The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on October 28, 1994 · 136
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 136

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Jumf yH An 6A THE HERALD FRIDAY OCTOBFR 20 1904 A r rnr V rjyiw ijrnf y Rodham: The issues are on my side RODHAM FROM 1A is his position not his opponent’s that is backed by the majority of Floridians a fact borne out by polls He has family ties to the White House He has a hard-hitting media plan complete with blunt television commercials Still even after two visits by his sister and one by President Clinton what he lacks is respect — and the money that would let him buy it “What’s it going to take to get attention?” Rodham said “Stand on a podium in the middle of the turnpike at Yeehaw Junction shouting into the wind?” In the race to determine who will be Florida’s next junior senator Rodham’s campaign resonates with sound and fury But it is a race conducted largely in a vacuum as even a majority of Democrats appear resigned to the fate of seeing if not helping the ultra-conservative Mack returned to a second term Money in short supply With barely two weeks to go Rodham has raised about $600000 a pittance in a statewide campaign (Mack has $45 million) Though he may be poor in money Rodham believes he’s loaded with ammunition with which to attack Mack whose voting record puts him a millimeter from Jesse Helms on most issues In interviews in campaign appearances and in his dust-gath-enng commercials — everywhere but in a debate which Mack has avoided — the Democrat paints his opponent with the brush of extremism drawn from the senator’s own record “It’s a good thing that Connie Mack is a senator and not the captain of a ship because women and children would go last” Rodham told a Democratic women’s club breakfast on Wednesday On that morning Rodham’s attack dwelled on Mack’s opposition to the new federal education program which will provide millions in aid to local schools districts with special help to disabled youngsters Mack voted both to support a Filibuster by Helms against the measure R-NC and against the final bill “This is a bill that provided ramps for schools so disabled children could go to classes It bought them hearing aids the things they would need to be treated like all the other children” Rodham said “But Connie Mack voted against it Do you know why? Because there was no mandatory prayer rider in it” He also ripped Mack’s vote against the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances which ordered anti-abortion demonstrators to remain at least 36 feet away from clinic entrances Mack who is staunchly against abortion rights said the bill violated the free speech of demonstrators Rodham disagrees citing the murders of a doctor and his volunteer escort by abortion protesters in Pensacola: “What this bill did was life saving Can’t somebody explain that to Connie Mack?” ‘Who’s the big spender? And in voting against the new federal crime bill the Democrat said Mack was also voting against more police for Florida streets security lighting for dangerous areas shelters for abused women and children and several crime prevention measures Mack’s explanation for his no vote — that the bill didn’t require prisoners to serve 85 percent of their sentences — also rings hollow according to Rodham “Do you know how much it would cost to build enough prisons to meet that?” Rodham asked “Between $60 billion and $360 billion over five years “Now you tell me who is the big spender here” Rodham said turning Mack’s campaign motto to his own use “ Who is the person who believes in less taxes and more freedom?” Rodham also rips Mack’s high-profile support for cancer research an issue the Republican has said is motivated largely by his own family’s encounters with the disease “If he’s so against cancer” the Democrat asked “why does Connie Mack take $26000 in contributions from the tobacco lobby?” Mack’s high profile in the fight against universal health care draws fire too In one of his many overlooked campaign promises Rodham pledged that if elected to the Senate he would pay his own private health insurance until all Americans can have access to similar care By contrast he pointed out that Mack was among the leaders in Republican opposition to uni- O GROWING UP: As a young man Rodham led his team to the Illinois high school championship versal health care despite the fact that the senator and his wife have undergone expensive cancer surgery at government expense — a perk of elected office Taken together it would seem powerful fuel for a campaign especially against an incumbent who won with less than 1 percent of the vote to spare in 1988 Yet according to recent polls Rodham is poised to be thumped by Mack by better than 2-1 on Nov 8 — a fact that baffles and frustrates him Vicious circle “We’re facing a self-fulfilling prophecy” Rodham said in an interview at his disheveled Coral Gables headquarters last week “People tell us that they’re not going to give us money because we’re going to lose thus ensuring that without any money we will lose” But even his supporters concede some blame for the campaign’s problems lies with Rodham Despite help from the White House and the solicitous advice of some of the party’s best political minds this has seemed the campaign of an overgrown puppy — full of energy and spirit but constantly capable of tripping over itself and soiling the rug National Democratic Party Chairman David Wilhelm and others tried to talk Rodham out of the race fearing a poor performance would embarrass President Clinton and drag the ticket down Then came news media hits Barely had Rodham announced his candidacy when the media disclosed that he had never voted in Florida until 1991 and that he had flubbed the state bar exam on several occasions His first campaign manager Michael Copperthite had to be fired when Rodham learned the consultant had falsified his credentials To many Rodham became a cartoon figure trading on his family name Florida Republican Party Chairman Tom Slade called Rodham “Billy Carter with a law degree” Even New York Times writer Maureen Dowd likened Rodham to the late actor John Candy and called the campaign a “quixotic bid that has the feel of a Candy AP file photo CAMPAIGNING IN MIAMI: Hugh Rodham comic vehicle” Being dismissed as a joke was not what Rodham counted on A native of Chicago Rodham was born four years after his famous sister the middle of three children He was a star quarterback leading his high school to the Illinois championship then winning a benchwarming spot on three Penn State football teams that vied for national championships between 1969 and 1972 After graduation Rodham did a stint in the Peace Corps in Latin America then earned both a doctorate in education and a law degree from the University of Arkansas where he helped his brother-in-law campaign for governor He arrived in Miami in 1981 and joined the Dade public defender’s office representing penniless defendants against criminal charges — most of whom nevertheless end up in jail “It’s public service I’m proud of” Rodham said “Not everyone has the chance to go to work to defend the constitutional rights of others” It’s this same sense of idealistic mission that propels Rodham in his current quest “At the end” he said “I want people to say that we tried to do the right thing that we raised the right issues and that we didn’t run a dirty campaign” Enter the Costume Contest! Win a BMX bike a Super Nintendo or a set of Tower Rangers toys Saturday & Sunday at 1:00 pm die wan nncess VXft'fr rtf £? 9 Hnntia 12400 SW 152 ST leet Puffin in person 251-0400 GOP begins advertising blitz Democrats scramble to counter Associated Press Republican National Committee ATTACK ADS: President Clinton and House Speaker Tom Foley appear in GOP ad on Democrats’ ‘hypocrisy on taxes and spending’ Reuters News Service WASHINGTON — Republicans launched a $2 million television blitz against the Democrats on Thursday as the national election campaign neared its final week but a wary White House hustled to beat its foes to the punch Republican Chairman Haley Barbour outlined a TV advertising campaign accusing President Clinton’s party of lying double-talk and plans to cut Social Security pension spending “As in every election for years the Democrats have cranked up the ‘big lie’ campaign falsely claiming Republicans want to cut Social Security would devastate Medicare and the usual scare tactics” Barbour said “The big-lie campaign rings especially hollow this time” But with Clinton attending to high-profile peace diplomacy in the Middle East the White House organized a pre-emptive strike against his political foes calling reporters to a briefing one hour before the Republican news conference Spin control The dueling spin-control efforts underscored the bitter political combat and high stakes involved in the Nov 8 state and congressional elections in which the surging Republicans are challenging Democratic control of both houses of Congress All 435 seats are at stake in the House where Republicans need a gain of 40 seats to win control for the first time in 40 years They would need a net gain of seven seats in the 100-member Senate to take over that chamber for the first time since 1986 Thirty-six of 50 state governorships are also involved At the White House briefing presidential chief of staff Leon Panetta said the Republican ad campaign shows they “are obviously worried” Social Security issue Panetta said Clinton is committed not to cut Social Security benefits He said Democrats would welcome a debate on Social Security to match records with Republicans noting that the federal pension system was a Depression-era creation of Democratic President Franklin D Roosevelt’s administration One of the Republican ads plays on a recently leaked memo by administration budget director Alice Rivlin in which she outlined possible economic options for the future — including tax hikes and some Social Security cuts “It’s a matter of trust” the ad says “Clinton and the Democrats attack and distort Republican plans But behind closed doors the Clinton White House discusses cuts in Social Security and Medicare And billions more in tax increases A secret White House memo details a national sales tax a tax on health benefits even a tax on Medicare and Social Security Fed up with the Democrat double-talk and hypocrisy on tax and spending? On Nov 8 — send the Clinton Congress home” Another ad accuses the Democrats of “lying about Republicans to hide their record” It says: “After promising a middle-class tax cut they raised taxes Even on senior citizens They promised us a tax cut But they conned us” Panetta said Democrats would continue into next week a series of TV ads attacking Republicans for their much-publicized “Contract with America” plan which sets forth a conservative legislative agenda the Democrats brand as a return to favor-the-rich policies from Ronald Reagan’s era Panetta once Clinton’s budget chief said it would be all but impossible to balance the budget under the Republican “contract” because of promised revenue cuts and spending Cuomo in dead heat with GOP challenger From Herald Wire Services NEW YORK — Three days after New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani broke party ranks to endorse Gov Mario Cuomo for re-election the race in New York state has narrowed dramatically Two polls show a statistical dead heat between Cuomo and his Republican challenger state Sen George Pataki And the number of undecided voters in both surveys has grown Giulianifs endorsement plus the growing strength of B Thomas Golisano a businessman who is seeking the governorship as an Independence Fusion Party candidate appear to have caught Pataki — the frontrunner for months — in political pincers “With Giuliani chipping away at Pataki downstate and Golisano chipping away upstate the whole election becomes less well-defined and more uncertain than it was” said Lee Miringoff director of the Marist College Public Opinion Poll which shows Pataki ahead of Cuomo by 1 percentage point 37 percent to 36 percent with Golisano at 8 percent and 17 percent undecided A month ago the Marist poll found Pataki leading Cuomo 44 percent to 38 percent A New York PostFox 5 poll showed Pataki leading Cuomo 395 percent to 36 percent with Golisano at 6 percent and 16 percent undecided The margin of error in both polls put the race effectively evem OCTOBER 28 29 & 30 10 AM to 5 PM Radisson Centre Corner of Rt 836 & NW 72nd Ave Tilt UM0HII4MIIII HDD mini mum fMIIUIISt TXPO The world's leading franchises want to talk to you about opportunities from Florida to Argentina Y Brazil to Mexico and everywhere in ' t ’- between Companies such as McDonalds ) Subway Dry Clean USA Howard Johnson Precision Tune Minuteman Press and many more J Don't miss this unique opportunity - once a franchise is sold it's gone forever!' 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