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SAN FRANCISCO - Former "Ou
Vice President Dan Quayle returned group,
to the scene of his infamous "Murphy Comm
Brown" speech yesterday and opened cisco.
up a broad new front in his attack on 1960s -
the "poverty of values" in America. has tak
Continuing along acomeback trail fruit. TI
* e hopes will transform him from a to welfa
diculed former vice president to a are actu
serious presidential candidate, Quayle cal can
said the country is living the conse- through
quences of a generation of feel-good As
morals and the absence of an ethical society'
code of conduct for young people. He tainmen
said the impact has been especially therelig
harsh on fatherless children in the bear res
4Vhite House o
limits as aifron
WASHINGTON (AP)-State-imposed con-
gressional term limits threaten the election sys-
tem, the Clinton administration said in its first
,fficial word on the volatile campaign issue.
.,pporters of limits said the opposition "will
come back to haunt the president."
The administration's position is stated in an
Aug. 31 request filed by Solicitor General Drew
Days III seeking permission to participate in
Supreme Court oral arguments over the validity
of an Arkansas term-limits measure.
Days, the administration's highest-ranking
courtroom lawyer, told the court the Arkansas
law "poses a particular threat to the federal
stem in that it makes membership in the Con-
ress dependent on regulation by the states."
The Arkansas measure "contradicts the fram-
ers' design, which was to fix the qualifications
for office in the Constitution itself, and to deny
the power to add further qualifications to both
the Congress and the states," Days told the
court.
Voters in 15 states including Michigan have
adopted such limits since 1990, and more states
e onsidering them in this year's elections.
W'Arkansas adopted term limits in 1992, while
Clinton was governor. He opposed them then.
Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers said Thurs-
day, "The president has generally said over the
course of the last 10 years that he has some real
reservations about term limits.... He believes
the voters should have the opportunity to elect
their leaders."
During the presidential campaign Clinton
said he was opposed to limits for Congress but
derstood the voter frustration behind the move-
ent. He argued term limits would hurt small
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acks America's 'poverty of values' in speech

ties.
r poverty of values spares no
Quayle said in a speech to the
onwealth Club of San Fran-
"The pop philosophy of the
- 'all truths are relative' -
en root and it is bearing bitter
be ills we sometimes attribute
are queens and deadbeat dads
ally manifestations of an ethi-
ncer that has metastasized
all levels of society."
in 1992, he said many of
's institutions, from the enter-
nt industry and the media to
gious and political institutions,
sponsibility for the problem.

'The pop philosophy of the 1960s ... has taken
root and it is bearing bitter fruit.'
- Dan Quayle
former U.S. vice president

"Little wonder then that so many
young people live among ethical
chaos," he said. "Everywhere they
turn for guidance they see behavior
that is wrong and yet is accepted,
even in church.... It's time for each
profession and discipline to set its
own house in order."
Quayle's 1992 speech sparked
what he has described in his book,

published this spring, as the "ideo-
logical firestorm of my vice presi-
dency." In that speech, delivered
shortly after the riots in Los Angeles
that were sparked by an initial verdict
in the Rodney King trial, Quayle de-
cried the dissolution of the family
structure in America and added:
"It doesn't help matters when
primetime TV has Murphy Brown -

a character who supposedly epito-
mizes today's intelligent, highly paid,
professional woman --mocking the
importance of fathers, by bearing a
child alone and calling it just another
lifestyle choice."
Quayle found himself mocked in
the press, ridiculed on television, and
the target of an episode of the "Murphy
Brown" show.
Since then, he has been treated
more generously. The Atlantic maga-
zine ran a cover story last spring en-
titled, "Dan Quayle was right," and
even Health and Human Services Sec-
retary Donna Shalala, in testimony
before Congress, said his overall con-

clusions - that children who live in
households with two parents present
have a better chance to make it in
society - was correct.
Yesterday, he said his criticism of
Murphy Brown was meant to raise
alarms about absent fathers and fa-
therless children, not single out single
mothers for attack. "What I was talk-
ing about then, and what I am reiter-
ating today, is the importance of fa-
thers. ... Raising a child is not just a
mother's responsibility, it is a father's
responsibility too."
Quayle could not have asked for a
better reception for the first of several
major speeches he plans this fall.

ipposes term
it to democracy
states, which depend on the seniority of their
representatives to gain influence in Congress.
He said voters should first demand signifi-
cant congressional reform, including lobbying
restrictions and campaign financing changes
designed to make challengers more competi-
tive.
Advocates of limits said he was making a
mistake.
"Mr. Clinton, who has surrounded himself
Voters in 15 states including
Michigan have adopted such
limits since 1990, and more
states are considering them
in this year's elections.
with the consummate Washington insiders, is
swimming against the tide on this," said Cleta
Mitchell, director of the Term Limits Legal
Institute.
Mitchell called the administration's move to
enter the Arkansas case "a political decision,
and the wrong decision politically."
The Supreme Court's argument session has
not yet been scheduled, but may be held in late
November. The court could respond as early as
Oct. 3, the start of its new term, to Day's request
to participate in the case.
The first term-limits amendment was adopted
by Colorado voters in 1990. States that followed
suit in 1992 were Arizona, Arkansas, Califor-
nia, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Ne-
braska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South
Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.

ALL'S FAIR

Navy lieutenant
settles out of court
with Tailhook hotel
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Paula Coughlin, the Navy lieu-
tenant who first disclosed the sexual antics at the 1991
Tailhook convention, reached an out-of-court settlement
Thursday with the association that sponsored the annual
affair.
Her lawsuit against the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas,
however, was still scheduled to come to trial Monday in
Las Vegas. If it does, it will be the first public airing of
exactly what happened that night. More than 80 women
joined Coughlin in accusing the Navy fliers who makeup
the association of fondling them and forcing them to run
down a gauntlet of revelers.
The settlement was announced in Las Vegas in ajoint
statement by Nancy Stagg, the attorney for Coughlin,
and John E. Gormley, the attorney for the Tailhook
Association, which takes its name from an apparatus that
helps airplanes land on aircraft carriers.
"This matter has been resolved to the mutual satisfac-
tion of both parties, the terms and conditions of which are
confidential," their statement said.
The Navy and Marine Corps investigated 140 cases
of alleged sexual harassment and sexual assault, but all
were dismissed or punished administratively without a
court martial. Nevertheless, the Defense Department
concluded that harassment and assault had taken place
and that the convention was replete with indecent expo-
sure and drunken grabbing and pawing of women.
Las Vegas U.S. District Court Judge Philip Pro has
asked the lawyers for Coughlin and the Hilton Hotel to
meet Friday and try to reach a settlement. But sources
close to the case believe this is unlikely. Coughlin has
asked for damages but has not specified the amount.

I AP PHOTO
America's oddest political couple - clinton strategist James Carville and
Bush political director Mary Matalin - offers insight into the 1992
presidential election in their new book, "All's Fair."

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