The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 17, 1996 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, October 17, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL CAMPAIGN 'OB THURSDAY. OCTOBER 17. 1996 A3 Debate / Trust a dominant theme FROM PAGE A1 When Clinton labeled Dole's $548 billion tax-cut plan a "scheme," Dole vigorously protested. Staring at Clinton and chopping his hand in the air, Dole said, "I am going to keep my word to you." He then turned to the audience and said, "I am going to keep my word to the American people." Dole put 35,years of congressional debating to good use in the town hall-style debate, treating audience members as if they were House or Senate colleagues, often leaning on his lectern as was his Senate trademark. In an ABC News telephone poll of people who watched the debate, 56 percent said Clinton won, 27 percent said Dole did better and 14 percent called it a tie. Dole said Clinton had promised to cut taxes, then raised them, and talked of curtailing programs with racial quotas, but eliminated dnly one. He labeled Clinton's 1994 health-care initiative an "extreme medical plan" and made passing reference to controversial political contributions the Democratic Party received from members of an Indonesian banking conglomerate. Dole returned frequently to the matter of trust, saying said he was a man of his word and accusing Clinton of undermining public faith in government through an unethical and unprincipled presidency. i Reminding viewers that he is a World War II veteran, Dole accused Clinton of cutting the Pentagon budget too much. Clinton T PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE "It's the age of his ideas I object to." President Clinton Democratic candidate objected "as commander in chief," saying his budget was just 1 percent lower than Republican plans for the Pentagon. Dole and Clinton took questions from a group of 113 undecided voters from the San Diego area who were selected by the Gallup polling organization. The voters were seated in a semicircle on the Shiley Theater stage. Dole and Clinton began the night behind podiums, but Dole set the tone by strolling out from behind his during his opening statement, and Clinton did the same. Dole treated each question as an opportunity to find fault with Clinton's presidency. Early on, one former smoker asked Dole if he wanted to retract his statement that nicotine was "not necessarily addictive." Dole said he had been speaking in a technical sense and went on to urge children not to smoke. He then shifted into a litany of statistics about rising use of marijuana and cocaine among teenagers. "It's all happened in this administration," Dole said. "They have been AWOL for 44 months." Clinton said tobacco was an issue on which the candidates had a profound difference: He said he "I think it (age) is also a strength, an advantage." Bob Dole Republican candidate was willing to fight the powerful tobacco lobby and Dole was not. When one man asked about the rising costs of Social Security and Medicare, it was Clinton's turn to go on the attack. He recalled Dole's comment last year that he was proud in 1965 to have voted against establishing Medicare. And Clinton said the 1995 Republican budgets pushed by Dole would have raised Medicare premiums $270 a year on elderly Americans who could not afford it. On Social Security, Clinton suggested a bipartisan commission to recommend steps to keep it solvent — an idea Dole also has endorsed. Both candidates took credit for pushing welfare reform that required recipients to work. Clinton said his commitment to the issue dated to the 1980s when he was Arkansas governor. Dole said a welfare-reform plan would not have passed this year were it not for Republicans controlling the Congress. He reminded the audience that Clinton already had promised liberals he would change provisions they dislike. • Shaking his head, Dole said the nation's governors were responsible for paring welfare rolls, not Clinton. And he said businesses deserved credit for the 10 million Attack was Dole's only choice Criticism of Clinton may not be enough for Dole to overcome his deficit By JIM O'CONNELL Scripps Howard News Service WASHINGTON — Behind in the tolls with 20 days left in the campaign, Bob Dole went on the attack Wednesday night in the second — and final — presidential debate. What else could he do? This was a Dole energized by desperation born of an ap- Itijiliiate preaching elec- lUIWySIS ;toral disaster. But it was probably too late to overcome President Clinton's 'stubborn double-digit lead. Since polling began, no presidential candidate has come back from the 12- to 18-point deficit Dole faces. ; So Dole decided that if he's going to lose, he'll go down fighting. And Clinton could afford to be calm, even smug, in the face of Dole's assault. The president's stated refusal to get caught up in a '"tit-for-tat" exchange only empha- V DOLE CAMPAIGN Dole plans to arrive Friday in Wichita By The Associated Press WICHITA — Presidential hopeful Bob Dole will be stopping in Wichita on Friday to help wrap-up the state Republican Party's daylong "GOP Victory Tour." I Dole is scheduled to arrive at Wichita's Mid Continent Airport Friday evening to make a speech and attend a private fund-raiser, Mike Matson, a spokesman for !Gov. Bill Graves, said Tuesday. ' Graves and the state's congressional candidates will be making earlier stops Friday in Topeka and the Kansas City area as part of the GOP tour. 1 The Wichita rally with Graves and other Republican candidates is scheduled to begin about an hour earlier than Dole's arrival at ,Mid Continent Airport, said Susan Estes, executive director of the Sedgwick County Republican Party. The rally is open to the public. sized Dole's aggressiveness. The final debate was an unlikely launching pad for Dole's negative assault. He is burdened by a reputation for comments that cross the line from biting to bitter, and he faced a "town hall" audience of the type of independent voters who claim they detest negative campaigns. The only positive for Dole was that Ross Perot, who might have attracted more disgruntled Republicans than Democrats, was left off the podium by the bipartisan debate commission. But Dole had nowhere else to go. Resigning from the Senate, naming Jack Kemp as his running mate and promising to reduce taxes by 15 percent have failed to cut into the president's resilient lead in the polls. His better-than-expected performance in the first debate likewise produced no gain in popularity. Dole publicly agonized over going negative. At one point he even asked audience members at a New Jersey rally whether they would be angry if he got tougher with Clinton. So within the debate's first 10 minutes he called the presidency a public trust that's being "violated." He called on Clinton to promise not to pardon those implicated in the Whitewater scandal. He also made reference to the investigation into the White House's collec? tion of FBI files on Republicans. More subtly, World War II veteran Dole called Clinton "AWOL" on drug policy in a thinly veiled reference to the fact that Clinton escaped military service during the Vietnam War. Clinton, low key and playing de- fens^, fought back only occasionally. But Clinton, 50, said that while the 73-year-old Dole wasn't too old to be president, he had "old ideas." Clinton, even with ethical baggage, has the perhaps unconquerable advantage of a humming economy. And administration officials have been quick to label any Dole criticism as sniping unworthy of a presidential contest. In the end, both men did what they set out to do in the campaign's last face-to-face match-up. Dole mounted an attack, Clinton produced a defense. But Clinton has time on his side. new jobs created over the last four years. "The government doesn't create jobs," Dole said. A young woman asked Dole if his age — 73 — would make it hard for him to understand the concerns of younger Americans. "I think it is also a strength, an advantage," Dole said of his age, saying it gives him experience, intelligence and wisdom. Clinton said he wouldn't make Dole's age an issue, but said "it's the age of his ideas I object to." He cited supply-side economics chief among them. "We tried this before," Clinton said. Dole shot back: "When you don't have any ideas, I guess you say the other person's ideas are old." He evoked Clinton's unfulfilled 1992 campaign promise to cut middle class taxes. As part of his ethical critique, Dole called on Clinton to rule out pardons for former business associates in Arkansas who have been convicted or are subjects of the so- called Whitewater investigation. "I think the president ought to say tonight he's not going to pardon anybody," Dole said. Clinton did not immediately respond. On taxes, Clinton said he wanted to cut capitals gains taxes on home sales. And he said he had explained how he would pay for "every penny" of his tax cuts, but that Dole had not detailed how he would pay for his $548 billion tax- cut package. Firing back, Dole said most of Clinton's tax cuts expired after a few years — while his proposed tax increases would be permanent. "That's the liberal approach," Dole said. ARMANI - EVENT 3l«-2<1-3«9 Saturday, Oct. 19, llam-3 pm Prize Drawing for Armani Statuel Sales Representative On Hand Bring your friends) 1822 Iron Horse Road II Weather Roads. I-351 st McPherson Exit, Lett to First Comer. 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