The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 2, 1996 · Page 5
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THE SALINA JOURNAL CAMPAIGN 'OB WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1996 AS V BOB DOLE T Q\JD U\JL.C. Dole's support from governors isn't ti i —•*»- Endorsements from state leaders haven't carried over to polls By JOHN KING The Associated Press DETROIT — As master of ceremonies, Gov. John Engler had control of the microphone after Bob Dole's speech to the Detroit Economic Club. So he popped this question: "What role would John Engler play in your administration?" "Any role he wants," said a grinning Dole, Provided, of course, that Engler delivers Michigan to the Republican column on Nov. 5 and helps evict President Clinton from the White House. There is no disputing the governor's popularity: He won reelection in a landslide two years ago, and a recent statewide poll put his favorability rating at more than 60 percent. But translating that into support for Dole has been no easy task — and in this endeavor Engler has plenty of frustrated company. Dole's roster of support includes an impressive list of 32 Republican governors, representing more than 70 percent of the nation's population and 384 of the 538 electoral votes. Yet as the presidential campaign enters October, Dole is comfortably ahead in only a handful of these states, most of them small, solid GOP bastions such as Utah, Idaho, Mississippi, South Carolina and Kansas. Despite active support from GOP governors, Dole finds himself in tight races in many other states that are normally solidly Republican, including Arizona, South Dakota and even Alabama, Virginia and Texas. And, as he tries to shore up his backing there, Dole faces double- digit Clinton leads in most of the big battleground states despite the support of GOP governors in California and the swath of industrial states stretching from New Jersey through Pennsylvania and Ohio and onto Michigan and Illinois. Support from governors was a major part of Dole's primary strategy, and in the general election he has pointed to the GOP state leaders as proof it is possible to cut taxes and balance the budget without devastating necessary services. Many Republicans also believe that Dole is in some way a victim of his party's success at the state level. In this view, the tax-cutting policies of GOP governors have contributed significantly to the steady economy — leaving voters without an overriding reason to deny Clinton a second term. Dole's being behind in so many states with just five weeks left has set off a fierce competition for his time and resources — and some grumbling among the governors that their advice has The Associated Press Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole was all smiles Tuesday at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio. But Dole faces an uphill climb in unseating President Clinton. been ignored. Thompson said he believed the "I don't think the campaign has complaints had taken hold. "I do used the governors nearly as effectively as they should have," said Gov. Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin. "Washington has had too tight a control over things," said Thompson. Several other governors, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Dole's campaign had done a poor job promoting his tax-cutting economic plan. think they now recognize the problem and in the last five weeks of the campaign are going to start using governors to spark things," he said. One such example is a Dole campaign economic summit planned for Oct. 21 in Detroit, to which all 32 GOP governors are being invited. Dole aides credit Engler for the idea. Clinton remains far ahead of Dole in presidential polls By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Eight in 10 voters told ABC pollsters they definitely will vote for their current presidential favorite — bad news for Bob Dole, who lags far behind President Clinton five weeks before Election Day. Only 19 percent of likely voters in the ABC News poll Wednesday through Sunday said there's a chance they'll change their minds between now and Nov. 5, and half of them say that's pretty unlikely. Opinion appeared to be just as jelled among Clinton voters as Dole backers. Ross Perot's supporters may have been less certain they'll stick with their candidate, but only 5 percent of likely voters supported Perot and run- ning mate Pat Choate: 52 percent favored Clinton and Al Gore and 37 percent Dole and Jack Kemp. In the rolling average of Gallup polls Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Clinton was backed by 56 percent, up significantly from last week, when he slipped to 48 percent. Dole got 34 percent, down slightly from his Gallup peak of 39 percent in results released Friday, when he was 9 points behind Clinton. Perot has stayed stable at 5 percent. JIM KNIGHT Life Insurance • Health Insurance Annuity Investments Phone 827-1154 Ducks Unlimited Banquet Oct. 8th Holidome Social Hour 5:30 pm Dinner 7 pm 825-4354 T BOB DOLE Sportswear and Dresses •JONES of NEW YORK •Sidewalk Sale X^fftT^Sw *™S & KIDS Coming FfWai J^ITh. -\ SPORTSWEAR Saturday & Sunday! from mzyor DEPARTMENT STORES 2501 Market Place ™ 1 Block South of Magnolia & 9th (AcrossFrom Mid Stale Mall) Personal Checks D OPEN 10AM DAILY /SUN' Dole warns of Clinton's false promises 'Would you buy a used election promise from this man?' Dole asks By The Associated Press KIRTLAND, Ohio — Bob Dole likened President Clinton to an unscrupulous used-car salesman on Tuesday, suggesting his rival would use the presidential debates to peddle a retread of his 1992 pledge for a middle-class tax cut. Offering a tongue-in-check "consumer's guide" to the debates, which start Sunday, Dole told a noisy rally in this Cleveland suburb: "When you are listening to the debates, ask yourself this question: 'Would you buy a used election promise from this man?'" "No," chanted the crowd in gleeful response. Dole portrayed the upcoming debates as the best way for Americans to see differences between the two candidates. "One of the things Bill Clinton will tell you Sunday night is that he will cut your taxes — targeted cuts he calls them — if re-elected," Dole said. Dole said Clinton made the same vow in 1992 debates and "he gave us a tax hike instead. ... He socked it to the middle class." The Democrats were quick to respond in kind. "When it comes to questionable campaign promises, nothing would give consumers buyer's remorse more than Bob Dole's risky $548 billion tax cut," said Joe Lockhart, spokesman for the Clinton-Dole campaign. On another subject, Dole accused Clinton of "photo-op foreign policy" said he wasn't certain what would be accomplished at the Clinton-initiated Middle East peace summit in Washington. "We'll see what happens. There should be an end of the violence," he said, calling the current crisis "a volatile situation." Back in Washington, Dole was to have met later Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but the meeting was postponed until today. Dole, who has been critical of Clinton for opposing Netanyahu in the Israeli elections, has urged Clinton not to insist on concessions from Israel as a condition of restoring order. Dole spoke at Lakeland Community College in this suburban community near Cleveland. He rattled of a litany of what he said were broken Clinton promises, including the middle-class tax cut, a five-year-plan to balance the federal budget, and promising not to "fool with" Social Security and then supporting a tax increase on benefits of some senior citizens. "Bill Clinton makes promises that are liberal and promises that are conservative. The only promises he keeps are his liberal promises," Dole said. Continuing on the used-car imagery — but switching his depiction of Clinton to that of the car and not the dealer — Dole told his audience: "Buyer beware — what you see is not what you get." "Real cost is way over list price. High maintenance costs will shoot up unexpectedly. This politician veers uncontrollably to the left, except in the face of oncoming elections, when he rolls to the right." 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