The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 1, 1996 · Page 10
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 10

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, November 1, 1996
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AID FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1996 CAMPAIGN 3B THE T BOB DOLE Dole vows fight to the finish His final attempt will be a 96-hour, 15-state campaign-closing blitz By TOM RAUM llic Assorintptl Press MIAMI — Bob Dole, looking for a dramatic climax for his uphill presidential campaign, announced a 96-hour, virtually nonstop final push through 15 states beginning Friday. "I want to shake up this race," he declared. Trailing badly in the polls with five days to go. bole also appealed Thursday to Ross Perot's supporters in his most direct terms yet. Dole said, "I can beat one candidate. I can't beat two. So don't vote for Ross Perot." Aides said that after an overnight stop in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday night, the only hotel pauses before Election Day would be brief, 90-minute stops every 24 hours so Dole and his entourage could freshen up. Dole will both fly and take long bus trips as part of the coast-to- coast plan, aides said. The dramatic travel gesture — which would dwarf the 30-hour, 10-city blitz that Clinton himself did in 1992 — came as Dole and his strategists struggled to find a way to invigorate his campaign. The race has been frozen for months, with Clinton holding a double-digit lead in the polls. The trip is to take him to 15 states in roughly this order: Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado, Nevada, California, The Associated Press Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole touches the hands of supporters lined up along a fence as he enters a campaign event in Miami. New Mexico and Kansas, with side trips to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Indiana. President Bush, who shared a stage with Dole at a Tampa rally Thu rsday, and former President Ford will be on some of the bus stops in Ohio and Michigan today. In Tampa, Dole suggested Clinton may have committed illegal acts in the White House and said the president wasn't telling the truth on Medicare or any other issue. "How low will this White House go?" he asked. Dole also announced he would tap Democratic Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York to be cochairman of a bipartisan commission on Medicare if he is elected. Dole aides said that Moynihan had been contacted Wednesday and had given permission for Dole to use his name. T BILL CLINTON Clinton shooting for landslide win in Tuesday's vote President continues to avoid press and controversial questions By RON FOURN1ER Tlie Associated I'rcss PHOENIX — Looking for a lopsided victory, President Clinton campaigned Thursday in a state that has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Harry Truman. He urged America to reject "racial, ethnic, tribal and religious divisions." Fighting back Republican attacks, White House image-makers wrapped Clinton in the pageantry of the presidency: Swelling crowds and countless marching bands met Clinton at every stop on his six-day, 15-state trek to Election Day. He hopes to avoid allegations that foreign campaign donors bought access to the Oval Office. GOP candidate Bob Dole suggested that Clinton may have broken the law. The White House refused to allow the president to be questioned by reporters. And aides deflected inquiries about the growing controversy, saying Clinton will address campaign finance reform today in Santa Barbara, Calif. Clinton suggested that Dole opposes student loans and called his tax-cut plan "a risky tax scheme." Clinton said Dole and fellow Republicans "shut the government The Associated Press Shane Michalak, 6, peeks from around his father Steve's shoulder Thursday during a rally for Vice President Al Gore in Galveston, Texas. down to try to force us to keep police off the streets." It was a reference to Clinton's budget plan to fund his project that may eventually hire 100,000 police. Meanwhile, Vice President Al Gore said the Republican Party has strayed from its roots as the party of Abraham Lincoln. He said at a rally in Galveston, Texas, that House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Dole "simply went way too far over to the extreme right wing edge and Nov. 5 is a chance to send a message to them: 'Don't ever do that again!' " T CAMPAIGNING Special-interest groups operate below radar level Organizations working in guerrilla-like fashion to influence voters By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — From the quiet flow of Christian Coalition voter guides to highly targeted radio and mail campaigns by the teachers' union, special interests are weighing in to influence elections nationwide in the final days of the 1996 campaign. A few well-heeled groups — notably the national political parties, organized labor, environmentalists and a big-business coalition — have waged highly visible and expensive television campaigns. Many others are engaging in guerrilla politics, activities that fall below the radar of national news coverage. "We've seen a tremendous influx of a lot of groups doing this," said Tanya Metaksa, chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, which has campaigned independently since the late 1970s. "Maybe they caught onto something." In at least three states — Arkansas, Kansas and Ohio — television spots are being aired in support of Republican candidates by a Washington-based group with ties to Lyn Nofziger, a GOP operative and former Reagan administration official. An editorial in an Arkansas newspaper described the group as "a stealth bomber making dubious charges" and hoping to affect the outcome of a cliffhanger senate race between Republican Rep. Tim Hutchinson and Democrat Winston Bryant, the state attorney general. Other races targeted by the Citizens for the Republic Education Fund are the tossup contest between incumbent Republican Rep. Frank Cremeans and Democrat Ted Strickland in Ohio and the Kansas Senate race pitting Democrat Jill Docking against GOP Rep. Sam Brownback. Nofziger said the group, a revival of a political committee he and President Reagan organized in the 1980s, was attempting to counter the impact labor money had made in a few key races. The Americans for Tax Reform group is sending out a last-minute $3 million mailing that reinforces Republican anti-tax messages. Two-thirds of the money came from the GOP. On the left, the AFL-CIO has waged an expensive air war most of this year. But it's reserved part of its $35 million political budget for a low-profile ground war of organizers, phone banks and fliers aimed at turning out union members to vote in scores of congressional districts. The Christian Coalition, in recent years a potent force because of the voter guides it hands out at churches the Sunday before Election Day, is distrib- uting 45 million of the fliers this year. A competing religious group, the Interfaith Alliance, is distributing 5 million of its own voter guides for more than 40 congressional races. The 2-year- old group describes itself as a more centrist alternative for the religious. Among other groups hoping to impact elections in the campaign's final days: • The National Education Association, with a highly targeted effort during the three weeks leading up to Election Day in four House races in North Carolina, Massachusetts and two in Ohio. • The NRA, buying billboards, newspaper ads and some radio spots in support of pro-gun candidates in about 50 of the tightest congressional races. In the last two weeks the group has spent $225,000 in 10 House and Senate contests; Metaksa said she expects spending to total about $1.5 million. 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If the outcome hinges on a half- dozen or fewer seats, close races on the West Coast, where polls close latest, could be the determining factors. In Oregon, as many as a third of the state's 1.9 million voters are expected to vote absentee in Tuesday's general election. In Washington, the number of absentee voters may hit 1 million. In both states, ballots that are postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 5, are counted. But that means hundreds of thousands of valid ballots may not be in the hands of election officials until a day or two later. AN OPEN LETTER From the Desk Of STIHL CHAIN SALE NEW STIHL®CHAIN TO FIT UP TO 16 INCH BAR $ 11.49 NEW STIHL® CHAIN TO FIT 18 & 20 INCH BARS $ 14.49 24 Inch Bars $ 16.49 Sale Ends 11-9-96. Does not include 1/4" pitch chain. RENTAUNC, 827-0842 1-800-WIL-RENT 1500 S. Broadway Salina, KS Closed Sundays Daily: 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Including Saturday r complex. p uld for the creation 01 nde^oye,. . ,080 Ms first election. I have been ~tssis"^'ss Sincerely,

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