Endorsements for Races Outside Berkeley

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U.S. SENATOR

There is something crazy about a congressional race in which the Green Party candidate and the Republican candidate are more similar to each other than either is to the Democrat, but then again, this is California. Republican Tom Campbell is liberal enough to get our endorsement. As a college professor, Campbell is in touch with the needs and concerns of students, and certainly has a legislative background, having served in Congress.

While we acknowledge the threat of losing both the White House and Congress to the Republican party, Campbell just does not match up to the stereotypical Republican: he is pro-choice and he supports Proposition 36. While Campbell is against affirmative action, he supports interviews in admissions and opposes Proposition 38.

Campbell may be a Republican, but he is not afraid of deviating from his party when it comes to his core ideals. In fact, Campbell may very well be the only Republican most of us would ever vote for.

Green Party candidate Medea Benjamin is no less qualified and in touch with voters than Campbell. But Benjamin's proposals are too far-fetched and impractical.

Democrat Dianne Feinstein is an inaccessible incumbent, embracing the persona of a droning Washingtonian fed by big bucks. Feinstein has sold-out her party by touting conservative slogans and ideals on major issues such as the war on drugs.

In this rare case, we support voting Green if not Republican - as long as a Green vote detracts from the Democrat and elects the Republican, in wich case we will be thrilled.

U.S. PRESIDENT

Based solely on what could happen to the United States if a Republican were elected president, we support Democrat Al Gore. With four Supreme Court seats up for grabs in the next four years, we cannot trust a Republican in the White House. Pro-choice, pro-gun control Gore has experience as well as an inclusive policy on higher education.

With the sordid truth about Republican George W. Bush well-exposed - a frat boy-esque lifestyle - it is hard to separate him from his inexperience and the shadow of his father's failed presidency. Ralph Nader deserves credit for establishing the Green Party as a competitive third party, but cannot match Gore's qualifications.

INCUMBENTS

The Daily Californian supports the re-election of democratic incumbents Barbara Lee, Don Perata and Dion Aroner, to represent Berkeley in the House of Representatives, the State Senate and the State Assembly, respectively.

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