Mrs. Dole’s choice
Elizabeth Dole, who ended her bid for the presidency due to problems competing for cash with George W. Bush, is expected to endorse the Texas governor this week, the Associated Press reports, citing associates close to both politicians.
The officials, who said yesterday that the details were not final, said Mrs. Dole was expected to endorse Mr. Bush tomorrow in New Hampshire and Iowa, hosts to the first two GOP presidential contests.
Mrs. Dole dropped out of the race in October, nearly broke and before any votes were cast. More than 100 fund-raisers had netted her only $5 million, less than 10 percent of Mr. Bush’s record-breaking bankroll at that time. Though in second place in many national polls she hovered around 10 percent she trailed Arizona Sen. John McCain in New Hampshire and lagged well behind Mr. Bush everywhere.
Dole associates have urged her for weeks to endorse Mr. Bush and said yesterday that this is the perfect time to help him as he races Mr. McCain for first place in New Hampshire. They hope an endorsement elevates her chances to be Mr. Bush’s running mate, though officials in both camps say no guarantees have been made.
There have been hard feelings between the camps of Mr. McCain and Mrs. Dole because Dole associates have long harbored suspicions that his aides spread rumors that she was going to drop out. The rumors hurt her campaign well before she finally bowed out.
Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley made his first year-2000 campaign stop yesterday in Boston, where news coverage crosses into neighboring New Hampshire.
Echoing the youthful idealism of the City Year Boston public-service corps that was his audience, Mr. Bradley cast his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in the words of Martin Luther King, who once blamed “the silence of good people” for the prolonged civil rights struggle.
“My campaign is about asking good people to step forward and join us so that our voices can be heard,” Mr. Bradley said.
To white Americans unmoved by what he called the moral imperative of racial unity, Mr. Bradley also offered a more practical motivation, the Associated Press reports. By 2010, he said, native-born white Americans will be a minority in this country.
“Increasingly, the future of white Americans will depend on the talents of nonwhite Americans that is, if labor economics means anything… . And that is why it is the ultimate, common-sense self-interest to get this racial division behind us,” he said.
Face lifts all around
“As President Clinton did a round of TV interviews last week to try to give his image one more face-lift, Linda and Monica sashayed back onto the stage to flaunt their own transformations,” writes New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.
“And to add to the craziness, Hillary, the woman of a thousand faces, was displaying her dueling identities: first lady being hugged by the president at the millennium kick-off ceremony and New York Senate candidate whose best campaign move would be to dump the guy,” Miss Dowd said.
“You almost had to feel sorry for the Proteus in Chief. He tried to go deep and look far with Charlie Rose on “60 Minutes II,” talking about biomedical advances and the human genome project, musing about 2050: ‘What’s the world going to look like?’
“But while the president wondered what the world would look like, the world wondered what Monica and Linda would look like. A slimmed-down Miss Lewinsky is starting her new career as a huckster for Jenny Craig, which fattened the company’s stock by 37 percent.
“And perhaps inspired by Paula Jones’ exciting new nose, Mrs. Tripp unveiled her exciting new head.”
Fans of New Hampshire
The three Republican candidates atop the polls John McCain, George W. Bush and Steve Forbes will need plenty of warm clothes this month, much of which will be spent in New Hampshire, Cox News Service reports.
Mr. McCain is planning 22 days of campaign activity between today and Feb. 1, befitting a campaign that has bypassed the Jan. 24 Iowa caucuses to make its stand in New England, reporter Mark Sherman writes. Mr. Bush will spend 14 or 15 days in the state, where he trails Mr. McCain in polls. And Mr. Forbes will be in New Hampshire for 13 days. The magazine publisher is putting more emphasis on Iowa and will be there all but one day between Jan. 11 and Jan. 24.
And everyone should get their fill of debates this month. As of now, the Republicans will debate Thursday in New Hampshire, Friday in South Carolina, Jan. 15 in Iowa, and Jan. 26 in New Hampshire. In addition, a Jan. 10 debate in Michigan will draw at least Mr. Forbes and Mr. McCain. Mr. Bush will not attend.
Curing diaper rash
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, New York Democrat, says it is time for Washington to cut down on its meddling.
“Oh, I think we’re going to have to rethink government and to get rid of the crisis-control mode, which we had from 1933 on. And there were crises; I mean, heavens. But they were crises that required central control, immediate response,” Mr. Moynihan said Saturday on CNN’s “Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields.”
“The things we’re dealing with now are much more decentralized, and we should decentralize them and get rid of things in Washington that you don’t have to do in Washington. I expect any day now we’re going to announce a new national program to rid us of the danger of diaper rash.”
Later in the program, Robert Novak, addressing co-host Rowland Evans, expressed surprise at Mr. Moynihan’s remarks.
“I was really struck that Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a New Deal Democrat, New Frontier Democrat, Great Society Democrat, said there is too much centralization in Washington. And for the next century he said we have had a very good century, done a lot of good things, but for the next century, we have to get the problems solved locally instead of in Washington. I couldn’t agree more with that.”
Soft money rolls in
Unregulated “soft-money” contributions to national political parties are expected to total more than $93 million this year, according to a report issued late last week.
The report by FECInfo, a nonpartisan campaign-finance analysis group, also noted that the soft-money donors favor Republicans over Democrats 3-1 so far this campaign cycle.
The group’s analysis of spending reports filed with the Federal Election Commission in November shows that the Republican National Committee took in $1.5 million, the National Republican Congressional Committee received $900,000 and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee banked $600,000.
Don Adams, a Pennsylvanian who drew media attention when he was beaten up by two members of the Teamsters Union for protesting against President Clinton at a 1998 appearance in Philadelphia, plans to enter politics.
“Adams, an English-as-a-second-language teacher from Cheltenham, says he will run as a Republican this year for Montgomery County’s 13th Congressional District seat, now held by Democrat Joseph M. Hoeffel 3d,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.