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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 5, 1996

NATION/WORLD

Last-minute rallying closes campaign

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-President Clinton appealed for a sec-
ond term yesterday by taking credit for
arevived economy and promising that
if given four more years, "we'll be bet-
,W-off still." Battling the odds on elec-
10ti eve, Bob Dole warned of mounting
Clinton ethical questions and declared:
"America deserves better."
:"Control of Congress was at stake,
too, as Americans prepared to cast bal-
lots in the last presidential election of
t 1900s. Clinton had the upper hand
,mthe race against Dole and Reform
Party candidate Ross Perot, while
epublicans were favored to keep their
dtouse and Senate majorities.
"I'm not optimistic on a national
;btsis at all on the presidential race;'
WId Florida Republican Chair Tom
Slade. "It truly would be a political mir-
Ile if Dole can pull this out."
^N ouse Speaker Newt Gingrich, on
the other hand, voiced confidence he
-would not have to hand his gavel over to
Democrats come January.
"I'm currently planning on what
we'll do next year in the majority,"
Gingrich said as he campaigned back
hpme in Georgia.
Clinton has campaigned for
Democratic candidates throughout the

year but rarely made a direct appeal for
a Democratic Congress. But in a fiery
election-eve speech in Iowa, he urged
the state to support its Democratic con-
gressional candidates and said
Republicans had abandoned talk of
their "Contract on America" because of
voter revolt against GOP attempts to
curb Medicare and education spending.
"They are praying for amnesia on
your part,' Clinton said of the
Republican congressional strategy.
Strategists in both parties said dozens
of races were too close to predict on the
final yesterday of a campaign that was,
oddly, both a referendum on the incum-
bent Democratic president and the
Republican Congress sent to Washington
midway through Clinton's term.
"There are going to be a lot of close
races and that's just a fact," said
Republican National Committee Chair
Haley Barbour.
Given that, the candidates were up
early, or, in Dole's case, didn't bother
sleeping at all.
Clinton began in New Hampshire,
once firm Republican territory but now
part of the president's solid Northeast
base. "We're one day away from victo-
ry," Elaine Krasker told him inside a
Manchester restaurant.

Man kills himself in U.S. reps office
SAN MATEO, Calif. - A veteran who had argued with Rep. Tom Lantos' staff
over disability benefits went into the representative's offices yesterday and shot
himself to death. Lantos was not in the office.
The 40-year-old gunman, whose name was not immediately released, shot him-
self once in the chest and died at a hospital.
Police spokesperson Terry Reidy said the man entered the offices around mid-
day and talked briefly with a woman working in the lobby.
"The gal said he had a handgun and said, 'Don't fire that.' Then he fired one
round into his chest," Reidy said. "He was known to the office. He had some kind
of disagreement with the staff there over disability."
Lantos, a native of Hungary, has represented a Northern California district since
1981 and is co-chair of the congressional Human Rights Caucus.
In the early 1990s, the Democrat led an investigation of mismanagement at the
Department of Housing and Urban Development.

AP PHOTO
President Clinton embraces Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) as Hillary Clinton applauds
In a rally last night in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

"It's hard to believe, isn't it?" Clinton
replied, at age 50 setting out confident-
ly for the final day of what is likely to
be his final campaign.
Later, in Cleveland, Clinton said the
economy had created nearly 11 million
jobs and the deficit had been cut by 60
percent since he took office. "We're
better off than we were four years ago,"

Before you vote for the office of
Mayor of Ann Arbor,
take a minute for this important
research assignment:
1. Select someone who has followed the Ann Arbor
political process for at least four years and whose
opinion you respect.
2. Ask that person to contrast the functioning of
the Ann Arbor city government before and after
Ingrid Sheldon was elected mayor in 1993.
3. Make an informed decision and y for the
best person to serve as Mayor of Ann Arbor.
Paid for by the Ingrid Sheldon for Mayor Committee
Doug F. Ziesemer, Treasurer, 122 S. Main, Ann Arbor 48104

Clinton said before leaving Ohio for
Kentucky, Iowa, South Dakota and an
Election Day homecoming in Arkansas.
He noted Dole's Senate opposition to
the family leave law and said his
Republican opponent wanted to abolish
the Education Department and enact a
"risky scheme" to cut taxes that Clinton
said would imperil Medicare.
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who's going to become the next con-
gressperson, the next mayor," said
Voice Your Vote co-chair Mona
Hanna.
"If we get all 6,500 students we reg-
istered and more, that will really push
Lynn over the top" said Jae Jae Spoon,
chair of the campus chapter of College
Democrats.
However, College Republicans
President Nicholas Kirk said numbers
are so tight that it is "too close to call"
whether the student vote will impact
the Rivers-Fitzsimmons race.
"Both Democrats and Republicans
agree that it will be a very close race,"
Kirk said.
Despite the attention the
Fitzsimmons campaign has given the
campus, Rivers' party affiliation and
battle scars still give her an edge in the
election, Kingdon said.
"Rivers won in this district in a very
Republican year for the first time,
Kingdon said. "You'd think she'd have
some kind of advantage in 1996 in a
less Republican year."
According to an exit poll conducted
by The Michigan Daily in 1994, stu-
dent voters choose Rivers over
Republican opponent John Schall 73
percent to 26 percent.
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Tapes record racist
remarks of Texaco
executives
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -
Microcassette recordings caught
Texaco executives vilifying black
employees as "niggers" and "black jelly
beans," mocking a Kwanzaa celebra-
tion and discussing destroying docu-
ments related to a $520 million race-
discrimination suit, court papers allege.
The suit is a class-action brought on
behalf of 1,500 black employees of the
oil company.
The employees claim they were denied
promotions and advancement opportuni-
ties because of their race.
Soon after a company consolidation
cost Richard Lundwall his job as senior
coordinator of personnel services in
Texaco's finance department, he went
to the plaintiffs' attorneys with his col-
lection of microcassettes from finance
department meetings discussing minor-
ity hiring practices.
The impact was immediate. In papers
filed in federal court last week, the
plaintiffs asked for a default judgment
- a ruling against Texaco without ben-
efit of a trial. A hearing is scheduled for
Nov. 22.
The tapes, as transcribed in court
papers, show that in 1994, after Texaco

had been asked to produce any doe
ments relevant to the discriminatio
case, executives spoke frankly about
papers that should be hidden or
destroyed.
Lundwall identified the speakers
on the tapes, according to court
papers.
Michael ackson
soon to e a father.
LOS ANGELES - It's a thriller, all
right: Michael Jackson's longtime
friend is pregnant with his child.
And contrary to a tabloid report,
there were no test tubes involved and
she's not getting paid, the pop superstar
said yesterday.
"I am thrilled that I will soon be a
father and am looking forward, with
great anticipation, to having this child,,
Jackson said in a statement. "This is i
dream come true."
The mother is Debbie Rowe, a 37-
year-old divorced nurse who has been a
friend for 15 years, according to the
statement released by Christine
Holevas, Jackson's spokesperson.
Holevas denied a Sunday report in
the London tabloid News of the World
that the baby was a product of artificial
insemination and that she was beniz
paid $528,000 to have it.

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PaUistan president
disinusses Bhutto's
govenmnent
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The
president dismissed Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto's government yesterday
and called for new elections, bowing to
longtime pressure from political rivals
who accuse Bhutto of corruption Ond
mismanagement.
Four provincial legislatures have been
dismissed, and the president has named a
former stalwart of Bhutto's party, Miraj
Khalid, as interim prime minister.
Soldiers, rifles slung over their shoul-
ders, stood guard outside Bhutto's resi-
dence and spilled into the white marble
Parliament building in Islamabad, the
capital.
Troops also sealed the country's air-
ports and stood guard outside the
Pakistan Television building several
blocks from the legislature.
There were initial reports that
Bhutto's husband and investment min-
ister, Asif Ali Zardari, had been arrest-
ed in the provincial Punjab capital,

Lahore, where the army was also
deployed. Zardari has been at the center
of the scandals.
Israel plans to add
Jewish settlers
JERUSALEM -Already hobbled by
violence and rancor, Israeli-Palestinian
peace efforts suffered another blow yes-
terday as Israeli officials detailed plans
to nearly double the number of Jewish
settlers in the West Bank.
Settlement czar Ariel Shair
unveiled the plan during a weekend tour
of the territory, and his spokesperson,
Raanan Gissin, elaborated yesterday.
The plan calls for building two new
cities in the West Bank that will accom-
modate 100,000 more Jewish settlers.
The proposal is the most ambitious to
date by Sharon, who led a large settle-
ment construction drive in the early
1990s, has not been approved by Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whojb
principle backs settlement expansion.,W
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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