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WASHINGTON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 17,2002 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A7 GOP has edge on military; parties even on economy By WILL LESTER ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Democratic hopes for winning congressional elections apparently are tied to how well they can keep domestic issues in the forefront because Republicans have a big advantage with voters on national security, an Associated Press poll found. When people are asked whom they trust most to handle the economy the two parties are very close, the poll indicated. But Democrats ran ahead among those who think domestic issues in general — including the economy, education and health care — are most important. When it comes to dealing with national security and the war on terrorism, 37 percent favored Republicans to 15 percent who favored Democrats. Most voters say they want the Capitol and the White House to remain controlled by different parties. In the competition for control of Congress, 40 percent of registered voters said they would support the Democratic candidate and 40 percent the Republican, according to the poll conducted for the AP by ICR/International Communications Research of Media, Pa. Five percent said neither and the rest didn't know or declined to answer. By a 2-to-l margin, people said they preferred that different parties control the White House and Congress. Democrats felt that way by a 68-28 margin, while Republicans were evenly split. "Competition is great," said Edward Allen Jr., 77, a Republican retiree who lives in rural central Georgia. "I think it's best to have different parties in con- trol of Congress and the White House." Democrat Jeannette Sasse, a 76- year-old Plymouth, Wis., resident, agreed. "I feel that if the president and the Congress are all from the same party, we can get sort of a dictatorship," she said. "We should have a balance." Political analysts are skeptical whether the public's preference for divided government has much effect on votes in individual congressional races. Democrats have been counting on their traditional edge on domestic issues to give them an advantage this election, but the Republicans' even standing on the economy and big advantage on military matters could make that less likely. Terrorism is the most important issue for David Houle, a 20- year-old part-time worker at Sears in southern California. "You wonder if people are safe going down the street and going to school," said Houle, who considers himself a political independent. On the question of which party would handle the economy the best, Democrats got more support from those making less than $50,000 a year, while Republicans got a bigger share of the support from those making more than $75,000 a year. Whites were evenly split on which would handle the economy best, while blacks overwhelmingly preferred Democrats. Asked which issue is most important in the elections, 23 percent said the economy, 19 percent education, 18 percent health care and 17 percent fighting terrorism. The Republicans advantage on handling national security matters showed up among all age, income and education groups. Republicans, Democrats closely matched in congressional contest An Associated Press poll suggests the race for Congress remains very close with Democrats and Republicans evenly matched on which party can best handle the economy and Republicans holding a big advantage on which party can best handle the war on terrorism. > If the elections for Congress were held today, which party's candidate would you vote for in your district? Would you vote for ... Democrat Republican Neither Don't know Refused! 1 ! > When it comes to dealing with the economy and jobs, which party do you think would do a better job? Democrat Republican Both about the same Neither Don't know-refused > When it comes to dealing with national security and the war on terrorism, which party do you think would do a better job? Democrat Republican Both about the same Neither Don't know-refused > In general, do you think it is better for the same political party to control both the Congress and the presidency so they can work together more closely or do you think it is better to have different political parties controlling the Congress and the presidency to prevent either one from going too far? Better if same parties control Congress and the presidency 32% Better if different parties Don't control Congress and the know- presidency refused 61% 1 7%- > Which one of the following issues do you think is the most important in the elections for Congress ... The Social Decline of the economy Health care Security stock majket 23% 18% —i 9% Education 19% Fighting terrorism 17% Don't know- refused 5% The poll of 758 registered voters was conducted for The Associated Press by ICFvlntematlonal Communications Research of Media, Pa. It was taken Sept. 6-10 and has an error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. ASSOCIATED PRESS Former U.S. weapons inspector now a voice against attacking Iraq By SONYA ROSS ASSOCIATED PRESS Ritter WASHINGTON — Scott Ritter considers himself an accidental peacenik. "I'm not a pacifist. I'm waging peace with the same tenacity one would wage war," says Ritter, the maverick ex-Marine and former UN. weapons inspector who has emerged as a loud American voice against war with Iraq. Ritter is stepping up his arguments that Saddam Hussein's arsenal isn't the threat that President Bush claims it to be. Next week, he will be featured in an "instant" anti-war publication being released by Context Books, and will travel to Britain for a Labor Party conference where he hopes to fan the "democratic fervor" against military action that he says he is starting to see at home. "I'm not asking them to accept everything I say at face value. I want them to challenge me," Ritter said in an interview Monday. "I want them to hold their elected officials accountable." These activities are part of what Ritter characterizes as a campaign to educate Americans, and others around the world, about the perils of starting a war without good reason. And when it comes to Iraq, he said, Bush has yet to offer a good reason. "If there is a case for war, make the case and I'll be standing right there beside you (against) the government of Iraq, which I have no sympathy for," Ritter said. "I would hate for the United States to wake up 10 years from now with 58,000 body bags and a million dead foreign nationals in Iraq and elsewhere, and realize we made a mistake." Ritter angered the Bush administration earlier this month when he turned up hi Baghdad declaring that Iraq is not able to produce nuclear weapons. Secretary of State Colin Powell cast aside Ritter's assertions as the viewpoint of "somebody who's not in the intelligence chain any longer." "It's an irrelevant point. I never was in the intelligence loop," Ritter said Monday. "I definitely am in the information loop. My information is current, it is accurate, it is viable." He does contend that UN. inspections had eliminated 95 percent of Iraq's deadly weaponry, a statistic that made many skeptical. "The full extent and the objective of Iraq's (biological weapons) program has never been disclosed by Iraq.... Hard evidence, as might be expected, is lacking," Richard Spertzel, who spent four years as head of UN. biological weapons inspections, told the House Armed Services Committee last week. Right now, many in the United States don't exactly know what to make of Ritter. (One Bush administration official bitterly compared Ritter to "Hanoi Jane," a moniker given actress Jane Fonda for her visit there during the Vietnam conflict). Briefs Two bin Laden lieutenants plot new attacks, U.S. says WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. counterterrorism officials have identified two key lieutenants of Qsama.bin Laden — including an. alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks — as the most active plotters of several al-Qaida attacks during the past year. While many top al-Qaida leaders went into hiding after Sept. 11, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri have taken the lead in arranging new attacks with cells in the field, U.S. officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Mohammed, a Sept. 11 organizer who has risen to be one of bin Laden's top planners, and al- Nashiri, al-Qaida's Persian Gulf operations chief, are among roughly two dozen key lieutenants being sought by the CIA, FBI and military in a worldwide manhunt. While last week's capture of Ramzi Binalshibh in Pakistan might shed light on both the Sept. 11 attacks and ongoing al-Qaida plots, US. officials say he was not a leader but an aide to Mohammed. Officials hope that by tracking down the leaders they can disrupt terrorist plots and the multiple cells under their command. Mohammed, a Kuwait-born Pakistani national, has been linked to the April 11 suicide truck bombing of the Djerba synagogue in Tunisia. At least 19 tourists, mostly Germans, were k^ledj;.„..,, j The suspected, 0 bo.mher j; ;Nizar ;i Naouar, spoke by phone with Mohammed about three hours before the attack, German officials said. Bin Laden's son Saad, seen as a rising star in al-Qaida, is also suspected of ties to the plot. Gene therapy helps mice with muscular dystrophy WASHINGTON (AP) —The crippling effects of muscular dystrophy were partially corrected in laboratory mice by the insertion of a new gene that restored to the , muscles a protein lacking in victims of the fatal disease. Researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle, fused a gene that makes a muscle chemical with a modified virus and injected the combination into the hind leg muscles of mice that have a disorder that mimics Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Within a month, the test mice had a 40-percent improvement in muscle action compared to muscular dystrophy mice that received no injection, said Christiana DelloRusso, lead author of the study that appears in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy,of Sciences., , i,,. , ;/J ';yfe,,measured,;the force-,p.rp,,. i duced "before .and after the muscle! . is stretched and it was muchbetter < with the mice that were injected compared to the ones that weren't," DelloRusso said Monday Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a muscle-wasting disease caused by the mutation of the gene that produces a muscle protein called dystrophin. The disorder, linked to the X chromosome, is inherited in about one of every 3,500 males born in the United States, and about 12,000 patients are now living with the disease. The disease originates from a gene that fails to produce dys- trophin, a protein that helps the muscles stretch and contract normally. 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