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8A-. The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 7, 2000


tax plans~
Under Democrat Al Gore's tax-cut pro-
posal, tax credits would be available for
using solar power while families with
stay-at-home mothers would get noth-
ing;-Republican vice presidential nomi-
nee Dick Cheney asserted yesterday.
In a speech before members of the
local chamber of commerce, Cheney
drew a distinction between who would
benefit under the Democrat's plan and
who would get relief under a proposal
by Republican presidential rival
George W. Bush.
"Al Gore will give tax relief if you
have solar panels on your roof or if
you drive a battery powered automo-
bile," Cheney said during a 45-minute
talk - among the longest he's given in
fivc -weeks of campaigning.
Familiesfwith a mother who stays
home with the children get nothing, he
"You ought to have a tax system that
doesn't discriminate one way or anoth-
er," Cheney told reporters later. "He
ignores the problems of stay-at-home
Under Bush's 10-year plan for a
SI.3 trillion, across-the-board tax cut,
fal es would benefit from lower tax
r nd a doubling of the child tax
c from $500 to $1,000 per child,
h fOd.
bre's campaign disputed
C ey, saying the vice president's
p includes a 5500 credit for stay-
at ome mothers, and a 52,400 tax
c tt to help families pay for child
c ters deserve an honest debate
a -how we will use our prosperity
t cnefit everyone," said Gore
sT k man Doug Hattaway.
eney acknowledged the nation's
r t economy, but said tax cuts
during the Reagan administra-
ti eally paved the way for today's
edbn ic prosperity.

Candidates feud ove

Debate stalemate continues
as Bush pushes for NBC debate
and Gore backs commission
MILWAUKEE (AP) - George W Bush
appeared at a veterans' convention yesterday to
accuse Vice President Al Gore of letting mili-
tary readiness flag and stepped up the feud over
presidential debates with a new TV ad suggest-
ing Gore can't be trusted.
"When it was politically convenient, Gore
said he'd debate anytime, anyplace, anywhere,"
an announcer says in the new, 30-second spot.
"Now that Governor Bush has accepted, Gore
says 'unacceptable.' ... If we can't trust Al.
Gore on debates, why should we trust him on
Before his speech to the American Legion's
national convention, the Republican nominee
told reporters he would stick to his plan to show'
up Tuesday for a first debate with Gore in

Washington, D.C., even though a spokeswoman
for host network NBC said it would not air the
event without Gore.
"Well, I'm still showing up and I hope the
vice president shows up," Bush said.
That sounded unlikely. "I'm not going to
play games to try to substitute a talk show for
the national bipartisan commission debates,"
Gore said on ABC's "Good Morning America."
He said his campaign has agreed to meet
with the Commission on Presidential Debates
to try to work out a compromise. But Bush,
asked whether he also is willing to have his
staff negotiate with the commission, replied:
"These are the three debates I'll do."
Gore has accepted the commission's proposal
for three 90-minute debates that would be car-
ried by all major television networks. Bush
wants only one of those three, plus one each that
would be broadcast only by NBC and CNN.
"What's wrong with those commission
debates? Is it that too many people will be

r debates
watching?" Gore asked on CBS' "Early Show.'.
Bush got a boost from the national comman-
der of the American Legion, Alan Lance Sr.,
who blasted Gore for skipping the group's con-
vention and offering to send his running mate,
Joe Lieberman, in his place. The legion
"deserves to hear directly from the man him-
self, a man who would be our commander in
chief," Lance said.
Gore's campaign said the event conflicted
with the vice president's speech on economics
and said Bush's criticism of military readiness
carried no credibility.
Bush chastised President Clinton and Gore
for "not providing the necessary leadership" to
keep the military in shape.
"Our soldiers must have the confidence that
(if) asked to serve and sacrifice, the cause
will be worthy and our support for them will be
total," he said. Bush also was appearing later in
the week with retired Gens. Colin Powell and
Norman Schwarzkopf.

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. George W.
Bush speaks yesterday at the 82nd Annual American Legion
Convention at the Midwest Express Center in Milwaukee.

Gore expected
to get nod from
Teamsters union

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrat
Al Gore expects to receive a highly
coveted presidential endorsement of
the Teamsters labor union today.
Teamsters leaders were set to vote
this afternoon via teleconference,
according to spokesman Bret Cald-
Gore's campaign expects the pow-
erful union to give the Democratic
presidential nominee the nod over
Republican rival George W. Bush,
and the considerable get-out-the-vote
manpower that comes with it.
The Teamsters, because of the
union's fierce opposition to Gore's
free-trade advocacy, which Bush
shares, have been a holdout while
other major unions long ago endorsed
the vice president.
Teamster's president James Hoffa
Jr. has flirted with the idea of
endorsing Bush, and the union has
_,backed Republicans in the past:
Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984,
and former President Bush in 1988.
The Teamsters jumped to Bill Clin-
ton in 1 992 but abstained from

endorsing in 1996.
Hoffa attended the Republican
National Convention last month,
where he was feted by RNC chairman
Jim Nicholson and members of Con-
gress. He was also a delegate at the
Democratic Convention in Los Ange-
les in August.
Today, Hoffa will moderate the vot-
ing via telephone conference call,
Caldwell said. Iloffa will be in New
York for a campaign event with
Democratic Senate candidate Hillary
Rodham Clinton, the first lady.
The 13-million-member AFL-CIO
endorsed Gore nearly year ago, while
the Teamsters, the largest of the labor
federation's 68 affiliated unions with
more than a million U.S. members,
held out the threat of no endorsement.
The Teamsters have been courted
by both major- and third-party presi-
dential candidates. Hoffa said last
month the Teamsters had ruled out
endorsing Ralph Nader despite the
Green Party candidate's decision to
join the union in opposing permanent
normal trade status for China.


Vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Lieberman takes a ride on a Harley Davidson with union president Ted Harris
following a factory tour yesterday in Kansas City, Mo
Lieberman soldonmtryl

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Joseph Lieberman, a
senator normally known for quiet demeanor, donned a
motorcycle helmet yesterday and took a quick spin on the
back of a Harley-Davidson.
It was all in the service of the presidential campaign -
though Lieberman later told an aide, "I have a new fanta-
sy. I want to buy a Harley-Davidson."
Lieberman, Al Gore's Democratic running mate, spent
some time answering questions from workers on a motor-
cycle assembly line. Then, with his motorcade waiting, a
smiling Liebermangot on the back of a green motorcycle
driven by employee Ted Harris and waved to reporters
and employees as they circled the parking lot.
Lieberman then jumped off and got into his waiting car.

Unannounced and done at the end of his appearance,
Lieberman's ride wasn't captured by television and news-
paper photographers. However, an employee got a photo.
He later acknowledged that "there was some pressure"
not to ride. Aides apparently feared a repetition of the
ridicule Michael Dukakis got when he put on a helmet and
rode in a tank during his presidential campaign in 1988.
Asked why he did it, Lieberman said he had made a
"promise to the guys on the line. ... Besides, I had a good
time." Referring to the Dukakis ride, he joked that his deci-
sion to put on the helmet was "another act of courage."
At the plant, the blue jeans-clad Lieberman walked
through, shaking hands with workers who were attaching
tires and handlebars.



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