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2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 23, 1996

NATION/WORLD

Perot blames Dole for debate snub

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WASHINGTON - Reform Party
presidential nominee Ross Perot yester-
day called Republican nominee Bob
Dole "rude and arrogant" and said Dole
had "poisoned the attitudes of millions
of independent voters" for opposing
Perot's participation in debates this fall.
Speaking on two morning talk shows,
the Texas billionaire spoke harshly of
Dole and the decision to keep him out
of two presidential debates, saying it

would deny him the opportunity to get
his message out to millions of viewers.
Dole's campaign had argued against
Perot's participation in the debates,
scheduled for Oct. 6 and 16, while
President Clinton's campaign wanted
him in. Perot said he will file a lawsuit
today challenging the recommendation
of the Commission on Presidential
Debates that Perot be excluded because
he did not have a realistic chance of
being elected.

Negotiators for the Dole and Clinton
campaigns finalized a debate schedule
Saturday, with the Dole campaign pre-
vailing on the decision to include only
the two major candidates.
"Senator Dole did something really
dumb politically, and that is he poi-
soned the attitudes of millions of inde-
pendent voters who put the Republicans
in power in the House and Senate with
what he's done," Perot said on NBC's

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Dole "was will-
ing to sacrifice
the Senate and
House races so
that he would-
n't have to con-
front me. Now,
here's a guy
that's supposed
to be a war
hero. You'd
think he'd be
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up and talk to

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races could be harmed because Dole
had angered independent voters over
the debate issue.
"I'm not worried about that," Armey
said. "Quite frankly, this commission
made the decision and both President
Clinton and Senator Dole have agreed
to run with the commission's recom-
mendations, ... If Bob Dole's afraid of
something, I'm pretty darned sure it is
not, it certainly is not, Ross Perot."
Also appearing on "Meet the Press,"
Sen. Christopher
Dodd (D-Conn.),
chair of the
Ir DoleDemocratic
hin National
Committee, said
Clinton cam-
paign officials
had made it clear
BEN that they wanted
- Ross Perot Perot in the
ntial nominee debates but Dole
campaign offi-
cials had said
their candidate would refuse to debate if
Perot was included.
"The question then is do we have
debates with the two of us or no debates
at all, and the president, wisely, in my
view, made the decisions we'll have
debates," Dodd said.
Perot said his campaign had planned
to air a 30-minute commercial each
week on each of four major networks on
issues such as social security, Medicare,
Medicaid and welfare. But he said the
networks would not sell the time before
he was an official candidate and later
they offered only "remnants" of air time.
The combined effect of the debate
decision and "day after day being bom-
barded across the country by the two
parties," Perot said, put him at "a seri-
ous, serious disadvantage."

Financial woes force NRA layoffs
WASHINGTON - In signs of continuing financial trouble, the National Rifle
Association has laid off 30 workers and suspended production of its weekly cable
television program, according to NRA officials.
Two NRA board members said the gun lobby has furloughed almost 10 perdnt
of its roughly 400-employee work force in recent weeks.
The group also is relocating staff in its headquarters building to free space to r
to other companies, one board member said.
NRA spokesperson Bill Powers would not comment on layoffs beyond an Aug.
26 press release that said the NRA was putting renewed emphasis on grass-roots
initiatives.
"To meet the growing demand for the many programs of NRA, we must contin-
ue to empower our members ... in the communities where our members live, rather
than from a building near Washington's beltway," the release quoted Wayne
LaPierre, the NRA's executive vice president.
The NRA's financial woes stem from a multimillion-dollar campaign aimed* at
boosting membership.
Last year, as membership reached 3.5 million, former President Bush quit t
NRA after a fund-raising letter referred to federal agents as "jack-booted gove
ment thugs."

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At the same time, Perot said he would
encourage voters "not to let the anger of
Senator Dole's throwing us out of the
debates ... affect who they select."
Speaking on "Fox News Sunday" Perot
said Dole was "the point man" on exclud-
ing the Reform Party nominee from the
debates and "has been rude and arrogant
in this in a way that I had never seen him
act before, I guess he's desperate."
Asked about Perot while campaign-
ing in Illinois yesterday, Dole indicated
he went along with the debate panel.
"I'm not on the commission," The
Associated Press quoted Dole as saying.
House Majority Leader Richard
Armey (R-Texas) who appeared later
on "Meet the Press," dismissed Perot's
warning that Republican congressional
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CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. -
John John is the nations No. I bachelor
no more. John F Kennedy Jr. tied the
knot in a top secret weekend ceremony
hidden from the prying eyes of the
media.
Years of gossip about the man once
dubbed "The Sexiest Man Alive" ended
with a private wedding Saturday on this
secluded island along the Georgia
coast, close to the Florida state line.
"My cousin John did tie the knot yes-
terday," Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.)
confirmed yesterday morning. He gave
no details, including the name of the
bride.
Kennedy has been romantically
linked for about five years to Carolyn
Bessette, who works in public relations
for Calvin Klein Ltd. in New York City.
But she was hardly the only woman
linked to the dashing playboy who has
it all - good looks, money and a link
to Camelot.

The 35-year-old son of President
John F. Kennedy, co-founder and editor
of George magazine, ended a lengthy
relationship with actress Darryl
Hannah not long after his mother's
funeral in May 1994.
Lobbysts spent
$400M for influence
WASHINGTON - Corporations,
trade groups, unions and other special
interests spent at least $400 million try-
ing to influence the federal government
in the first half of 1996, according to an
analysis of the first disclosures under a
new lobbying law.
Expenditures ranged from the mill
lions spent by AT&T and the natio
largest doctors' lobby to less thah
$10,000 by the San Francisco-based
Family Violence Prevention Fund,
which can afford only a part-time lb-
byist.
The figure is the most compreheia-
sive estimate yet of amounts special
interests spend on lobbying official
Washington, but experts say it is proba-
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offering more scholarship and aid pro-
grams. In the 1995-96 academic year,
S135 million was spent on scholarships
and fellowships.
Regent Nellie Varner (D-Detroit)
said financial support is critical to
keeping good students at the
University. She said the public needs to
be more aware of the importance of
education.
"This is a public university and it is a
premier public institution,"Varner said.
"It's one of the few public institutions
of this quality in the entire world."
Varner said board members and
administrators need to be "very vigilant
in keeping state financial aid dollars."
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor)
said the value of education is not as
appreciated by legislators as it once
was.
"There are other topics that the legis-
lature deals with that are sexier politi-
cally than supporting higher educa-
tion," Power said.
Power also said there has been "a
very broad shift in public policy" that
has prompted the state to tighten its
financial belt.

Perry says Saddam
'bacg off'
belligerent positions
STOCKHOLM - Signaling an eas-
ing of tensions in the Persian Gulf,
Defense Secretary William Perry said
yesterday Iraq is "backing off" the
threatening moves it was making a
week ago. One of the two U.S. aircraft
carriers in region might leave next
month, he said.
"All the evidence I've seen the last
four or five days is positive," Perry said
on a flight from Finland to Sweden. "I
truly believe Iraq is backing off the
threatening actions they were taking a
week ago."
The Iraqis stopped harassing the
American fighters rather than confront
a major forces buildup ordered by
President Clinton. In the face of criti-
cism from many U.S. allies, the admin-
istration demurred on any counterat-
tack.
Perry raised the possibility that if
there is no increase in tension, the
Vinson would leave the Middle East
next month and return to Bremerton,

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"When it gets to the date of decision
for it to go, we'll look carefully At
what's going on in Iraq," Perry said
Former aide: Yeltsin.
has liver, kidney, ,
driniing problems
MOSCOW - Boris Yeltsin is push-
ing for his bypass surgery to be dople
soon, but his chief surgeon said yester-
day the procedure is too risky to rush
and perhaps could be canceled.
Yeltsin had said the surgery would
at the end of September.
The intrigue surrounding Yeltsin's
condition was fueled most recently"by
Pavel Voshchanov, a former Yeltsin top
aide who said the 65-year-old president
has problems with his back, his hearing
and blood vessels in his brain.
Voshchanov also said Saturday that
the president has liver and kidney trou-
ble exacerbated by his drinking, contra-
dicting statements from one of Yeltsi
physicians.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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