- The Washington Times - Monday, October 23, 2000

Lazio leading

Rep. Rick Lazio has pulled ahead of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the latest polls while apparently picking up no new support.
A New York Post/Albany Times Union survey of 504 likely voters conducted Wednesday and Thursday by John Zogby's independent polling firm found Mr. Lazio leading by one percentage point, 43 percent to 42 percent.
"The remakable thing about this is that Lazio did not go up Hillary went down," Mr. Zogby said.
"She was pulling ahead, but she's had a bad week or so. What we found was, first of all, Hillary dropping from 48 percent support to 42. Lazio's not moving at all. But the six points that Hillary dropped all went into the undecided column and were mainly among Jewish voters in New York City, where undecideds went from 5 percent to 17 percent."
Mr. Zogby said the numbers indicated that some "soft" Clinton supporters have moved into the undecided category, possibly because of Mr. Lazio's intense campaigning upstate in the last two weeks.
But the poll finding wasn't all good news for Mr. Lazio.
"It suggests that he's either not doing enough or not doing it right that he's essentially polling the anti-Hillary vote, and that's about it," Mr. Zogby said.
Across the state, the vote breaks down like this:
New York City Mrs. Clinton, 60 percent; Mr. Lazio 28 percent.
Upstate Mr. Lazio, 50; Mrs. Clinton, 32.
Suburbs Mr. Lazio, 46; Mrs. Clinton, 40.
Jewish Mrs. Clinton, 60; Mr. Lazio, 23.
The undecideds in all four above categories ranged from 14 percent to 18 percent.

A small mistake

Still undecided? So is a billboard along a highway outside Charlotte, N.C.
An advertising agency's apparent mistake led to the billboard on Interstate 485 that proclaims "Gore 2000" but shows a picture of a smiling George W. Bush.
Boone-Oakley Agency executive David Oakley acknowledged the error Saturday and said it would be fixed today. He wouldn't divulge which candidate the billboard is intended to pitch.
"We've been instructed not to say," Mr. Oakley said.
The mistake was discovered Friday, too late to get a crew to change the ad, he told the Associated Press.

Bennett's strong words

William Bennett, co-director of Empower America, says there's a difference between those who are "fallen" and those who are "corrupt," and he believes Vice President Al Gore is corrupt.
"I believe Al Gore is a habitual liar, yes. It's not easy to say, but the record says it. It's not just people like me who are supporting George Bush who believe it. His own Democratic Party spokesmen have said it a number of times," Mr. Bennett, author of "The Book of Virtues," told Tim Russert, host of NBC's "Meet the Press," yesterday.
Mr. Bennett added: "Look what Bill Bradley has said. Look what Art Torres, the California Democrat chairman [has said]… . I don't know why Al Gore lies. It would take a psychiatrist to figure it out."
He noted that Kathleen Hall Jamison, dean of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, has said Mr. Gore "won Iowa based on deception." He also quoted Jim Fallows, "a liberal writer," as saying "Gore lies for political purposes."
Mr. Bennett said the United States has had to endure lies from the White House for eight years. "I don't think we need any more," he said.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a civil rights leader who was also on "Meet the Press," did not interrupt. But his pent-up anger poured out when Mr. Bennett disagreed with his claim that the wealthiest Americans would enjoy the lion's share of benefits from Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush's proposed $1.3 trillion tax cut.
"I allowed you to express yourself … by calling Mr. Gore a liar and all. You've heard Mr. Bennett as a Republican hit man, not as ethical leader. You see him going way down," Mr. Jackson said.

Bring him on

In separate interviews yesterday, John Podesta, the White House chief of staff, and Sen. Robert Torricelli, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, confirmed that President Clinton will be spending some time on the campaign trail during the final two weeks before the election.
Pundit Rowland Evans asked Republican vice-presidential nominee Richard B. Cheney about that prospect in an interview Saturday on CNN's "Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields."
Mr. Evans posed the question to Mr. Cheney after noting how "an ebullient President Clinton jumped into the presidential campaign" Thursday "with a sarcastic but rather funny attack" on Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush.
"Well, I think it's a sign of desperation on their part," Mr. Cheney said.
"I assume that since Al Gore has wanted to stay as far away from Bill Clinton as he could all through the campaign, the fact now that they're apparently talking about bringing him in is an indication that they think they're in big trouble."
Mr. Cheney said he guesses Mr. Gore and Mr. Clinton "sort of have a love-hate relationship" at this point in time.
Co-host Robert Novak then asked Mr. Bush's running mate if it worries him that Mr. Clinton, the "politician that's considered by many Republicans to be the greatest politician of our time is going to be traveling the country" during the last days of the campaign.
"No, it doesn't, Bob," Mr. Cheney said. "I think Governor Bush and I are going to win this race because we clearly have been able to tap into the sentiment nationwide that the American people think it's time for a change in leadership in Washington, and we represent that change."

Major duties

Republican vice-presidential candidate Richard B. Cheney, who served as defense secretary during the presidential administration of Texas Gov. George W. Bush's father, was asked in a CNN interview Saturday if he will be given "some special duties not given to most vice presidents in the field of national security."
"I think what'll happen is the relationship [between him and George W. Bush] will evolve into one that's fairly significant in terms of my role," Mr. Cheney said.
He went on to say he is "sure" Mr. Bush "will … ask me to take on major duties and responsibilities, but those remain to be worked out."

Top 10 list

The Wall Street Journal's Friday features section offered "Top 10 Things a New York Senate Candidate Has to Keep Straight During a Subway Series":
10. "Ya Gotta Believe" refers to the slogan of the 1973 NL Champion Mets, not "I never had sex with that woman."
9. When real Yankee fans speak with reverence about "the Mick," they mean the late Mickey Mantle, not the current archbishop of New York.
8. When a Brooklyn hardhat tells you he'll never forgive "those bums, the Dodgers," he means the guys who went to L.A., not the guys who went to Canada.
7. Willie Mays was indeed slick. But no one calls him "Slick Willie."
6. The "Mayor's Trophy" was the name for the annual Yankee-Met exhibition contest before inter-league play, not Rudy Giuliani's new female companion.
5. The "Perfect Game" alludes to the 1956 World Series game pitched by Yankee Don Larson, not a fail-safe way to make $100,000 in cattle futures.
4. Rick Reed is the right-handed guy who pitches for the Mets. Rick Lazio is the guy who's part of the vast right-wing conspiracy.
3. Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning is the only man to pitch a perfect game against the Mets and face off against the president twice voting for impeachment when he was a Kentucky congressman, and to convict after he joined the Senate.
2. The "Babe" is Babe Ruth, not Monica Lewinsky.
And our No. 1 thing a New York Senate candidate has to keep straight during a Subway Series (drum roll):
"Yogi" is the one-time Yankee catcher who managed the Mets and the Yanks, not the guy who put together Al Gore's Buddhist fund-raiser.

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