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The Daily Tar HeelMonday, November 3, 19863
By JEANNIE FARIS
The campaign trail ends Nov. 4 for U.S.
Senate candidates Terry Sanford and Sen.
Jim Broyhill, who have recently begun
vigorous campaigning to pick up the
momentum of this slow-paced race and
make their final appeals for voter support.
A poll published in The (Raleigh) News
and Observer Sunday indicated that
Sanford, a Democrat, is ahead of Broyhill,
a Republican, by seven percentage points.
The results showed that 49.8 percent of
those polled preferred Sanford and 42.6
percent preferred Broyhill, with 7.6 percent
The candidates campaign strategies have
varied considerably since Gov. Jim Martin
appointed Broyhill in July to fill the late
Sen. John East's seat.
Broyhill, a 24-year congressman from
Lenoir before his Senate appointment,
relied on his new image as the responsible
senator working in Washington to represent
Sanford, former N.C. governor from
1961-1965, embarked upon a highly pub
licized tour of all 100 counties of the state.
He visited the counties for three months
between the May primaries and Labor Day,
after Broyhill declined his challenge to
debate at all 100 stops.
"He wanted to touch bases with the entire
state, and not just Democrats, but Repub
licans and Independents also," said Tom
Lawton, Sanford's press secretary. "This
grass roots tour let the people hear him
and let him listen to the people and work
from the bottom up for support."
Lawton attributes Sanford's slight lead
in the polls to the solid base of support
that the tour of the counties established.
"WeVe got momentum from the grass roots
work in the summer so that we can charge
ahead. Things are going our way," he said.
Sanford also conducted an airborne tour
of statewide community and technical
colleges, which he has been instrumental
Broyhill has visited all 100 counties of
the state during the campaign, but has done
so gradually, without the publicity of
Sanford's tour, said Lisa Brewer, Broyhill's
"While Jim Broyhill has been working
overtime as senator, he has also been
campaigning hard," Brewer said. I think
that if you put Jim Broyhill's schedule next
to Terry Sanford's, youH see who has been
working the hardest in this election."
Broyhill conducted a two-day train tour
in October from Asheville to Raleigh, with
14 stops along the way for speeches and
By DONNA LEI NW AND
Assistant State & National Editor
Pledges to avoid negative campaigning
and labeling and to focus on issues prefaced
the 4th District congressional race between
Republican Rep. Bill Cobey and Demo
cratic challenger David Price.
Cobey, who is seeking his second term
in the U.S. House of Representatives,
served as UNC athletic director and was
president of a consulting firm in Chapel
Hill. Price has been a political science
professor at Duke University since 1973 and
served as the N.C. Democratic Party
Chairman in 1983.
After Price emerged as the .winner in a
close Democratic primary race between
Price, Kirsten Nyrop, William Woodward
"Woody" Webb, and Wilma Woodard, the
Democratic Party united behind Price, said
press secretary Margaret Lawton.
As election day approaches, neither
Cobey nor Price has been labeled the front
runner. "They're running neck-and-neck," said
Dave McSweeney, issues coordinator for
Both campaigns, however, claim there is
other labeling going on.
"(Price) is distorting Bill Cobey's record,"
McSweeney said. "We see who the real
negative campaigner is."
Accusing Cobey of negative campaigning
and attacking Cobey's voting record in
Congress is a "desperation attempt by the
Price people," McSweeney said.
The votes of an incumbent congressman
are part of public record and demonstrate
where someone stands on an issue, Lawton
Price said talking about the votes is not
"Those votes are as plain as the nose on
your face," he said. "I'm sure that Mr.
Cobey would prefer that I not talk about
Price said Cobey had distorted his
positions on tax reform and the Strategic
Defense Initiative, or "Star Wars," and had
"been quick to label me things like liberal,
In early September Cobey mailed a letter
questioning Price's religious principles. In
the letter, addressed "Dear Christian
Friend," Cobey called himself an "ambas
sador for Christ" and said his mission in
Congress is to be an "encourager" and a
"Christian example." Cobey called for more
Christians to be involved in the campaign
and requested help for the Christian cause.
"Will you help me so our voice will not
be silenced and then replaced by someone
who is not willing to take a strong stand
for the principles outlined in the Word of
God?" he wrote.
McSweeney said Cobey had called Price
and apologized. He said Cobey did not
intend to bring religion into the race.
"It's a minimal issue," he said. "People
make mistakes. We think people are smart
enough to realize there are real issues in
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Issues Jim Broyhill Terry Sanford
Jlv-il 4U , ..... Favors reduced federal spending without
rN IJpfinf Favors the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act across the board cuts of Gramm-
j-j WIIUIl and reduced federal spending. Rudman-Hollings.
ssJ mm n Thinks the United States should protest Thinks the United States should protest
SOUlil r4friC3 apartheid through limited economic apartheid through a full economic sanc-
(Q) sanctions. tions package approved by Congress.
J 'Star Wars'
' m Supported the financial aid by voting for Supports the $100 million aid package
wOUfrdS the $100 million aid package approved approved by Congress only as a last
by Congress. resort.
I rBi iff Tootinn Strongly favors mandatory drug testing Favors mandatory drug testing only for
EJriU I wwllllvj for federal intelligence employees. federal employees with critical positions.
fIl . - - . m Favors providing aid; has supported Strongy rfavors providing aid; has been
Financial Aid legation ens tf?at T8 strong advocate of improving the state's
IIICIIIWICII IU aid goes to the students who show the university and community college system.
I I ;. .. . ' greatest need. t .
., . . . . . ... Favored the tax revision; believes its
! TaifPQ ed a J f t3X T"0!? aCkage that effects should be closely monitored over
J E Glifcww lowered the tax rate for all citizens. next tax year '
flTTZ T Supported the 1985 Farm Bill and a strongly tooted JheMm
Z) Encouraged the Reagan administration Believes Japanese export markets should
Im I OlfffllOQ to reconsider U.S. trade policies and to be opened to North Carolina textiles and
vAg" wJMWw approve the textile protection bill. imports should be strictly regulated.
r Supports its development as an energy
Mllflffikdl DsMAfOl Supports its development as an important source, only if the construction and
fSi IvivIwIwCll r Uwwvl energy source of the future. licensing of nuclear power plants are
I SL I closely monitored.
The Broyhill campaign also sponsored
what it called the $1 Million Weekend in
September, with four days of fund-raising
events and special guests, including televi
sion evangelist Pat Robertson, Secretary of
Energy Donald Hodel and Sen. Strom
The Republican Senatorial Committee
helped Broyhill organize visits of special
guests and also provided campaign contri
butions, said Jennifer Duffy, committee
Although she could . not specify the
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Issues Bill Cobey David Price
flHll Dpfiftit Does no, favor a increase. Supports T232
USIICIl reducing growth of federal spending. both domestic and military spending.
r Favors sanctions against new investment
'(fCJ Cfl l&tt Aflfi'lfa Opposed to sanctions as they will limit in South Africa and requiring American
wUUIII IwCl . economic opportunity for blacks. companies to adhere to Sullivan princi-
L-..5J : - pies, codes of racial equality.
f lAf Supports SDI and thinks it should not be Supports a steady, sustainable level of
il Ol3l W3lS used as a bargaining chip. funding for SDI research.
1 Supported $14 million in military aid to Opposes aid to the Contras because it
r OiltrlQ draw Nicaragua toward a more pluralistic solidifies the influence of the Soviet Union
1 1 II CIO government. in the country.
r? um m Opposes sweeping drug testing as too Supports drug testing in the case of
jUacj-; OrUQ I SfinQ expensive and unnecessary. Supports it sensitive positions where the public
S j 5J w for people in security jobs. health and safety is clearly at stake.
i-pi Financial Aid t2r a need ffMttWSfflffl'
$1 . 4U . .... . . . x. Supports tax reform bill and a bipartisan.
T Opposed the reform bill for being anti- effort t0 ,ower tax rates across the board
, T3X6S growtlh1. and ant.-sav.ngs. Supports the and guarantee that corporations and
J Republican alternative plan. individuals pay their fair share.
T T Cimnrtrte rm jqu rQernMiirini ..j nA Favors creating an equilibrium between
Low j Farming approach is in the long run. SEEi!" ,he emer-
TA,fi J(ae supports teile and act and S
TeXtlleS oroSnism P PP and establishment of "fair play" rules
ii protectionism. through textile import legislation.
U'.. . Supports safe development of nuclear SSSrSS
Nuclear Power SZgggs? ggaSgSS
Price said he did not want to speculate
on the political implications of the letter.
MI do feel like people in the district are
quite properly wary of people who identify
their programs with the will of God," he
Price is a graduate of Yale Divinity
School and taught religious school at
Binkley Memorial Baptist Church in
Lawton said Price has run a clear
campaign based on issues, not labels.
McSweeney said the strategy of the
campaign is to show that Cobey is "a hard
working, accessible congressman."
"We want to show what he's done and
what he will do," he said.
Price said in a campaign letter that he
would be a different voice in Congress
amount of money contributed, Duffy said
the committee stayed within limits of the
law, which prohibits contributions in excess
The Republican Senatorial Committee
acted as a liaison between the Broyhill
campaign and the White House when the
committee organized President Reagan's
visit to Raleigh in October to endorse the
Republican candidate, Duffy said.
David Balmer, statewide chairman of
Students for Broyhill, said that Reagan's
Raleigh appearance would help Broyhill.
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because he would not vote against tax
reform and Ethiopian famine relief as Bill
Cobey did. He also said he would not be
"another voice echoing Jesse Helms or
(conservative activist) Phyllis Schlafly, as
Bill Cobey is."
McSweeney said Cobey did support the
republican alternative tax reform and also
voted for a $600 million aid bill for African
countries. He said Cobey opposed the first
aid bill because the funds would be
channeled through the Marxist Ethiopian
government and Cobey did not have faith
in that government. Cobey voted for an
aid bill that would channel the funds
through the United Nations, he said.
Price said the provisions for channeling
the money were stricter in the first bill. He
said in the first bill 80 percent of the money
would be sent through private agencies, not
"It will have a very positive impact on the
campaign and encourage supporters for
Broyhill," as well as influence undecided
voters, he said.
Although Sanford has brought some
southern Democratic senators to the state
to speak on his behalf, campaign manager
Sam Poole said he did not think that
Reagan's visit to endorse Broyhill would
sway voters' opinions in the voting booth.
"It won't help him that much. It probably
even hurt him because it showed he is a
go-along senator who will do the biddings
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Representatives from both campaigns
said the election had significance beyond
the 4th District.
McSweeney said the 4th District is a
swing district, meaning the vote could easily
go either way.
"It's a referendum for the future of the
country," he said. "It will determine whether
we'll have someone who supports the
president or someone like David Price."
Lawton called the election a turning point
for the state.
"It's a chance for the 4th District and
the state to get back on the track," she said.
"It will bring Democrats back to the House
and bring issue politics back to the state."
The candidates debated twice on local
television stations. The debates addressed
balancing the budget, nuclear power, the
of someone else. He has no agenda of his
own," Poole said.
Broyhill probably benefited more from
his appointment as interim senator than
from the endorsements he received, Lawton
The Democratic Senatorial Committee
has also been in touch with the Sanford
campaign, said Diane Dewhirst, committee
press spokeswoman. "It's very important
that North Carolina have Terry Sanford
as a senator," she said.
The Democratic Senatorial Committee
Worked with Sanford to bring in Sen. Sam
Nunn of Georgia, Rep. Claude Pepper of
Florida and Sen. Al Gore of West Virginia.
The committee has contributed the
maximum limit of $424,561 to the Sanford
campaign, which has spent about $3 million
since January. Meanwhile, Sanford has
campaigned for the support of labor unions
and small private contributors.
The Sanford campaign has attacked
Broyhill for accepting nearly $1 million in
contributions from special interests repres
ented by political action committees. Poole
said that if Broyhill wins the election, he
will be indebted to the national petrochem
ical and utilities companies that have made
substantial contributions to his $3.5 million
campaign fund. i
"But with labor union contributions,
you're talking about North Carolina's
interests, representing working people,"
Poole said, adding that, although unions
are based throughout the country, they have
chapters in North Carolina.
Brewer said the business contributions to
Broyhill's campaign were as justifiable as
labor union contributions to Sanford's
"This is something Terry Sanford has
attacked, and we make no apologies for
receiving money from businesses. They
represent the constituents of the state," she
said. "PACs represent thousands of indi
viduals who get involved by making a
financial commitment to protect their
The candidates spent a great deal of their
campaign funds on television advertising,
which Broyhill began in August. The ads
were limited in summer, but became more
frequent and aggressive as the campaign
"There has been more aggression on both
sides. The plan all along was to step things
up in the fall when people are listening,"
Brewer agreed that increased aggression
is part of the game of politics. "There has
been more aggression because there has
been an increased interest on the part of
the media and the voters," she said.
Strategic Defense Initiative, apartheid,
farming, education and the textile industry.
During both debates, Cobey emphasized
his availability to his constituents. He said
he had open office hours and helped more
than 25,000 citizens "cut through bureau
cratic red tape."
Price stressed straightfoward debating
and addressing the issues. He said he would
provide "practical, balanced, open
Both candidates are working with similar
amounts of money.
Cobey has received more than $500,000
in contributions, McSweeney said. He said ;
Jesse Helms' National Congressional Club
contributed about $2,500 to the campaign
but had no hand in running the election.
"We have a very broad base of support,"
he said. "It's one of the broadest campaigns
this district has ever seen. We've gotten
money from about 150 political action
committees such as the North Carolina
"They donated the maximum amount a
political action committee can donate,
$5,000. Their average contribution from
each member is about $10. That's broad
McSweeney said Price had received more
than $100,000 from out-of-state labor
About 65 percent of the contributions
to Price's campaign has come from more
than 4,000 individuals and 28 percent has
come from political action committees,
Lawton said. The net contributions as of
Oct. 15 total $467,813, and Price has spent.
$521,323, she said. Price has loans totaling
$72,259 including a mortgage on his house,
"WeVe really focused on broad, diverse
' support," she said. "We get our money from
environment groups, education, and we do
have 'labor money. There are unions in
The Sierra Club, League of Conservation
Voters, Raleigh-Wake Citizens Associa
tion, N.C. Association of Education,
Consumer Federation of America, Amer
ican Federation of Teachers, the AFL-CIO
and other groups have endorsed Price,
Both Price and Cobey have UNC'
political groups backing them.
College Republicans and Students for
America have campaigned in the Pit and
distributed literature for Cobey.
"Bill Peaslee (chairman of College
Republicans) played a big role in tlie
campaign," McSweeney said. "He got
together a lot of voluteers and helped in
setting up a lot of events."
Students for David Price for Congress,
led by Erika Birg, and Young Democrats,
led by Jim Townsend, have been working
for the Price campaign.
"W :c had a wonderful organization on
campAis," Price said. "They have had good
visibility. We're counting on good UNC