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Some sun, some clouds;
High: 51, Low: 34.
Partly sunny, milder;
High: 54, Low: 37.


Give blood
to beat OSU.
Page 4.

One hundred and one years of editorial freedom
Vol. CII, No. 33 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, November 13, 1991he ,,,D





Dems debate in
Detroit forum

The six announced Democratic presidential candidates debate during yesterday's session of the A[L-UIU convention in Uetroit. From
left: Nebraska Sen. Robert Kerrey, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, former California Gov. Jerry Brown, moderator Paul Duke, Virginia Gov.
Douglas Wilder, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin and former Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas.

Harkin's speech
draws full house

by Karen Sabgir
Daily Staff Reporter
"Are your roads better? Are
your schools better? Are your
streets safer? Do you have better
health care? Do you have more
Democratic Presidential can-
didate Tom Harkin directed these
questions to a standing room only
crowd in the MLB last night to
address what he called "the failed
economic policies of the Reagan
and Bush administration."
In a campaign rally peppered
with feisty displays of enthusi-
asm, including several standing
ovations, Harkin focused on a road
to change while simultaneously
denouncing the Republican admin-
istration that led the country
through the 1980s.
"I'm running for president be-
cause I think there's a hunger in
America. People are ready for

change," said Harkin. "I have had
it up to here with Republicans
running this country!"
Harkin said he has three ax-
ioms of politics.
First, "Take care of your base.
Don't leave your base." Second,
"Never defend and always at-
tack." And finally, "don't fight
on their turf, make them fight on
your turf." For this last reason,
Harkin said he insists on challeng-
ing Bush on domestic issues.
Harkin rigorously condemned
Bush. "George Herbert Walker
Bush has feet of clay and I'm go-
ing to take a hammer to them," he
State Sen. Lana Pollack (D-
Ann Arbor) said in her introduc-
tion of Harkin that she feels the
government has "taken a walk"
on the people of America. "The
White House has abandoned
See HARKIN, Page 2

by Travis McReynolds
Daily Staff Reporter
DETROIT - Competitiveness
in the global economy, a national
health care system, and the widen-
ing gap between the rich and the
poor were the principle issues ad-
dressed at the Democratic presi-
dential candidate forum held in
downtown Detroit yesterday.
The forum, part of the week-
long AFL-CIO National Conven-
tion, was the first time all six
candidates had met.
After a brief opening state-
ment from each candidate, discus-
sion focused on America's falter-
ing economy.
"We are the richest govern-
ment in the world," said Iowa
Sen. Tom Harkin, "but all the
money is in a small pot. We have
to spread it around to make our
economy work."
Former Massachusetts Sen.
Paul Tsongas focused on the econ-
omy throughout the forum. "The
only way we are going to turn
this country around is with an
economic battle plan," he said.
"George Bush, like Ronald
Reagan, has no economic battle
Former California Gov. Jerry
Brown said building roads, high-
ways, and trains - with
American products and labor -
could be one solution to a direc-
tionless domestic policy.
"To get this country going
again we need to return the power
to the people of the United
States," he said.
Discussion of a national health
care plan - favored by all six

candidates - drew applause from
many of the 700 union delegates
at the convention.
Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton
said a national health care system
would make available billions of
dollars in insurance money that
could be used for education or
See FORUM, Page 2

Bush: Dem s


blam efor slow
fiscal recovery
President Bush urged credit card
issuers to cut interest rates yes-
terday to help revive the nation's
sagging economy and accused
Democrats, on the basis of their
staunch liberalism, of preventing
his legislation from moving for-
Speaking at a fundraiser for his
See BUSH, Page 2

Former Mayor Edward Pierce awaits the late arrival of Democratic
presidential hopeful Tom Harkin in the MLB last night.

Forum may mark start of viable Democratic campaign
by Josh Mitnick presidency as President Bush rode king is told the people are revolt- sions to his working class back- For Democrats, this year's age that has been done to our great
Daily Managing Editor post-Gulf War approval ratings ing and he responds, 'I'll say they ground, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin election marks the third consecu- country," he said.


DETROIT - "Welcome to
Those were the words of mod-
erator Paul Duke, and they cap-
tured the moment at yesterday's

Democratic presidential candidate
forum, where hopefuls began the
year-long process of bringing
their national vision to the Amer-
ican people.
Only six months ago, in the
wake of the Gulf War, no
Democrats were touching the

that suggested he was unchal-
lengeable. But yesterday's forum
was held in the midst of political
winds that have begun shifting
against Bush, revealing weak-
nesses on domestic issues many
Americans believe have been ne-
glected by the president.
Candidates sought to portray
Bush as a president out of touch
with the American public.
"President Bush is like the
king of France in Mel Brooks'
History of the World Part 1. The

are,"' said Nebraska Sen. Bob
There was minimal debate. In-
stead, each candidate stuck to
defining his own message and
proving his ability as Democratic
standard bearer to go after Bush.
Their audience was a convention
of AFL-CIO labor leaders - rep-
resentatives of the middle class
Americans whose support
Democrats need to win back next
year. .
With a fiery delivery and allu-

probably made the biggest im-
pression on the crowd.
"I'm proud of labor and I'm
proud of what labor has done for
America. I'm built to stick up for
working people," he said.
Former California Gov. Jerry
Brown also spoke, in an animated
tone, connecting every issue with
his criticism of how dispropor-
tionate influence of the few with
money to burn keeps incumbents
in office who are disinterested in
the average American.

tive presidential race in which
they find themselves in the role
of challenger. And it was re-
flected in their themes of a nation
mired in increasing economic in-
equality, losing its global com-
petitiveness and disillusioned
with its own government.
Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder
focused on what he called a need
to unite Americans of different
races. "It's time to start healing
America. And we need a friend
that can understand all the dam-

In calling for a restoration of
the American middle class, afford-
able health care, and new working
environments, Arkansas Gov. Bill
Clinton promised to "challenge
Americans to change."
The message that America is
on the wrong track and needs to
change has been heard before. In
1984 and 1988, Walter Mondale
and Michael Dukakis pledged a
switch from Reagan-Bush policies
and were convincingly rejected.
See ANALYSIS, Page 2

Progressive Party charges that CC
illegally interviewed in MSA chamber

by Purvi Shah
Daily MSA Reporter
Following Sunday's $10 fine for code
violations of campaign posters, the
Progressive Party might file a suit against
the Conservative Coalition (CC) for al-
legedly interviewing potential candidates
in the Michigan Student Assembly cham-
bers - a violation of election rules which
prohibit the use of MSA facilities for cam-
paign purposes.
Progressive Party campaign co-manager
Todd Ochoa said he has five witnesses who
saw CC members interview potential can-
didates in the MSA chambers.
"I hate to do it on strictly political
grounds, but that's what the Conservative
Student governments
by Purvi Shah
Daily MSA Reporter
Four new representatives - former
Michigan Student Assembly President

Coalition did," Ochoa said, referring to the
recent fine.
However, MSA Vice President Julie
Davies said she had looked in the code and
did not find a specific stipulation that can-
didates could not be interviewed within

half the campaign is being conducted. No
officer, member, or employee of MSA or
other students shall make use of MSA to
conduct a campaign."
"I don't think you could call in-
terviewing campaigning," Davis said.
LSA first-year student Dan Cherrin -
the person interviewed in MSA chambers
- was planning to run for MSA with CC
but never received final approval from the
party. Cherrin said he was interviewed by
Davies, Women's Issues Chair Nicole
Shupe, and two men he could not identify.
"I interviewed with CC and they said
they would get back to me, but they never
did," he said.
See SUIT, Page 2
tofillAssembly seats
tives. Their terms will expire when new
representatives are elected next week.
Petrella said he and the two other new
LSA representatives joined because they

MSA chambers.
The code states, "The use of MSA facil-
ities to conduct a campaign shall be consid-
ered support of the candidate on whose be-
appoint representatives
"I believe the Engineering students
were being shortsighted in the fact that we
don't have a full (representation)," he said.
While he said the recent investigation

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