The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 29, 1996 · Page 10
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 10

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 29, 1996
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AID TUESDAY. OCTOBER 29, 1996 CAMPAIGN '96: KANSAS THE SAUNA JOURNAL T COURTING OPPOSITES Demos court GOP moderates Outgunned Democrats count on voters to cross party lines By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press TOPEKA — Democratic congressional candidates have pinned their hopes for winning office on convincing moderate Republicans to cross party lines, then getting large numbers of them to the polls. U.S. Senate hopeful Jill Docking and House candidates John Frieden in the 2nd District, Judy Hancock in the 3rd District and Randy Rathbun in the 4th District have all portrayed themselves as moderates who plan to work with Republicans when they get to Congress. But so far, building the necessary majority for victory on Nov. 5 appears a struggle for all of them. "I need a big turnout," Docking conceded this past week. "I need people who are moderate Republicans, Democrats and independents to vote because the far right votes." Democrats' congressional campaigns barely have been distinguishable throughout the general election season. Docking, Frieden, Hancock and Rathbun each have accused their opponents of being extremists, aligned with U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. They have then attacked the Republican Congress as one that tried to make massive cuts in social and education programs. The Republicans have relied largely on three arguments: The record of Republicans in Congress has been distorted; the Democrat is really a liberal, and sending a V DOLE AND PEROT Democrat to Congress would put liberals in control again. GOP candidates like Jim Ryun in the 2nd District have expressed frustration with being paired with Gingrich, even as they embrace the principles of what Republicans called his "revolution." "I challenged him to go to Atlanta and run against Newt if he really wants to," Ryun said, referring to Frieden. "We could easily do that and say he's a Democrat and will follow Bill Clinton." The Democrats' strategy is rooted in two facts of political life in Kansas. First, Republicans have an advantage in political registration, and even independent voters tend to lean toward the GOP. So Democratic congressional candidates must appeal to Republicans to win. Secondly, conservative Republicans — usually dubbed the religious right or far right by Democrats — go to the polls. Many already are organized through churches, and as a group, they are active. Voters will fiU both U.S. Senate seats, because of Nancy Kassebaum's decision to retire and Bob Dole's presidential candidacy. But the race for Kassebaum's seat between Republican Pat Roberts, the 1st District congressman, and Democrat Sally Thompson, the state treasurer, never has appeared close. During 16 years in Congress, Roberts has managed to keep both wings of the GOP fairly happy. Such is not the case with the race for the Dole seat, where Docking, a Wichita stockbroker, faces Republican Sam Brownback, the 2nd District congressman. Brownback won the GOP nomination after defeating Dole's im- mediate successor, Sen. Sheila Frahm, a moderate. His advertising portrayed her as a tax-and- spend liberal, and angered some moderates. Docking's campaign has insisted that her appeal to Republican moderates is working, and she said Brownback's attempts to portray her as a liberal are absurd. But Brownback's campaign aides say their internal polling shows him with a comfortable lead. Brownback said one reason is Perot's state chief wants Dole to quit Dole backers should vote Perot, not waste vote, party leaders says By LEW FERGUSON The Associated Press TOPEKA — Turning around Bob Dole's campaign theme that a vote for Ross Perot is a wasted vote, the chairman of the Kansas Reform Party said Monday a vote for Dole is what Republican voters really will be wasting. Darrel King of Topeka called on Dole to abandon his quest for the presidency with a week left in the race for the White House, and throw his support to Perot, the Reform Party candidate. "The American people have already said 'no' to Dole twice before, and they are now saying, 'Please, Senator Dole, no more,' " King said. "There are only two choices — Bill Clinton and Ross Perot — because Dole will never get in. "If Dole would endorse Perot and all the Republicans would jump on board, then Perot would win." The Kansas Reform Party qualified for ballot position in June, and placed Perot's name on the presidential ballot in this state. The party also has two candidates for the U.S. Senate and one for the Graves ready for election to be over By The Associated Press WICHITA — Voters aren't the only ones getting a little sick of this election season. Even Gov. Bill Graves says he's ready for Nov. 5. "I only want the elections to be over with," Gov. Bill Graves said Monday. Graves, who has been active in several Republican congressional campaigns and Kansan Bob Dole's presidential bid, said the people who will be elected next week will make a difference. That's why he said he hoped voters can sort through all the "misinformation" of many campaigns. Many worry that government operates too slowly, Graves said. But a thoughtful and deliberative process is better that striving for instant gratification in government and courts, he said. DOLE PEROT U.S. House. King urged Reform Party supporters to switch their registration after voting in the August primary election. But about half the county registration reports for next Tuesday's election had reached the secretary of state's office by Monday, and they do not indicate he was very successful. Official state registration totals will be made public later this week. King was critical when the Dole campaign took the position that Perot should not be included in the presidential debates, and he said he was angered again when Dole sent his campaign manager, Scott Reed, went to Dallas last week to ask Perot to quit the race and endorse Dole. "If Republicans are telling the truth about wanting reform, then it's time to put up or shut up because it's either Ross Perot or lib r eral Bill Clinton," King said. Oil Change Includes 15 point Inspection and up to 5 quarts of oil 913-823-6372 Bennett Autoplex, Inc. Service Department TIGER PAW XTM* All-Mason Radius The aggressively responsive, all-season, steel-belted radial with road-hugging performance and super-smooth ride. Financing^Starting At for a limited lime only , 825-6273 financing credit terms *• & layaway Corner of [available. South & Clark, Salina I T that voters care about "mostly the fiscal items." He does not believe a big turnout necessarily helps Docking. 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