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CAMPAIGN '96

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 6, 1996 -- 9AI

'Students cast
votes, support

U.S. House race
too close to call

inton
B heather Millr
as Staff Reporter
With President Clinton winning his
bid for re-election, many students said
they had taken the opportunity to vote
and were happy with the election
resu,1ts.
"We're voting for our future. It's not
like our vote doesn't count," said
ntneering junior Celia Aaron. "My
vote could be the deciding vote for the
prepidential election."
Michigan Student Assembly
President Fiona Rose said it is impor-
tant for students to vote in order to
have an impact in the government.
"Our generation needs to participate
in the civic system: a., because we are
going to lead this country one day, and
b., because we have a stake in the
*uture," she said.
"If young people don't get involved
with politics, the decisions will be
made for us, Rose said.
Engineering first-year student
David Belding said the youth genera-
tion could "have a lot of force" if they
had thigh voter turnout.
"I think we have a lot of good opin-
ions" he said.
But political science Prof. John
nigdon said the younger generation
ically does not have a good turnout
at elections.
"In general, ________
young people
don't vote at the We' re
rate older peo-
ple do," he said. for our fu
He said that
while the
.younger genera-
ion has an eSn t C
impact in "cer-
tain" selective
districts" where En
students are
concentrated, such as at the University,
"in general they don't affect voting
that much."
Several University students agreed.
LSA first-year student Fun Cheung
said he did not vote. "I didn't think I'd
shave a big say, and I'm not much into
iolitics" he said.
Other students said they did not vote
because they believed that Clinton
would win regardless.
"It was predicted that he'll win so I
didn't think I needed to (vote), said
LSA senior Charity Allen.
Many students said they were not
surprised that Clinton had won the
election.
"1 knew he was going to win;' said
SA junior Danielle Bell, who voted
for Clinton. "There was no competi-
tioi.
IAA first-year student Sheila Davis
als(J said she was not surprised by
Clinton's victory.
"1 wasn't particularly surprised

because the polls from the last couple
of weeks have been calling him a win-
ner' she said.
Kingdon said Clinton's victory was
"pretty well set in place by the middle
of the summer."
He said the economy and the peace-
time that the United States has been
experiencing contributed to Clinton's
re-election.
"They all point in the direction of an
incumbent president being re-elected,"
he said.
Political science Prof. Gregory
Markus agreed that the economy and
peacetime contributed to Clinton's vic-
tory. He also called Clinton "one of the
best campaigners in recent history."
"He enjoys campaigning, unlike
Bob Dole who clearly was uncomfort-
able," he said. Markus said Dole
viewed campaigning as "a chore.'
The results of an unscientific exit
poll of University students conducted
by The Michigan Daily indicated that
70 percent of students voted for
Clinton and 23.4 percent voted for
Dole.
Many students said they were
pleased with the national election
results.
"Bill Clinton has been a good, solid
supporter of higher education," Rose
said.

' Republican Incumbent
Chrysler faced strong
challenge
DETROIT (AP) - First-term U.S.
Rep. Dick Chrysler, a Republican,
faced a strong challenge yesterday in
one of the most-watched of Michigan's
16 congressional races.
"I see Dick Chrysler as a man that
has been in this to the end,"
Republican Gov. John Engler said last
night.
Democrats hoping to take control of
the U.S. House had high expectations
that former state Sen. Debbie
Stabenow could win the 8th District
seat from Chrysler, a millionaire busi-
nessman.
With 22 percent of the district's
precincts reporting, Stabenow had 51
percent of the vote to Chrysler's 47

percent -- 27,800 to 25,785 votes.'.
The district stretches from Lansing to
the outskirts of Flint and Ann Arbor.
The Michigan delegation included
nine Democrats and seven
Republicans heading into the election.
In the 10th
District, 10-term
U.S. Rep. David
Bonior, the No. 2
$ Democrat in ther
House, beat Susy
Heintz, the former
chair of the state
Republican party.
With 66 percent
" of the precincts
Chrysler reporting, Bonior
had 54 percent of
the vote to Heintz's 44 percent -
80,646 votes to 65,844.
- Daily Staff Reporter Jennifer.
Harvey contributed to this report.

JOSH BiGG4S/Daily
LSA sophomore Nicole Strut votes at the Michigan Union yesterday. Polling sites
set up around campus allowed Ann Arbor residents to cast votes.

ui
CO

She said
Clinton's sup-
voting port of
AmeriCorps and
fur. It S work-study pro-
grams, as well
/ /Q e as his strong
y ,, support of fed-
PUni. eral college
Celia Aaron loans, will bene-
fit students.
neering junior Kinesiology
first-year stu-
dent Shannon Barr agreed.
"He'll do a lot for education and the
economy,' she said.
In terms of Clinton's next adminis-
tration, Kingdon and Markus said
addressing entitlements may be an
important issue, although both are not
sure if Clinton will tackle the subject.
Kingdon said presidents who are
elected to a second term "get a little
history-happy."
"They look to the mark they want to
leave on history," he said.
He said Clinton could potentially try
to make his mark in his next adminis-
tration by addressing entitlements, but
Kingdon would not make any concrete
predictions.
"This is the kind of thing a politician
looking for re-election would shy away
from," Kingdon said.
Markus also said entitlements may
be an important issue, but he also is
not sure if Clinton will address them.
However, Markus said he does not

expect Clinton to make a quick start.
"What I don't expect is a kind of
super-ambitious first 100 days rattling
off proposals (like in his first adminis-
tration)"Markus said.
Although many students expressed
support for Clinton's second term, not
everyone was enthusiastic.
College Republicans President
Nicholas Kirk said the Republican
Congress has cut spending and
reduced the deficit, while Clinton took
the credit.
"It wasn't a vote for Bill Clinton,"he
said. "It was a vote for the Republican
Congress that has run this country for
the past two years.
"Bob Dole's tax cuts would have
enabled our generation to keep more of
the money we earned, thereby increas-
ing our standard of living. I'm really
sorry he didn't get a chance to do that,"
Kirk said.
Davis also said she was disappoint-
ed with Clinton's victory.
"I think (Dole) would have done a

better job;' she said. But she said
Dole's "mean and old and grumpy"
image hindered him.
Other students said that Clinton won
re-election because he was an incum-
bent.
"I think most people just vote for the
person they know the best," said LSA
first-year student Laura Rallo.
While students expressed support
for the two presidential candidates,
University officials declined to com-
ment on the election.
"The University works with people
from all parties and it wouldn't be
appropriate for the University to com-
ment with an official position on the
election victory" said University
spokesperson Julie Peterson.
Overall, students were enthusiastic
about the election experience.
"It was kind of exciting. It was my
first time (voting)," said LSA first-
year student Kevin Magnuson. "We
owe it to our country to voice our opin-
ion."

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