The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 22, 2000--7
Gore, Bradley focus on race issues in debate
NEW YORK (AP) - In a Harlem
debate, Al Gore and Bill Bradley promised
last night to act against racial profiling from
the White House - and then tried to turn
the question against each other.
S Bradley demanded to know why the vice
president hadn't gone down the hall to get
President Cluiton to issue an executive
order outlawing racial profiling. Gore shot
back that racial profiling practically began
in Bradley's 1*w Jersey.
The exchawge was prompted by the lead-
off question, accorded to The Rev. Al
Sharpton. "Many in our community have to
live in fear of both the cops and the rob-
bers," the black activist told the presidential
andidates. He asked how they would deal
ith police brutality and racial profiling
while avoiding an increase in crime.
In a high profile case, Amadou Diallo, an
unarmed black man, died in a barrage of 41
police bulkts a year ago in his Bronx apart-
ment building. White police officers say
they fired upon the West African immigrant
after he refused orders to halt and appeared
to draw a gun, but the black object in his
hand turned out to be a wallet.
Bradley said racial profiling is a state of
mind in which a policeman sees a wallet in
the hands of a white man as what it is, "and
a wallet in the hand of a black man as a
gun," as in the Diallo shooting.
He said he would issue an executive
order against racial profiling, and would
declare "quite clearly that white Americans
can no longer deny the plight of black
"If you elect me to the presidency, the
first civil rights act of the 21st Century will
be a federal law outlawing racial profiling,"
He said it would cover not only law
enforcement but all aspects of American
Bradley's rejoinder was to ask why the
administration has not produced an executive
order. "I am questioning why you haven't
done that or why you haven't made this hap-
pen in the past 7 1/2 years," Bradley said.
Gore said Clinton has issued a directive
to prepare for an executive order. "You
know racial profiling practically began in
New Jersey, senator," Gore shot back.
The audience was demonstrative, some-
times raucous, alternating between applause
and jeers as the Democratic rivals argued
about affirmative action, and their records
when both were senators.
Gore, asked about reparations from the
government to atone for slavery, said "I
believe the best reparation is a good edu-
cation," and affirmative action to open
opportunities to black Americans. He said
general reparations would not be
approved by Congress.
Bradley accused Gore of trying to end
affirmative action at the federal level, which
the vice president vehemently denied. He
said his program for overhauling the
bureaucracy as vice president was against
quotas, not affirmative action.
Reaching across the three feet separating
their lecterns, Bradley confronted Gore
with a sheaf of papers documenting his five
votes between 1979 and 1981 to preserve
tax-exempt status for colleges that racially
discriminate. In those votes, Gore split with
members of the Congressional Black Cau-
cus, including New York Rep. Charlie
Rangel, a leading Gore supporter.
"You have to face up to this if you're
going to be a strong leader," Bradley said.
Gore refused to take the papers and, with-
out elaborating, explained away the votes as
"a vote on quotas." In turn, he challenged
Bradley to explain a 1995 vote that Goredes
described as a rejection of expanding
minority ownership of broadcast outlets.
Bradley pressed his own point and Gore
earned loud boos from the audience when
he cut Bradley off. "You're sounding a little
desperate because you're trying to build
yourself up by tearing everybody else
down," Gore said.
The 90-minute debate was held at the
Apollo Theatre, the Harlem landmark where
Ella Fitzgerald was discovered in 1934.
New York political consultant Bill Lynch,
a Gore supporter estimated that about 35
percent of voters in the-state's Democratic
primary on March 7 will be minorities. The
non-white vote in the last two contested
Democratic primaries was 20 percent in
1992, and 29 percent in 1988.
Bill Bradley arrives at a New York hotel yesterday before
his debate with Al Gore at the Apollo Theatre.
hush, McCain both see Michigan as important state
Prominent state legislators throw weight behind both candidates
ntinued from Page1
half make sure to take your friends with you," Bush beck-
oned the crowd.
Bush Republicans are hoping that McCain, who
leads Bush by four points in a WDIV-TV poll released
yesterday, will suffer a sirnlar fate in today's state pri-
"I think Bush will win" Abraham said. "He is picking up
a lot of momentum after winning South Carolina"
Engler also predicted a Bush victory.
"George Bush has been coming here over a longer period
time than McCain and that's built him a stronger organi-
ation. I still believe Governor Bush will be a four- to five-
point winner," Engler said.
Bush stressed his commitment to reforming the federal
government and the armed forces.
"Excess money is not the government's money, it'sethe peo-
ple's money," Bush said of the budget surplus. "Some people
have criticized my tax cut plan as risky. What's risky is leaving
unspent surpluses in Washington."
"I want to take my reforming agenda to Washington and
reform the military,' added Bush, a former pilot in the
'xas Air National Guard. "I believe a dangerous world
eds a sharpened sword. I will rebuild the military power."
He then turned to education and outlined his plans for
providing more scholarship money and choices for students.
"We'll be providing scholarships for the neediest of stu-
dents. There are no second rate children ... in America," he
Bush seemed rather confident of a victory and scoffed at
attempts by Democrats like 1998 gubernatorial candidate
and former Jack Kevorkian lawyer Geoffrey Feiger to raid
the primary by voting for McCain. Feiger has run radio ads
attacking Bush's integrity and honesty since the candidates
arrived in Michigan last weekend.
"I've got a message that's positive. It's a message that set
the people of South Carolina on fire. The only thing that can
stop us is Kevorkian's lawyer, and we won't let that hap-
pen," Bush said.
Engler said he was not overly concerned about Democ-
rats making McCain the winner.
"Sure, a little," he said when asked if he was worried
about Democratic votes leading to a McCain victory.
"I'm not worried they'll follow Feiger."
Abraham said he also doubted Feiger would have much
of an effect on the primary's outcome.
"It's pretty obvious that efforts by people like Feiger to
taint the Republican party will ... increase the motivation
for republicans to play a larger role," the Michigan senator
Continued from Page 1
voters, but they have also attempted to
attract conservative Democrats, Mur-
Sarpolus said if McCain had won
one-third of the Republican vote in
South Carolina instead of 26 percent,
he would have been victorious.
McCain will also benefit if absentee
ballots were cast before the South Car-
olina defeat and negative ads that ran
last week, Sarpolus said.
But some are worried that Michigan
Gov. John Engler's support of Bush
will throw most of the Republican sup-
port his way.
"I'm the one guy in the Engler
administration that said 'governor, you
can't tell me how to vote. I'm voting
for John McCain,"' said McCain's
state Campaign Chair John Schwarz, a
state senator from Battle Creek.
McCain spent the last two days
campaigning on both sides of the state
in efforts to increase voter turnout,
McCain 's Michigan spokesman Peter
Michigan has to send a message to
the rest of the country that this is a
campaign about issues, McCain said.
Negative campaigning and adver-
tisements scarred the South Carolina
primary, which could effect the result
of today's election.
"We reject negative campaigning.
We reject the politics of personal
assault," McCain said.
Supporters gathered in the hangar
to bid farewell to the Arizona Senator
who returned home last night so he
could be in his home state for the'pri-
mary that falls on the same day as
There is concern over the results of
South Carolina's primary on Michigan
voters, but supporters at McCain's
rally said they are not looking at the
results from South Carolina.
South Carolina voters are "a
bunch of rednecks who don't know
what they're talking about," said
LSA senior David Taub, who attend-
ed the rally.
" think the people of Michigan are
intelligent enough to make the right
choice,' he added.
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terday urged Michigan voters to follow
their conscience and reject his party's
Specifically citing Texas Gov.
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ing and foot-stomping crowd of about
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should not be the reason to vote for
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He also criticized Sen. John McCain
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