Kemp vows to win Arizona for GOP

By Alicia A. Caldwell
Arizona Daily Wildcat
October 29, 1996

The Associated Press
Arizona Daily Wildcat

Republican vice-presidential candidate Jack Kemp talks to a group of senior citizens at a forum in Sun City yesterday.


SUN CITY - With only one week until election day, the campaign trail led Republican vice-presidential candidate Jack Kemp to Arizona with a morning stop at the Lakes Club of Sun City, near Phoenix.

In front of an audience of nearly 300, Kemp spoke on some of the major facets of Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole's campaign.

He started his speech by introducing people who locally have supported the Dole/Kemp campaign, such as Republican Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyle. Kyle was in attendance for Kemp's remarks.

From beginning to end, Kemp made mention of setting right the problems of society.

He said the country and its people are faced with boundless opportunity, it just needs leadership to fulfill it.

"Clinton has big problems and makes big promises. Senator Dole says what he does and does what he says. Only Dole can succeed in this," Kemp said.

Kemp also hit the issue of taxes, mentioning Dole's plan to make a 15 percent across-the-board tax cut.

"There has not been a tax cut in over nine years," Kemp said.

"Taxes can be cut. John F. Kennedy did it, Ronald Reagan did it, and now Dole plans to cut taxes by 15 percent across the board," Kemp said.

Kemp then talked about building and rejuvenating the economy.

He said by making tax cuts and cutting the capital gains tax, there will be more revenue in the economy and growth will be stimulated.

Kemp also said the Republican campaign wanted to put the power of people's lives back in their hands and out of the hands of the federal government.

"You can bank on the American people and you know what Dole/Kemp will do. It is dangerous not to know how the president will act," Kemp said.

During questions and answers from the audience, Kemp addressed the actions of Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich earlier in the year regarding Medicare.

"Mr. Gingrich sent the wrong signal and put the party on the defensive when we didn't need to be," Kemp said.

The discussion concluded with further talk about the Medicare issue and the claim by Kemp that by stirring up the economy the Medicare system would rejuvenate itself, at least partially.

"We will win, and Arizona will not be won by the Democrats for the first time in 48 years," Kemp concluded.