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Gore, Perot pander
to public in debate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice
President Al Gore last night accused
Ross Perot of abandoning his one-
time support for the North American
Free Trade Agreement "to bring out
the politics of fear." In a contentious
debate, Perot countered that the deal
would "lower the living standards of
There was instant and frequent
tension in the high-stakes debate, with
Perot and Gore repeatedly interrupt-
ing each other and squabbling over
whether the deal would create or kill
jobs, and the propriety of both sides
spending millions to press their views.
Perot told the CNN audience that
the administration was "buying
(votes) big time with your money."
Gore said more was being spent
"against the NAFTA, for sure." He
called on Perot to publicly disclose
what he has spent.
With the House vote on the deal a
week away and Clinton behind, Gore
and Perot fought not only over details
of the deal but for public support.
Clinton needs about 25 more votes
for a victory in the House. As the
debate got underway, one undecided
House member, Jim Bacchus (D-Fla.)
announced his support for NAFTA.
The agreement would create the
world's largest free trade zone by
eliminating tariffs and other trade
barriers over a 15-year period.
Gore and Perot sat side-by-side
during the 90-minute debate. The vice
president used hand gestures to make
his point. Perot pulled out photo-
graphs, including shots of slums in son
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By DAVID SHEPARDSON
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
If yesterday's Perot-Gore debate
in Washington on "Larry King Live"
over the proposed North American
Free Trade Agreement seemed far
removed from campus, some students
pressed to change all that.
In the spirit of the 1960's Students
for a Democratic Society and other
activist groups originating at the Uni-
versity, about a dozen students are
lobbying to affect national policy.
See POSTERS, Page 2
Vice President Al Gore, left, and Ross Perot debate the merits of NAFTA last night on "Larry King Live."
Romney seeks GOP bid for Senate race
By DAVID SHEPARDSON
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Turning in her microphone and headset, a
radio talk show host entered the race for the
Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.
Ronna Romney, a Republican National
Committee member and co-chair of the 1992
Bush campaign in Michigan, announced her
candidacy at a Southfield press conference
"It was the people I talked with everyday
who convinced me that I should step out from
behind the microphone and take their mes-
sage to Washington," said Romney, in a phone
The Bloomfield Hills-native pledged to be
a "Citizen Senator." With the mantra, "I in-
tend to be part of the solution, not part of the
problem," Romney, who has never held elec-
tive office, shied away from specifics, instead
choosing to advocate broad Republican posi-
With many political analysts citing crime
as the major issue that elected Republicans in
three statewide elections last week - New
York, New Jersey and Virginia - Romney
said she plans to make crime a major issue in
"Five nights a week for past year and a half
we have been discussing ways to fight crime
and drug use on my talk show," she said. "The
time has come for me - a working mother -
to stop just talking the talk and start walking
the walk," she said.
University students have been working on
the unofficial campaign for nearly a week,
said Julie Rosenbaum, an LSA junior.
Rosenbaum and others learned of
Romney's candidacy through Political Sci-
ence Prof. Raymond Tanter, a Republican and
a candidate for Congress in 1992.
The day before Romney announced her
candidacy, a group called Students for Rom-
ney registered with the Michigan Student
Assembly. The group, which has about half a
dozen members, is bringing Romney to cam-
pus tomorrow afternoon.
"One of the reasons she is coming to the
University is she wants to emphasize youth in
her campaign," Rosenbaum said.
She will speak to students and pass out
See ROMNEY, Page 2
It was the people I talked
me that I should
step out from
message to Washington.'
- Ronna Romney
Detroit talk show host
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By PETER MATTHEWS
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
0 NEAR ALICE SPRINGS, Aus-
tralia - Beleaguered with the ineffi-
ciency of their solar array, members
of the University's solar car team
ended yesterday's race in 11th place.
After the third day of the Austra-
lian World Solar Challenge, Maize
and Blue has traveled 969.1 miles of
its 1,900-mile journey.
"We will continue to do as well as
ossible. We'll continue to do our
bs as if we were in first place," said
Dan Ross, the team's publicity chair.
The team's array is composed of
9,200 photovoltaic cells which con-
duct solar energy and store what is not
immediately used to power the ve-
hicle. The array, which was designed
to produce 1,300 watts of power, is
now generating an average of 720
watts. But team members are han-
Oling the situation as best as can be
* Renner Springs
Tennant Creek *
The Maize and Blue reached ' Ti Tree
Alice Springs during its thirdTT
day on the road. The energy Alice Springs
collectors continue to operate at e,
less than optimum efficiency. Kulgera
The car is now in 11th place. Maria
Coober Pedy .°
Yeltsin's draft offers
could make 'paper
powers' a reality
MOSCOW (AP) - Denying he
wants to rule with an "iron hand,"
President Boris Yeltsin went on na-
tion-wide television last night to de-
fend his new draft constitution as a
guarantor of stability and freedoms.
The proposed constitution un-
veiled yesterday endows the presi-
dency with stron-
ger powers. It
goes before vot-
ers Dec. 12, the
same day they
will elect a new
would give the r.,
right, under cer- Yeltsin
stances, to issue decrees with the force
of law, dissolve parliament, declare a
state of emergency and temporarily
curb civil rights.
It also would bar many Soviet-era
abuses, give Russians new personal
freedoms and codify key elements of
Yeltsin's market reforms, such as the
right to own, buy and sell land and
"We need order, but not the hor-
rible renressive nrder nf Stalinist
constitution would give the president
too much power. Others say the fed-
eral government gets too much power.
The old constitution made parla-
ment the nation's supreme power and
granted Russia's 80-plus regions vary-
ing degrees of independence - on
paper. In reality, the Communist Party
controlled virtually everything.
When the Soviet system collapsed
in 1991, both parliament and the re-
gions began to exercise what had been
only paper powers.
Yeltsin and hard-line parliament
leaders locked in a debilitating power
struggle over the course of economic
and political reforms. Various regions,
many rich in vital resources, threat-
ened to break away from Russia.
The crisis ended explosively after
Yeltsin disbanded parliament Sept.
21, then ordered tanks and troops to
attack the parliament building Oct. 4,
when opposition street demonstra-
tions turned violent.
Among other breaks from the So-
viet past, Yeltsin's draft forbids
"forced labor," under which millions
of people were sent to camps - and
often their deaths. It also says family
members cannot be forced to testify
against each other.
The document says the govern-
ment may not .strip people of .their
citizenship or force them to leave
Russia. as Soviet authorities did to
Tenacity and technology are keep-
ing them near the leading pack of
vehicles, many of which are generat-
ing 1,500 watts of electric energy.
Last night, team managers as-
sembled the students - many of
whom have dedicated up to three years
to the University's solar car project
- to discuss the situation. They were
told to accept the fact that Maize and
Blue will not finish the race in the top
three and may not make the top 10.
Team Manager Andy Carmody
was conspicuously absent from the
meeting. The Engineering senior left
the campsite on a quest to find the
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