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Archive for Sunday, October 11, 1992

LEADERSHIP, CONSERVATIVISM DRAW KU STUDENT TO BUSH

October 11, 1992

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Students should vote for President Bush because he has proven leadership and because he won't raise taxes, a KU student and coordinator of the Kansas Bush-Quayle re-election committee says.

"My reason is because he has proven leadership and because as a graduating college student, I would not want to spend four years under (Arkansas Gov. Bill) Clinton's plan," said Dick Carter.

Carter, a KU senior from Topeka, helps the Bush-Quayle campaign in Kansas by making sure Republican county chairs have enough campaign materials on hand. He also helps answer their questions about the campaign.

Although Kansas University is a "very liberal campus," he said many students will vote for Bush because they have conservative values at heart.

"It's difficult to gauge conservative values at KU because this is a very liberal campus," he said. "But I think there are people that have been brought up that way and feel that way."

WHEN STUDENTS go into the voting booth, Carter said they should "ask themselves if they've had it any better" than how times are today.

Based on chatting with KU students, Carter speculated they are split roughly 40 percent for Bush, 40 percent for Clinton and 20 percent for independent candidate Ross Perot.

"I think whatever votes Ross Perot gets will take away from Bill Clinton and will ensure the victory of George Bush," he said.

Carter said Clinton's economic plan would triple taxes and is three times more expensive than any Democrat has ever proposed.

"It'd be basically a repeat of the Works Progress Administration," he said, referring to the program set up by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s.

"He just wants to put everyone to work and pay them. It's not a good solution."

CARTER SAID a Democratic-controlled Congress impedes many of Bush's programs that could be implemented to help the country.

"It's very difficult for him to get his agenda accomplished with a Democratic Congress," he said. "If you give him a Republican Congress, the president will be able to accomplish all of his objectives."

Carter isn't buying into the theory that Bush cannot relate to students and younger voters, as some critics have charged.

"Getting on MTV doesn't mean you're relating to students," he said.

He also said the major television networks have been "controlling the agenda" of the presidential race and that it is difficult for voters to understand the real issues.

Asked whether Bush has lived up to his billing as "the environmental president" or "the education president," Carter said, "I think the president's record speaks for itself."

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