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Campaign Notebook

Mon., Feb. 5, 1996

Sunday’s developments:

Presidential race

Pat Buchanan criticized Steve Forbes on abortion, saying he does not believe the multimillionaire can win the GOP nomination. “His pro-abortion position would have to be changed dramatically,” before he could support Forbes as the party nominee, Buchanan said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Bob Dole campaigned in Iowa, which holds its caucuses Feb. 12, and stressing his Midwestern ties, focused virtually all of his fire on President Clinton. “We’ve left the liberals in charge too long,” he said. “If I get the farm vote, I’ll win in a landslide in the caucuses.”

Steve Forbes told The Associated Press he believes the flat tax proposal is attracting voters to him. And, during a stop in New Jersey, he downplayed Gov. Christine Todd Whitman’s support for Dole.

Phil Gramm said, in an appearance on ABC’s “This Week with David Brinkley” that Forbes had two sides: “the Reagan Republican of the slick TV commercials” and the “Rockefeller Republican of 21 years of editorial writing on everything from endorsing Jimmy Carter’s economic plan to endorsing gays in the military.”

News of note:

The Des Moines Register, Iowa’s largest newspaper, endorsed Dole. The paper asked in an editorial, “Who better than Dole?” The newspaper also said “Dole’s vigor in simultaneously running the Senate and running for president dispels the notion that time has passed him by.”

Forbes and Dole both have soft support, according to national and New Hampshire polls. A Time-CNN poll found Dole still far ahead but Forbes gaining, with much of his new support coming from former Dole backers and previously undecided voters. In New Hampshire, a poll of 447 likely voters in the Feb. 20 leadoff primary found 26 percent supporting Forbes and 22 percent backing Dole - a statistical tie.

Today’s stops

Alexander: In Iowa, at Cedar Rapids, Waverly, Indianola.

Buchanan: In Louisiana, at Winnfield, De Ridder, Vinton, Lake Charles.

Dole: In Iowa, at Ames, Iowa City, Davenport.

Forbes: In Iowa at Sioux City, LeMars, Orange City, Spencer.

Gramm: In Iowa at Anamosa, Muscatine, Mason City, Manchester, Iowa City.

Lugar: In New Hampshire, at Bedford, Manchester.



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