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*Dole, Gramm s quare off ovePr GOP agenda

Michigan Daily - Monday, April 17, 1995 - 5

Balancing the
federal budget is a
point of contention
among the two GOP
presidential hopefuls
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Republican
presidential hopefuls Bob Dole and
Phil Gramm clashed yesterday over
one of the chief issues on the GOP
agenda - a balanced federal budget
- with Dole saying his opponent's
promise to balance the budget by the
year 2000 was impossible, and made
only to "attract a few votes."
The issue of a balanced budget is
likely to become one of several major
focal points for GOP contenders in
the coming months as they begin po-
sitioning for the campaign ahead, try-
ing to distinguish themselves from
one another. Dole, the Kansas Repub-
lican and Senate majority leader, cur-
rently regarded as the front-runner in
the growing list of GOP presidential
candidates, has pledged a balanced

in seven years."
But Gramm, appearing separately
on CBS-TV's "Face the Nation," said
balancing the budget by the year 2000
was impossible only for Dole, and
reiterated his pledge that he would
not seek re-election if he fails to ac-
complish this goal.
The Texas senator insisted he
would achieve a balanced budget
within his first presidential term, and
would do it through strict spending
cuts. He refused to rule out reductions
in Medicare benefits and other pro-
grams.
Asked specifically about the fed-
eral health program for the elderly,
Gramm refused to be specific but said
some kind of action was needed to
control the program's spiraling costs.
Dole acknowledged that "we're
going to make tough, tough cuts," but
appeared to take a softer stance than his
GOP rival, noting that resistance exists
against cutting many popular domestic
social problems.
"You see what's happened on the
House side when you get into food

ernment has to people who can't help
themselves."
Both GOP candidates promised
that Americans' tax burdens would
be lower.
Both candidates said it was un-
likely either would push for a consti-
tutional amendment to ban abortions,
although both described themselves
as staunchly anti-abortion.
In other remarks, Dole indicated
he would not seek the repeal of the
Brady law- which requires a waiting
period before purchasing a handgun -
although he supported legislation that
would repeal the ban on semiautomatic
assault weapons.
President Clinton has vowed to
veto any attempts to weaken the crime
bill Congress approved last year.
Dole again called on the public to
"shame" Hollywood into cleaning up
entertainment programming - an
increasingly popular issue for both
Republican and Democratic candi-
dates seeking to respond to popular
concern about declining moral stan-
dards.

Evacuated
Ga. residents
can go home
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - About
1,800 people got the go-ahead yester-
day to return to their homes after
being forced out by noxious fumes
from a burned-out chemical fire.
It was unclear when another 200
people who live closer to the site
would be allowed to go home, au-
thorities said.
The fire at Powell Duffryn Termi-
nals Inc. began last Monday when a
storage tank exploded and burned. The
cause is under investigation.
The 1,800 evacuations were or-
dered Saturday after two chemicals
leaked from damaged tanks and com-
bined to make hydrogen sulfide, send-
ing fumes through the neighborhood.
Crews were still working yesterday
to secure the leaks but the chemicals
had been contained enough to allow
residents to return, said Robert Smith,
director of Chatham Emergency Man-
agement Agency.

Dole

Gramm

budget by 2002.
"We have to be realistic," said
Dole, speaking on NBC-TV's "Meet
the Press." "We can't go out and make
statements that may attract a few votes.
You've got to tell the people the truth.
It's going to be tough enough to do it

stamps and nutrition programs and
Medicaid," Dole said. "You've got to
be very careful, because the Ameri-
can people want to get things done,
but we're still a sensitive, caring na-
tion and a sensitive, caring party, and
there are some obligations the gov-

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