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8A - Thursday, March 20, 2008
CLINTON
From Page 1A
demanding that the campaigns
"Bring the Showdown to Motown"
and "Count MI Vote" were scat-
tered throughout the crowd.
While the Clinton campaign has
supported holding a new contest
in the state, Sen. Barack Obama's
campaign has hesitatedbecause of
legal and logistical concerns.
As the race for the Democratic
nomination tightened and Obama
overtook Clinton's delegate lead,
Michigan Democrats stepped up
demands for the state's delegates
to be seated in some way.
On the table is a proposal by
four Democrats to hold a new,
privately-funded contest on June
3. In addition to approval from
both campaigns, the proposal will
need the support of the Michigan
Democratic Party, the DNC, Gov.
Jennifer Granholm and the state
legislature.
The legislation must be passed
today, befare the Michigan Leg-
islature begins a two-week recess
tomorrow.
Because Democrats in the state
legislature are currently split on
the idea of a primary do-over, it
is unlikely a consensus will be
reached today.
In her address yesterday, Clin-
ton challenged Obama to agree to
the proposed primary do-over.
"Senator Obama speaks pas-
sionately on the campaign trail
about empowering the American
people," she said. "Today I am ask-
ing him to match those words with

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actions."
Clinton drew cheers from the
frustrated crowd of Michigan vot-
ers when she said, "I am proud to
stand with the people of Michigan
in this cause and I hope that Sena-
tor Obama will join me."
While some have expressed con-
cerns regarding the legality and
funding of a new primary, Mark
Brewer, MDP chairman, said the
proposal would work.
"In response to questions raised
today concerning the proposed
presidential primary'legislation, I
support this legislation as creating
a legally viable process for an early
June presidential primary," Brew-
er said in a statement. "None of the
legal objections to the legislation
have any merit, and in my opinion,
this legislation satisfies all DNC
and legal requirements."
During her address, Clinton
called Michigan a "critical state for
Democrats to win" in the Novem-
ber general election.
"If Democrats send a message
that we don't care about your
votes, I'm sure John McCain and
the Republicans would be happy to
have them," Clinton said. "Ignor-
ing Michigan and Florida will be a
grave mistake."
Granholm's daughter, LSA
freshman Kate Mulhern, a mem-
ber of University's Students for
Hillary chapter, echoed Clinton's
sentiments.
"You can't just disenfranchise
an entire state," Mulhern said.
Muihern said a new primary
would be thesbest way to force the
candidates to address the concerns
of Michigan voters.

"It'll bring huge national atten-
tion to Michigan, which is mul-
tiplied by how close the race is,
how neck-and-neck it is," Mulhern
said.
A primary do-over would cost
between $8 million and $12 mil-
lion and would need to be funded
privately. While Granholm and
state legislators have said tax-
payers will not pay for another
election, several donors - mostly
Clinton backers - have volun-
teered to fund it.
officials have ruled out the
possibility of validating the Jan.
15 primary and seating the state's
128 delegates as they were deter-
mined in the first primary. Many,
and in particular Obama support-
ers, claim the first election does
not accurately reflect the will of
Michigan voters because Obama
removed his name from the Jan.
15 ballot. Clinton won 55 percent
of the vote in Michigan on Jan. 15,
while 40 percent of Michigan vot-
ers castballots as "uncommitted."
Even though the other leading
candidates withdrew from the
ballot, Clinton said she remained
on the ballot because "believed in
the voices of Michigan."
LSA sophomore Kelly Bernero,
chair of the University's chapter of
Students for Hillary, said Clinton's
decision to remain on the bal-
lot sent an important message to
Michigan, which is suffering from
the highest unemploymentcrates in
the country.
"Michigan needs serious eco-
nomic reform," she said. "Hillary's
listening to that and saying, 'I'm
ready to partner with you."'

In visit to campus, ABC's Stossel
opposes socialized' health care

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20/20 host argues
capitalism key to
effective health care
By SUTHA K KANAGASINGAM
For the Daily
In the midst of a presidential
primary season in which
candidates have promoted
universal health care coverage,
ABC "20/20" co-anchor John
Stossel condemned the notion of
government-provided health care
at Palmer Commons yesterday.
During the talk, called "Why
Socialized Medicine Stinks,"
Stossel pushed for free-market
health care and less government
intervention, saying the private
sector is more efficient.
"The government doesn't do
many things very well," Stossel
said. "The private sector is often
better, quicker and cheaper."
About 160 students, professors
and Ann Arbor residents filled the
room. Several attendees had to

watch the lecture from an overflow
room on live video feed.
The event was sponsored by
College Libertarians along with
Students for a Free Economy
and Young Americans for
Freedom. LSA sophomore Eric
Plourde, president of the College
Libertarians, said partnering
with other groups made it easier
to bring such a high-profile
speaker.
Stossel said the media and
universities often oppose
capitalism but that free markets
drive the economy.
"People seem to think that if
somebody makes money out of
you, you lose," he said.
He also criticized the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration, saying
that while the FDA tests to ensure a
drugis safe before the organization
approces it, the process takes too
long to put effective drugs on the
market.
"They want to protect people
from getting hurt, but if, for
instance, an effective drug takes
15 years to get approved, wouldn't
they have been 'protecting' people

from a good thing, too?" he said.
Flyers saying "John Stossel
Stinks" were posted around the
Diag this week, condemning
Stossel for "fabricating stories."
The person or group behind the
fliers couldn't be identified.
College of Engineering junior
Sarah Ledford, the chair of YAF,
said she wasn't put off by the
flyers.
"That means people are paying
attention," shessaid. "They could
have come listen to the talk
themselves and asked questions to
Stossel himself."
LSA junior Philip Mintz said he
thought Stossel's talk facilitated
good discussion on campus.
"He has a different voice from
ones on campus, and it is very
refreshing," Mintz said. "Here at
the University, we always hear
the same old typical voice against
capitalism."
LSA junior Danielle Ashbaugh
said it was refreshing to hear a
new voice on campus.
"I've often heard of people
pushing for socialized medicine,
and this is a first," she said.

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Proposed plan would give freshmen
priority over some grad students

Bush defends Iraq war, now in its 6th year

WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi-
dent Bush defiantly defended the
Iraq war yesterday as U.S. troops
began a sixth year of combat in
the long and costly conflict that
has dominated his presidency.
Bush conceded the war has been
harder and more expensive than
anticipated but insisted it has all
been necessary to keep Ameri-
cans safe.
Protesters marked the anniver-
sary ofthe U.S. invasion with dem-
onstrations near the White House
and in other cities, though they
seemed to lack the fervor of those
that preceded the war.
Bush, in a speech at the Penta-
gon, offered some of his boldest

assessments of progress and said
the war's legacy is absolute: "The
world is better, and the United
States of America is safer."
A war-wearycountry isn'tnear-
ly so convinced.
The majority of people think
the invasion was a mistake, polls
show. However, Americans are
more split about how the war is
going and when U.S. troops should
be pulled home, as reduced vio-
lence in Iraq has begun to influ-
ence the public view.
Almost 4,000 U.S. military
members have died, and more than
29,000 have been wounded. The
cost is $500 billion and counting.
"No one would argue that this

war has not come at a high cost
in lives and treasure," Bush said.
"But those costs are necessary
when we consider the cost of a
strategic victory for our enemies
in Iraq."
The U.S. has about 158,000
troops in Iraq, and that number
is expected to drop to 140,000 by
summer
But Bush signaled anew that
he will not pull more troops
home as long as his commanders
worry that doing so will imperil
recently improved conditions in
Iraq.
"Having come so far, and
achieved so much, we're not going
to let this happen," Bush said.

TICKETS From Page 1A
help reduce the number of dis-
placed students.
"We believe in retrospect that it
was not fair to have freshmen sit-
ting outside of thestudent section
when a student was sitting inside
the student section with a family
member," Bodnar said in an e-mail
interview.
Bodnar explained the decision
to give seating priority to incom-
ing freshmen over graduate stu-
dents by saying "we believe that
undergraduates in this country
generally have a greater affinity
for their school than graduate stu-
dents."
Bodnar will discuss the changes
in a meeting scheduled with stu-
dents Monday.
After numerous complaints last
season from freshmen and their
parents regardingseatinglocation,
the University "decided that plac-
ing freshmen, 'in no man's land,'

was not a very welcoming experi-
ence," Bodnar said.
About 3,000 students, most of
them freshmen, were placed in
seats scattered throughout the
stadium last season.
LSA freshman Haley Briggs,
one of those students, said that
when she took her seat in Section
16 last year, halfway around the
stadium from the rest of the stu-
dents, she felt "angry and out-of-
place."
"I felt secluded because I was in
row 92 and sitting next to old peo-
ple and stuff," Briggs said. Briggs
stayed in her seat during thae first
game, but snuck into the student
section to sit with friends for the
rest of the season.
For Rackham student Ethan
Eagle, though, the unexpected
ticketing changes were an "out-
rage."
The third-year doctoral stu-
dent said he felt disenfranchised
by the change and feels his age
has allowed him to view the game

as more than an excuse to social-
ize or binge-drink on a Saturday
morning.
Eagle, who studied at the
University of Maryland at Col-
lege Park as an undergraduate,
s ,aid he'll always have a strong
tie to thataschool, but thought
it didn't justify being given the
lowest seating priority in the Big
House.
"It's not like I went to Ohio
State," Eagle said. "I came here
from a different school, from a dif-
ferent conference and I'll be as big
a Michigan fan as I was a Mary-
land fan."
Law School student Leslie Stier-
man said Law School e-mail lists
have been abuzz with students
angry about the decision.
"It seems like the administra-
tion takes an action and waits
to see if they get a reaction from
students," Stierman said. "That's
something I'll consider when I
make a donation to the school
down the road."

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