The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 29, 1996 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, September 29, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL CAMPAIGN 96 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1996 Al T PRESIDENT CLINTON Clinton takes aim at deadbeat parents President, his aides also blame Dole for congressional gridlock By The Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. — President Clinton, seeking to widen his lead among women voters, promised Saturday to deny government loans and payments to parents who shirk child support. The president also attacked rival Bob Dole, rL|NTON blaming him CLINTON for congressional gridlock. Armed with polls that target deadbeat parents as a popular election-year foe, Clinton declared in his weekly radio address, "If you owe child support, you shouldn't get support of the federal government." The address aired as Clinton visited Rhode Island and Massachusetts, charging up partisan crowds, raising cash and trying to subtly link Dole to congressional gridlock. Praising the budget agreement reached early Saturday on Capitol Hill, the president noted that a series of popular bills — including welfare reform, a minimum wage increase and improvements in health care insurance — passed Congress in the last three months. Not coincidentally, Dole resigned from the Senate three months ago. "Look what happens when you abandon extremism in favor of working together," Clinton told a partisan crowd on the lawn in front of the state capitol, American flags snapping at his side. Clinton's aides were blunter. "All you've got to do is look at the calendar," campaign spokesman Joe Lockhart said. "Our contention is a spirit of bipartisanship grew in Congress after Bob Dole left the Senate." T ELECTORATE Many voters bemoan lack of choice Voters have misgivings about Clinton's character, but say he has better ideas than Dole By JOHN KING The Associated Press ERIE, Pa. — Tony DiEugenio would rather talk about Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan than Bill Clinton and Bob Dole. "There's no one in politics to make you proud anymore," is his lament. A few doors down, Lisa is already piqued, swatting away the swarming bees that complicate the work of a courtyard restaurant waitress. Talk of presidential politics only makes things worse. "I hate Clinton. He doesn't know how to tell the truth," the 35-year-old single mother says as the lunchtime crowd dwindles. "But what is my choice? I'm not voting for Perot again. Bob Dole? Come on. Too old." She refuses to give her last name, and admits her distrust extends far beyond the politicians. And so it goes, not only here in Erie but in town after town during a week spent visiting four industrial states critical in presidential elections: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. In five weeks, voters will pick the last president of the 20th century, and the man who will sit in the Oval Office at the dawn of the 21st. Yet, if dozens of random interviews this past week are any guide, the voters are a "The lesser of two evils still seems to be Clinton. I believe in his heart of hearts he wants to make valuable changes." Adele Rubensteln shoe store manager in Royal Oak, Mich. largely disinterested, often frustrated, and sometimes grumpy lot, quick to complain about the quality of their choices and the tone of this year's campaign, if they have paid any attention to it. "Who cares?" said DiEugenio, rolling his eyes as he sewed a new sole on a loafer in his downtown Erie shop. Weak participation in this year's primaries, and the disinterest voiced in voter interviews and dozens of state and national polls, has many campaign operatives and analysts predicting a low turnout. While many voters are somewhat apologetic that they have not followed the campaign closely, most say the candidates shoulder the blame. "Why all the bashing?" asks Kim Rickard, a bank worker in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton, Mo. "Don't any of them have anything positive to say?" Like many 1992 Clinton backers, she said she was likely to support him again. But she seemed resigned to doing so, not enthusiastic about it. Like Lisa in Erie and Adele Rubenstein in Royal Oak, Mich., Rickard is full of doubts about Clinton but not convinced Dole is an acceptable alternative. "The lesser of two evils still seems to be Clinton," said Rubenstein, who manages a shoe store. She calls Dole's plan to cut taxes by 15 ' percent unrealistic and, while wincing when talking about Clinton's morals, she says, "I believe in his heart of hearts he wants to make valuable changes." Her views are a snapshot of a conflicted electorate: Voters have serious misgivings about Clinton's character, questioning his personal morals and honesty. "It doesn't necessarily mean that Dole can catch up easily, but Clinton's support is not deep," said GOP pollster Neil Newhouse. Yet many who raise these worries also say they will vote to re-elect Clinton, on grounds he has better ideas than Dole or is more in tune with their everyday concerns. The latest NBC-Wall Street Journal poll, for example, found that Dole had a 2-to-l advantage over Clinton when voters were asked which candidate was more honest, and Dole had a 30-point edge when voters were asked which candidate has higher ethical and moral values. Yet voters believed by 46 percent to 39 percent that Dole is a bigger risk. "Clinton wins the warm and personal elements. Dole wins the professional elements," said Democratic pollster Peter Hart. "I think Dole has elements that people respect, but he is having trouble turning that into votes." BOB DOLE Dole, aides cramming for next week's debate GOP candidate has COUnter-argumentS tO Cadillac, had ventured beyond the economy's 'rosy picture' f, tes ° f the ^ h - r ^ s t*Y iew . H °3 3 r tel where his wife, Elizabeth, By The Associated Press owns a small condominium — and where he and top aides have been BAL HARBOUR, Fla. — With a preparing for next Sunday's lead- 38-day countdown to the election off debate with President Clinton, and much ground to gain, Bob Dole The Republican nominee also was sequestered in his seaside con- plans try to undercut the economic bragging rights he expects Clinton to claim when the two verbally spar on stage in Hartford, Conn. "The president will try to paint a rosy picture of America's economy," Dole said, launching a litany of counter-arguments he said Clinton wouldn't dare raise. "He won't tell you that wages for men and women have been stagnant, and that has forced more lot of people have to listen to spouses into the workforce just, to candidates," Dole told re- make ends meet. And he won't tell Saturday on his way into you that bankruptcies last year •eakfast at Wdlfie Cohen's Ras- were higher than ever before — House, a landmark Miami and so was consumer debt as peo- iach restaurant. pie struggle to make ends meet." dominium this weekend, pinning his hopes on the upcoming debates to turn the presidential race his way. "The debates are very impor- v tant. 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