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RNC Press Release June 21, 1994 STATEMENT BY RNC CHAIRMAN HALEY BARBOUR ON DEMOCRAT CHRISTIAN-BASHING "In his news conference today Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Vic Fazio wanted to talk about everything but Bill Clinton and his party's prospects in this year's elections. If I were Fazio I would want to change the subject, too. Democrats are running from Bill Clinton like scalded dogs. They know they are vulnerable, Clinton's policies are unpopular and the Republicans have the strongest field of candidates ever. So with nothing else to talk about, Fazio adopted the new, orchestrated Democrat campaign strategy of Christian bashing, the left's preferred form of religious bigotry. Christian bashing will backfire, so if Fazio and the Democrats keep it up, it will help Republicans at the polls in November. Nevertheless, I think it is deplorable a major political party considers religious bigotry an acceptable campaign strategy." -------------------------------------------------- RNC TALKING POINTS "Scalded Dogs" The Pack Keeps Getting Bigger Candidates/Elected Officials "I don't think there will be very many Southern Democrats inviting the president to campaign for them ..." -- Rep. Nathan Deal D-GA, Washington Times, 6/13/94 "Are we going to ask Bill Clinton to campaign for us? Probably not ..." -- Texas Land Commissioner - Clinton's 1992 campaign chairman in Texas, Garry Mauro, Austin American-Statesman, 6/4/94 "Ann Richards will not run from Bill Clinton, and she will not run to Bill Clinton." -- Chuck McDonald, Richards campaign spokesman, Austin American-Statesman, 6/4/94 "U.S. Rep. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, reported his constituents expressed a lot of doubts about Clinton's health care legislation, but they did not direct any anger at Clinton as a person. 'In my district, it's not personal much as it is issues,' said Fields." -- Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate, 6/12/94 "I intend to run my own independent campaign, regardless of who is in the White House..." -- State Sen. Sandy Sands, Democratic nominee for the 5th Congressional District North Carolina, The News and Observer of Raleigh North Carolina, 6/12/94 "Democrat Craig Mathis, who is running for Congress in Albany, Ga., goes out of his way to boast that he will remain independent of Mr. Clinton if elected to the House. 'I will support the president when he's right. And I will oppose him when I think he is wrong,' his campaign brochure says in bold lettering." -- Washington Times, 6/12/94 "[W]hen Clinton appeared at a rally in Georgia, the man who introduced him at the 1992 Democratic convention - Gov. Zell Miller - did not appear on the podium with him. Miller faces re- election this fall, and his reluctance to appear within camera range of Clinton was noted by pundits and opponents. On the same trip, only two of Georgia's eight Democratic members of Congress appeared with Clinton." -- Gannett News Service, 6/9/94 "[R]epresentative Dave McCurdy, who announced his candidacy for Senate on Tuesday, emphasized that he would support Mr. Clinton 'when he acts on behalf of mainstream values' but 'oppose him when he departs from those values.'" -- New York Times, 6/9/94 "I think it's much more important for the people of the state of Missouri to get to know the person running for the Senate seat ... I am my own person." -- Marsha Murphy, Senate Candidate, New York Times, 6/9/94 "They start screaming just from sentence one ... I didn't realize the kind of animosity that Bill Clinton has attracted at a visceral and personal level ..." -- Rep. Jimmy Hayes, D-LA, Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate, 6/12/94 Democratic Party Officials/Consultants "There are clearly some areas of the ountry where it is not going to benefit a candidate to associate himself with Bill Clinton, and if you want us to stay away, we'll stay away..." -- Donald Sweitzer, Political Director, Democratic National Committee, Washington Times, 6/13/94 "I have a feeling it's going to be a problem in November ... I think it's going to be a drag on the party." -- Gary Pearce, Gov. Jim Hunt's chief political strategist, The News and Observer of Raleigh North Carolina, 6/12/94 "This means that people like us are going to have to find ways to define our candidates as much more independent of Clinton ..." -- Alan Secrest, Democratic campaign consultant, Washington Times, 6/13/94 *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************


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