The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 19, 1996 - 7A
Dole criticizes films for
glorifying heroin abuse
jie Washington Post
EST HILLS, Calif. - Bob Dole,
who is making teen drug use a defining
issue of his campaign, scolded the
entertainment industry yesterday for
glorifying heroin and slammed
President Clinton for showing "moral
confusion" on drug issues.
In his third trip to Los Angeles to
attack the purported moral failures of
the entertainment industry, Dole sin-
gled out the 1993 American film "Pulp
tion" and the newly released
Scottish film "Trainspotting" as "wide-
ly 'praised movies ... that feature the
romance of heroin."
. Dole has not seen either film, but has
read reviews, according to his press
secretary Nelson Warfield, who repeat-
ed a campaign refrain from two earlier
Hollywood-bashing trips by saying,
"You don't have to look in every trash
n to know there is garbage inside."
ole delivered his speech at
Chaminade College Preparatory High
School, a private school in an affluent
and mostly Republican suburb of Los
Angeles County, about 20 miles north-
west of Hollywood. The Catholic
school is starting its second year of
using drug- and gun-sniffing dogs for
random classroom searches.
"I have a message to the fashion,
music and film industries, Dole said,
what his campaign described as a
ktor policy address. "Take your influ-
ence seriously.... Stop the commercial-
ization of drug abuse. Stop the glorifi-
cation of slow suicide. ... Not because
you are afraid of public outrage, but
because you are responsible adults,
with duties and standards."
While the entertainment industry
was the initial target of Dole's ire, the
GOP candidate reserved his most cut-
ting comments for Clinton, who he said
has "sent up a white flag of surrender"
on illegal drug use and who he accused
of "a naked failure of leadership."
In the most pointed language he has
used against the president on the drug
issue in the campaign, Dole charged
that Clinton has sent "an implicit mes-
sage to parents and children" on drugs
that is "casual, permissive and liberal."
"Sometimes this implicit message
has become very direct and directed at
children themselves. Bill Clinton,
you'll remember, was asked on MTV,
before an audi-
ence of teen-
agers, if he
he told them,
'Sure, if I could, - |-
I tried before.'
many struggling Dole
with the lure of
drugs, have seen a United States presi-
dent make light of his own experimen-
tation with drugs.
"A president is supposed to show the
way. This president has shown moral
confusion," Dole said.
Dole followed up on his criticism by
unveiling a new anti-drug slogan that is
a variation of the "Just Do It" of the
Nike athletic shoe company. "Just
Don't Do It;' Dole said. "We will repeat
this message as often as it takes. ...
When we are accused of being simplis-
tic and repetitive, we will repeat it
Dole's stop here was part of a three-
state western swing that has focused on
the issues of crime and drugs, which
polls say are major worries of the elec-
torate. The campaign, at least for the
moment, has shifted its emphasis away
from the massive tax cut that had been
the dominant message of Dole's cam-
paign. Polls show that a majority of vot-
ers do not believe Dole's claim that he
can cut individual tax rates by 15 per-
cent while balancing the budget.
Criticism of Clinton on the drug
issue sharpened last month after federal
figures showed a dramatic increase in
teen drug use between 1992 and 1995.
While acknowledging that drug use
among the young is a growing problem,
the Clinton campaign counters by say-
ing that Dole, as senator, voted against
Clinton proposals to increase drug edu-
cation and treatment for the young.
By coming to center of the entertain-
ment industry - an industry that has
been lavish in its support of Clinton,
Dole attempted to contrast his self-pro-
claimed "moral clarity" against what he
said is a "conspiracy of silence" by
Clinton, the elite media and the enter-
Dole quoted the main character in
"Trainspotting," the film about young
working-class heroin addicts in
Scotland: "I choose not to choose life. I
choose something else. And the rea-
sons? There are no reasons. Who needs
reasons when you've got heroin"
Dole said he has seen reviews of the
film that described it as "the first funny,
upbeat look at heroin addictions." "Just
what America needs," Dole noted.
The other film Dole mentioned,
"Pulp Fiction," shows actor John
Travolta, who plays a drug-addict hood-
lum as a hip anti-hero. In the end,
though, Travolta's character is shot to
President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and Norma Mattheson, deliver a speech at The Grand Canyon National Park In
Cli*nton pro wenounces canyons
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL
PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Siding with envi-
ronmentalists in one of the nation's
biggest wilderness battles, President
Clinton declared 1.7 million acres of
southern Utah's red-rock cliffs and
canyons as a national monument yester-
The election-year move effectively
blocks development of one of
America's largest known coal reserves,
to the dismay of political leaders in
Utah, the nation's most Republican
"We can't have mines everywhere
and we shouldn't have mines that
threaten our national treasures," the
Standing at the south rim of the rust-
colored Grand Canyon, Clinton
invoked a 90-year-old law to create the
Grand Staircase-Escalante National
Monument without congressional
approval. He announced his decision
near the same spot where Theodore
Roosevelt used the same law, the
Antiquities Act, to protect the Grand
Canyon from development in 1908.
"We are saying very simply, our par-
ents and grandparents saved the Grand
Canyon for us,' the president said,
bathed in sunlight breaking through the
clouds. "Today we will save the Grand
Escalante Canyons and the Kaiparowits
Plateaus of Utah for our children."
The area, 70 miles north of here, is
marked with natural arches and bridges,
high cliffs of red, white and yellow
sandstone and deep canyons.
Seven weeks before the election,
Clinton's action delighted environmen-
talists but brought threats of political
retaliation from Utah.
Mike Matz, executive director of the
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance,
called it "one of the most significant
land actions that any president has
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said
Clinton was declaring "war on the West."
Utah's Republican governor Michael
Leavitt said Clinton "completely chose
to ignore the process ... (and) ignore the
public trust" of people in the region.
Yet, with just five electoral votes in
Utah, there was not much political risk
for Clinton in offending the state's
Arizona was the third state on
Clinton's six-state campaign tour, and it
was the second time he visited the state
in a week. No Democrat has carried
Arizona since Harry Truman in 1948 but
Clinton campaign officials say the presi-
dent holds a narrow lead over Bob Dole.
From here, Clinton headed to
Seattle for a speech at the Pike Place
Market. Today he will take a bus trip
through Washington to Oregon for a
rally in Portland tomorrow. The presi-
dent will stop in South Dakota, anoth-
er traditional Republican stronghold,
on his way back to Washington later in
Clinton holds a double-digit lead- in
Washington and Oregon and a narrow-
er edge in South Dakota, according to
Clinton's designation of a national
monument in southern Utah covers fed-
eral land to the west of the Colorado
River and to the east of Bryce Canyon
National Park. It includes the coal-rich
Kaiparowits Plateau, the Escalante
River Canyons and the Grand Staircase.
A Dutch mining company, Andalex
Resources, holds coal leases on the
600,000-acre plateau and already has
begun -some mining operations. The
federal government will seek negotia-
tions with the company to trade leases
in the area for federal assets elsewhere,
the White House said.
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' Reform Party to sue
U.S. District Court for
inclusion in events
The Washington Post
SAN FRANCISCO - An angry
Ross Perot yesterday called his exclu-
sion from the upcoming presidential
debates "a major setback ... for democ-
racy and the rights of voters," and sar-
castically suggested that America ask
"Bosnia and Haiti to send poll-watchers
to help us clean up the election
Reacting to Tuesday's decision by the
Commission on Presidential Debates to
bar him from debating President
Clinton and Republican nominee Bob
Dole because it believed he does not
have a chance of being elected, Perot
said: "The American voters don't have a
voice. Their views are ignored by the
"The overriding factor" on whether a
candidate should be included in the
debates, Perot said, is whether "the
owners of this country" want him.
Perot cited a recent Harris poll that
found 76 percent of the electorate thinks
he should be allowed to debate the
major party candidates, as he was four
years ago when he garnered 19 percent
of the vote running as an independent.
The decision to "freeze me out" of
the debates, Perot told 600 members of
the Commonwealth Club of California,
was made by a commission composed
of Democrats and Republicans and
Perot protests exclusion from
upcoming presidential debates
"funded by corporations and founda-
tions who have a lot at stake here, and
(whose) chairman, believe it or not, is a
registered lobbyist for the gambling
Perot was referring to commission
co-chairman Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., for-
mer chair of the Republican National
Committee, who is president and chief
operating officer of the American
Perot is running as the nominee of
the Reform Party, which he founded
and funded. Perot won the party's nom-
ination over former Colorado Gov. Dick
Lamm, whom Perot refused to debate.
Perot said the
will sue the
d e t e r m i n e
whether 76 per-
cent of the vot-
This is a
blatant display of
power by the
the large donors"
. - RsPeo
every penny of
and we're going
to stop that;'
wanted me in, but
"Now do you understand why they
don't want this cur dog included -just
two registered puppies," Perot said to
Perot placed most of the blame on
Dole, whose advisers believe Perot will
cut into the anti-Clinton vote, thus help-
ing the president.
"The primary reason for keeping us
out of the debates and not selling us
television time is to protect and to pre-
serve Washington's corrupt political
practices," Perot said.
"This is a blatant display of power by
the Republicans and the large donors
who fund their campaigns and then get
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gets to debate,
or should it beR
left up to the Reform
parties and political writers that they
call on the phone to get their opinion"
Before the 1992 debates, Perot's
standing in the polls was lower then that
it is now - between 6 and 8 percent -
but afterward he "roared up" in the
- Ross Perot
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Inclusion in the debate is "so criti-
cal;' Perot said, because it is the only
way a candidate can get his views pre-
sented to the expected 80 million view-