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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 27, 2000 --9

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MTV
Continued from Page 1
last night, LSA senior Brian Babb
asked the Democratic vice president
about his feelings on hip hop music.
Babb said hip hop is a form of social
statement and handed Gore a Mos Def
Gore, who has criticized the record
industry's marketing tactics toward
children-,said he'd listen to the CD and
e-mail Babb his opinion on the music.
Throughout the 90-minute forum,
Gore outlined his plans to address stu-
dents' issues: He wants to improve
access to higher education through tax
breaks and increases in federal grant
oney; verify the guilt of those on
th row through new DNA testing;
and protect a woman's right to an abor-
tion. At the end students lobbed one-
liner inquiries about everything from
the most influential historical moment
and whether he has ever cheated on a
test.
LSA senior Allyson Davis, the first
student to ask a question, probed Gore
on- protection from violence in
schoolN,
avis said despite the extensive
ition process, MTV executives did
not instruct her what to ask.
"They didn't ask me to say any-
thing," she-said.
"In a setting like this it has to be
contrived somewhat," Davis said. "He
skirted around the issues a little bit. I
was satisfied, but I wasn't thrilled."
Outsjde the Media Union and
unseen to the television audience,
e students who definitely will not
be voting for Gore held a rally to show
their support for Republican Texas
Gov. George W. Bush.
"Were trying to get out the message
that under Al Gore's leadership, the
U.S. has fallen into an educational
recession," said Michigan
Bush/Cheney 2000 Youth Director
Adam Killian, an LSA senior.
MTV has invited Bush to participate
the same forum but has not yet
eived an answer
Followint the MTV taping. Gore
spoke to senior citizens at the Ann
Arbor Community Center about his
Medicare plan, which he formally
unveiled Monday.

GORE
Continued from Page 1
more spontaneous than the portions broadcast
on television.
One audience member expressed concern
about the lack of attention given to residents in
states that already have been locked up by
either candidate. "That's just the nature of the
process," Gore said.
Michigan, a state considered to be a major
battleground, has not been deprived of visits by
any of the political candidates. But it is the
"process" that many young people across the
nation have grown cynical about.
"That part of the process I think is just
human nature. It's always been that way," Gore
later told reporters. "It's been that way since
George Washington's time."
Gore also discussed what he believes can
and should be changed in the electoral process.
"There are things about the political process
that are unacceptable. The role of money is

way too big," he said.
Campaign finance is at the top of Gore's list
of reforms. He said he supports public financing
of campaigns and intends to sign the McCain-
Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Bill as the
first piece of legislation in his administration.
But his devotion to the subject has not hin-
dered his use of money from large corpora-
tions and at the MTV forum one audience
member questioned Gore's use of financial
backing from corporate contributors.
Gore said although he does advocate the
public financing of elections, he cannot run a
campaign with "one hand tied" behind his
back, which would impede his chances against
Republican Texas Gov. George W Bush.
Gore cited two things that can help heal stu-
dents' cynicism toward government: First is
the need for campaign finance reform and the
second is the need to have "forthright, candid
discussion of what our choices are, without
trying to sugarcoat some of the options that we
have to consider now," Gore said. .

During the MTV forum, Gore said that if
elected president he plans to continue meeting
with young people, giving them an opportunity
to have their voices heard. "I think that young
people for their part need to push past any fear
of disillusionment and disappointment and roll
up their sleeves as previous generations have,"
Gore later told reporters, "to get involved and
make our country a better place. And I think
more of them are beginning to do that."
The increased cynicism towards the political
processes have driven some students toward
third-party candidates such as Ralph Nader,
who was on campus last week trying to appeal
to students while attacking Democrats.
But Gore did not seem very concerned
about losing student votes to Nader. "I think
that in the final analysis, as we get close to the
election the majority of people are going to
want to vote in the contest between the candi-
dates that they themselves think are most likely
to be the finalists of whom the president is
picked," Gore said.

ALE WvL/ aiy
Vice President Al Gore discusses his Medicare proposal to
senior citizens at the Ann Arbor Community Center yesterday.

CHENEY
Continued from Page 1
Finding himself falling more and
more into the traditional role of a presi-
dential running mate, Cheney has been
increasingly critical of Gore in the past
two weeks.
A more reserved Cheney met with
reporters after his speech and spoke
more specifically of his and Texas Gov.
George W. Bush's proposals.
As Gore used an MTV town hall
forum to court University students in
Ann Arbor, Cheney also made an
appeal to young voters.
"We want to make it easier for peo-
ple to finance higher education. We
want to significantly expand the Pell
Grant," he said.
"A lot of young people are idealistic,"
Cheney said. "The fact that we have so
many people behind because of our fail-
ing school system ... we need to be able
to say to those people that they have a
shot at the American dream."
Michigan voters can expect to see
a lot of both presidential candidates
and their running mates before Elec-
tion Day as they seek to capture the
state's 18 electoral votes that ana-
lysts say at this point are still up for
grabs.
Engler was quick to point out that
polls conducted within the last week
no longer give Gore a significant

lead.
"We consider Michigan dead even,"
he said, adding that the margin of error
in most national polls creates a statisti-
cal tie.
Engler said he is confident Michi-
gan voters will stand behind Bush.
"Al Gore, through his regulatory
and tax policies, will put the breaks on
Michigan," he said.
Cheney said he expects his and
Bush's stance on key issues will help
them prevail in the end. Education is
one of these.
The Bush education plan would
require failing schools to improve
their test scores or risk losing their
Title I funds, which amount to
S I,500 per student each year.
"Then the parents would be able
to decide," Cheney said. "We're
talking about choice in what to do
with Title I money. You can call it
vouchers, but we're not wording it
that way."
Fiscal policy is another issue
Cheney said should swing Michigan
voters toward the GOP ticket.
"With respect to who benefits, you
know, there's the charge that it's only for
the upper class," he said. "At the lower
end of the scale, we take something like
6 million people off the tax rolls. We
think it's good long-term economic
strategy.
"We also think it's right."

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