Bill Clinton, envisioning a day when computers are “as much a part of classrooms as blackboards,” moved to broaden the sweep of the Internet at 100 universities, national labs and other federal institutions. “It is now time to invest in the next generation of Internet,” he said.
Bob Dole welcomed Colin Powell’s “vim and vinegar” to his lagging White House campaign by kicking off a bus tour in Cincinnati. Dole kept up his tease that the popular retired general would be “one of the stars” in a Dole administration, possibly as secretary of state.
Al Gore basked in the generally good reviews of his vice presidential debate with Republican rival Jack Kemp. “Last night it was Al Gore who sacked the quarterback,” Clinton said.
Jack Kemp asked whether he scored a touchdown or a field goal against Gore, Kemp described his performance in Wednesday’s debate as a “touchdown and a two-point conversion.”
Pat Choate accused the Democratic and Republican parties of corrupt practices, pointing the finger at presidential candidate advertising and campaign contributions funneled from overseas. “These are attempts to steal this election by the illegal use of monies,” Choate said in Arlington, Texas.
News of Note:
The TV audience for Wednesday night’s vice-presidential debate was down sharply from 1992, preliminary Nielsen figures indicated. Overnight ratings covering 34 cities showed the audience for the Gore-Kemp debate averaged a 19.6 rating, compared with “overnights” for the 1992 Quayle-Gore-Stockdale debate of 34.45.
Upcoming on TV
Kemp on CNN’s “Evans & Novak,” 5:30 p.m.
Clinton and Dole answer a question about foreign aid around 5:30 p.m. on Fox.
Perot airs 30-minute infomercial at 6:30 p.m. on Fox. Same program will be on NBC after the Major League baseball championship series.
Kemp on ABC’s “This Week With David Brinkley.”
Friday’s stops: Clinton: Washington.
Dole: Findlay, Ohio; Lima, Ohio; Kettering, Ohio.
Kemp: Paducah, Ky.