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Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. answers student questions Sunday night
after addressing a crowded Memorial Hall.
After Bush's triumph over
McCain on Saturday, both
candidates discussed future
plans for their campaigns.
Bv Matthew B. Dees
AND CHERI MELFI
State & National Editors
SOUTH CAROLINA - George W.
Bush defeated John McCain by 11 per
centage points in the S.C. Republican
with Bush touting
his victory as the
beginning of the
end for the insur
Ova) Office bid
as merely a
“bump in the road.
With 99 percent of precincts report
ing, Bush had garnered .53 percent of
the vote, McCain had received 42 per
cent and Alan Keyes had pulled out a
distant third-place finish with 5 percent.
The three candidates left their
respective rallies in South Carolina on
Saturday night and flew to Michigan to
attend a flurry of stumping engage
ments before Tuesday’s open primary
there, where polls once again show
McCain and Bush to be neck and neck.
Before leaving the Palmetto State,
both candidates thanked their support
ers and vowed to keep fighting.
“After tonight, we come roaring out
of South Carolina with new energy in
this campaign,” Bush said to his rowdy
crowd of supporters at the Sheraton
Hotel in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday
night. “You can bet we will battle for
votes in Michigan and Arizona.”
McCain, though visibly disappoint
ed, expressed confidence that he would
■carry Michigan and his home state of
Arizona before the major transconti
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Matthews Stresses Outreach
Brad Matthews is a candidate who not only
knows the political ropes.
He understands how to climb them.
Matthews, a native of Boise, Idaho, said he
came to UNC and dove directly into an array of
extracurricular activities, excited by what he
described as the endless opportunities offered by
“I wanted to see what was out there,” he said.
Three years later, Matthews is now eyeing the
Behind his bid for office is extensive experi
ence in student government, an understanding of
its intricacies and important connections to key
A Conservative: One who is opposed to the things he is in favor of
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The crowd at Furman University on Friday night surges forward to get autographs from winning Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush.
Bush spoke on the campus during a campaign stop in South Carolina in preparation for the Republican primary.
nental primary March 7. “You don’t
have to win every battle or skirmish to
win a war,” he told a gathering of hun
dreds of supporters and journalists in
North Charleston on Saturday night.
“I wish (Bush) congratulations on his
victory tonight and a good night’s rest.
He’s gonna need it, my friends, for we
have just begun to fight, and I can’t wait
for the next round!” McCain said, flash
ing two thumbs up and drawing exu
berant applause from the crowd armed
with cocktails and McCain banners.
Analysts pointed to a strong conser
vative turnout in the open primary and
a relatively weak showing from inde
pendents and Democrats, two groups
McCain had hoped would help him
carry the crucial state, as reasons for
Bush’s convincing triumph.
McCain got overwhelming support
from independents in New Hampshire
when he shocked Bush there two weeks
In 1997, Matthew's founded the Freshman
Focus Council to enhance representation for
UNC’s newest students. He’s been a part of the
Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor,
the Chancellor’s Task Force on Enrollment,
Carolina Athletic Association
and several honor fraternities.
But while Matthews can
talk about campus politics
with ease and let his experience speak for itself,
he is quick to deny the easy stereotype that he is
a true politician.
“I’ve realized more and more during this cam-
See MATTHEWS, Page 4
Monday, February 21, 2000
Volume 107, Issue 157
Cochran Touts Activism,
Decries Racial Injustice
Bv Arman Anvari
Johnnie Cochran delivered a speech
rife with political and legal intrigue
Sunday evening, calling on the UNC
community - young blacks in particular
- to challenge the status quo that
enshrouds the U.S. legal system.
Cochran, famous for his role in the
OJ. Simpson trial, said the social, eco
nomic and racial rift that exists in
America has resulted in an unjust legal
ago. The McCain camp cited the hard
nosed senator’s image as a reformer
rebelling against the traditional conser
vative bloc as the reason for his support
among Democrats and independents.
But Bush aides speculated that
Democrats supporting A1 Gore voted
for McCain in an effort to push the
front-runner Bush out of contention.
Sal Calise, a campaign worker for
Bush for President, said he had visited
various S.C. polling areas throughout
the day. At one site, by 11 a.m., 400 of
2,200 registered voters had already
voted. He said eight times as many vot
ers chose McCain over Bush.
But he said when he asked the voters
why they had chosen McCain, 75 per
cent said they were supporting Gore. “If
Bush could pull it off tonight, there’s no
stopping him,” Calise said.
See PRIMARIES, Page 2
Smiley Shoots for Inclusion
The campaign trail has proven to be a rocky
road for Erica Smiley.
“It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done,”
said the sophomore from Greensboro.
Some of her campaign posters have been torn
Stories By Rob Nelson
“We’ve definitely met a lot of resistance,” she
said, adding that such threats could stem from
some voters’ fears.
“They see that we have a chance. They see
that we can win.”
Bumping heads is nothing new for the raspy-
system that discriminates and persecutes
based on race.
“Here we are in the 21 st century with
the agenda of the 20th century still very
much in front of us,” he said. “America
remains a nation divided by race and
The predominantly black crowd that
attended Cochran’s speech in the cav
ernous confines of Memorial Hall had to
wait some time before they heard
Cochran, the keynote speaker.
In the meantime, members of the
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After losing the S.C. Republican primary, GOP candidate John McCain
speaks to his supporters in North Charleston on Saturday evening.
down or defaced, and she has
had to contend with prank
calls to her room from non
Black Student Movement delivered
short talks emphasizing the night’s pur
pose - to galvanize attendees toward
Much of Cochran’s rhetoric echoed
“Have the courage to speak out. If it’s
not popular to speak out, do it anyway,”
Cochran said. “If you believe in your
cause, if you believe it is necessary, don’t
be shunted aside by others.
See COCHRAN, Page 2
voiced Smiley, who has
quickly built a reputation
for being one of UNC’s
most visible and well
known student activists.
In the fall, she helped
orchestrate a widespread
campaign on campus
against a proposal calling
for a hefty increase in
A member of the Campaign for Educational
Access, Smiley, along with her strong backing
See SMILEY, Page 4
Chape! Hill, North Carolina
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The Daily Tar Heel will host
a debate for student body
president candidates Brad
Matthews and Erica Smiley.
By Mark Thomas
Students will have a final chance
tonight to hear student body president
candidates make last-minute campaign
pitches before Tuesday’s runoff election.
The Daily Tar Heel is sponsoring a
debate between runoff candidates Brad
Matthews and Erica Smiley at 9:30 p.m.
today in 111 Carroll Hall.
DTH Managing Editor Vicky
Eckenrode will moderate the debate, in
which each candidate will first give two
minute responses to DTH-initiated
The question segment will be fol
lowed by time for audience inquiry,
during which the
audience will ask
The last seg
ment will be an
the candidates to
other, with 30 seconds allotted for ques
tioning and one minute for answers.
Although she agreed to the evening
engagement, Smiley preferred to debate
earlier in the afternoon to draw a larg
“We wanted to have the debate
between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
in order to make it accessible to the max
imum number of people,” she said.
'Smiley said she viewed the debate as
more of an opportunity to present her
views than she had in previous forums.
“Debates allow for specific questions
on specific issues, and candidates are
given an opportunity to voice their opin
ions regarding these issues,” Smiley said.
“A forum doesn’t allow candidates to
express themselves to that degree.”
Upon conferring with his campaign
staff, Matthews determined that the ear
liest he could debate was 9:30 p.m. He
See DEBATE, Page 2
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