Thursday, October 28, 2004

Draft is 'sleeper issue'

First-time voters worry about it

By Carl Weiser
Gannett News Service

WASHINGTON - At least half a million new voters have been registered in Ohio.

So what will they do on Election Day?

A new poll out from Pace University of first-time voters nationally shows that the draft is a "sleeper issue" - even though President Bush has ruled it out and Congress overwhelmingly voted it down this month.

But 56 percent of new voters said they were very or somewhat worried about the reinstitution of the draft. Black voters (82 percent) and Hispanic voters (71 percent) were the most likely to be concerned about it.

"It's not about lockboxes and budget surpluses. In 2004, it's about war and sacrifice," said Jehmu Greene, president of Rock the Vote, who conducted the survey along with Pace.

The poll showed Bush favored by 48 percent of those new voters, and Kerry favored by 44 percent. But the poll of 600 newly registered voters (since 2000) has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

And these new voters say one thing overwhelmingly: they will vote on Election Day. About 83 percent, on a scale of 1 to 10, put their likelihood of voting at a "10."

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Four men, three days

The next three days bring all four men at the top of the ticket to Ohio.

Today, President Bush visits Ohio - but it's just one of three battleground states he'll hit. He will hold rallies every three hours - first in Saginaw, Mich., then in Dayton (noon), Westlake (3 p.m.) and Pennsylvania.

He has a similar schedule Friday, with two early rallies in New Hampshire followed by a 4 p.m. rally in Toledo and a 7 p.m. rally in Columbus.

Saturday, he takes a break from Ohio, but he's expected to be back Sunday for a rally in Cincinnati.

Vice President Dick Cheney will spend Saturday afternoon in Muskingum County.

Sen. John Kerry will rally in Toledo this morning, while running mate Sen. John Edwards hits Marietta on Saturday.

If it sounds

too good to be true ...

A group that toured Ohio and the country in a "Yes Bush Can" bus announced Wednesday it was switching sides and supporting Sen. John Kerry.

But Ohio was punked.

The group was actually a spoof to begin with, part of a publicity stunt for the new movie The Yes Men, about self-described "anti-corporate activist pranksters" who pretend to be businessmen.

It should have been obvious from the "USA PATRIOT Pledges" the group asked supporters to sign, including: "I volunteer to send my children to fight for America in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, North Korea, or anywhere else President George W. Bush deems necessary" and "I support tax cuts favoring the elite, and I volunteer to pay more than my share of taxes to allow the elite to invest their money in our country's economy. (Please skip this item if your annual income exceeds $400,000.)."

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They said it

"I think that Ohio may go against the president. I think that the economic concerns there, the anxiety, the job loss and particularly companies actually leaving."- GOP consultant Frank Luntz, who conducted focus groups in Cincinnati with undecided voters during both party conventions.

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