Saturday, September 09, 2000

Gore, Lieberman here Tuesday


Education theme of campaign stop

By Howard Wilkinson
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Education will be the theme of a three-city Southwest Ohio bus tour by Al Gore and running mate Joseph Lieberman on Tuesday that will end with a Cincinnati rally.

        The Democratic presidential and vice presidential candidates will appear at a 2 p.m. rally Tuesday at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, a two-year college Mr. Gore visited four years ago.

        The appearances underscore Ohio's importance as a battleground state.

IF YOU GO
  Tickets to the Gore-Lieberman rally will be distributed by the Hamilton County Democratic Party at Hyde Park Square and Swifton Commons Mall from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Sunday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday.
  Tickets also will be distributed at Findlay Market (Findlay Street) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today and at Cincinnati State (main lobby) from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday.
  Call 421-0495 for information.
        A ticket will be needed to be admitted to the rally in the Cincinnati State parking lot at Ludlow Avenue and Central Parkway, but they will be available for free to the public at several locations around the city today, Sunday and Monday.

        “This is an opportunity for anybody in the Tristate to come out and see the vice president and hear what he has to say about education,” said State Sen. Mark Mallory, the co-chairman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party. “We want as many people there as possible.”

        Education — elementary, secondary and higher education — will be the theme of the tour through a part of Ohio where the Gore-Lieberman campaign hopes to cut into the traditionally heavy Republican vote.

        Gore spokeswoman Kim Ruby said the bus tour would begin early Tuesday at a middle school in a Dayton suburb, move on to a high school in Middletown and end with the Cincinnati State event.

        As of Friday evening, the specific schools to be visited in suburban Dayton and Middletown had yet to be determined, Ms. Ruby said.

        Education has been one of the issues of contention between the Gore campaign and that of Republican nominee George W. Bush. It is one of the issues that the national polls say could influence the relatively small sliver of American voters who have yet to make up their minds about the presidential race.

        Most of the focus has been on primary and secondary education, but Ms. Ruby said Mr. Gore's speech at Cincinnati State will have “a higher education component.”

        On higher education, Mr. Gore has pledged that if he is elected, he will continue to push for the Clinton administration's proposed “college opportunity tax cut,” which would provide a choice between a tax deduction or a 28 percent tax credit on up to $10,000 in college tuition.

        Mr. Bush has proposed expanding the “eduction savings accounts” created by the Republican Congress by increasing the annual contributions limit from $500 to $5,000 and allowing funds to be withdrawn tax free to pay for expenses from kin dergarten through college.

        Mr. Gore and Mr. Lieberman will make their points on higher education at a two-year college that offers programs in information technology, engineering technology, health care, humanities and business.

        There are nearly 7,000 students enrolled this fall at Cincinnati State.

        Tuesday, many of them will have to find someplace else to park at the commuter school, because its biggest parking lot will be taken over by the Gore-Lieberman rally.

        “We're hoping some neighborhood businesses will take in some of the students trying to park and that there will be some room on streets in the neighborhoods,” said Cincinnati State spokesman Bruce Stoecklin. “Other than that, they're on their own.”

       



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