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Moderator Jim Lehrer, left, and Republican candidate George W. Bush listen as Democrat Al Gore answers a question during the second presidential
debate in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University on Wednesday. The discussion grew increasingly heated as the debate progressed.
Students Rock the Vote
To Hootie and the Blowfish
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WINSTON-SALEM - While George
W. Bush and A1 Gore defended their
presidential platforms at Wake Forest
University on Wednesday night, thou
sands of students jammed to Hootie and
the Blowfish as part of Rock the Vote’s
efforts to register and educate youth vot
The event, held at the Lawrence Joel
Veterans Memorial Coliseum, was free
and included a Web-casted political talk
show and performances by Daniel Cage
and a local hip-hop group.
Protesters, Police Shadow Oval Office Hopefuls
Activists dressed in pig suits
and third-party supporters
waved signs and banners
outside Wait Chapel.
By Lucas Fenske
Assistant State & National Editor
-WINSTON-SALEM - A mostly quiet
group of protesters gathered outside the
entrance of Wake Forest University on
Wednesday night to petition for causes as
dfc*erse as an excise tax on meat to over
lapped third-party candidates.
I About 200 people, some wearing pig
coshimes and others waving signs, stood
uHhe cold night air under the brightly lit
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The bands stopped playing at 9 p.m.
for the presidential debate, which was
displayed on two jumbo television
screens in the coliseum.
When the debate ended, screaming
fans rushed to the front of the arena to
hear Hootie and the Blowfish perform.
Winston-Salem is the 19th of 25 stops
Rock the Vote is making on its U.S. bus
tour this year, sponsored by Doritos and
The tour features different perform
ing artists in each city it visits and aims
to bring out and register youth voters
around the country, said Liz Vivian,
field manager for Rock the Vote.
tower of Wake Forest’s Wait Chapel,
while presidential candidates George W.
Bush and Al Gore faced off in this year’s
second presidential debate.
The designated protest site, sur
rounded by a chain-link fence and divid
ed into areas for different protest groups,
stood empty for most of the night. The
majority of protesters favored the more
visible entranceway and the greater
chance for exposure it offered.
Two members of People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals, dressed in
pig costumes, waved signs by a main
campus entrance supporting a need for
an excise tax on meat.
PETA spokesman Sean Gifford said
the federal government routinely taxed
products like tobacco and alcohol that
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“We are doing this to make politics
fun for youth," Vivian said. “We are reg
istering voters all along the way and
we’re informing them about national
and local issues that will affect them.”
Vivian said she was happy that Rock
the Vote could coincide its visit to North
Carolina with the presidential debate.
“It’s very important for youths to be
part of the debate and hear what the
candidates are talking about,” she said.
“(Younger voters) need to have a voice
in elections and it needs to be an
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posed health risks but neglected meat,
which posed similar health risks.
Other protesters chose issues that
affected them on a more personal level.
Shane Crews of Winston-Salem, wear
ing an Indian-style shirt with fringes and
carrying a fan made with imitation eagle
feathers, said he was protesting for uni
versal health care and the environment.
Crews, who is part Comanche, said
he works as an independent disc jockey
and does not have any health insurance
despite his severe asthma problem.
He said the presidential candidates
should offer a health care plan for all
Americans, not just those who qualify
for welfare. “I’m an able-bodied work
er who pays his fair share of taxes,”
Crews said. “Why should I not get
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affordable health care?”
But other protesters focused on third
party candidates excluded from
tonight’s debate, such as Libertarian
Party candidate Harry Browne, Reform
Party candidate Pat Buchanan and
Green Party candidate Ralph Nader.
Some members of the Libertarian
Party, chanting “Vote Browne, Not
Green,” said they attended the debate to
bring attention to issues like income
taxes and political persuasion.
Libertarian supporter Tom Howe,
husband of the N.C. Libertarian guber
natorial candidate Barbara Howe, said
the Presidential Debate Commission
should include all feasible presidential
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By Kathleen Hunter
State & National Editor
WINSTON-SALEM - Republican presidential candidate
George W. Bush and Democratic candidate Al Gore attempt
ed to delineate their views on issues ranging from foreign pol
icy to education to the environment during
the season’s second presidential debate at
Wake Forest University on Wednesday night
The debate, which took place in Wake Forest’s Wait Chapel,
was attended by nearly 2,000 spectators and members of the
media and moderated by PBS news anchor Jim Lehrer.
The debate was conducted in a television talk-show style for
mat, with the two candidates and Lehrer seated behind a table
to facilitate more of a conversation between the candidates.
Wednesday’s debate was the first time such a format, which
Bush specifically requested when debate details were being nego
tiated, was used in a presidential debate. The more relaxed setting
seemed to make the opponents more civil than last week’s debate,
though their tones grew more heated as the night wore on.
The event began with a discussion of the two candidates’
views on foreign policy. Both candidates acknowledged that
the United States has a large leadership role to play in die post-
Cold War era, but each differed on how the United States
should deal with conflicts in the Middle East and Kosovo.
Gore also said the government has an obligation, because of its
position as the world’s only superpower, to have a hand in world
events. “Like it or not, the United States is now the natural leader
of the free world,” Gore said. “Other countries look to us.”
But Bush criticized the Clinton administration for being too
quick to deploy troops to resolve international conflicts. He said
the government needs to focus on rebuilding its military strength
and to streamline its foreign policy goals. “We do have an oblig
ation (to help other countries),” Bush said. “But we can’t be all
things to all people. We have to be grounded in our generosity.”
The debate then turned to the issue of racial profiling. Gore
said racial profiling prevention is one issue he would tackle as
president. Bush recognized profiling as a problem but warned
that the government must be careful not to limit police officers’
ability to investigate crimes.
The merits of federal legislation increasing the penalty for
hate crimes was then discussed, with Gore accusing Bush of
failing to support a Texas bill strengthening hate-crime legis
lation in the wake of the murder ofjames Byrd, a black man
who was killed by white supremacists in Texas last year.
Bush denied the accusation and touted the importance of
severely punishing those found guilty of crimes. “The three
men who killed James Byrd - guess what is going to happen to
them,” he said. “They are going to be put to death.”
One of the issues on which the two candidates were most
polarized was the issue of same-sex marriages, with Bush
opposed to the idea and Gore advocating legislation that would
legitimize a civil union between homosexual couples.
Gun control was another major issue where the candidates
touted quite different policy options. Gore’s platform centers
on making it more difficult for children and known criminals
to acquire guns. He said he would support beefing up the
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A deputy armored in riot gear stands by the gates to Wake Forest
University. Protesters picketed the presidential debate Wednesday night.
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