The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 19, 1996 · Page 3
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 3

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, October 19, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NEWS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1996 A3 T CAMPAIGN '96: BILL CLINTON Clinton team debates strategy President considers campaigning for electoral landslide By RON FOURNIER Tlte Associated Press WASHINGTON — Confident of an Election Day victory, President Clinton's political advisers are crafting a homestretch strategy that puts more emphasis on traditional GOP states and helping Democrats in tight congressional races. Just how to divvy up Clinton's travel time and advertising money is a subject of considerable debate among Clinton's political team. Advisers hope to settle on a campaign endgame in weekend meetings during which they will review fresh polling and assess challenger Bob Dole's post-debate strategy. Clinton hands were buoyed by surveys showing viewers considered Clinton the winner in the final debate, and they were intrigued by Dole's first post-debate advertising buys. Clinton campaign tracking showed that Dole did not purchase TV time in battleground states New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. New York was never a Dole target, but not buying ads there supported accounts from GOP aides that New Jersey next door had been dropped from The Associated Press President Clinton greets supporters at a Santa Ana, Calif., rally. Dole's electoral strategy. Instead, the Republican campaign bought heavily in traditionally Republican-leaning states such as New Hampshire, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Virginia, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana, the Clinton campaign said. Contesting Dole in those states would be one way,to fend off a possible last-minute GOP surge and, if successful, position Clinton for a giant victory. The extent to which Clinton directs his energies to GOP bastions depends on the stability of his poll numbers and the results of this weekend's internal discussions. The president is said to be the biggest cheerleader for making a run at states like Indiana, Virginia, Florida and even Texas. Part of it is ego: He would love to stomp Dole on his own turf. Part of it is pragmatic: Clinton is currently far enough ahead in polls to have goals other than reaching 270 electoral votes. Another factor that will shape Clinton's strategy is the election of the next Congress. The president wants Democratic control of Capitol Hill to help him achieve his legislative goals in a second term. And there is another reason to hope and work for a Democratic takeover: It would be easier to contain any investigations of his administration if Democrats chaired congressional committees. Clinton is by nature a compulsive campaigner, not somebody who rests on a lead or gets too cocky. He knows this election can still be lost. But that doesn't mean he can't muse about winning big. "We won't be on the road for 14 days," political director Doug Sosnik said. "But we're not going 'to be hanging out in Washington for 14 days." T MCPHERSON COLLEGE Texan named to lead McPherson College New president has experience as professor, pastor and administrator By DAN ENGLAND Tlie Salina Journal McPHERSON — Gary A. Dill, senior vice president at Schreiner College, Kerrville, Texas, was named McPherson College's new president Friday. Dill, 49, was with Schreiner College, which has about 650 students, for five years. His background includes being a pastor of the Church of the Brethren, which McPherson College is associated with, and a professor of religion at St. Cloud University, the University of Texas and an adjunct professor at Bethany Theological Seminary. Dill becomes the university's 12th president and replaces Paul Hoffman, who retired after 20 years with the college in August 1996. Dill earned his bachelor's degree at Houston Baptist University, a T CENTRAL COLLEGE master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry from Southern Theological Seminary. He completed two years of post-doctoral study in philosophy and theology at the University of Notre Dame. He had heard of McPherson College while acting as a pastor and was impressed with the people who worked there. "It's a college that takes very seriously the notion of doing it in the context of community," Dill said. Steven Gustafson, interim president of the college since August, likes Dill's understanding of higher education. "I couldn't be happier with the selection," Gustafson said. Dill's commitment to the church and his academic background led the college's board of trustees to choose him. The board interviewed seven candidates. "He is a Christian and he is a breadth of experiences and skills that we found very attractive," said La Von Rupel, chair of the board. Central College installs new school president By DAVID CLOUSTON Tlie Salina Journal T CAMPAIGN '96: CONGRESS Labor union, GOP targeting Kansas race AFL-CIO started negative blitz with $360,000 ad campaign against Tiahrt By The Associated Press ; WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent by the AFL-CIO labor union and the national Republican Party in the Kansas 4th District congressional race between freshman GOP Rep. Todd Tiahrt and Democ- T CAMPAIGN '96 rat Randy Rathbun. Republicans estimate that the AFL-CIO, as part of its $35 million national TV and radio blitz, has spent an estimated $360,000 since April in Wichita, Kan., on a series of ads slamming Tiahrt for votes against raising the minimum wage, on a retirement security bill and to reduce future spending on Medicare and education. During one week in September alone, according to GOP documents, a 30-second ad criticizing Tiahrt's record on education aired 246 times. Similar ads were aired in about 30 other GOP districts. Now the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House fund-raising arm of the national Republican Party, is hitting back with its own ads contending that "big labor bosses" are trying to "buy Congress." "We're really getting hit hard now by the Republican forces," said Becky Zoglman, Rathbun's press secretary. NRCC spokesman Craig Veith would not reveal the amount of the GOP ad buy, but he said it would match the AFL-CIO "dollar for dollar" until the Nov. 5 election. More pro-Tiahrt ads are being aired by the National Federation of Independent Business, a small business group that is making a $5,000 contribution in the form of TV spots. Another pro-business organization called The Coalition, which fought the minimum-wage increase, is also preparing ads. McPHERSON — Dr. Donald Mason was installed Oct. 12 as president of Central College. Mason, 60, worked 21 years as dean of students at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Ky. He becomes the school's 12th president. Central College is primarily a Christian junior college, and also offers bachelor's degrees in ministry and business. Mason was chosen from three candidates interviewed for the position, said Jeff Oderman, public relations spokesman for the college. Mason was a student at the college from 1955 to 1957. He finished his bachelor's degree in 1959 at Roberts Wesleyan College, North Chili, N.Y., with a major in Eng- lish literature and a minor in church music. Mason could not be reached for comment Thursday or Friday. The son of a Free Methodist minister, Mason grew up in Cleveland, Wichita, Manhattan and Winfield. He served 10 years at Roberts Wesleyan College on staff in various positions. While at Roberts he also earned a master's degree in student development from the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. In 1970, Mason was named dean of students at Malone College, Canton, Ohio, where he assumed administrative responsibility for all aspects of student life and athletics. After five years at Malone College he took the position at Asbury. While there he earned a doctorate of higher education from the University of Kentucky in 1992. Roy recalls Dole's tactics in 74 In close Senate race, :pole called obstetrician poy an 'abortionist' By The Associated Press "'• .',. TOPEKA — Dr. Bill Roy of Tope- •fca believes he has a good idea ''what President Clinton is going to 'jendure until the Nov. 5 election. " He said he went through it in "JL974, when Bob Dole, running for 're-election to the Senate, mounted -a last-minute negative campaign IQ defeat Roy, then a Democratic gongressman. •'•» While campaigning in Albuquerque, N.M., Dole promised .^Thursday that he would step up ; his attacks on Clinton, saying -there is "a sleaze factor in the .»• Clinton lead down but still 10 percent By The Associated Press 11 '• "' —•***" " >. NEW YORK — President Clin- •lon continues to lead Republican "fival Bob Dole by at least 10 ; joints, although Clinton's support "may have decreased slightly, ac• fording to two new tracking polls. •'» An ABC News tracking poll released Friday indicated Clinton .jnay have slipped slightly to 50 •percent while Dole is at 40 percent. : « The CNN-USA Today-Gallup -Survey had the race at 51-36-8. :|oth tracking polls carried a margin of sampling error of plus or .minus 4 percentage points. White House" and accusing the Democrats of money laundering. "Do not underestimate the ability of Bob Dole to infect others with his deeply held negative emotions," Roy said Friday during a Statehouse news conference. "We are nearly all susceptible. I think, people need to be reminded." Dole defeated Roy, an obstetrician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 to 1975, by less than 13,000 votes after Dole accused him of being an "abortionist." Roy said he performed a limited number of abortions in consultation with two other doctors to save the mother's life or preserve her health, but delivered more than 6,000 babies. The weekend before the election some newspapers ran advertisements featuring a skull and crossbones with the word "abortion" on one bone and "euthanasia" on the other. The ad said "Vote Life, Vote Dole." "The ad was signed by Kansas Right to Life, but the Dole campaign listed it as an in-kind contribution," Roy said. Roy said he was leading in the polls before Election Day. 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