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Campaign Notebook

Sat., March 2, 1996

Friday’s developments:

Presidential race

Lamar Alexander was annoyed at reporters who kept asking him about when he would end his campaign. “We have a country that is hungry for an election and a vision contest,” Alexander said after a rally in West Columbia, S.C. “So instead of acting like a bunch of handicappers, why don’t we talk about what kind of country we’re going to have?”

Pat Buchanan defended Southern traditions at the Citadel in South Carolina by saying that a Buchanan administrations would allow the public military college to stay all-male. He also said he thought the Confederate battle flag should remain flying at the state Capitol.

Bob Dole, speaking at a boisterous, standing-room-only hotel rally Friday night in Waltham, Mass., insisted that despite his three-plus decades in Congress, he is not a Washington insider. “I’m a real person. I’m not someone who’s been captured by the Potomac fever in Washington, D.C., just because I’ve been there for a while.”

Steve Forbes said in Fort Collins, Colo., that politics “is a body contact sport and the referee is never there when the elbows are flying and the piling on starts.” Yet Forbes said he enjoys campaigning, telling junior high school students at a question-and-answer session, “It’s days like this that make the whole process worthwhile.”

News of note

Some South Carolina Democrats were planning to turn Republican briefly and vote for Buchanan, hoping to strengthen President Clinton’s re-election bid. The GOP primary is open to all registered voters, opening the door to a spoiler vote, as well as fueling candidates’ hopes to draw from independents and dissatisfied Democrats. State Democratic leaders are discouraging the idea, but whether it will be a factor in a primary where 200,000 voters are expected is unclear.

Upcoming on TV


Alexander on CNN’s “Inside Politics,” 4:30 p.m. PST.

Buchanan on “CNN Saturday Morning,” 4 a.m. PST.


Alexander on CBS’ “Face The Nation.”

Buchanan on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

Dole on ABC’s “This Week With David Brinkley.”

Forbes on CNN’s “Evans & Novak,” 10 a.m. EST. Will be profiled on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” at 7 p.m. EST.

CNN will broadcast a presidential debate sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club at 8 p.m. EST.

Today’s stops

Alexander: Jacksonville, Fla.; Macon, Ga.; Atlanta.

Buchanan: Baltimore; Lexington, Mass.; Portland, Maine.

Dole: Bangor, Maine; Burlington, Vt.; South Burlington, Vt.; Islip, N.Y.; Columbia, S.C.

Forbes: Connecticut.

Lugar: St. Albans, Vt.; Middlebury, Vt.

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