- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 10, 2000

Democrats for Bush

Texas Gov. George W. Bush will announce the formation of a Democrats for Bush-Cheney national steering committee at 1 p.m. today. It will be made up of more than 50 current and former Democratic officials from around the country.
Among the Democrats on the new Bush campaign organization: former Attorney General Griffin Bell; Bob Crawford, Florida's agriculture commissioner; Virginia Congressman Virgil H. Goode Jr., a former Democrat who became an independent earlier this year; Rep. Ralph M. Hall of Texas; and Bob Milligan, Florida's elected state comptroller.
Brian Lunde, a former Democratic National Committee executive director who is heading up the Democratic roundup for Mr. Bush, told reporter Donald Lambro of The Washington Times that the committee "will represent Democrats from every level of government congressmen, mayors, state representatives, city councilmen, judges and other Democratic political leaders."
"There will be 20 state lawmakers, seven former congressmen, two present congressmen, and many other elected Democrats," Mr. Lunde told The Times. The group will help to set up state Democratic organizations around the country.
Mr. Bush will announce the new organization during a campaign appearance in Bridgeport, Tenn., plus a new Web site listing the names of Democrats from around the country who are supporting the Bush-Cheney ticket.

Bush at 50 percent

Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush hit 50 percent in the CNN/USA Today/ Gallup tracking poll released yesterday, as his support continued to build in the wake of last week's debate. Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore scored 42 percent in the survey.
Mr. Bush had trailed by 11 percentage points in the CNN/USA Today/Gallup three-day tracking poll released Thursday. Those results came before most of the respondents had seen or heard about the debate.
The Portrait of America (www.portraitofamerica.com) tracking poll released yesterday also showed gains by Mr. Bush. The Republican was ahead 46 percent to 39 percent, his largest lead in that survey since Labor Day.
However, the Voter.com Battleground 2000 tracking poll continued to show an extremely close race, with Mr. Bush leading by only 2 percentage points, 43 percent to 41 percent.

A California tossup

Of the 52 U.S. House races in California, the one between Republican Rep. Steven Kuykendall and Democratic ex-Rep. Jane Harman may be the closest, the New York Times reports.
The state's 36th Congressional District "is roughly 40 percent Republican, 40 percent Democrat and 20 percent independent and has a history of swinging from one side to the other in elections," reporter B. Drummond Ayres Jr. writes.
Ms. Harman held the seat from 1992 to 1998, before a failed campaign for the governorship. Mr. Kuykendall won the seat two years ago.
"In March, when Mr. Kuykendall and Ms. Harman ran in the state's open primary, he got 42 percent of the vote and she got 41 percent. No independent polls have since been conducted in the district, but each candidate is polling and each says the race remains too close to call," the reporter said.
While neither Texas Gov. George W. Bush nor Vice President Al Gore has campaigned recently in the district, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman and Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain have each come into the district to help his party's candidate, and Mr. McCain is expected to return.

Bush papers subpoena

Federal agents investigating the anonymous mailing of debate materials for Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush have subpoenaed corporate and campaign records to check the stories offered by Bush media consultant staff members on whom the FBI has focused.
The agents are trying to see whether explanations offered by the staffers hold up, a federal law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press yesterday.
A Bush official told the AP, on the condition of anonymity, that the campaign had received subpoenas from a federal grand jury.
All the material covered by the subpoenas was information already given or offered by the campaign, the official said.
ABC News quoted an unnamed Bush representative as saying the campaign was subpoenaed for its contracts with Maverick Media and any confidentiality agreements between them.

So long, Tom

"During a tribute to outgoing [California] state Sen. Tom Hayden recently, Republicans and Democrats alike rose to pay homage to the graying political legend many of them wiping away tears," the Los Angeles Times reports.
"But one Capitol dweller Gov. Gray Davis apparently isn't the sentimental type," reporter Jenifer Warren writes.
"In a flurry of bill signings and vetoes ending last weekend, Davis tanked a whopping 15 pieces of Hayden legislation. That gave the Los Angeles Democrat, who is departing because of term limits, more vetoes than any other lawmaker this year."
Just last month, Mr. Hayden sent a letter to the governor's legislative secretary, in which he talked about the hard work he put in to win approval of 23 bills. He advised the governor, a fellow Democrat, to "show a little more respect for the labors of the Legislature" and to "avoid seemingly casual and arbitrary vetoes."

'For Karen, press 745'

The TV ad, now airing in 13 states, shows a man at his kitchen table who begins to choke on a meatball when he sees a report that "English is no longer our national language."
Eyes bulging, the man staggers for his phone and dials 911.
"Please listen for your language," a recording says. "For Spanish, press one. For Korean, press two. For Bengali, press three." He dies before the menu gets to English.
Pat Buchanan is back.
The first television ad of his Reform Party presidential campaign, titled "Meatball," decries immigration and the erosion of the dominance of English.
"Do you ever miss English?" the announcer asks. "Immigration is out of control. Bush and Gore are writing off English for good."
With four weeks until the Nov. 7 election, Mr. Buchanan chose a polarizing issue to energize his campaign, which, he recently declared, now is aiming for the 5 percent threshold to keep the Reform Party's access to federal matching funds for 2004.
"Unrestricted immigration could make you a bilingual and a multilingual country," he told the Associated Press yesterday. "Those countries don't seem to be staying together too well."
"Meatball" also cites an executive order President Clinton signed in August making it easier for people who speak no English to gain access to federal programs and services.
Mr. Buchanan has called for reducing new entry visas to 250,000 a year. In recent years, the United States has admitted between 700,000 and 800,000 legal aliens annually.

Fuzzy math

"The most disturbing thing about Mr. Gore's 'wealthiest 1 percent' [arguments against Texas Gov. George W. Bush's tax-cut plan] is that he relies on figures from [Robert] McIntyre's Citizens for Tax Justice," Wall Street Journal editor Robert L. Bartley writes.
"Arguably a useful gadfly, Mr. McIntyre can be counted on to massage the figures in the most tendentious way. In the current case, he complicates income-tax calculations by dragging in the estate tax while ignoring the payroll tax cut in the Bush Social Security proposals. The Bush campaign ought to have its real economists take on fuzzy Washington math," Mr. Bartley said.

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