The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 16, 1996 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL CAMPAIGN '96 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16. 1996 A3 TALGORE Gore lashes back over criticism of running mate The Associated Press An animated Vice President Al Gore entertains supporters during a campaign stop Tuesday at Kings Point retirement community in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Vice president says Dole's tax cut would ruin thriving economy By The Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Vice President Al Gore struck back Tuesday at Bob Dole's questioning of President Clinton's ethics. Referring to Dole's tax plan, Gore said, "Someone who is willing to put at risk the entire American economy ... has no business talking about integrity as an issue in the campaign." Gore asserted that Dole is raising questions about Clinton's character because he is not willing tp talk substantively about the issues important to voters. Campaigning at a retirement community, he cited Medicare, education and the environment as examples. "Bob Dole has been on the wrong side of all the issues the American people care about," Gore told a group of 4,500 senior citizens at Kings Point condominium. He called Dole's character attacks a "set of desperation tactics," adding that Dole is "choos- "Bob Dole has been on the wrong side of all the issues the American people care about." Al Gore vice president ing the low road for the final three weeks of this campaign." The Dole camp said he had it exactly backward. "There is no deed dirtier, no low lower, no desperation deeper than the senior citizen-terrorizing tactics being used by BiU Clinton," said Dole spokeswoman Christina Martin. "It is Bob Dole who put together an economic plan which cuts taxes, preserves Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in addition to repealing Bill Clinton's 1993 tax hike on Social Security recipients." Dole, the Republican presidential challenger, has been hitting the character issue harder just ahead of tonight's debate. Gore's event in Fort Lauderdale was part of an effort to mobilize the votes of senior citizens. Over the next week, the campaign plans 45 similar events in 35 states. As he has done previously, Gore told seniors that Clinton would do a better job of protecting Medicare and other programs important to them in the future than Dole. Gore also repeated his challenge to Dole to submit his economic plan to the Congressional Budget Office to see if it balances. "He flip flops 180 degrees and embraces the same risky scheme he has condemned for the last 15 years and says to the American people, 'Trust me, it will work,' " Gore said. Marti Trupine, who lives at the retirement condo complex, said, "I think most people realize this is all just part of the election." She said she had been up in the air the past two weeks over her vote but now was going with Clinton because of the Medicare issue. Later, at a stop in Republican territory of Orlando, Gore visited Michael McCoy Elementary School to promote Clinton's proposal to mobilize one million volunteers to make certain that every 8-year-old is able to read. T U.S. SENATE Thompson says she's closing the gap on Roberts Each candidate blames the other for campaign sinking into negativity By MATT TRUELL The Associated Press TOPEKA — As the election season enters its final stage, Republican Pat Roberts remains confident that he will be promoted from House member to U.S. senator. "We're in very good position," Roberts said. "We are going down the road toward victory in November." Democrat Sally Thompson, says, however, that her polling shows the race tightens every day. She said she is eight to 10 points behind Roberts and closing. Thompson, the state treasurer, knows the odds are against her running for the U.S. Senate in a state where Republicans outnumber Democrats, 3-2. After all, Kansas has not elected a Democrat to the Senate in 64 years. "People are so independent in Kansas," Thompson said. "They seem to vote for individuals." Roberts and Thompson are running for the Senate seat held by Nancy Kassebaum, who is retiring after 18 years. Roberts bemoans the nature of the campaign, and what he calls "personal attacks" upon him. Thompson is trying to portray Roberts as a Washington insider. "We tried'to start off with a positive campaign," he said. "I said that this election was about the right kind of experience." He said he wanted to campaign on congressional reform, welfare reform, food stamps and health-care. "I anticipated we would have a pretty healthy debate on those issues," he said. "That has not been the case. I don't think it's right to question someone's intent or their motives." In western Kansas, Roberts is a familiar figure. He was on the Washington staffs of former Kansas Sen. Frank Carlson and later U.S. Rep. Keith Sebelius' before being elected to the House in the 1st Congressional District in V VOTER REGISTRATION ROBERTS THOMPSON 1980, claiming Dodge City as his home. He has been re-elected ever since, and became a force in Washington as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. He is less known to Kansans who live in the other three congressional districts. "In every debate, in every discussion that I have had with my opponent, I have tried to point out how we have been able to reduce the deficit to make life better for Kansas families," Roberts said. "We took Kansas common sense, Kansas values back to Washington." He said in past campaigns, he usually got more Democratic votes than the .Democratic candidate, even though some of them got tough, especially in 1990. The Thompson campaign said it is just showing Kansans what Roberts' record in Congress has been for the past 16 years. Thompson said many people have not decided who to vote for and won't until professional baseball's World Series is over. "It may be those last two weeks in October,"- she said. "We know there's a lot of crossover there when people start paying attention to the races. It's just a matter of getting our message out there." Thompson said her campaign has gone light on bumper stickers and yard signs because it is putting its money into television ads. Thompson got. a boost when an angry Roberts referred to Thompson as a "bitch" after a joint meeting with Kansas City Star staffers. He apologized on the spot and later issued a statement reiterating his apology. "I know women are furious all over the state," Thompson said. "I'm just disappointed. The strain of the campaign, I guess." 'Motor voter' law boosts registration by 9 million By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Since the "motor voter" law went into effect last year, registration rolls have increased by 9 million, a study released Tuesday shows. That represents 17 percent of the 54 million people who had been unregistered in states covered by the new system, according to the study, prepared for the National Motor Voter Coalition, co- chaired by the League of Women Voters and the NAACP. The report was done by Human Serve, a New York-based nonpartisan registration reform organization. For the 18 months from January 1995 to June 1996, some 20 million people either registered to vote for the first time, re-registered or updated their registrations using the law. "It shows that many more people will register if it is made simple," said Frances Pivin, Human Serve's co-director. Some 8.8 million people, or 44.4 percent, registered at -a department of motor vehicles, the report said. About 5 million, or 24 percent, registered through the mail. Voters also registered at other government locations such as unemployment offices, libraries or military recruiting offices. The National Voter Rights Act requires states to offer registration through state agencies such as driver's license offices — hence the name, motor voter. The study used data from election boards in the District of Columbia and 43 states covered by the act. V VOTERS' QUESTIONS What the voters want to know Average citizens also question Clinton's ethics, Dole's tax cut By MIKE FEINSILBER The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Give Americans the chance and they'd ask Bill Clinton about his ethics. They'd ask Bob Dole about how the country can afford his proposed tax cut. They'd ask where the jobs are going to come from for people taken off welfare. And how about a tax break for parents whose adult kids come home to roost? And will the candidates ever stop bickering and start working together for the common good? Riley Rahodes, leaning over an old pickup truck at his Oklahoma City service station, said he knew exactly what he'd ask: "What has gone wrong with America?" Across America on Tuesday, people were asked by Associated Press reporters what questions they would pose if they had seats at today's town hall-style presidential debate in San Diego. The actual questions will come from 120 Californians, picked by the Gallup Organization. Welfare, tax relief and the president's ethics were recurring themes in the street corner interviews. Sandi Otoshi, a tourist in Boston, would ask about foreign policy: "How far does the United States have to go to protect other nations? I know we're the world leader, but how responsible are we?" Out-of-work truck driver Reg- The Associated Press Waitress Mary Wirth, Trenton, N.J., would ask the candidates, "When are you going to start telling the truth?" gie Harrell, on the way to pick up an unemployment check in Springfield, Mo., said he'd ask Clinton: "Why are taxes the highest they've been in the whole history of the world?" He said he'd vote for Ross Perot. "Why do so many people think you're a sleaze ball and accuse your administration of being unethical?," Davis Morin, a Concord, N.H., psychologist said he'd ask Clinton. He was one of a number of people expressing discomfort with Clinton's personal standards. Larry Baxter, 50, unloading milk from a truck in Providence, R.I., sounded weary of the Clinton character issue. His question: "When are they .going to stop bickering about who's sleeping with who, and who's more dishonest?" "The only thing I'm interested in is their vision for America, not what they have to say about each other," echoed Kathryn Swensen Tollefsrud, a volunteer for Planned Parenthood in Omaha, Neb. The questions also revealed skepticism about Dole's tax proposal. Ronald Donatsch of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, visiting Sacramento, Calif., put it this way: "I'd like to know from Dole how he's going to cut taxes with the deficit going up. How Dole thinks he's going to balance the budget by cutting taxes." Charlie Dodson, 70, Greensboro, N.C., helping his daughter get ready for a horse show in Raleigh, said he would ask Dole, "If you can give a 15 percent tax cut now when you're running for president, why didn't you introduce a bill to do that when you were in the Senate?" To Clinton, Maria Hernandez, 65, Phoenix, would like to pose this question: "Why did he cut welfare? There are a lot of kids who need it." Her granddaughter is one of them, she said. "If they're going to get people off welfare that's all fine and good," said Simon Johnson, 82, while shining shoes in Albany, N.Y. "People shouldn't be lazy, but where are all these jobs going to be coming from?" Lori Ehrlick, 41, Wichita, Kan., who plans to vote for Dole, said she'd ask how the candidates would bring families together. Colleen Cox, 33, pushing a bicycle with her son, Simon, 2, on her back, would ask about "ending corporate welfare." Finally, David Hayden, 49, Whitefield, Maine, said he'd ask Dole and Clinton about the candidate who wasn't there: "Why didn't they allow Ross Perot to debate with them?" And Cathy Lyons, taking a cigarette break outside the Minneapolis convenience store where she works, said her question was fundamental: "Why? Why would they want to be president?" So many ways to ffet to the bank: Call from any telephone More than 80 Kansas locations !IV} Check Card at the mall Convenient drive-up banking ©1996 BANK IV, N.A. 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