House Banking Committee Chairman Henry B. Gonzalez last week said he is "shocked and dismayed" that Gov. Bill Clinton and President Bush, the two major presidential candidates, appear to be sticking their heads in the sand when it comes to the nation's banking problems.

During their final debate last week, the two men acknowledged strains in banking, but said the industry was fundamentally sound. They said its problems are nowhere near as bad as those that have befallen the savings and loan industry.

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