The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 28, 1996 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, September 28, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1996 A7 T CAMPAIGN '96 Clinton sets his eyes on Texas-sized prize Longhorn state traditionally swings GOR but president believes he has a shot By The Associated Press ,FORT WORTH, Texas — Forcing Bob Dole to defend Republican turf, President Clinton charged confidently through Texas on Friday determined to b'ecome the first Democrat since Jimmy Carter to capture the state. "We can win in the state of Texas!" he declared. Clinton kept a grueling three-city schedule, bouncing from handshake to handshake in Texas-sized crowds and picking out familiar faces from his days in neighboring Arkansas. "Boy, I love this," he told a teacher he remembered from Ashdown, Ark. An early rally in Longview, Texas — about 100 miles from the Arkansas border — drew at least 5,000 people to the intersection of Center and Tyler streets, in front of a quaint corner drug store. Clinton reminded the crowd that he grew up "a lot closer to Longview than Washington." The Dole campaign said Clinton's record was a far cry from what Texans want. "They say Texans like things big, but I don't think they'll take a shine to Bill Clinton's big liberal, big spending, big government ways," spokeswoman Christina Martin said. The focus of the trip was east Texas, home to conservative Democrats who abandoned the party for Ronald Reagan and could tip the scales this year. Paul Garmon, a lifelong Democrat who has strayed at times to Republicans, smiled from beneath his cowboy hat when asked why he came to the rally. "I'm an 80-year-old Democrat, son. And that man there has done a better job than anybody since Roosevelt," said Garmon, his white shirt speckled with tobacco juice. "He's our kind of Democrat." In 1992, Clinton lost Texas and its 32 electoral votes to George Bush by 4 percentage points, with Texas businessman Ross Perot drawing 22 percent of the vote. Perot, who siphoned more votes from Bush than Clinton, is less of a factor this year. The president looks surprisingly strong in an increasingly conservative state with a Republican governor and two GOP senators. Recent polls indicate the race is a dead heat, a Texas horse race. Lagging by more than 20 percentage points in New York and California, tDole almost certainly needs a big-state victory out of Texas to secure the needed 270 electoral votes. Clinton could win without Texas. ' Waltzing across the state with Clinton was Victor Morales, a Democrat in an Uphill battle to defeat Republican Sen. Ph'il Gramm in Texas. Morales, a political novice, created a ruckus this week by accusing Texas Rep. Henry Bonilla of forgetting his Hispanic heritage, calling him a "wanna-be white" and a coconut. •;. Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry said the president "obviously considered the remarks inappropriate" but had accepted Morales' expression of regret. TflATURAL LAW PARTY Photos by The Associated Press President Clinton dons a cowboy hat presented to him by Fort Worth Star editor Rich Connor Friday in Fort Worth. Clinton welcomes Lucid back home 'Houston never looked so good,' record-setting astronaut says to crowd By The Associated Press HOUSTON — President Clinton officially welcomed astronaut Shannon Lucid back to earth Friday, saying her record- breaking six months in space is "a monument to the human spirit." "All I can say is, Houston never looked so good," a smiling Lucid told a crowd of more than 500 in a ceremony at Ellington Field after 188 days aboard the Russian space station Mir. Clinton said the 53-year-old biochemist's record stay made her a role model for young people, especially young girls, across the nation. "I think we've all felt we've gotten to know Shannon Lucid, just watching her grin and bear it," Clinton said. "It's a monument to the human spirit. It's been an amazing, amazing achievement." "Young girls all across the country now look up to her and see possibilities for themselves," he said. Still not used to the pull of Earth's gravity, Lucid did wobble a little as she stepped from the NASA plane. The brief ceremony was a break in a day during which Clinton stormed across Texas, trying to turn his tie in the state with 'Republican Bob Dole into a victory on election day, just 39 days away. Clinton, who called Lucid from the Oval Office on Thursday and chatted with her briefly, said he has been told that when she was in the eighth grade she told an inquiring teacher she wanted to be a rocket scientist. "She was told by her teacher that there was no such thing and that if there were it wouldn't be a woman," Clinton said. He then pointed out the many children in the audience and said that when they are adults, "many of these children will be doing work that hasn't been imagined yet." Clinton also greeted the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis that ferried Lucid home from space. Astronaut Shannon Lucid shares a laugh Friday with President Clinton at a welcome home ceremony in Houston. Dole takes time to get a hot dog but spends most of his time propping for debate By The Associated Press BAL HARBOUR, Fla. — A hot dog lunch was all that drew Bob Dole from his oceanside condominium Friday as he prepared for next weekend's debate with President Clinton. The Republican presidential nominee kept mostly to the sunny, 12th-floor balcony of his vacation apartment. But there was no lazy sunbathing, aides were careful to stipulate. "The naked eye may think he's sitting in the sun boiling like a lobster when he's really thinking like a fox," spokesman Nelson Warfield said as Dole began his four-day stay here armed with a stack of briefing books. With just nine days to go before the faceoff, Dole is hoping his performance next Sunday help tighten the race with Clinton. In khaki slacks and shirt sleeves, the candidate ventured downstairs just once Friday, spending 25 minutes on lunch at Millie's, the poolside hot dog stand. He said nothing to a pack of reporters who were barred from the private property and watched him from the beach. Warfield said Clinton's winning 1992 campaign gave him a leg up. "Bob Dole has never been in a presidential debate, so we have to work to make up for that advantage," Warfield said. Dole spent a combined 35 years debating policy on the House and Senate floors and unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination twice before. He has frequently joked that expectations for his performance against Clinton are so low that he wins just by showing up. Policy aides Dennis Shea and Sheila Burke, both veterans of Dole's Senate staff, were on hand to pepper the former lawmaker with facts and figures — and try to anticipate the issues Clinton will hit in the 90-minute televised forum. Earlier Friday, Dole briefly telephoned a meeting of the National Federation of Republican Women in Bloomington, Minn., thanking members for their voter turnout efforts. He planned just two campaign daytrips next week — to Cleveland on Tuesday and Harrisburg, Pa., on Wednesday — before returning to his Florida condo for final debate cramming and dress rehearsals with a Clinton stand-in. File photo Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole hopes to close the gap on President Clinton in next Sunday's debates. in Hartford, Conn., will Natural Law Party rivals other third parties Campaign ad smells a bit fishy Party espouses science ^nd meditation as Solutions to problems '...V By. The Boston Globe /^Tired of the usual partisan rancor this campaign season? Close your eyes for a moment. Picture a government that harnesses the power and harmony of the universe to solve the country's problems. That's the goal of the Natural Law Party, a quixotic and well-financed group that touts libertarian ideals, science and transcendental meditation — and that has quietly put candidates on the ballot in 48 states. The emphasis on meditation — inspired by guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, muse for the Beatles in the '60s, and preached at the Ma- harishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa, the party's home base — "takes a leap of imagination for most people," acknowledged Natural Law Party vice presidential candidate Mike Tompkins. That leap might be made to Kansas, as Maharishi's Global Administration Through Natural Law has plans to build a facility in near Smith Center, Kan. But the party is really pushing an entirely new approach to politics centered on scientifically proven and prevention-oriented solutions, whether in health care, crime or defense. The underlying theme in that approach — bringing the nation back into harmony with natural law, the fundamental laws that govern the universe — may sound wildly cosmic by today's political standards, but it actually has roots in the nation-building philosophy of John Locke, said David King, associate professor of public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School. "It's an idea the founding fathers would have been quite comfortable with," King said. "Natural law is embedded in our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence — that there are laws that existed outside of government, and that government should not get in the way." Yet the Natural Law Party goes well beyond such minimalist ideals, seeking to bring the "light of science" into politics through means that by any description are unconventional — including "mapping" politicians' brains to catalogue intelligence, creativity and stability in a crisis. "The thing that makes them seem a little wacky to some people is when they say, 'Oh, and by the way, the way to get there is to meditate,'" said King. Perhaps because of the meditation component, the party is not taken seriously in mainstream political circles. Yet the party, organized by an English physicist four years ago, has established a presence that rivals the Reform Party and other third-party organizations. Party officials say they have raised $1 million, from small donations and federal matching funds. But the organization was sufficiently flush to put a 16-page supplement in USA Today in August. "It's one of those things where nobody pays attention because they're watching everything else, but suddenly this party's on the ballot in almost 50 states," said Ken Rudin, managing editor of the online political journal, The Hotline. The Natural Law Party has also joined forces with Ross Perot in contesting the decision to include only President Clinton and Republican rival Bob Dole in presidential debates. A federal judge reviewing that decision is studying briefs from the Natural Law and Reform parties — although it would be a longshot if NLP presidential candidate John Hagelin was invited to debate even if Perot was. By The Associated Press ATLANTA — StarKist Foods wants a candidate seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood to can a political ad that bears a fishy resemblance to the tuna maker's famous "Sorry, Charlie" commercials. Democrat David Bell's ad chides Norwood, a Republican, for his opposition to environmental measures. At one point, it depicts a cartoon fish while a voice says, "Sorry, Charlie," StarKist's lawyers called the Bell campaign Friday to protest, saying the ad infringes on the company's copyright of Charlie the Tuna — a character it has used to sell canned tuna for about 35 years. "We're not in politics. We are a canned tuna manufacturer," said Debbie Bolding, spokeswoman for Newport, Ky.,-based StarKist. "It is not an exact duplication of our Charlie. But it is close enough that we've had consumer response. It's obviously confusing to people." StarKist was tipped off to Bell's ad by the Norwood campaign. Bell hasn't agreed to yank the ad, said Matt Bodman, Bell's campaign manager. MAURE WEIGEI Auto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron NEW ARRIVALS Career and Casual ENDLETQN Depend on our experienced staff. Discover Downtown Salina Mid America Arts and Crafts Association ARTS and - CRAFTS SHOW 19th Annual Friday September 27 Saturday September 28 10am-9 pm Sunday September 29 Noon-6 pm MID-STATE mall 2450 S. 9th St. Sallna, KS SCHWINN CYCLERY "WE CARRY TM IN THE BACK... YOU RIDE 'EM OUT THE FRONT." 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