CB FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1996 CAMPAIGN 'SB THE SALINA JOURNAL "J love campaigning, been doing it all my life/' — Bob Dole 4 Kffi>l\IG UP WITH BOB AGE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE A FACTOR FOR PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL BOB DOLE EDITOR'S NOTE — Hugh Mulligan, AP's only septuagenarian special correspondent, traveled with Bob Dole, America's only current septuagenarian presidential candidate, through 10 battleground states for a week last month to examine the "age issue." By week's end, one of them was ready to throw in the towel. BY HUGH A. MULLIGAN The Associated Press C OLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Presidential campaigning means 16 hours of numbing routine more than occasionally broken by frustrating, irritating moments. Hecklers in Newt Gingrich masks. An airport pep rally drowned out by departing jets. Irate baseball fans at St. Louis' Busch Stadium jeering a home- plate autographing session with cries of "Move it out. We paid to see a ballgame, not a bunch of politicians." Church bells and factory whistles intruding on a speech at a plant gate. "No audio," Bob Dole groaned when the sound system failed in Pittsburgh. "This may be one of my better days." W hen things do go right, which is most of the time if you don't count poll results, it goes like this: Flying 5,000 miles to 10 battleground states in a week. Enduring a string of high school bands or rock groups playing "Dole Man" to the tune of Sam and Dave's "Soul Man." Addressing the National Guard convention in Dallas and the American Legion in Salt Lake City and then delivering major speeches at two colleges on successive days.' Always asking what city you are landing in so you can deliver the ritual greeting on the tarmac without mistaking the fine folk in Covington, Tenn., for the fine folk in Covington, Ky., as President Clinton did recently. Patiently listening to the same gripes about government bureaucracy from selected audiences of small-business men, teachers and parents at "Listening to America" meetings intended to showcase the candidate's caring side. Chatting on the campaign plane phone with local radio talk show hosts. Checking with campaign headquarters in Washington every couple' of hours and memorizing the names of local GOP candidates to be recognized at each stop. Working "the rope line" to The Associated Press Reporter Hugh Mulligan (left) interviews Bob Dole aboard Dole's campaign jet "Citizen's Ship" en route to a campaign event in September. shake hands with well-wishers and signing autographs 'til the fingers on your one good hand, the left one, go numb. Somehow during this wearying week, the Republican presidential nominee also found time to record his weekly radio address; bone up on questions for the upcoming debates; confer by cell phone with Colin Powell, foreign policy adviser Jeane Kirkpatrick and President Clinton about the Iraq crisis; rewrite a values speech he deemed "inappropriately critical of the president;" attend several after-hours fund-raisers; and meet after midnight with GOP governors in two states Clinton won four years ago. B ob Dole has been doing this sort of thing for 44 years, ever since he ran for county attorney in his native Russell, Kansas. He has run for president "two and half times," by his own care- ful count, figuring the election is still weeks off. He also ran for vice president on the losing Gerald Ford ticket and has crisscrossed the country hundreds of times as Republican national chairman and Senate GOP leader. "I love campaigning, been doing it all my life," Dole enthused, settling back at his work table on the campaign plane for a chat with this reporter, two years his junior. "It gets into your system. We were out the other night in Santa Barbara giving out autographs by flashlight." Midway through a week of 16- hour days, he seemed relaxed and immune to jetlag. His only complaint was stiff fingers "from autographing footballs. With Jack Kemp on the team, we're getting a lot of those little footballs, and they're hard for me to handle." Dole's stamina and enthusiasm for the road brought to mind 76- year-old Pope John Paul II, with whom this reporter has traveled on almost every continent in the past decade. As the GOP-chartered Boeing 727 streaked through fluffy clouds over the Rockies, Dole mused about what would happen if he and the pontiff cashed in their frequent flyer miles: "We might NOT put any airlines out of business, but we could fly free for six months." In St. Louis, Dole joined Kemp under the broiling sun at Eero Saarinen's soaring 630-foot stainless steel arch for a two-hour rally. While perspiring journalists sought shade under the platform, Dole, whose only known hobby is acquiring a tan, flourished like a Kansas sunflower. Similarly, TV kleig lights, which left the rest of us mopping our brows and fanning furiously with his campaign literature, did not even tempt him to loosen his always carefully knotted tie. Walking at his usual brisk pace, the candidate at one airport called out to a good ol' boy in a Dole straw hat leaning into a pay phone: "Tell whoever it is you're talking to Bob Dole says hello." "It's my wife," the man called back. "She says hi, but she's still voting for Clinton." U nruffled, Dole later poked his head into a stroller full of 9- month-old triplets. Two were asleep. The third stuck out her tongue at him. At the headquarters of Casey General Stores among the cornfields of Ankeny, Iowa, he scrooched down at a play table loud with moppets in the day-care center. As network microphones hovered, he asked a dimpled darling "and how old are you?" She held up four fingers for a zero sound bite. Only rarely did the age issue surface, and usually it was the candidate who brought it up. His favorite one-liner is to produce a copy of his favorite amendment, the 10th, which restricts powers of the federal government, and declare: "I wasn't there when the founding fathers wrote this, but Strom Thurmond was." The generation gap yawned briefly at a church-run high school in Dayton, Ohio, when 15-year-old Brett Anderson was asked if he knew why Dole always shakes hands with his left. "Sure,. 1 he replied. "His right arm got zapped by a machine gun in Vietnam"*" ,. Through it all, Dole betrayed no signs of tiring, while palpable fatigue gripped the press holding pen at the back of the planeJ We were catching five to six hburs sleep a night — less in Salt Lake City, where we waited until 2a.m. for the candidate's statement on Iraq. Each time I attempted a'cat- nap, a seat belt sign would blast from the intercom or campaign aides known as "muffins" would arrive — like hospital nurses awaking you for sleeping pill — with copies of almost the same speech Dole gave yesterday. ; Often we landed in cities hours after the restaurants had closed and room service shut down for the night. We settled for pretzels'and chips from the lobby machines and, once, cold pizza. The schedule left no opportunity to send out laundry, and by week's end the flower of American journalism emitted 1 , the fragrance of a locker room. '•• j B aggage calls for the campaign plane came at 6:55 a.m., leaving little time for even a contihen- tal breakfast before the "mor'tung sweep" when Secret Service agents and bomb-sniffing dogs probed; carry-on bags and camera equipment. Dole, who professes to watch his weight on the campaign trail, often began the day with a "long John," a chocolate-covered, calorie-loaded cruller that guaranteed no matter who wins the White House, junk food will not lack for national leadership. • * • No matter how early the wakeup call, a fresh-looking Dole appeared in faultlessly pressed gray slacks, blazer jacket and conservative* tie, his hair carefully parted. ; How does he do it mile after mile, day after day? . ' These questions brought to mind an incident on the lastday of the pope's visit to New Yorkjust about a year ago this time, '."^.nd how is the Holy Father looking this morning?" the Vatican press secretary was asked. He surveyed the bleary-eyed journalists assembled in the ballroom of the New York Sheraton and replied: "Better than anyone in this room." ' • T MEDICARE GOP fights Democrat and AFL-CIO misrepresentation Republicans deny Democrat's charge that increasing Medicare spending is a cut By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Call it the mom and pop defense. Republican lawmakers are trotting out loving references to mothers, fathers, uncles and other relatives on Medicare to rebut the withering fire from Democrats that they would eviscerate the health care program for the elderly. "Medicare is a contract between one generation and the next," Rep. George Nethercutt of Washington says in one recent commercial. His mother recently underwent a "five-way heart bypass" and rehabilitation partially paid for by Medicare. The ad shows the two of them affectionately clasping hands, while he adds: "I'm not going to let anyone break that contract." Nethercutt isn't the only Republican to use this approach. "Jack, they're asking what's my brother, the congressman, going to do back there about Medicare," Rep. Jack Metcalf s sister, Kay, says in an advertisement. "Tell them my brother and three sisters are on Medicare," replies Metcalf, a 69- year-old first-termer from the Puget Sound region of Washington. "I'm committed to keeping Medicare strong and healthy for seniors." Republicans bitterly deny the charge made by President Clinton, congressional Democrats and the AFL-CIO that they voted to cut Medicare by $270 billion last year. They counter that their plan would have slowed the growth of the program by $270 billion, while spending overall and per capital spending for beneficiaries would have increased. The changes are essential, they say, to keep a Medicare trust fund solvent. Still, there's little doubting the political significance of the issue or the potency of the charge. On the day Republicans muscled the bill to passage in 1995, Democrats lined up in the House chamber to mock them, waving farewell and mouthing the word, "Bye." Clinton vetoed the legislation. Unlike some other Republicans, Metcalf didn't wait to be attacked on the issue. He aired his commercial preemptively during the summer, before the state's primary. "This idea that he's going to ravage and destroy Medicare is a little harder to believe when you realize that he and people close to him" are on the program, said Kevin McDermott, Metcalf s campaign manager. Polling for the campaign indicated Metcalf s level of support shot up among senior citizens after the commercial aired, McDermott said. Not all Republicans have fallen back on the family defense. Rep. James Walsh, who represents an area around Syracuse, N.Y., produced television commercials that feature him speaking earnestly into the camera about Medicare. "What we're trying to do, what we have to do is ... simply reduce the rate of growth," he says in one advertisement. "We're not trying to cut it, we're trying to save it, and anyone who tells you otherwise just isn't telling the truth." And Rep. Fred Heineman of North Carolina, a first-term congressman in a very difficult re-election race, has a commercial that blasts "the Washington labor union bosses" for attacking him with "negative ads, scaring elderly voters about Medicare." But referring to relatives is a commonplace response, from House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia down through the ranks. Gingrich, architect of the GOP Medicare plan that's become a key issue in the election this fall, invoked his own relatives in last month's nationally televised debate among congressional leaders. I "This is Medicare, which my 81-jfear- old mother-in-law's on, my mom and; dad in their seventies are on," he noted. > Campaigning recently for re-election in New Jersey, first-term Rep. Bill Martini told one audience that he, too, has relatives on Medicare. "Would I do anything to take any health care from my own mother and my uncles?" he asked. Nor are incumbents the only ones to refer to their relatives. •;'• Jo Ann Emerson, running to succeed her late husband in Missouri, ajjjjears with her mother-in-law in one comlher- cial. "Bill's mom has had her shage of health problems, but that's to be expected of a woman who's 79," the Republican candidate says, "Thankfully, Medicare has been there to help pay her bills^ She pledges a commitment to "making sure that Medicare stays healthy fo£"EjiU's mom and everybody who counts oitjt," 3 Salina Journal QUICK FIND INDEX 285429 .. Merchandise & Auction^ 11-50 Announcements 55-213 .,. Services 245-279 .. Employment 475-693 .. Real Estate & Rentals :? <t 729-769 .. Automotive & Recreatioj} LEGALS (First Published In The Salina Journal October 4,1996) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF SALINE COUNTY. KANSAS In The Matter Of The Estate Of DELIA MAE PAYTON. Deceased NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR FINAL SETTLEMENT Case No. 96 CVP 42 LEGALS THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that a petition was filed on the 30th day of September, 1996, in said Court by Evelyn L. Cooper, administrator with will annexed in the estate of Delia Mae Payton, Deceased, praying for a final settlement of the estate, approval of her acts and LEGALS proceedings as said administrator, allowance of attorneys' fees and expenses, determination of the heirs, devisees and legatees entitled to the estate, and assignment to them in accordance with the will of Delia Mae Pay ton, deceased. You are hereby required to file your; written defenses thereto on or before the 28th day of October, 1996, LEGALS at 9:00 A.M., in said Court, in the City of Salina, in Saline County, at which time and place said cause will be heard. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon said petition. Evelyn L. Cooper, Administrator ATTEST: LEGALS JEROME P. HELLMER DISTRICT JUDGE Constance M. Achterberg, SCN 04764 ACHTERBERG,NEUSTROM & MONTOYA 118 South Seventh Street P.O. Box 1697 Salina, Kansas 67402-1697 Attorneys For Petitioner (3tsp) LEGALS (Published In The Salina Journal October 11, 1996) LEGAL NOTICE Rolling Hills Ranch Wildlife Conservation Center, Inc. in accordance with federal law has available its annual return for Inspection at the principle office 625 N. Hedville Rd., Salina, Ks. 67401 under the supervision of manager LEGALS Bob Brown (913) 827-9488. (11) (First Published In The Salina Journal October 11.1996) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF SALINE COUNTY, KANSAS SECURITY SAVINGS BANK, F.S.B., Plaintiff, V8. ROSALIE A. SHANK aka ROSALIE SHANK; DARRIN J. HASSLER aka LEGALS DARRIN HASSLER; SALINE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS; GAYLENE J. CRAWFORD Ika GAYLENE J. 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