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The candidates

Bill Clinton continued debate rehearsals at Chautauqua, N.Y., resort and acknowledged to reporters that a secret memo from FBI Director Louis Freeh says the government’s anti-drug strategy “had never been properly organized.”

Bob Dole wound up his debate rehearsals in Bal Harbour, Fla., with a pep talk from former President George Bush.

Ross Perot spent the day at home in Dallas, but planned to step up his public and long-format television appearances after an appeals court decision kept him out of the presidential debates.

Al Gore accepted the endorsements of three mainstream environmental groups (League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action).

Jack Kemp took a day off from campaigning in Washington.

News of note

An Associated Press survey of all 50 states and the District of Columbia shows Clinton holds double-digit leads in most of the big, industrial-state electoral battlegrounds.

He entered Sunday’s debate ahead in 25 states and the District of Columbia with a combined 314 electoral votes - 44 more than the 270 needed to win the White House. Dole was ahead in seven states with 38 electoral votes.

Bob Dole’s endorsement by the Hamilton, Ohio, lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police was rejected by the FOP’s national head.

Ignoring the national union’s endorsement of President Clinton for the presidency, members of FOP Lodge 38 in Hamilton voted unanimously Wednesday to endorse the Republican nominee.

But in Washington, Jim Pasco, executive director of the national FOP, said “it would not be considered a legitimate FOP endorsement.”

Upcoming on TV

Today Kemp on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” at 8 a.m.

Perot on CBS’ “Face The Nation.”

Perot airs 30-minute campaign infomercial on ABC at 7 p.m.

Clinton and Dole debate for 90 minutes in Hartford, Conn. 6 p.m.

Perot on CNN’s “Larry King Live” 7:30 p.m.

Natural Law Party candidate John Hagelin, Green Party’s Ralph Nader, Libertarian candidate Harry Browne and U.S. Taxpayers Party candidate Howard Phillips in a roundtable discussion on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” 8:15 p.m.

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