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Arlen Specter has discovered that his former schoolteacher is as strict as ever: She won't let him stump from her porch.

Alice Mills told Specter that her porch is simply too small. So the three-term Republican senator from Pennsylvania, who announced his presidential candidacy on Thursday, will have to use the Elks Club instead.

Perhaps Ms. Mills, 94, is saving the space for another favorite son she taught, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, who plans to announce his candidacy April 10.

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