February 25, 1996 in City

Campaign ‘96

 

Candidate Q&A;

“Should federal law be changed regarding access to and availability of abortion?” - asked of leading presidential candidates

Bill Clinton: Numbers can be lowered by emphasizing education, prevention and personal responsibility, but decision should be between the woman and her doctor. “Abortions should be safe, legal, and rare.”

Lamar Alexander: States should set restrictions. “The federal government should not be involved at all - should not condone, encourage, fund or prohibit abortion.”

Pat Buchanan: Supports human life amendment and would take other measures while that is under consideration: end federal money for abortion or related activities, hold hearings to demonstrate human life begins at conception and that women are victims of abortion and “an act of Congress to extend the constitutional rights of a ‘person’ to the unborn child.”

Bob Dole: Opposes Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion and supported constitutional amendment to overturn ruling. “I support a constitutional amendment to restrict abortion subject to the exceptions of life of the mother, rape and incest.”

Steve Forbes: Would end federal funding, ban third trimester and sex-selection abortion and require parental notification for minors having abortion.

Dick Lugar: Opposes abortion except for victims of rape and incest, or when mother’s life is at risk. Supports constitutional amendment to ban abortions except in those cases.

Folks of few words.

Believing brevity is the soul of wit - and possibly electability - Washington state Democrats drafted a state platform of a mere 1,000 words. “It’s based on values, rather than details,” said state party secretary Diane Welsh-Bleck…In the past, platforms for both parties have been cluttered with the kind of details that made candidates blush. The GOP denounced witchcraft one year, the Democrats leaned toward legalizing marijuana another year.

He’s out, but on

Sen. Phil Gramm was quick to get out of the presidential race, but not quick enough to get off the Washington state primary ballot. The Texas Republican quit the race Feb. 14 but didn’t send Secretary of State Ralph Munro a notarized statement of withdrawal by last Tuesday’s ballot deadline…That leaves eight Republicans on the March 26 GOP ballot Gramm plus Lamar Alexander, Pat Buchanan, Bob Dole, Robert Dornan, Steve Forbes, Alan Keyes and Richard Lugar. Democrats have two choices, Bill Clinton and Lyndon LaRouche…LaRouche gathered enough signatures to be added to the ballot, but comedian Pat Paulsen fell short.

Here’s a shocker

Americans for Democratic Action is complaining loudly about the voting record of Reps. George Nethercutt and Helen Chenoweth, saying they aren’t anywhere near as liberal as their predecessors…Gee, with enemies like that, Nethercutt and Chenoweth hardly need friends.

Catch the candidates

Monday: GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Waldo visits Spokane Falls Community College at 10 a.m. and SIRTI at 4 p.m.

Campaign calendar

March 5: Republican and Democratic Precinct Caucuses in Washington state. Democratic county caucuses in Idaho.

March 26: Washington state presidential primary, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

, DataTimes MEMO: Campaign ‘96 is a regular feature of The Spokesman-Review, offering a mixture of information on local, state and national politics during the campaign season. Candidates can submit information about local appearances by calling Cityline at (509) 458-8800, ext. 9893, by fax at (509) 459-5482, by mail to Campaign ‘96, Box 2160, Spokane, Wash., 99210, or by e-mail to jimc@spokesman.com.

Campaign ‘96 is a regular feature of The Spokesman-Review, offering a mixture of information on local, state and national politics during the campaign season. Candidates can submit information about local appearances by calling Cityline at (509) 458-8800, ext. 9893, by fax at (509) 459-5482, by mail to Campaign ‘96, Box 2160, Spokane, Wash., 99210, or by e-mail to jimc@spokesman.com.

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