the promises kept - from signing the family leave, motor voter and Brady handgun-control laws to creating a new national service program, turning Reagan-omics on its head and reversing the anti-abortion policies of successive Republican administrations.Beyond the specifics, even Clinton's harshest critics concede he has tried to deliver on his campaign and inaugural calls for a more activist and diverse government.

He intervened to end an airline strike, got the warring parties in the Northwest's timber vs. owl dispute to the bargaining table and named a record number of women and minorities to his Cabinet and other senior jobs.

"His biggest promise of all was to work hard and to work hard on the issues that concerned average people most," said Ann Lewis, a Democratic political consultant. "He has not kept all his promises - no president ever does. But I think Bill Clinton has succeeded in keeping the big one."

But the president's track record is not without bruises, blemishes and considerable compromise.

Sober budget realities swallowed Clinton's middle-class tax cut, pared the spending increases promised for Head Start and whittled down the scope of his plan to make college money available to every American regardless of income.

Political realities also took their toll, compromising if not killing many of Clinton's promises, as well as changing the president himself.

His campaign pledge to open the military to homosexuals became a muddled "don't ask, don't tell" compromise that left neither side happy. His fellow Democrats held hostage Clinton's hope for a line-item veto. And bickering among lawmakers in both parties kept any campaign finance reforms from reaching Clinton's desk in the first year.

And as a newcomer on the global stage, Clinton quickly found he could not deliver on a few specific promises he had made about world affairs. His harsh rhetoric about the civil strife in Bosnia never escalated into the tougher actions he promised as a candidate. Haitian boat people were turned away despite candidate Clinton's promise to accept them. Jean-Bertrand Aristide remained a refugee in America despite Clinton's pledge to restore the deposed Haitian leader.

"Sure, we deserve to be kept to our campaign positions, but what is misleading is for people to turn every campaign position into a `read my lips' promise," said George Stephanopoulos, a senior Clinton adviser.

Clinton kept some promises that translated into foreign policy successes.

He had pledged to overcome deep opposition in his Democratic Party and enact the North American Free Trade Agreement, and he did. And part of his promise to help the economy at home was to somehow settle the global trade talks known as GATT. He did that, too, ending a seven-year stalemate.

Raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations is a promise Clinton kept and a promise Republicans say he will regret. "If you think that's progress, then you have a different view from me," Barbour said.