- The Washington Times - Friday, February 25, 2000

McCain's new ad

Presidential candidate John McCain, in an effort to burnish his conservative credentials, Thursday started airing a television ad titled "Reagan Conservative."
The ad will be shown in Southern California, the District of Columbia, New York, Ohio, and Washington state, the McCain campaign said.
"You can't turn on your TV without seeing an ad from the establishment trying to fool you about me," Mr. McCain says in the ad. "Here's some straight talk. I'm a proud Reagan Republican. I'll tear up the 44 thousand-page tax code that benefits special interests, stop the outrageous waste and pork-barrel spending that steals your money, use the surplus to secure Social Security, cut middle-class taxes and pay down the debt. Give me your vote and we'll give you back your government."

Disney loves Hillary

Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse are teaming up to help Hillary Rodham Clinton win a Senate seat from New York.
Mrs. Clinton's campaign has raised at least $437,000 from individuals working in movies, television and music second only to the $667,000 she got from lawyers and her single biggest contributor was the Walt Disney Co., according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Disney executives, employees and families gave $56,550 to her campaign effort most of that from the Miramax Films division.

High-tech twist

Click on an e-mail icon, and suddenly Rep. Bob Riley is radiating his easy grin across your living room.
"Hi. I'm Congressman Bob Riley," the virtual Alabama Republican says. "I'd like to welcome those of you who are receiving this type of cyber-message for the first time."
Buoyed by the success of his first "e-gram" to constituents, Mr. Riley sent another this week, Scripps Howard News Service reports. He was the first congressman to offer the video e-mail, a high-tech twist to the time-honored tradition of constituent mailings.
As the Internet's real-time responses renders some postal mail obsolete, Mr. Riley foresees a future in which more politicians choose e-grams to ease interaction with constituents, reporter Rachel Smolkin said.
"The response has just been so incredible," Mr. Riley said. "It's going to be an exponential explosion here in the next year or two."

Trump still pitching

More than a week after Donald Trump said he would not run for president, his exploratory committee's Web site continues to solicit donations, telling people they might persuade him to enter the race by giving him money, the Associated Press reports.
Roger Stone, the billionaire's spokesman, said Thursday he did not know the site was still active.
He said he told the site's Web master more than a week ago to take it down.
The pitch for money is "clearly not a current request," he said. "Anything on the Web site is passe."
His site asks for checks from $25 to $1,000. "You can convince Donald to run for president by making a voluntary contribution to the Donald J. Trump Presidential Exploratory Committee," it says, making no mention of his decision not to run.
Mr. Trump, a New York developer, estimates his net worth at $5 billion.

Bradley ahead at home

His lead is shrinking, but former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley still would beat Vice President Al Gore in his home state's Democratic presidential primary 51 to 40 percent, according to a Quinnipiac College poll released Thursday.
That represented a big drop from the 63 to 24 percent lead Mr. Bradley, who served three Senate terms from New Jersey, had over Mr. Gore in a Sept. 27 poll conducted by the college, Reuters reports.
Thursday's poll also found Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Arizona Sen. John McCain locked in 41 to 41 percent tie among New Jersey Republicans.
New Jersey does not hold its primaries until June 6, by which time the party presidential nominations could be decided.

Voinovich gets apology

Sen. George V. Voinovich has received an apology from Texas Gov. George W. Bush's campaign for misquoting the Ohio Republican as saying there was an anti-Catholic "smear campaign" against Mr. Bush in Michigan, the senator's spokesman said Thursday.
What Mr. Voinovich said in a written statement released earlier this week was: "There is not one drop of anti-Catholic blood in [Mr. Bush's] veins," said Mr. Voinovich's spokesman, Mike Dawson.
Mr. Bush's campaign apologized Wednesday for misquoting Mr. Voinovich in its literature after the Texas governor's primary loss in Michigan to Arizona Sen. John McCain.
The two candidates exchanged several barbs during the hard-fought primary campaigning, and Mr. Bush defended what he said were unfair characterizations of him as hostile to Catholics because of a previous appearance at Bob Jones University in South Carolina.
Mr. Voinovich remains an ardent supporter of the Texas governor, Mr. Dawson said. Ohio holds its balloting on the crowded March 7 Super Tuesday slate of primaries and caucuses.

Bush leads in New York

Less than three weeks after fighting the Republican Party to win a place on the New York primary ballot, John McCain is within striking distance of George W. Bush, a CBS News-New York Times poll showed Thursday.
Mr. Bush leads the Arizona senator by 43 percent to 36 percent among registered Republican primary voters in New York State, the poll found.
The margin of error for the sampling of 374 Republican primary voters interviewed by telephone for the Feb. 16 to Feb. 22 poll was plus or minus 5 percentage points.
The interviews were conducted before the results of Tuesday's Michigan and Arizona primaries were known; four in 10 Republican voters said they already had decided who to vote for in the March 7 New York primary.
The New York primary is one of 16 political contests taking place across the country March 7.

Stuck in the mud

Sen. John McCain's campaign was delayed Wednesday night after his plane got stuck in the mud for about two hours as it prepared to fly from Bremerton, Wash., to Sacramento, Calif.
Mr. McCain and his wife, Cindy, napped part of the time while waiting on board. Nobody was hurt.
The pilot of the 727 had been taxiing for takeoff and apparently cut short a left turn, dragging the plane's left rear wheels through a muddy, grassy island in the runway. The wheels came to rest next to a landing light, a quarter of their height buried in mud.
Workers dug out the landing light and put down wooden planks to help the plane escape, the Associated Press reports.
After two hours, the passengers were asked to leave to lighten the load so the pilot could fire up the engines and get the plane out of the mud.
The passengers waited in three buses, and at 9:40 p.m. PST a cheer went up as the plane rolled free of its muddy captivity.

Cyber-wars

Rolling the Internet into an increasingly negative presidential campaign, Democrats Bill Bradley and Al Gore have created Web sites criticizing the other. Mr. Bradley is airing radio ads urging voters to check out his "More About Gore" criticism.
On Tuesday, Mr. Gore announced his negative site "the Bradley Information Bureau" located at www.algore2000.com. On Wednesday, Mr. Bradley put up www.moreaboutgore.com.
The Bradley site features an unflattering picture of Mr. Gore and asks in large letters: "Who is the real Al Gore?"
"As a conservative congressman, Al Gore was anti-choice, pro-gun, pro-tobacco and indifferent to education and health care," the site says on its opening page, echoing a theme Mr. Bradley began sounding on the stump this week.
A radio ad now airing in Washington state, a prime Bradley target, hits the same the message.
By tying the two mediums together, the campaign hopes voters will get more negative information about Mr. Gore than they could from a single ad, the Associated Press reports.

Bush accepts debate


Texas Gov. George W. Bush has agreed to debate his GOP rivals next week in Los Angeles and pledged to spend much of the final week before the March 7 primary campaigning in California."I look forward to the Los Angeles Times debate [on March 2], which I will accept today," Mr. Bush said Wednesday while campaigning in Southern California. "I look forward to spending a lot of time here."

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