October 18, 1996 in Nation/World

Point Argued Tooth And Nail White House Debate: Canine Or Feline?

Associated Press

It may be dog-eat-dog in the world of politics but debaters argued Thursday night over which animal was better suited for the White House - a dog or a cat.

Leader, the schnauzer owned by Republican presidential challenger Bob Dole was on hand for the cats ‘n’ dogs debate at a swank Washington hotel.

But President Clinton’s cat, Socks, who was invited but did not attend, issued a statement.

“To cats everywhere, I say whether your hair is short or long or exists not at all, we must rejoice in our diversity and in that spirit of unity welcome the nation’s dogs as well to the table of discussion,” the paw-stamped statement from the Clinton/Gore campaign said.

Political talk show host John McLaughlin moderated the debate, which was co-sponsored by the National Humane Society and the publisher of both Cats Magazine and Dog World.

“The simple act is that more people care about pets than about presidential politics,” McLaughlin said.

Dog World’s contributing editor John Cargill took up the cause for the dogs while Amy D. Shojai, president and founder of the Cat Writers’ Association led the cat side.

The Humane Society of the United States set up two phone numbers for callers to voice their views. The Humane Society will field calls up until Election Night Nov. 5, each call costs 75 cents, 25 cents of which will go to the organization.

xxxx TO VOTE The number for cats is 1-900-680-CATS; for dogs, 1-900-680-DOGS.

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