The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 11, 1996 · Page 10
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AJO FRIDAY. OCTOBER 11, 1996 CAIVIPAIGIM 96 THE SALINA JOURNAL. DOLE-KEMP Dole tries to find comeback trail Lagging far behind in polls, Dole calls in Powell for spirited rally By The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Bob Dole welcomed Colin Powell's "vim and vinegar" to the Republicans' lagging White House race Thursday and kept up his tease that the popular retired general would be "one of the stars" in his administration. In Dole's largest and most spirited crowd in weeks, several thousand people jammed downtown Cincinnati's Fountain Square on a bright fall day to hear from the Republican presidential candidate, running mate Jack Kemp and Powell. "My task, specifically, is to introduce you to a straightforward man who has a straightforward vision for America," Powell said in introducing Dole and saluting the self- described presidential underdog as a fellow soldier. "He wears proudly the Purple Heart as a daily reminder to him about what fighting for this country is all about," Powell said of Dole. Asked offstage what Powell brings to the campaign, Dole said, "He's a good friend. He's got vim and vinegar, vitality ... a little excitement, too." Excitement was what Dole had hoped to generate with his performance against President Clinton in their first debate last week. But with post-debate polls finding Dole's double-digit deficit largely unchanged, he has just one week before the final debate to find a comeback route. Dole indicated changes in his T ELECTORAL COLLEGE The Associated Press Retired Gen. Colin Powell signs a copy of his book as Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole looks on after they took the stage at a Dole-Kemp '96 campaign rally Thursday in Cincinnati. campaign would have to be made quickly. He plans a meeting with top aides Saturday to decide where he'll target his advertising and travel in the final 31/2 weeks. "I don't pay attention once I'm on the road — I'm out of it all day long 12, 14 hours. But we're going to ... take a hard look not only at the electoral maps but everything Clinton maintains huge electoral lead Dole campaign must decide which states to attempt comeback bid By SCOTT SHEPARD Cox News Service WASHINGTON — Just after the national political conventions ended in August, President Clinton's advisers were saying it would be difficult to hold on to his huge lead over Republican challenger Bob Dole. But less than four weeks before Election Day, a new nationwide opinion sampling shows that Clinton's advantage in the race for electoral votes is nearly as wide as ever. In fact, the latest compilation of state polls from HOTLINE, a daily political newsletter, shows Clinton leading in 34 states with a total of 399 electoral votes, 129 more than the 270 needed to be elected. HOTLINE'S compilation shows Dole leading in only 15 states with a total of 123 electoral votes — his position virtually unchanged since the Democratic National Convention ended Aug. 29 in Chicago. Still, Clinton's advisers are taking no state for granted, and political experts unassociated with either campaign insist the race will tighten in key states and Dole is far from finished. "It's ridiculous for Newsweek to use its cover to ask 'Is It Over?' " said Stephen Hess, a political analyst at the Brookings Institution, a public policy research group in Washington. "It's not over." Nevertheless, Hess added, with the election 25 days away, Dole has finally reached the point where all trailing presidential candidates eventually arrive — deciding which states to target in a comeback bid. Dole, during a campaign swing through Ohio on Thursday, urged his supporters, "Don't watch the Scoreboard. Don't watch all this stuff floating around out there." However, Dole also acknowledged "It's ridiculous for Newsweek to use Us cover to ask 'Is It Over?'It's not over." Stephen Hess Brookings Institution political analyst that his aides would meet this weekend to decide where to wage the final weeks of the campaign. Dole's decision is whether to continue spending time and — more important — money in states such as California, where polls put him far behind in the contest for a huge prize of 54 electoral votes, or concentrate on Midwestern states such as Ohio, with 21 votes, where he trails by 10 points but is still within striking distance. Dole's advisers are banking that, in the words of Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour, "Americans are just starting to focus on this election." Some compelling evidence bears that out. A Pew Research Center survey found that only 24 percent of eligible voters said they are following the election very closely, a sharp decline from the 42 percent who said they were doing so four years ago. Nielsen ratings show only 32 percent of U.S. homes tuned in the first debate between Clinton and Dole, the lowest in presidential debate history. Consequently, Clinton, despite his comfortable lead in national surveys as well as the state-by- state electoral vote tally, is not letting up, even in a states such as Florida, where no Democratic nominee has received more than 39 percent of the vote in the past four presidential elections. "We're not taking any state for granted," said Peter Knight, manager of the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign. ANY ITEM (except coats) WITHOUT A BLUE OR YELLOW NBC TAG WILL BE REDUCED AN EXTRA... _ Market Place Block South of Magnolia & 9th (Across Prom Mid Stale Mall) else," Dole told CNN. For weeks, the campaign has hinted that it would try to stir enthusiasm by announcing Powell as Dole's pick for secretary of state. On stage Thursday, Dole said nothing of the general's place in a Dole administration. But he told reporters that Powell was "going to be one of the stars of our administration." The idea of announcing Cabinet picks in advance has been discussed within the Dole campaign. But Dole, according to campaign sources, has resisted on grounds it would be viewed as a gimmick born of desperation. Dole has been eager to involve the former general. Powell has been described by Dole aides as somewhat reluctant to go solo in any prospective Cabinet announcement but willing to be part of a broader list. Powell has campaigned for the GOP ticket just twice before — at the Republican convention and at an Aug. 20 meeting of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Louisville, Ky. In his speech, he called Clinton "the Great Exaggerator" for taking credit for a strong economy. Kemp, too, tried to boost the Republicans' own economic plan — including a 15 percent income tax cut — by undercutting Democratic bragging rights to economic growth and low unemployment. Quoting from Wednesday night's vice presidential debate, Kemp told the rally: "Al Gore said Bill Clinton is doing the very best job he can. And you know what? He's right. This is the best Bill Clinton can do." "Bob Dole can do a lot better," Kemp finished to a great cheer. From Cincinnati, Dole continued on alone to Lebanon and four other Ohio stops in the start of a two-day tour across Ohio. Kemp split off for Kentucky, while Powell headed home. V CLINTON-GORE President pushes 'Net access Clinton says goal is to 'revolutionize and democratize' education By The Associated Press KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Envisioning a day when computers are "as much a part of classrooms as blackboards," President Clinton moved Thursday to broaden the sweep of the Internet at 100 universities, national labs and other federal institutions. Clinton's goal is to "revolutionize and democratize" American public education by making computers available regardless of income, ethnicity or social status. Clinton said his administration will push for $100 million in federal financing in 1998 to begin a five-year project to expand the Internet's capabilities. Aides said the cost for the full five years would be about $500 million if approved by Congress. The Associated Press President Clinton and Vice President Gore greet the crowd at the airport in Knoxville, Tenn., Thursday for a campaign event. 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