The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 30, 1996 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL CAMPAIGN '96 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1996 A3 T BILL CLINTON Clinton shouts down hecklers President sticks to safe themes as he readies for final campaign blitz By TERENCE HUNT The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — Showing a front-runner's cockiness as Election Day nears, President Clinton brushed off noisy hecklers from Bob Dole's camp Tuesday by declaring, "I'll bet you they won't be doing that a week from now." Ending a seven-state tour before beginning a nonstop dash to Nov. 5, Clinton campaigned in Ohio and Pennsylvania in an effort to pad his commanding lea'd in national polls and help in the Democrats' struggle to reclaim control of Congress. "Will you.be there next week?" he shouted to thousands of supporters on a sunny fall day on Hill Field at the University of Pennsylvania. "God bless you> we can do it!" In Columbus, a dozen or more protesters shouted persistently from choice seats above the stage in Ohio State University's basketball arena. They waved signs, chanted "Dole-Kemp" and shout-' ed, "Stop lying to the American public." The president tried to hush them, tried to ignore them and finally lashed back by attacking spending reductions proposed in Republican budgets that he vetoed. "I would be screaming too if I were in a country that took Head Start and Big Bird away from 5- year-olds, school lunches away from 10-year-olds, summer jobs away from 15-year-olds and college loans away from 20-year-olds. I might be screaming, too." The crowd roared approval. "We got some juice in the audience," Clinton said afterward. "That was great." Indeed, there is a buoyant, confident mood among the president's T VOTER TURNOUT The Associated Press President Clinton gives a thumbs-up to student supporters during his visit Tuesday to Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. people as the race moves toward the finish line. Campaign crowds are large and enthusiastic. Despite long days on the road, Clinton's aides are -relaxed. Smiles abound. No Republican has ever captured the presidency without winning Ohio, and the president's aides promised he will fight hard to maintain his lead in the state. To end the campaign, Clinton heads out from Washington again today and won't return-until after it's over. After an overnight stay Sunday in the Republican bastion of Manchester, N.H., the president will return to Ohio for an election- eve rally in Cleveland and then fly cross-country for a curtain-closing appearance in Los Angeles. Then he will go to his home^ state of Arkansas to await the returns. "If we can win Ohio, it's hard to see under any calculus not including California how a Democrat would lose the election," White House political director Doug Sosnik said. "We're not going to take the state for granted. We're going to work it hard all the way to the end." In- Pennsylvania, Dole pulled out his advertising two weeks ago, Sosnik said. In Ohio, the Dole forces have withdrawn from the Toledo and Youngstown markets, Sosnik said, as the Republican candidate diverts resources to California in a go-for-broke drive. With millions of dollars more in the bank to spend than Dole, Clinton's campaign was throwing big bucks into an advertising blitz. Asked if the ad budget was $1.5 million a day, Sosnik replied, "Not a bad ballpark" guess. There are new ads targeted on individual states, such as one for Ohio showing Clinton traveling through the state on his train trip to the Democratic convention. Other ads are aimed at multistate and national audiences. One is marked for Spanish-language audiences. With Republicans trying to draw attention to questionable contributions to Clinton's campaign, the president will speak out on campaign finance reform in a speech Thurs.day or Friday somewhere in the West. "I think he wants to raise the issue, talk about it in the context of things that we should do and put a priority on in 1997," spokesman Mike McCurry said. Sticking with politically safe subjects,Tuesday, the president offered another no-cost proposal aimed at building support among middle-class voters. He urged- states to issue "school-by-school report cards" — published on the Internet — to help parents evaluate their children's education. "Parents should be able to compare class size, reading scores, safety records with all the schools in their district, all the schools in their state and with schools across the country," the president said. "We need to know how our schools are doing." Clinton also recommended the establishment of 3,000 charter schools, which operate without many of the constraints imposed by local public school districts. A charter outlines what students are expected to learn. The Dole camp said Clinton's proposal falls far short of what is needed. 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But in the past 30 years, turnout has gone down. From 64 percent in 1960, when John F. Kennedy was elected, it slid to just barely above 50 percent in 1988 before squiggling up to 55.2 percent four years ago. But the 1992 race had an incumbent president on the ropes, an at- tractive challenger and a feisty third-party insurgent. This time around, none of those elements apply, and that "has a lot of people worried that the participants will barely outnumber nonvoters. If people in only nine states got to elect the president next Tuesday, those in the other 41 would be outraged. But that's what will happen, in effect. The number who will vote is roughly equal to all the voters in the nine largest states, California, New York, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and New Jersey. "There seems little question that turnout will be down, perhaps sharply," says Curtis Cans, who has been thinking about voter turnout for 20 years. He directs the nonpartisan Committee for the Study of the American Electorate. Things would even be worse if Congress hadn't enacted the motor-voter law, allowing people to register where they apply for drivers licenses and in other accessi- ble places. That law registered between 6 million and 9 million new voters this year. Still, Cans predicts that turnout on Tuesday will range between the 50.1 percent participation in 1988 — the record low in modern times — and the 55.2 percent rate in 1992. Compare that to a century ago. In 1896, when Democrat William Jennings Bryan ran against Re- publicqn William McKinley, 79 percent turned out — including an astonishing 96 percent in Iowa and Illinois. In those days, the parties differed sharply; now they often gloss over differences. Believing their well-being was at stake, whole classes of people associated with a party. "Parties don't do mobilizing any more," says Walter Dean Burnham, voting expert at the University of Texas. 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