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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 23, 2000 - 7A

'Abraham, Stabenow
debate in Grand Rapids

Continued from Page IA
activity in Michigan.
Gore visited Flint on Wednesday for a rally that
drew 5,000 supporters.
That same day, former first lady Barbara Bush and
the Texas governor's wife, Laura, visited Southfield.
Thursday, George W. Bush spoke to a crowd at a Fras-
er aerospace and auto parts plant. Saturday, Cheney
and Engler traveled from Flint to Ann Arbor where
they mingled with tailgaters before the Michigan-
Michigan State football game. McCain did not come
to Ann Arbor.
Bush is scheduled to return to Michigan on Thurs-
day and Friday.
"I don't have to tell you what you already know.

"We must and will carry
Michigan on Nov. 7."
- U.S. Sen. John McCain
Michigan is a battleground state," McCain told the
Plymouth crowd. "We must and will carry Michigan
on November 7."
Engler echoed this sentiment and said he is confi-
dent that Michigan will go to Bush this time.
"I think Bush is going to win Michigan, which
means he's going to become the next president

Senator Spence Abraham, (R-Auburn
Hills) and his challenger, Rep. Deb-
bie Stabenow (D-Lansing), fielded
questions from undecided voters on
Social Security, education and foreign
affairs yesterday in their first debate.
The candidates were civil but
feisty in the hourlong debate, which
included questions via satellite from
viewers in East Lansing and Detroit
as well as Grand Rapids. It was
taped midday at the Grand Rapids
campus of Grand Valley State Uni-
versity and wrapped up minutes
before a po.wer outage hit that area of
downtown. Public television stations
were to air the debate statewide yes-
terday evening.
The matchup was the only one to be
televised before the Nov. 7 election.
The candidates are scheduled to dis-
cuss their views today before the Eco-
omic Club of Detroit, but that debate
is not expected to be broadcast.
Stabenow cast Abraham as behold-
en to the corporations and special
interests that donate to his campaign.
She criticized him for voting against
campaign finance reform and suggest-
ed that donations from special interest
groups have affected his votes on pre-
-scription drug coverage, patients'
rights and other issues.
"My opponent calls himself the
workhorse. The question is, who is he
working for?" she said.
Abraham said Stabenow also had
,accepted money from special interest
groups. He characterized Stabenow as
-a free-spending liberal who would
increase government bureaucracy and
vote against tax cuts.
He said she opposed welfare reform
and had supported more lenient sen-
*ences for criminals, charges she
"My opponent makes Washington-
Continued from Page 1A
the University in 1972. The following
year the program offered four courses.
The program now has expanded to
offer one concentration and two
nors in women's studies, Smith said.
ast year, 70 undergraduate concentra-
tors completed women's studies
Smith said her department "uses
gender as a theory and analysis to look
et the interaction between class, race,
sexuality and gender."

because I believe
cy," he said.

Continued from Page IA
year in Chicago. The four suited up
in identical, glowing gold Michigan
As they ran together throughout
the duration of the race, their maize
and blue appearance attracted the
crowd's attention. "Every minute
we heard 'Go Blue!' or 'Go Michi-
gan!' There was a little trash talk-
ing. But, it was mostly positive,"
Penz said.
Blank received a similarly
encouraging response from Michi-
gan fans in the crowd. The Michi-

gan State fans were still a little bit-
ter from Saturday's football defeat
at the Big House. "MSU is right
ahead of you!" Blank recalled hear-
ing from the sidelines along the
In order to lift their spirits, during
the first half of the race the four-
some talked and even carried a tune.
"The four of us sang Sweet Caro-
line three times throughout the
race. The crowd clapped and sang
along," Penz said. "We were a loud-
er bunch of joggers. We also sang
"Hail to the Victors."
The second half of the race was
dedicated to concentrating and
counting down the miles: Penz

this state will decide the presiden-
attributed his successful finish to
the admirable support of his three
running mates. He said he would
have quit at the fourteenth mile
without them.
"I was leaning on my friend's
shoulder at the end," Penz recalled.
"I was fighting back the tears
because I was so moved by the Iwp
from my friends."
Before the race, Hayden said that
he knew it was definitely going to
hurt. Yet, the pain didn't stop the
four runners from singing as long
as they could-the pain didn't stop
Blank from loving the finish even
though the last six miles were the
toughest for her.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Debbie Stabenow looks on as Republican
incumbent Spence Abraham speaks at their debate in Grand Rapids yesterday.

knows-best' decisions," he said,
adding that he supports letting local
schools decide how to spend federal
education dollars while Stabenow
wants to lock the money into programs
to hire more teachers and build or fix
up schools.
The candidates agreed that the United
States must continue its peacekeeping
role in the Middle East and must help
put former Yugoslav President Slobo-
dan Milosevic on trial for war crimes.
Both oppose the school voucher
measure on Michigan's Nov. 7 ballot,
although Stabenow said Abraham has
voted for some pilot voucher programs
at the federal level.
Both also expressed confidence that
they'll be able to work on a bipartisan
basis to pass legislation.
"That's been my forte, and I'm very
proud of that," Stabenow said.
Because Republicans control the
U.S. House, Stabenow has been unable
to pass any bills during her four years
in Washington, D.C. But she has won
Some of the classes the program
offers range from Women and the Law
to Psychology of Women.
"When I tell people I am a women's
studies major, I get jokes like, what
about men studies?"' said LSA senior
Angela Zonderman, a concentrator in
women's studies.
"But it's not just about women, its
about everyone. The Women's Studies
Program is based on history, sociology,
and how gender works in our society.
The program talks about the inequali-
ties and the progress. There is a little
bit of everything," Zonderman said.


tax credits for companies that donate
computers to schools and tightened
food safety laws by adding amend-
ments to bills.
Abraham pointed out that 21 of his
bills have been signed into law.
"I think I've demonstrated in the
U.S. Senate my capacity to work
together to get things done," he
The candidates pointed out they
hold sharp philosophical differences
on education, gun control, prescription
drugs and taxes.
Abraham supports teacher testing
and merit pay to force schools to be
more accountable, and said that the
federal government needs to let local
schools decide how to spend federal
Stabenow said she wants to lower '
class sizes through a program to hire
more teachers. She also said she wants
to get parents more involved and tight-
en gun laws to prevent violence at
Continued from Page IA
ence at the forum earlier this month,
SACUA chair Jackie Lawson said
the two canceled last week because
of scheduling problems.
Lawson said the cancellation was
not only unexpected but disappointing
since SACUA had "made every effort
to make this an open, non-partisan
forum to give the campus the opportu-
nity to hear the view of all the candi-
The remaining six candidates for
regent are scheduled to attend the
forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Michigan
League's Lydia Mendelssohn The-
With Avery's and Anderson's vocal
opposition to affirmative action, the
regents race has been viewed by some
as referendum on the lawsuits the Uni-
versity is facing.
Mich"an's constitution gives the
board "general supervision of its insti-
tution and the control and direction of
all expenditures from the institution's
funds," but the day to day operations
of the University are delegated to the
University President Lee
Bollinger has delegated litigation of
the cases to the office of the Gener-
al Counsel.
Hypothetically, the regents could
ask Bollinger to settle the case or, if
the case's outcome is appealed by
either side, direct him toanot engage
the University in any appeal
Regent David Brandon (R-Ann
Arbor) said while he did not wish to
comment on the two Republican can-
didates' campaign, he is "prepared to
abide by whatever the courts
"I don't think there should be parti-
san bickering over a lawsuit that is
already in place and the courts are
already in a position to rule on," he
Brandon also pointed out that
whoever is elected will serve an
eight-year term, and much of that
term will be spent exploring a vari-
ety of issues besides affirmative
The vote on who you support for
the Board of Regents should not be
seen as a referendum on affirmative
action. People should vote for the
candidate they feel they can entrust
with dealing with a number of
But some of the Democrats on the
board feel the lawsuits are of vital
importance, pointing to earlier state-

ments made by the Republican can-
didates regarding the lawsuits.
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