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Campaign Countdown from NYTimes.com
Wednesday, October 25, 2000 -- 4:03 PM EST

Nader Haters and Securing Social Security

13 Days Left Until Election Day

1. The Latest News: Nader Haters
2. Political Points Webcast: Hunting for Wolverines
3. The Times Looks Back: 1992 Presidential Election
4. Reader Discussion: Securing Social Security

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1. The Latest News: Nader Haters
The Democratic Party and Vice President Al Gore have treated
the presidential campaign of Ralph Nader kind of like the
Yankee fans treated Mets fans before last night's win at
Shea Stadium. Nader and his supporters were viewed as
misguided, but essentially harmless. They were worthy of
ridicule but not serious anxiety.

But now Team Gore is concerned that the Green Party
candidate Ralph Nader has become a major threat to Mr.
Gore's ability to win the presidency. So the Democratic
Party and its allies in the labor, environmental and women's
movements are mounting aggressive campaigns in swing states
across the country to dissuade liberal voters from
supporting Nader.

As the Times's James Dao writes today, "in the Pacific
Northwest, the League of Conservation Voters is preparing to
run radio advertisements asserting that voting for Mr. Nader
would be tantamount to voting for Gov. George W. Bush, the
Republican. In Ohio, the state Democratic Party has begun
flooding college campuses with leaflets urging students not
to waste their ballots on the Green Party. In Wisconsin, the
Service Employees International Union has dispatched
hundreds of organizers to implore its 12,000 state members
to vote Democratic, not Green."

In addition, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights
Action League is leading the charge in the anti-Nader
effort, launching a new TV ad in several battleground states
with the narrator warning: "Before voting for Nader consider
the risk." And while out campaigning for Mr. Gore, President
Clinton has been saying that folks who don't believe that a
woman's right to have an abortion is at stake in this
presidential election are "like an ostrich with your head in
the sand."

Mr. Nader says that he is trying to offer voters who are
dissatisfied with the Republican and Democratic parties
another option.

How tight is the race between George W. Bush and Al Gore?
Well, today Mr. Gore had to campaign in Tennessee and George
W. Bush had to stump in Florida. Mr. Bush spent the day
slamming Democratic presidential rival as a "scaremonger"
and "a creature of Washington."

 "I know it's Halloween and I know the man's trying to scare
you into the voting booth," Mr. Bush said. "But not this
time, Mr. Gore, not this year."

In a speech at Tennessee State University, Mr. Gore
continued to talk about a RAND Corporation study questioning
the validity of rising student test scores in Texas and
criticized Bush's education plan as "half measures that fall
short of what we really need."

2. Political Points Webcast: Hunting for Wolverines
Some say that as Michigan goes, so goes the presidential
election. So it's not surprising that George W. Bush and Al
Gore are playing for all the marbles in Michigan. Turnout
among conservative swing voters, like folks who make, sell
and own guns, African-Americans and labor unions will be key
for the candidates.

The National Rifle Association is working to mobilize gun
control opponents. And Michigan's referendum on school
vouchers is also sure to complicate things. The voucher
question has prompted Roman Catholic parishes, which support
vouchers because they could bring state aid to parochial
schools, to press their members to turn out to vote. Because
many Catholics vote Democratic, this could be to Gore's
advantage. Sage Eastman, Michigan Republican Party
communications director, and Mark Brewer, the chair of the
Michigan Democratic Party discussed the battle for this
battleground state on today's Political Points. To watch the
complete Webcast go to:

3. The Times Looks Back: Presidential Elections 1896-1996
Explore historic elections with New York Times articles and
editorials, trivia quizzes, presidential facts and more.
This week's featured election is the 1992 race, between Bill
Clinton, George Bush and H. Ross Perot.

4. Reader Discussion: Securing Social Security
How would you like the next president to handle Social
Security? Is George W. Bush's plan of allowing stock market
investment too risky? Is Al Gore's plan to supplement the
current system too expensive?

Does the system work? What would you change? Do you trust
either of the candidates' proposals?

What neither candidate will say: Benefits will have to be
cut. In fact, they already are. Full benefit age is being
increased. This makes perfect sense. In 1957, the average
length of benefit received by a man who retired at age 65
was... 18months! Let's not be unhappy that most of us will
be collecting for longer than that. That is why the
retirement age to collect max benefits is going up. It will
have to continue to do so. - farobin 10/24

Those of us who are economists (those not hired by either
major political party) regard the solution as really a 'no
brainer' -- and that is spend your vote with Big Al Gore.
George II is really a dope when it comes to issues like
this. If you really look at Bush's use of "funds in the
market proposal" carefully, you see some really ugly
consequences. - unclefudd1a 10/24

Colorado state government employees do not contribute to
social security. They contribute to a plan in which they can
invest in the stock market. The average returns for the
system over the past 15 years are in excess of 13 percent.
Even a janitor working for the Colorado state government
will be able to retire in comfort. Why does Al Gore oppose
this? - Jimmcmullen 10/24

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