Newsday (Nassau Edition) from Hempstead, New York on February 6, 1999 · 16
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Newsday (Nassau Edition) from Hempstead, New York · 16

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Saturday, February 6, 1999
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A16 Pataki Speech Evokes Reagan By Liam Pleven ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF Chicago — Three months after winning a second term Gov George Pataki embarked on another less clearly defined political campaign Friday by traveling halfway across the country to deliver a speech urginjg Republicans to “re-embrace Ronald Reagan’s principles” During his 30-minute address at the University of Chicago Law School Pataki defined those principles as limited government lower taxes and personal freedom and then asserted that he had forged them into reality in New York State Pataki did not refer to speculation he may seek Reagan’s former office with that message But Pataki who has criticized the handling of President Bill Clinton's impeachment made it clear he believes the party may fumble its chances because "some Republican leaders have seemed and sounded angry” “What America needs now is what the Republican Party needs the re-emergence of a government philosophy that is as old as Lincoln and as real as Reagan” said Pataki “A philosophy spoken so eloquently by that genius from the University of Chicago Milton Friedman who Reagan so loved to quote who said ‘Only government can take perfectly good paper and cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination perfectly worthless’ ” At the same time Pataki who is more liberal than many Republicans on social issues such as abortion hinted at his own feelings about Clinton telling a story he said is “going around Washington” about Abraham Lincoln coming to Clinton in a dream and saying “They called me Honest Abe Do you have a nickname? What do the people call you?” “And for once Mr Clinton a man so easy with words was silent” Pataki said Gov George Pataki center makes his way through a crowd Friday after his address at the University of Chicago Law School “The point of that story is not to pour more criticism on a president who has been the target of great criticism this past year” Pataki said “The point is to acknowledge what we all know is a feeling these days of dissatisfaction distrust and even disrespect toward those who lead us” The speech was the first Pataki has delivered outside the state since he announced last month that he had formed two political action committees to help pay for him to travel around the country and the first of three that Pataki will deliver over the course of 15 days The others are in Florida and Missouri If Pataki is to maneuver himself into position to appear on the national Republican ticket in 2000 many political experts believe he must distinguish himself from Republican leaders in Congress without alienating conservative Republican primary voters After his speech one student described that task as a tightrope “I think he'd have trouble with a wider Republican audience with that philosophy” said Jeff Zeeman “I wasn’t crazy with his stress on Reagan He should look for a new identity for the future rather than returning to an era that had some successes and some failures” The timing and setting in which Pataki Bought to strike that balance were carefully chosen according to student organizers and Pataki aides Pataki and his aides decided on the University of Chicago where Pataki’s former budget director is a top executive and in the state where Reagan was born A Pataki aide contacted a law school student who is a member of the school’s branch of the Federalist Society and offered Pataki as a speaker The society accepted Pataki's offer and Pataki arranged to deliver the speech the day before Reagan’s 88th birthday which is Saturday Asked why he had selected the school Pataki said after his speech “We wanted to make sure we had the right setting” Jordan Holds Vigil for Beloved King IIUSSEIN from Page A7 lowed to take its full course But this is a city where everyone was bracing for the worst Despite the rain hundreds of Jordanians held vigil outside the hospital Friday the Muslim sabbath And at mosques all over the nation special prayers were said for Hussein Dozens of Jordanians even offered their organs to help save the king's life "I heard of his kidney and liver failure and I am here to offer mine to Hussein” said Ahmed Salahat 55 a businessman standing at the hospital’s gate with his 15-year-old son Hamza A drenched Intisar Nqjib 44 a homemaker raised her hand in prayers: “I plead to almighty God to pro-8j tect Hussein and help him get out of his sickbed safe and sound” “ Next to her an older woman wearing a head scarf sobbed saying “I wish it was me instead of him” j Eighty percent of Jordan’s 41 million people have “ never known a leader other than Hussein who has been in power since 1952 longer than any other Mid- die East leader c Followed by an official convoy of more than 70 vehi-5 cles the king was transported Friday morning from n the Amman airport by ambulance to the hospital that 5 bears his name 0 During the day the king’s wife the American-born Queen Noor remained by his side Other members of z the royal family visited Hussein at the hospital including the monarch’s newly appointed successor his eldest son 37-year-old Prince Abdullah Prince Has- san the king’s brother who was harshly deposed as heir in favor of Abdullah two weeks ago also paid his respects Amr said he is confident that Abdullah will be an able leader “King Hussein established all of our institutions Abdullah will be able to lead Everything is Bettled for him” Trying to calm rumors that the king was already dead Prime Minister Fayez Tar awn eh said on Jordan television “When there is something to tell we will issue an official statement “This is an established kingdom a kingdom of complete solidarity” Tarawneh said addressing the concerns of many Jordanians that the transition be smooth “Today the Jordanian people are a very good example of cooperation and unity” " Fears for the future of the country were evident as the normally stable Jordanian currency the dinar plummeted in trading Jordanians have faced the possibility of Hussein's death since the monarch announced he had cancer in July 1998 In recent months the king has been increasingly candid about his disease speaking out in a manner rare in the Middle East Among the many official posters of him that dot the country some show him bald from chemotherapy Just two weeks ago Hussein triumphantly piloted his own plane back to Amman after a stay of several months for treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minn He announced he had recovered and was fit enough to kneel on a small carpet at the airport and kiss the ground Hundreds of thousands of Jordanians turned out to cheer his return Upon the king’s return Jordan was filled with whispers of palace intrigue and several days later Hussein removed his brother Crown Prince Hassan as his successor Hassan had been heir to the throne for 34 years In his place Hussein appointed his firstborn son Abdullah a career military man Abdullah the son of Hussein’s British-born second wife has no political experience Few know exactly where he stands politically or how he will deal with Jordan's regional and domestic problems Jordan is a small country surrounded by powerful sometimes hostile neighbors including Syria Iraq and Israel It is an amalgam of different tribes and peoples including a large Palestinian population Many say Hussein managed to stay in power so long by skillfully playing one group ofT another Abdullah will need toontend with a range of problems Much of Jordan remains impoverished Unemployment is estimated at 30 percent And there is growing dissatisfaction with the peace treaty Hussein signed with Israel in 1994 “Jordan without King Hussein will be a very different Jordan and the Arab world without him will be a different place too” said an editorial in the pan-Arab newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi Throughout the day Jordanians tuned to their televisions and radios waiting for news of the King’s fate Mahmoud Abdil 31 spent most of the day huddled in front of the television near the cash register in his small grocery store “I am very tired” said Abdil his eyes red-rimmed “I am very sad” This story was supplemented by wire service

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