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12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 4, 1996
Call girl credits
herself for Dick
Morris scandal



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The Washington Post
Rowlands, the suddenly famous
Virginia call girl, is taking all the credit
for the downfall of presidential adviser
Dick Morris. She says the Republicans
had nothing to do with it.
"The only person in the world I knew
politically was Dick Morris," she told
the syndicated tabloid show "Hard
Copy" in her first television interview.
"Who do you call? I mean ... you don't
go in the phone book and look up Bob
Dole." "Hard Copy" is scheduled to air
the two-part interview today and tomor-
As for Morris's downfall, Rowlands
said: "Someone as intelligent as he is
should have kept his lip buttoned when
he unzipped his pants. I mean, how can
you maneuver worlds, and he can't
even control what he's doing in his own
room with a paid lady."
Morris's resignation was announced
hours before President Clinton deliv-
ered his acceptance speech at the
Democratic National Convention last
Thursday night. His departure came
after the Star, a supermarket tabloid,
published allegations by the $200-an-
hour prostitute that she had a long-run-
ning relationship with Morris. The Star,'
which says it paid Rowlands less than
$50,000 for the story, made her avail-
able to "Hard Copy." A spokesman for

the program, which often pays for inter-
views, declined to say whether
Rowlands was paid.
In an interview with Time magazine
published yesterday, Morris again
declined to address the allegations,
"even if this episode destroys me." He
said he would not be advising Clinton
informally: "I've sent myself out of the
game. I'm not going to run the cam-
paign from the locker room."
His wife, attorney Eileen McGann,
posed with her husband for a Time pho-
tographer. She told Time she was "very
upset" about the Star report but that "I
thought it would be destructive to ask
about the details and try to find out
what was true. I'm an adult. I accepted
Dick's apology"
Time's piece was its second straight
cover story on Morris, the first person
to be accorded such prominence since
O.J. Simpson. Newsweek also gave
cover billing to Morris's downfall.
In the "Hard Copy" interview, taped
last weekend with co-anchor Barry
Nolan, Rowlands said she went public
because "it has to-be told, whether I'm
a call girl who'll blabber or whatever
they want to call it, fine. But wake up,
America. I mean if he told me, who else
did he tell?"
Asked about Morris's wife,
Rowlands said: "I'm sure this is hurting
her, and was not meant to hurt her. He's
the one who hurt her, not me"

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Pop star Michael Jackson waves to a crowd of fans who greeted him at Prague's Intercontinental Hotel upon his arrival
yesterday. Jackson is slated to open his world "History" tour with a concert in the Czech capital Saturday.
Catholic voters not drawn by
Chnstian Coalition reCruiters
Group's attempts at outreach go ignored

Parties to
focus on
four big
After months of training, stage-set-
ting, state primaries, caucuses and the
nominating conventions, President
Clinton and Republican challenger Bob
Dole have their tactics in place and
their basic messages set. Now they face
the final jockeying and the final dash to
Election Day.
The strategies will unfold in the next
few weeks as candidates' target the
states they must win, states they can
win and states they're writing off.
Here is a region-by-region roundup
of the presidential campaign:
The West
The race for the West is really two
races - the Far West and the rest -
and whichever candidate wins the three
states of California, Oregon and.
Washington, wins the region.
If the election were held today, that
candidate would be Clinton.
California, with its 54 electoral
votes, is the big prize, with the region's
other 73 votes split among 13 states.
Clinton has visited the state repeatedly
since winning there in 1992, and strate-
gists say he must carry it to win re-elec-
tion. The economy, the environment
and immigration are key issues there.
Dole, too, is working the state hard,@
spending the week of the Democratic
convention in California. Dole state
strategist Ken Khachigian remains
optimistic that the party will put the
tens of millions of dollars into the state
that will be necessary to remain com-
petitive there.
The Midwest
Both presidential candidates under-
stand the stakes in the Midwest.
Republican pollster Ed Goeas esti- 0
mates that 20 percent of the nation's
voters are undecided and Clinton cam-
paign aides say that 70 percent of those
swing voters live within a 750-mile
radius of Chicago.
Dole has high hopes for the Midwest.
He has broad support in the Plains
states and Indiana, and he will focus his
advertising and campaign effort in the
critical states of Ohio, Illinois,
Michigan, Wisconsin and Missouri.
Clinton is counting on the economy
and union support and his full court
press campaigning. In South Dakota,
Democratic Sen. Tom Daschle sees
potential for the president. Farmers are
having their best year in 25 years,
except for livestock.
The South
For Clinton and Dole, the South
could be a gold mine or a land mine.
The region has 160 electoral votes,*
more than half the 270 needed to win
the presidency.
The former Kansas senator's south-
ern strategy calls for him to carry at
least nine of the 13 states. But though
the region has become more
Republican during the past 20 years,
polls show Dole leading in only five
states - Alabama, Louisiana,
Mississippi, South Carolina and nar-
rowly in Virginia.
Clinton leads in Arkansas
Tennessee, West Virginia and narrowly
in Georgia. States that are up for grabs
are important ones: Texas, with 32

electoral votes; Florida, 25; North
Carolina, 14; and Kentucky, eight.
The Northeast
While most of the Northeast is in the
Clinton column at the moment, New
Jersey and Pennsylvania are two battle-
ground states where both presidential
candidates will devote considerable
time and energy in the next nine weeks.
"Dole's base is the South, the West
and the Plains States. Clinton's strength
is the Northeast and Northwest,' said
Charles Black, senior adviser to the
Dole campaign. "The real campaign
will be in New Jersey and
Pennsylvania, right across to the Great
Lakes states and California"

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The Washington Posto
t The Christian Coalition, whose ranks
are predominantly evangelical
Protestant, has embarked on a cam-
paign to recruit Catholic members with
the intent of building a united bloc of
conservative religious voters who could
c>minate electoral politics into the next
The Coalition's creation of an affili-
ate called the Catholic Alliance 10
months ago has prompted an outcry
from some in the Catholic church hier-
archy who warn the Coalition's political
agjenda contradicts Catholic teaching
that charity and compassion for the
poor and dispossessed is the highest
Colorado's three bishops last January
sent a letter to the faithful in their state
warning them that "THE CATHOLIC
Other bishops have banned distribution
of Christian Coalition voter guides in
their parishes.
Though a few bishops have defended
the new group, many Catholics have the
iml-ression that the undertaking did not
have their church's blessing.
Now the : Catholic Alliance is
attempting to: mend fences with the
Catlholic hierarchy, and multiply its so-
far modest numbers with a mailing to
hal' a million Catholics. Its success or
faihire will help determine whether
contervative Catholics and evangelical
Prottestants can overcome generations
of mnutual mistrust to forge a long-term
political alliance - one that could have
a mutich broader focus than the antiabor-
tion cause they already share.
"Ten years ago, this would have been
considered utterly quixotic because of
the level of suspicion and hostility
between these communities," said the
Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, a Catholic

priest who has sought theological com-
mon ground between conservative
Protestants and Catholics. "It's a big job
they've cut out for themselves. This
kind of thing has never been done
The Catholic vote, once a bloc that
went solidly Democratic, is now one of
the most contested prizes in U.S. poli-
The nation's 58 million Catholics
make up about a quarter of the popula-
tion. Since Franklin D. Roosevelt was
elected president in 1932, no candidate
has won the White House without a
majority of the Catholic vote.
Religious broad--
caster Pat
Robertson had the It's
crucial Catholic
vote in mind even
before he founded
the Christian tnemse
Coalition in 1989, a
year after his bid for -Re
president, accord-
ing to the upcoming
book "With God on
Our Side" by Rice University sociol-
ogist William Martin. Ralph Reed,
now executive director of the
Christian Coalition, recalls that part
of what convinced him to accept the
job of running an organization with
no staff and no budget was
Robertson's conviction that, if
Catholics and evangelicals could
unite, "they would be the most effec-
tive political force that the country
had ever seen."
In the ensuing seven years, the
Coalition has galvanized religious con-
servatives into a potent political force
by winning majorities in state
Republican Party caucuses, running for
local school board seats, and distribut-
ing 34 million voter guides.
Among the Christian Coalition's


claimed membership of 1.7 million,
only about 250,000 are Catholic,
according to the Coalition. The
Coalition's goal is to, expand its
Catholic membership to at least 25 or
30 percent, according to Reed, who in
interviews regularly mentions Pope
John Paul l's teaching in "Ut Unum
Sint (That They May Be One)" that
Christians of all denominations
should seek "every possible form of
practical cooperation at all levels;
pastoral, cultural and social." The
alliance hopes to attract Catholics by
using Catholic vernacular and citing
the papal teaching to justify its posi-
t i o n s .
imammmmmmmmmmesi A b o u t
ibig jobhave joined
cut out for since last
Ives " said the
v. Richard Neuhas Alliance's
Catholic priest Executive
M a u r e en
"The Christian Coalition was per-
ceived as a Protestant-based organiza-
tion, and I think that when the
Catholic Alliance was announced it
was really a welcoming to Catholics,"
said Roselli, who worked previously
for National Right to Life and as
political director for Rep. Christopher
H. Smith (R-N.J.).
"We hoped to educate Catholics
that if they support this particular
pro-life, pro-family agenda, they
could feel comfortable here with like-
minded people."
Many evangelical and conservative
Catholic activists already had worked
side-by-side in the antiabortion move-
ment -- which 20 years- ago was
almost exclusively Catholic.

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