- The Washington Times - Friday, July 28, 2000

Who's hiding what?

Doesn't anybody find it ironic that the Democrats are concerned about the health of Republican vice presidential candidate Richard B. Cheney, who didn't hesitate making his medical history known to the world, yet for eight years they haven't given second thought to the fact that President Clinton, whose health is far more important as commander in chief, has flat-out refused to make public his personal medical records?

Tons of fun

How many beach toys does Al Gore need for his seaside vacation on Figure Eight Island?

Enough that a C-141 cargo plane landed at nearby Wilmington, N.C., to unload goodies for the Gores.

The vice president and his family are building sand castles on the private, 3-mile-long island through the duration of the Republican National Convention, and then will pack their bags for Los Angeles and the Democratic National Convention.

Several high-level Democrats have homes on Figure Eight, including Sen. John R. Edwards, North Carolina Democrat, who we were told Thursday will not be vacationing on the island at the same time as the Gores.

McCain in 2000

Judging from Sen. John McCain's itinerary coinciding with the Republican National Convention, you'd think he finished first, not second, in the Republican presidential sweepstakes.

In fact, so much media intrigue surrounds the Republicans' White House runner-up that Mr. McCain has chartered not one, not two, but three buses (he calls it "The Straight Talk Express") to transport his entourage to Philadelphia's political powwow.

One McCain organizer told us Thursday that the convoy will make stops en route to the convention "so reporters can rotate and be with the senator for one leg of the trip."

The buses also will pull into a college gymnasium in Blue Hill, Pa., where Mr. McCain will join National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Thomas M. Davis III of Virginia and GOP House candidate Stewart Greenleaf for a town hall meeting.

For the next several days, Mr. McCain will appear among other places on CBS' "Face the Nation," NBC's "Today," ABC's "Good Morning America," CBS' "Early Show" and MTV. He also will address the "shadow convention" at Philadelphia's Zeller Bach Theater, sign his recent best-selling book "Faith of My Fathers," throw a reception for "McCain National Convention Delegates," introduce the "Talk 2 Us 2000" Web site, open the International Republican Institute, and last, but certainly not least, address the convention at First Union Center at 10:35 p.m. Tuesday.

Oh, did we mention he also will announce details of an August bus tour? Number of buses unknown at this writing.

Frank

We caught up with Washington pollster Frank Luntz before he departed for Philadelphia, where on Sunday outside the GOP convention he is bringing together 36 undecided voters.

"Pennsylvania is considered one of the most important states in this election, and these voters are truly undecided," he says.

Among other activities, the three dozen will be shown George W. Bush and Al Gore campaign ads, as well as video highlights from the presidential primary debates, in hopes of determining which campaign's advertising is more effective and why.

They also will participate in a "Political Survivor" game modeled after the popular CBS series "Survivor" voting well-known officials "out of politics" until just one is standing.

"We will be testing Bill and Hillary Clinton, George Bush, Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan, Jesse Ventura, Elizabeth Dole, Janet Reno, Ted Kennedy and Jesse Jackson," says the pollster.

Jane

Who said Republicans don't rock?

Blame it on Jane, five guys and a stunning gal starchy congressional aides and lobbyists by day who trade in their loafers and briefcases for guitars and saxophones at night will play two venues at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.

Jane Adams, the eponymous lead singer, says she is working on perfecting her "rock 'n' roll look" of leather and studs, but can't quite break out of the "yuppie Washington mode" that keeps her in pumps and pearls.

Which is how we found her Thursday outside her office near the White House, where she's a lobbyist for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Founding member of RightNow, a group that supports Republican women in public office, and known throughout the halls of Congress, Miss Adams says she's a true child of the '70s and recalls record players, eight-track tapes, passbook savings and original episodes of "The Partridge Family."

Blame it on Jane has headlined shows at Washington's MCI Center, the Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, Arlington's Clarendon Grill and IOTA nightclub.

The band is recording its second CD.

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